Labor Day Weekend sale

August 29th, 2013

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and it’s time for a blow out sale! Since Labor Day symbolizes the end of the summer, we thought that Labor Day weekend will be a great time to present some cool deals for the folks who haven’t had a vacation this summer, and now is their last chance to have one. Book now and save up to 40%!

Use promo code ‘LABOR25′ and get $25 off (on $400 or more hotel rooms purchase)

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August 21st, 2013

Germany Oktoberfest: The celebration Begins

Germany Oktoberfest for celebrating Beer is the largest fair of the world. Six million people from different part of the world collide to visit this fair. This fest is commonly known as “die Wiesn” by the commoners of Munich, Bavaria, Germany. This fest last for sixteen days starting from late September and it continues till mid of October.


This fest was started by King Ludwig I, as a celebration for commoners, for his wedding. It comprised of Horse race, in later years the horse race continued during the same time leading to birth of Oktoberfest. Pleasant weather in September end led to the earlier shift.

Importance of Beer:

Beer is the only drink that may be served in the Germany Oktoberfest. This beer is a special beer which is brewed in the local areas of Munich and nowhere else.

Remarkable past years:

The Oktoberfest started from 1811 and is continuing till date. Horse race was added as an event on 1811 and continued till 1960. In 1811 Agriculture show to promote agricultural activities, is also added to the fest which is still continuing. In the year 1850, Statue of Bavaria was built since then it is witnessing the fest. 3000 People died in the year 1854 due to Cholera, which led to discontinuance of the fest in that year. In 1866 and 1870 the fest got discontinued because of wars, and in 1873 it was Cholera epidemic again. In 1880 lighting was introduced and in 1892 Beer was served in glass mugs. People celebrated 100th anniversary of Germany Oktoberfest in the year 1910 but added a milestone of serving 1,200,000 litres. In 1913, “Bräurosl”, a tent with seating for 12000 people was founded.

World War’s Impact:

World war with inflation caused discontinuance of the fest for decades but from 1950 onward it is celebrated as a traditional festival every year.

The later 100years:

From 1950 the fest starts with a twelve gun salute and the first keg of the beer is tapped by the Mayor of Munich. The Germany Oktoberfest gor recognition from 1960s on wards and is visited by people across the globe. Several events like “Gay days” in 1970 ban of smoking since 2008 and many more such small events. In 2010, it celebrated it 200th anniversary marked with a historical horse race.

Celebration begins:

If you are free this October look for manchester airport number and take yourself to the voyage of the most memorable time of your life. Call manchester airport number and book a ticket. Idea of joining is good if you are beer freak and want to taste best of Beer of this world cause the Beer served in the Germany Oktoberfest has high content of alcohol and hence it is more pure. Another amazing thing of this fest is “Oktoberfest Bavarian hats”, this hats are made of goat hair. Goat hair are believed to be very expensive and prized in Germany, the more hair your hat has the more rich you are to be believed. But modernity has introduced fake hair hats as well so no to be worried if you can’t afford the original hat. Enjoy the celebration which is to begin.

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Take our Travel Survey for a Free Club Membership!

August 21st, 2013

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Vacation Home Sweet Home

August 13th, 2013

The vacation rental trend is soaring in popularity in North America and beyond. The benefits are obvious as to why seasoned travelers are trying out this spacious, private, money saving option. Consider it nice change of pace for the typical road-weary, hotel veteran looking for a cost-effective accommodation alternative or a family looking to break free from the hotel room norm.

Setting aside the automatic status upgrade you receive from merely mentioning that you’re staying in a villa, condo, townhome or cabin for a week, vacation homes give you the freedom to make a more memorable and cozy experience for family and friends traveling with you (and making those jealous who aren’t with you). These rentals are not only designated by the multiple rooms they have, but the cost per person is comparable to that of a typical hotel stay. More rooms means more space and thus one comfortable, complaint-free family. Imagine staying in a place with the comforts of home, without doing the cleaning of home – now that’s vacation paradise! More than that, these rentals are ideal for group vacations and just as simple to book.
What seals the deal for most travelers is the worry free online booking, the instant confirmation and the fact that all the properties we offer are professionally managed by the top property management companies in the market. This means that you get the same sense of security when you book your vacation as you do when booking a hotel and you know that there is someone always ready to assist, from check-in to departure to handle any special needs you may have.

With the greater privacy that staying in a single property brings, you can feel right at home with amenities such as private pools, full kitchens and entertainment centers to use as you please. You also have more control over the dining options for your group. Rather than being confined to room service choices or having to spend a fortune at a nearby touristy restaurant, you can opt to utilize the kitchen for snack storage and cooking or you can order in to save a trip. Of course, the option to go out for dinner is always there!

For a hassle-free, relaxing vacation you won’t soon forget, give our vacation homes a try. Because no two rentals are exactly the same, staying in a vacation home is always a completely unique experience!

Found a vacation home deal you fancy? Use coupon code ‘VH25′ and get $25 discount!*

*With purchases of $500 or more.

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Planning a trip to Europe this Summer?

August 4th, 2013


Are you thinking of taking a trip to Europe this summer? Need some extra info to help you reach a decision? If some of your possible destinations are Ireland or Spain, you would definitely want to read our articles about Seville & Belfast. In these articles you will get all the information you need - From fun activities & shopping centers to affordable hotels and restaurants.

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Explore Hawaii: Plan Your Oahu Vacation

July 17th, 2013

Aloha! There are countless reasons to love Hawaii. Breathtaking views, pristine beaches, cold Mai Tai’s and welcoming locals, are just a few.

The most populous of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is part bustling metropolis, part nature wonderland. For those looking for a romantic getaway or unforgettable family vacation, it’s sure to delight.

Based on our exploration of the island, we’ve compiled our top picks for sightseeing and relaxation. Book your trip today to enjoy them for yourself.

Hawaiian Hiking

The mountainous terrain of Oahu offers unprecedented hiking opportunities. Climb to the top of the ranges for a bird’s eye view of the valleys, beaches, ocean and city below.

The most popular hike on the island is Diamond Head, which takes you up a segment of the Koʻolau Mountain Range to an old military observation platform with views of both the Pacific Ocean and Wakiki Beach below. Like most of the hikes on Oahu, it’s best to do this one in the morning before the afternoon heat, as it’s all up hill.

Our favorite hike, however, is the Lanikai Pillbox Hike in Kailua. While steep, you can hike the whole thing in about an hour and are rewarded with the most scenic views of the shores below. (The picture on this blog post was taken from the top.)

If you’re really feeling adventurous, there’s also the Haiku Stairs, which takes you up 3,922 stairs for a 360-degree view.

A Night Out on the Town

For all the action, head to Waikiki Beach—home to almost all the resorts on the island. Among this tourist mecca, you’ll find some of the best restaurants and shopping on the island, plus your fair share of street vendors. Enjoy free fireworks year-round on the beach every Friday night, courtesy of Hilton Hawaiian Village. Watch the night show over a late-dinner, or while enjoying a cocktail or shave ice.
For a bit more laid back atmosphere, but still great dining and some cool local shops, travel to the North Shore.

If you’re there between November and February, you may even glimpse the area’s famous waves, which are legendary throughout the surfing community.

Other cool places to grab a bite while you’re on the island include Kona Brewing Company, home of best craft beer on the island, and Ono Hawaiian Foods, a neighborhood dive well known for its traditional Hawaiian fare.

Beaches and Beyond

All beaches in Hawaii are public, so there are plenty of options to consider. Due to its proximity to the resorts, Waikiki Beach is often a popular destination. That said, some other great beaches include: Turtle Bay (sea turtles can usually be spotted here!), Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach, among others.

Also, if you’re looking to snorkel, plan a trip to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve or Shark’s Cove. (Note: For the latter, you need your own equipment.) Both offer clear, shallow water that is perfect for seeing marine life.

A Touch of History

Pearl Harbor, the site of the historic World War II battle, is a must-visit destination. Take the ferry out to the USS Arizona Memorial to pay your respects to those who lost their lives in the 1941 attack.
Or, for a bit of local history, plan a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Here, you’ll find exhibits, food and shows that give you a feel for the history of the island and the cultures that first inhabited it. The Center also has a great luau to end your day.

Visit Oahu!

Want to take a trip? Visit Last Minute Travel for great deals on Honolulu hotels. You can get a lot more info on Honolulu at our Destination Page.

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Patriotic Destinations: Top Places for 4th of July Fireworks Displays

June 20th, 2013

Boom! Bang! Summertime excitement. Do these phrases encapsulate the feeling you experience as you turn your head to the sky and watch fireworks explode?

As the 4th of July holiday nears and you begin to think of cookouts and gatherings, your thoughts may wander to determining the most important detail of the day: where will we see the best fireworks?

With so many places to choose from, we’ve outlined a few top destinations for some of the best 4th of July fireworks displays in the nation: Washington, D.C., New York City, New Orleans, and Boston.

Fireworks Over the Capital: Washington, D.C.

You can’t get much more patriotic than spending the 4th of July in Washington, D.C.

Start your day with a visit to the city’s National Independence Day Parade, featuring bands of all kinds, including traditional marching bands, fife & drum bands, and bagpipes.

Follow-up parade watching with “A Capitol Fourth,” a celebratory concert on the U.S. Capitol West Lawn featuring the National Symphony Orchestra.

Plan a picnic on the National Mall, visit the historical monuments, and finish the day watching the fireworks.

Bright Lights in New York City, NY

When you think of big American cities, New York’s New York City most likely comes to mind almost immediately. Spend the day exploring the city, and then find perfect spot to watch the celebration.

Released from the Hudson River, this year’s Macy’s fireworks spectacular will include 40,000 fireworks, live performances from artists Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, and Nick Cannon, and a 25-minute soundtrack of music from a variety of genres compiled by Usher to play in the background as the fireworks explode.

New Orleans, LA

Are you familiar with barge battles? No, we’re not referring to any form of warfare, but a battle of light and color as two barges in New Orleans celebrate the Fourth in style.

Watch the two barges battle for your attention, after a fun-filled day along Mississippi River. Traditional performances by the U.S. Navy Band and other musical performances are common at this annual event.

Consider a trip by riverboat to get even closer to the action!

Boston, MA

An annual event, Boston Harborfest is a week-long Independence Day celebration. The festivities kick off on Tuesday, July 2 this year.

July 3rd will bring Boston’s 19th Annual Children’s Day, complete with attractions perfect for the whole family, such as face painting, a bubble machine, paper lantern crafting, and more!

Stick around for fireworks and main day festivities, then join in post-Fourth celebrations with a party on the plaza, and Chowderfest, a day to join in celebrating local restaurant businesses’ clam chowder. There’s sure to be nothing else like it!

Where will you spend the 4th of July? Let us know your plans within the comments below.

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Here are some hotels to stay in while you travel:

Astor On The Park, New York,

Washington Marriott , Washington DC

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, Boston

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Summer in the Sunshine State: Florida Family Vacations

June 13th, 2013

Warm weather, sand and sun—some of the best that summer has to offer. For those looking to get away, Florida offers a variety of options, with cities that are the perfect vacation spots for any family’s interests.

Below, we outline three destinations with hotel discounts perfect for a Florida summer getaway budget: Orlando, Key West and Miami.

Orlando, Florida

For those with small children, or young-at-heart big kids and adults, you probably know Orlando, Florida as the home of Walt Disney World. This attraction hot spot features four theme parks, 24 resorts, two water parks and more—just waiting for your exploration!

If theme parks are not your idea of fun, consider a trip to the beach, hot air balloon ride, airboat safari or deep-sea fishing trip.

When you’re ready for a memorable meal, Orlando offers dinner shows that bring treasure-hunting pirates, murder mysteries and Arabian nights to life.

Orlando special promotions include discounts on the following:

· Orlando Metropolitan Resort

· 4-star hotel in Downtown Disney

· Quality Inn Universal Studios

Miami, Florida

Whether you’re looking for sand and sea or a vibrant cityscape, Miami is a great city for you to explore.

Take an adventure boat tour of Biscayne Bay, or cruise through Millionaires Row and Fisher Island, all while taking in views of the downtown Miami skyline. To see the city from all angles and elevations, consider a bike, kayak or helicopter ride.

Are you feeling adventurous? The Everglades in Miami provide opportunities to travel on an airboat safari through the tropical wetlands. Take a short drive out of the city and visit Everglades National Park.

Miami special promotions include discounts on the following:

· B2 Miami Downtown Hotel

· Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port

Key West, Florida

Want a getaway to a place where life seems to move more slowly? Key West may be the place for you. Travel to the southernmost point of the continental United States and experience lighthouses, botanical gardens, museums, nightlife, beaches and more.

Consider an all day boat trip to Dry Tortugas National Park, or visit the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory for one-of a-kind experiences.

Are you a certified scuba diver? Take a dive into the Key West waters and visit the Vandenberg Wreck, a former military transporter and missile-tracking ship.

Key West special promotions include discounts on the following:

· 3-star hotel in Key West

So which city will you choose? Share your summer vacation plans in the comment section below.

Book a summer trip for you and your family using Last Minute Travel, and save! Use the promo code “SUMMERG20” and get $20 off a hotel room purchase of $400 or more.

Not sure if Florida is where you want to go? Give us a call at 1-888-591-2799 for information on more great travel deals!

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The Hyde Park Hotel: What To See and Do During Your Stay

June 9th, 2013

Hyde Park Hotel

The Hyde Park Hotel, located in London’s West End, is a moderately-priced hotel offering high-quality service and standard-fare amenities. The hotel’s main draw – and the reason that it’s such a bargain – is its fantastic location amongst a trove of restaurants, museums, monuments, and other destinations.

The hotel’s rooms were completely refurbished in 2007, and each offers a refrigerator, flat-screen TV, and free internet access. Amply sized with high ceilings, the accommodations are high-quality and comfortable, but not lavish.

Getting around is generally quite easy from the hotel. Guests have an easy walk to both Bayswater and Queensway tube stations, providing access to a number of destinations in the city. For those with their own transportation, a private car park facilitates easy vehicle storage. The area is easily walkable as well with a number of restaurants nearby.

Culinary options near Hyde Park Hotel include a number of world-class eateries. Inside the hotel, patrons can try out the Mandarin Bar, which contains three sections – a French-style bistro called Bar Boulud, a historic-inspired British restaurant known as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, and a traditional bar. Down the street, the highly-rated Al Waha restaurant serves Lebanese fare, regularly receiving accolades as a top Middle Eastern restaurant in London. For Indian food, Khan’s serves traditional dishes and is a local favorite. Feeling French? Try Chabrot Bistrot d’Amis, a hole-in-the-wall Parisian eatery. Just around the corner, world-class contemporary Japanese dishes are served up at Zuma – a favorite of such celebs as Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

For visitors interested in finding treasures to take home, numerous shopping malls and plazas are located nearby in Knightsbridge or Notting Hill. Centers include Selfridges, Harrods, Whiteleys, Oxford Street, and Westfield Shepherds Bush.

The hotel’s namesake, nearby Hyde Park, is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and is definitely worth a visit. A number of famous landmarks are housed within the park, including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Visitors can partake in a number of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, tennis, and cycling.

For sports fans, a number of monolithic stadiums surround the hotel within a ten-mile radius. These include Wembley, Chelsea Stadium, Arsenal Stadium, and Wimbledon. Even if you happen to miss the big matches, the stadiums are worth checking out on their own merit.

Other destinations – all a stone’s throw from the hotel – include the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, National Gallery, Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum. Boredom certainly will never be an issue in the area, and with such a luxurious launch-pad, you’ll certainly look forward every evening to returning to the Hyde Park Hotel.

Angie Picardo is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance site that helps travelers achieve retirement success and explore the world.

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Father’s Day 2013

June 6th, 2013


Father’s Day is fast approaching. Have you considered the gift of travel? Whether you’ll be planning a trip to visit Dad or plan to use the holiday as an excuse to get away, these last minute deals are sure to please the entire family (and your bank account).

Below, we outline three destinations with hotel discounts perfect for your Father’s Day weekend getaway budget: Miami, New York City and Las Vegas.

Miami, Florida

Palm trees, sand and sea, Miami, Florida is the perfect spot for your Father’s Day weekend trip to the beach.

Set in Southeastern Florida, Miami’s Port of Miami has been known as the “Cruise Capital of the World” and the “Cargo Gateway to the Americas.” While in Miami, be sure to set sail.

Miami special promotions include discounts on the following:

· 4.5 star hotel in Miami Beach

· 4 star hotel in Coconut Grove

· 5 star hotel in downtown Miami

New York City, New York

The concrete jungle where dreams are built and realized, New York City has much to explore. From landmarks and tourist attractions to small, family-run restaurants and street corner markets, there is something every member of your family will want to see.

Up for exploring a hidden gem? Take a walk on the city’s High Line for unique views of the city, seen from between skyscrapers and city streets.

New York special promotions include discounts on the following:

· 4 star hotel in Manhattan

· 4 star hotel in Manhattan-Midtown

Las Vegas, Nevada

Nothing says a party like Vegas. The glitz, the glam, the gambling—celebrate luxuriously with a trip to the city of sin.

Dad’s not much of a gambler? Enjoy a show or take him out to dinner at some of the nation’s best restaurants, all found readily along the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas special promotions include discounts on the following:

· 5 star hotel in The Strip

· 5 star hotel in The Strip

So where will you go? Will you take a trip to celebrate Father’s Day this year? Share your plans in the comment section below.

Book a Father’s Day trip for you and your family using Last Minute Travel, and save! View our full list of Father’s Day travel promotions or use the promo code “FATHER12” to get $20 off on a hotel room purchase of $300 or more.

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