You know that Hawaii is so spectacularly beautiful and that is why you intend to have your next vacation in Hawaii. However, with so many interesting places to visit and discover in your short vacation trip, you will have insufficient time to visit all the tourist attractions there. Well, there is a solution actually. You can have an overview tour of Hawaii without spending too much time traveling from one place to another. Yes, have a bird's eye view of the breathtaking Hawaiian islands by taking a helicopter tour.The birds in Hawaii are certainly very fortunate to be able to gaze down on one of the most awesome sceneries on Earth such as from the skies of Kauai, they can get to view the Waimea Canyon, Mount Waialeale's majestic waterfalls, hidden reclusive sandy coves and the jagged Na Pall Coast. Now you too can have a bird's eye view by taking a "helicopter tour" on your vacation holiday Hawaii. Take a flight over Hawaii's Big Island and view the resplendent volcanic activities of Kilauea, especially when it is erupting can be very exhilarating.I want to sound word of caution here. Do not be like many tourists who regretted for the rest of their lives because they have forgotten to bring along their cameras. However, do not get too engrossed taking too many photographs and videos because you will miss the scope of your beautiful surroundings. Many tourists have a tendency to glue their eye to their camera's viewfinder that they forgot that the main purpose for the helicopter tour is to experience the space and the breadth of their surroundings.Yes, a picture paints a thousand words but no photographs could ever hope to capture the panoramic view as you hurtled across the Hawaiian sky! How can the photographs or the videos capture the feeling of the land suddenly dropping off beneath you as you fly across the edge of cliffs and volcano craters? Your helicopter tour of Hawaii will certainly be wasted if you do not enjoy the experience of your freedom in space.However, there is a controversy in experiencing your trip over Hawaii in a helicopter. As there is a profusion of companies offering chopper tours there are many such tours everyday and this creates noise pollution which is very jarring for tourists and locals alike who wants to enjoy Hawaii's famed tranquility. There are loud calls for the number of helicopter trips and tours to be cut down.So if you want to enjoy a memorable holiday vacation in Hawaii, try taking a helicopter tour.
The wines of Spain are as accurate a measure as any of the country's refinement and sophistication. Spain is a world class producer of reds, whites, sherry, and champagne. All over Spain, there are roughly 5,500 wineries producing 870 million gallons of wine annually. Undoubtedly, winemaking is a very important part not only of Spain's economy but also of its history. It is, thus, no surprise that Madrid hotels offer guided wine tours to guests. Wine tours give guests the chance to sample different Spanish wines and immerse themselves in Spanish culture, history, and art at the same time.With so much wine distributed in the countryside, Madrid hotels' wine tours only have room for the best. Below are some of the best Spanish wineries that are frequently included in Madrid hotels' wine tours.ValdepenasValdepenas is one of the most affordable wine regions of Spain. It is, thus, advisable that during the Valedepenas stopover, you buy as much table wine as you can. This area of cold winters and humid summers is home to excellent Reserva and Gran Reserva, two wines that are produced using a hundred percent Tempranillo grapes.JerezThe hot and dry southwestern region of Jerez is another historic Spanish wine country. Jerez is the birthplace of sherry, a much underrated wine that may be dry, medium, or ultra-rich.RiojaRioja is the heart of Spain's wine country. Most of the country's most successful vineyards are found in this region.NavarraAfter Rioja, Madrid hotels' wine tours often stop at Navarra next. This is because Navarra is nearer to Rioja. It produces traditional wines, or wines made from indigenous grapes, and modern wines, manufactured through a combination of French grapes and Spanish grapes.Ribero del DueroThe vineyards of the Ribero del Duero is one of the most picturesque stops of Madrid hotels' wine tours. This region has, in recent years, become as popular a producer of wine as Rioja. It produces wines with a bold fruity flavor. In fact, it is home to the Vega Sicilia, the most famous of Spain's wines made almost entirely from French grapes.RuedaRueda is incorporated into Madrid hotels' wine tours because of one reason: white wine. Rueda is the best white wine region of Spain and the wines made there are made of Verdego grapes and nothing else. You could learn more about the wines of Rueda and other wine regions through sites like http://www.Holiday4You.com/.You will find out, as the tour progresses, that the wines from Spain excel in both quality and quantity. Though frequently eclipsed in popularity by wines produced in Italy and France, Spain's wines will surely put a grin on the face of even the most discriminating wine connoisseurs. There is no denying or disguising quality, even if you have to travel miles to take a sip of it. As the Romans put it so succintly, In vino veritas. In wine, there is truth.
The nightlife in Madrid is the real reason the city is so popular with young people. During the day the city can be a little dry- with all the museums, parks, etc. Most nightlife gets going really late compared to that in the States. Here are a couple recommendations:Go to a Flamenco dinner showA Flamenco dinner show is a great cultural nighttime option. If you are traveling to the South of Spain, particularly Granada or Seville, its best to find a Flamenco show in these cities. It will undoubtedly be cheaper and more authentic. However, Flamenco shows in Madrid are still a good option if you wont be traveling outside of the capital.Try a few tapas barsA tapas crawl can be fun if you find the right places. Avoid some of the tourist traps in the Sol area, which are overpriced. Ask your hotel for suggestions. Vinoteca, in Plaza Santa Ana, is a one good option.Check out some of Madrids big night clubsMadrids night clubs are a fun experience. None card, and as long as you look about 18, you wont have any problems getting in. Try Kapitol, across from metro stop Atocha, and Palacio Real (near Sol). Kapitol claims to be the biggest club in Europe. Both charge a cover of 12-15 euros and get busy at around 2 AM.Hit the bars:Madrid is full of good bars. Some of the best bars for young people are in the Moncloa, Tribunal, Bilbao, and Malasana neighborhoods. Here are a couple of bars that are normally flooded with American and Spanish college students, as well as others:o El Chapandaz, The cave bar - (Calle Fernando El Catolico 77, Moncloa) Cool looking bar decorated like a cave. Some drinks are poured from a tap in the form of a rock formation hanging down from the ceiling. Good Thurs. through Sat.o Casa de la Cerveza (Metro Bilbao) - This bar is normally packed on off nights because of its all-you-can-drink for 10 euro deal (from 11-1:30 I believe). You can try Sangria, beer, or red wine and coke (called calimocho- popular with the young Spanish crowd).Note: Avoid the bars that promote around the Sol area. Some of the Irish bars are OK, as are many of the bars located in underground caves.
I took my first group tour this summer. That was a learning experience. Dont get me wrong. I had lots of fun, but for someone who has always traveled alone, I had some learning to do.First things first! Getting to know my co-travellers! This was easy and fun, cause our group leader organized several get-togethers way in advance, so we could get to know each other, and get all or questions answered. And there were many questions, like, where would we stay, where can we buy travel insurance, what should we bring, what will immigration and customs documents will be need! And more.Then roommates had to be assigned, because it would be cheaper to share a room than to have your own room. So unless you were a family , you got a roommate. I got two roommates, and we really hit it off. One roommate was a die hard shopper, and the other was an eternal organizer. So between the three of us, we had a ball.But I did have to learn to be patient. Our group was very diverse. We had kids, teenagers, and some older persons. So things did not always move as quickly ( or as efficiently) as when I travel alone. We usually had to wait and make sure that everyone was accounted for before our tour bus could leave for the next stop. Hotel check-ins did not always go smoothly, but once we got settled the rooms were comfortable.The key to enjoying group travel is to be patient and to be considerate. Be flexible and tolerant in order to accommodate others in the group, and do your best to stick to the itinerary schedule. Dont show up at 7:30 when the Bus was scheduled to leave at 7AM. Take your sense of humor with you, and you will definitely have a good time.Group travel is an excellent way to make new friends and to foster old friendships. If you want to spend quality time with your friends, family members, or business colleagues and enjoy a wonderful vacation experience at the same time, then I highly recommend a "group travel" tour!
SUMMIT at Brian Head is located in Utah on the Markagunt Plateau at a height of 9,850 feet. It is in the southwest corner of a thriving community and it covers some 42 acres. SUMMIT at Brian Head is comprised of 420 condominiums set in pine groves as much part of nature as the rest of the plateau. The development also features a number of townhouses and penthouses.The resort of SUMMIT is practically on Highway 143 and just a few miles east from Interstate 15. SUMMIT is not by any means an isolated community. The site is a mere three hours driving time from Las Vegas in Nevada, four hours from Salt Lake City in Utah, five hours from Flagstaff in Arizona, and seven hours from Los Angeles in California. In addition, the magnificent dual attractions of Zion Park and Bryce Canyon are both just one and a half hours drive away.The Phase I condominium retreats the comprise SUMMIT at Brian Head are in three separate blocks: 970 Bristlecone, 974 Bristlecone, and 978 Bristlecone. Each block of condominium buildings is crescent-shaped. The block of 970 Bristlecone and 974 Bristlecone are situated side-by-side, and they face the block of 978 Bristlecone, the largest block of condominium buildings.The residences are all designed with 'maximum' in mind; the privacy, the amenities, and the views from each individual one is simply superb and naturally luxurious. The interior finishes of the condominiums are available in a choice of three motif styles: Mountain, Contemporary and Traditional. Each style has its attractive qualities and making a final choice will most likely prove to be a difficult task for most buyers.The luxury townhouses on offer at SUMMIT will truly amaze you. They are available in any one of the same three motif styles of Mountain, Contemporary and Traditional. In addition, spacious balconies open out from the master bedrooms, as well as some of the second and third bedrooms. They have a three-sided gas-powered fireplace in the living area - perfect for those cold winter days. The kitchen area has granite countertops, and the windows are wood cased.The Plaza in SUMMIT at Brian Head reflects the tight-knit cozy community here. It was designed with the idea of everyone getting to know each other as much as possible. Facilitate this sense of community, the Plaza is a people-friendly place with fire-pits and picnic areas complete with BBQ grills. There are sports courts and bocce ball as well as two-level spas. The Plazas amenities must be seen and utilized to be fully appreciated.Winter is the time when SUMMIT at Brian Head really comes alive. There's downhill and snowboard skiing, of course, but there's also snow biking, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding, and snowmobile tours to enjoy. With virtually no lift lines, skiing is more leisurely and the slopes are less crowded than you might expect. And of course there's the nearly 400 inches of dry powder snow that the Brian Head is famous for offering its visitors each year.Summer in SUMMIT at Brian Head is also exhilarating. There are hiking trails to be explored, horseback riding to enjoy, and just simply the vast beauty of nature to be taken in. This is a place where there never need be a dull moment, and where every season has its own charm.You can find out more about the SUMMIT at Brian Head at http://www.idealdestinations.com/utah/summit-brian-head