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Eco-Friendly Vacations

Planning to travel this summer? An eco-friendly vacation will have you enjoying the outdoors while simultaneously preserving the environment. Better yet, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how your environmental contribution positively impacts local culture, wildlife, flora, and more.

Help to preserve your favorite destination for years to come by booking the eco-friendly vacation of your choice. And remember, going green starts with you.

Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Barceló Hotels & Resorts include:

  • Gold Certification from Green Globe
  • Established beach clean-up programs
  • Education stations available for guests to learn about care of local ecosystems and wildlife
  • Reusing towels and sheets to conserve water and energy
  • Automatic light control in public areas and eco-friendly light bulbs
  • On-site nursery that produces 60% of the plants used in local reforestation
  • Nesting areas on the beach during turtle season to protect baby turtles

Couples Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Couples Resorts include:

  • Environmentally-friendly cleaning products
  • Energy efficient air conditioners
  • 85% of menu items prepared with products from local farmers and growers
  • Use of electronic hand dryers instead of paper towels

Dreams Resorts & Spas

Various Green initiatives at Dreams Resorts & Spas include:

  • Rainforest Alliance Verification
  • Distintivo “S”
  • Beach clean-up programs
  • Participation in the Amigos de Sian Ka’an Program, which promotes community and environmental development
  • Actively involved in Planet Hour and Earth Day
  • Plant and wildlife preservation
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products

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Save $200 NZD at Otahuna Lodge in New Zealand

At the head of a secluded valley on New Zealand’s South Island is a place of replenishment and refinement. It is a place where prestigious luxury accommodation meets exemplary service and cuisine in the context of an elegant, historic country estate. A place where guests receive the warmest welcome and indulge wholeheartedly in the sense of occasion presented by lavish surroundings.

This is Otahuna Lodge. This is New Zealand at its finest.

Guests booking 2 nights or more for stays between 1 October and 30 April, 2013 are entitled to a $200 NZD+tax savings per night if they confirm and pay prior to 1 October, 2012.

To redeem this special,

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The Sarojin – 3 Nights Luxury Honeymoon Package

Relaxation, freedom, inspiration. The Sarojin imparts unique, revitalizing experiences that last…so much so, that a sojourn with us is reminiscent of “staying at a friend’s private estate”.

The Sarojin’s own team of personal guides and the elegant and inspired “imagineer” will assist you to ‘Imagineer’ your stay. The ultimate personal concierge – share your dreams with us and we’ll tailor-make adventures and experiences for you, such as a private charter on the luxury boat Lady Sarojin, a personal jungle adventure “just for 2” complete with champagne, or a Thai cooking class and lunch by a private waterfall. The limits are only your imagination.

Our 56 guest residences are designed in a contemporary Asian style, lines blur and merge simultaneously with the natural local elements and landscape. The spiritual heart of the resort is an age old giant Ficus tree at the centre of the 10-acre grounds. A magnificent soul-soothing reflective lotus pond brings a sense of grandeur and peace to your environment.

Private access leads directly to an expansive white beach and the crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea that provide year-round swimming and water sports. Abundant space and privacy blend harmoniously with nature, offering a rare oasis for relaxation.

The grounds, walkways, sumptuous onyx infinity pool, lotus ponds, pure white beaches and restaurants serving scrumptious delicacies – they’re all yours. When you choose. If you choose. We invite you to come and live Sarojin-style, in harmony with the natural elegance of our surroundings as our guest, the jewel in her crown.

Your romantic candlelit dinner for two by the jungle waterfall
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What’s Included:

  • 3 nights accommodation at The Sarojin
  • Private return transfer from/to Phuket Airport with cold towels and refreshments served for 2 persons
  • All day a la carte breakfast with sparkling wine served
  • Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine with flowers in room on arrival
  • One romantic candlelit jungle waterfall dinner for two
  • One 90-minute Royal Oriental Spa Treatment for 2 persons
  • Last night romantic turndown

What’s Not Included:

  • 10% Service Charge
  • 7% VAT
  • 1% Provincial Tax
  • Any meals or services not mentioned in What’s Included field

Package requires a minimum stay of three nights and is subject to availability.

Blackout dates:
December 26, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Galapagos Islands: 5 Nights Cruise for the Price of 4!

Book NOW a 5-night Galápagos expedition aboard M/V Santa Cruz and pay just for 4 nights!!!

M/V Santa Cruz Vessel information

THE M/V SANTA CRUZ REFRESHES THE GALÁPAGOS EXPLORATION EXPERIENCE

Our flagship, 90-guest M/V Santa Cruz emerged from its period in dry dock refreshed, revamped and ready to give its passengers an experience of the Galápagos Islands you’ll never forget.

Underwater discovery

We have added an extra naturalist guide to the crew – an Underwater Naturalist – who will lead guests by the hand during swimming and snorkeling activities, helping them with masks, snorkels and techniques, and we’ve added new flotation aids, too. We’re confident far more of our guests will enjoy the ship’s snorkeling activities, revealing another world of wonder in the Galápagos that they might otherwise have missed.

Expedition equipment

In order for guests to get closer and understand more about the islands’ marine world, the ship now has a hydrophone for listening to the calls of dolphins and whales, as well as a ‘splashcam’ video camera which will let us film these creatures in action underwater from the pangas. To record our guests’ fun in the water, our high-quality staff camera has an underwater housing – and photos of the expeditions are always shown on the last night before disembarking. The Santa Cruz also has a spotting scope for improved observation of wildlife.

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Cruise Information
Included:
· Full board expedition cruise
· Guided visits to the islands.
· On board lectures given by Naturalist guides.
· Use of snorkeling equipment.

Not included:
· Airfare to/from Galapagos.
· Galapagos National Park entrance fee.
· Migration Control Card.
· Tips and gratuities.
· Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Promotion valid on 2012 departures during April, May, June, September and December 1-17 for new bookings until May 31, 2012.

Note: promotion may not be combined with any other promotional rate.

Holiday Journeys in the Sea of Cortez

8 Days | 2012 Departures: Dec 15, 22, 29
Free Round-Trip Air, Los Angeles to La Paz on the Dec. 15 departure only*

& $500 Off Kids Under 18

or call Traveline at 1-888-700-TRIP for more details

Embark on an unforgettable adventure this holiday season exploring Baja California and the Sea of Cortez aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird. Hike a forest of gigantic cacti, kayak pure blue seas, snorkel with sea lions and explore 18th-century missions on the Baja California peninsula — plus, kids-only activities: Zodiac driving lessons and smartphone photo sessions.

Why Baja California?

Top ten reasons to explore this eco-playground of pure wildness with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.

U.S./Los Cabos or La Paz, Mexico/Embark La Paz
DAY 1 — U.S./Los Cabos or La Paz, Mexico/Embark La Paz
Transfer from Los Cabos Airport or La Paz Airport to the ship at La Paz and embark. (D)
Exploring the Sea of Cortez
DAY 2-7 — Exploring the Sea of Cortez

Along with their designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the islands of the Sea of Cortez are a playground of exploration. Throughout your voyage you will have a tremendous selection of activities — from Zodiac cruising and snorkeling to kayaking and hiking. Or take part in yoga and stretching classes on deck. We’ll put our 30 years of experience in the Sea of Cortez to work and, with many options in place, find the best possible opportunities each day.

Track whales and bottlenose dolphins near Isla Danzante. Explore islands such as Isla San Jose or Isla Santa Catalina, with its giant cacti and extraordinary bird and marine life. Take in a beach barbecue beneath a starry sky. Spend time searching for whales, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife amid the rich waters.

Explore the seaside town of Loreto and journey into the Sierra de la Giganta mountains to visit San Javier Mission, the second oldest mission in the peninsula. Kayak along the cliff-lined coast of Isla Espiritu Santo and swim and snorkel with sea lions at Los Islotes. (B,L,D)

La Paz/Disembark/Home
DAY 8 — La Paz/Disembark/Home
After breakfast, disembark in La Paz and tansfer to the airport for your flights back home. (B)

*Offer must be booked by June 30, 2012 and is only valid on the December 15, 2012 departure. Free airfare is subject to availability at the time of booking. Airfare is based on round-trip economy group flights that must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. In the case that Lindblad’s group flights are not available at time of booking, Lindblad reserves the right to issue an air credit. Offers are valid for new bookings only, and may not be combined with other offers. Please call your travel agent for full details.