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By Judy Newell

 

Mexico Travel News

Acapulco to Welcome New Record-Breaking Thrills

Just months after Acapulco introduced XTASEA, the world’s longest over the-the-sea zip line, the attraction is rolling out a major expansion which will include two new record-breaking attractions—the highest climbing wall in the world and the world’s longest slide.

The construction of the new adventure park, which is being called Emoción Intensa (Intense Emotion), began September 22 and is slated to open by December 2019. When it opens, its feature attractions will include the already operational mile-long zip line as well as a 13-story climbing wall and a 600-foot-long slide, both of which are expected to break Guinness World Records.

The park will also feature hanging bridges, Tarzan swings, waterslides, pools, and swim-up bars as well as restaurants with panoramic views of the area.

XTASEA is one part of a billion-dollar master plan by Grupo Autofin, a leading investment group in Mexico, to reinvigorate Acapulco.

In total, the plan includes 20 projects throughout Acapulco including the renovation of the Pierre Mundo Imperial and Princess Mundo Imperial hotels, as well as the new Turtle Dunes Golf Clubhouse, Hotel Prince by Mundo Imperial, Hotel Marqués Boutique, and a new tennis stadium.

The master plan is expected to be fully implemented by 2022.

 

International News

Visitors Soon to Pay to Enter Pantheon

Visitors to Rome will soon have to pay to enter the Pantheon, one of the Italian capital’s oldest monuments. The building, one of the few ancient sites in the city that is currently free, will start charging tourists from early next year according to Italian culture minister Dario Franceschini who recently announced the plans.

 

The Best of Greece

If you’ve dreamed of the perfect vacation to Greece, this is it. Two nights in Athens, three nights on Mykonos, and three nights on Santorini, sightseeing, hydrofoil tickets, and more are included in this perfectly priced program!

Athens/Mykonos/Santorini, nine days/eight nights, breakfast daily. 2018 pricing from $1,499 per person, double occupancy, including taxes.

· Private arrival and departure transfers

· Half day Athens sightseeing tour with visit to Acropolis site & Acropolis Museum

· Hydrofoil tickets Piraeus–Mykonos–Santorini in Business Class

· Air tickets Santorini–Athens

Cruise News

The Ultimate Cruise for Golf Fanatics

If you spend every free moment on the golf course, then Amadeus River Cruises’ latest offering could be your dream holiday. The cruise line is launching a host of new golf-themed sailings, accompanied by PGA teaching golf pro Frank Adamowicz.

Guests will be able to enjoy all the highlights of a cruise holiday—including fine dining, exciting excursions, and sightseeing—but with the added bonus of visits to four prestigious golf courses for a day out unlike any other.

It’s a fuss-free experience; all green fees and golf carts are included, as well as a host of city and walking tours across the three itineraries on offer.

 

  • Golf Program on the Danube, May 24–31, 2018, on the Amadeus Silver, Budapest–Passau.
  • Golf Program on the Rhine, November 4–11, 2018, on the Amadeus Silver II, Basel-Amsterdam.
  • Golf Program on the Seine, October 25–November1, 2018, on the Amadeus Diamond, Paris–Paris.

 

Eight-day cruises with four golf stops from US $2,833. Book now and receive US $300 per couple off the listed cruise price.

 

Air News

Good Luck Flying to Venezuela

As the turmoil continues to grow in Venezuela, another airline has suspended service to the nation’s capital, Caracas. According to BBC.com, officials from Argentine Airlines revealed concerns about the increasing criminal violence and political uncertainty in Venezuela, which caused the carrier to suspend flights.

Argentine Airlines joins a long list of major carriers who have taken similar action. The majority of the airlines who have suspended service to Venezuela have cited concerns about the safety of flight crews, unpaid contracts, and issues with the government’s control of currency exchange.

“There are only six or seven carriers left operating a very low flight frequency. Venezuela is…practically disconnected from the rest of the world, above all by air, and we can’t see any solution in the short term,” said a spokesperson for International Air Transport Association.

Passenger traffic in Venezuela has dropped by 75 percent over the last four years. Other airlines that have left the market include United, Delta, Lufthansa, Air Canada, AeroMéxico, and Alitalia.

One of the few remaining carriers serving Venezuela is Copa Airlines, which has claimed it will not abandon the market despite not allowing its flight crews to stay overnight in Venezuelan cities.

 

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“The urge to travel feels magnetic. Two of my favorite words are linked: departure time. And travel whets the emotions, turns upside down the memory bank, and the golden coins scatter.”—Frances Mayes

 

Deal of the Week

Explore the World on a Discovery Yacht

Celebrate the spirit of discovery: you can be one of the first passengers aboard Scenic Eclipse, the newest ship to join the Scenic Fleet. Equipped with its own helicopter and custom-built Zodiacs, Scenic Eclipse seamlessly merges an experience of truly all-inclusive luxury with that of the intrepid explorer, reaching destinations that few other passenger ships can explore.

To celebrate, Scenic is offering guests exclusive offers for select itineraries:

 

Chilean Fjords & Falkland Islands, 14 days between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires, from $7,095 per person, departs November 23, 2018. Free Buenos Aires city stay.

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands, 21 days, roundtrip Buenos Aires, from $28,495 per person, departure dates December 17, 2018 ,and March 2, 2019. Free Buenos Aires city stay.

Inaugural Transatlantic Crossing, 14 days between Barcelona and Miami, from $7,097 per person, departs September 22, 2019. Fly free.

Cuba in Depth, 14 days roundtrip Miami, from $9,295 per person, departs October 2, 2018. Early bird pricing.

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email judynewell@perfectjourneys.net. Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, Car. a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website www.perfectjourneys.net.

 

Sources: Travel Pulse, The Independent, EuropeToo, Amadeus River Cruises, Scenic

 

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