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Longest Golf Cart Bridge in the World

The Riviera Nayarit boasts the longest hanging bridge for golf carts in the world, a recent construction that aids the flow of players between the two Vidanta golf courses in Nuevo Vallarta. The bridge is a quarter of a mile long and connects the Greg Norman course with the Jack Nicklaus course via the Ameca River. The Vidanta Golf Academy predicts that iconic elements such as the bridge will become a worldwide draw for players.

Zika Not a Threat to Tourists

Mexico’s tourism agency said that the mosquito-borne Zika virus does not pose a threat to tourists, citing the low number of cases in the country and the location of those cases—in rural areas, not near the more popular tourist destinations.

Officials from Mexico’s Ministry of Health met with tour operators from the United States and Canada in Cancun. The meeting “focused on a report of the latest Zika virus facts, the prevention and containment efforts by the Mexican government and tourism industry, and a continued practice of close coordination with the international tourism industry.”

The deputy general director of the Mexican Institute for Diagnostics and Epidemiology said there have been 34 confirmed cases of the virus in Mexico. Those cases have been found in Mexican nationals in rural areas.

“While the Zika virus is inevitable in Mexico given its vast size, climate, and trade in the region, the number of cases remains very low. Strong prevention efforts have already been in practice for years to prevent similar diseases,” he said. “Given these facts, there is no threat to tourists visiting Mexico.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised pregnant women to consider postponing travel to countries and territories where there has been transmission of Zika virus, and the CDC lists Mexico as one of those countries.

International News

Rail Europe in the Spotlight

European train travel just got more flexible. Rail Europe announces that the entire Eurail product line, German Rail Pass, and France Rail Pass have extended their validity requirement to 11 months (from six months). This means that the traveler has 11 months from the date of purchase to validate and start using their rail pass. Now you can take advantage of promotions and sales even if you won’t be traveling for a while. Several new promotions for 2016 have just been launched.

France Rail Pass Savings: 20 percent Off

Experience travel on trains offering fast, comfortable, eco-friendly, city-center connections throughout France. Offer must be booked by Mar 31.

20 percent Off German Rail Pass: Save 20 percent when you book a 7-day consecutive or 7-day within one-month German Rail Pass Promo Pass. Offer must be booked by Mar 30. Valid for travel by May 31.

Eurail Select Pass Deal: A Free Day to Explore More Get an extra day of train travel free with a booking of the Eurail Two, Three, or Four Country Select Pass Free Day Promo. Must be booked by Apr 29.

Eurail Global Pass Free Days Promotion- Get TWO extra days with a 15-day, three extra days with a 22-day and five extra days with a 1-month consecutive pass. One extra free day is also available on the 5-day or 7-day within 1-month pass, and 2 extra days with a 10-day or 15-day within 2-months pass. Must be booked by Apr 29.

Eurail Deal: A Free Day to Explore More

Enjoy an additional day of train travel absolutely free with a booking of the Eurail One Country Pass Free Day Promo. Must be booked by Apr 29.

Cruise News

Vietnam & Cambodia Cruise with 2-for-1 Airfare

Experience the ultimate journey through Vietnam and Cambodia and discover the fascinating cultures that these exotic countries have to offer. The Mekong river cruise includes a variety of complimentary shore excursions, fine dining with all meals included on board, unlimited wine with lunch and dinner, complimentary beer, spirits, and soft drinks during your cruise, onboard entertainment and much more.

Reserve and deposit a stateroom by Mar 31 on select departures Mar-Dec 2016 and receive 2-for-1 round-trip, trans-Pacific economy-class airfare, plus free prepaid gratuities, from the following gateways: LAX , SFO, SEA, DFW, IAH, ORD, YVR, IAD, JFK, ATL, LAS, YYZ.

7-night cruise from Prek Kdam to Ho Chi Minh City or reverse on the Mekong River. Rates starting from US$2,299 per person, double occupancy aboard the AmaLotus or AmaDara of AmaWaterways.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” −Aldous Huxley

Deal of the Week

Best of Cape Town & Botswana

Featuring Cape Town, Okavango Delta, and Chobe Game Reserve. International air from the US included. 11 nights from US$ 4,998 per person.

Explore: Cape Town with its scenic beauty, culture, and great restaurants; the Okavango Delta with its spectacular landscape and wealth of wildlife; the Chobe River where hippos yawn and elephants come to play.

Experience: Close encounters with Botswana’s great wildlife from an open safari vehicle; a river safari to view animals from a different perspective, silently gliding on a mokoro in the Okavango Delta.

Enjoy: Browsing at Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront; accommodation in a stunning safari tent; sipping at a sundowner while watching extraordinary African sunsets.

Based on double occupancy, including taxes and fuel surcharges, restrictions apply.


Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for more than 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes personalized cruises and tours. She designs trips that are tailored to suit a client’s interests, abilities and budgets. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email View the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours, and cruises online.

Sources: Riviera Nayarit CVB, Visit Mexico, Rail Europe, AmaWaterways, Lion World Travel


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