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Traveline Assists Team USA to Kosice, Slovakia for ISDE 2015

Shannon Scott and Vicky DiMichele from Traveline assisted Team USA with their travel to Kosice, Slovakia. Team USA riders, support staff, friends and family joined in the group of well over 100 members.

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The Traveline team arrived early to familiarize themselves with the area and make sure everything was prepared for the trophy team to arrive the following day. Throughout the first few days, most of the group members arrived and were met outside baggage claim by a friendly Traveline face. Then, once their car was picked up and they arrived at the hotel, another Traveline member was there to assist with any rooming questions.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kosice was the selected hotel for our team along with a few other country teams including Isle of Man. It was in a prime location just outside of the historic district. Just a half a block away begins the walking street full of shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and an array of other sights. The road is also home of the furthest east western-style Gothic cathedral in Europe, St. Elisabeth Cathedral, which is only five minutes walking distance from the hotel and the park with a musical fountain. Košice State Theater is just beyond the fountain with amazing events from ballet to orchestras. Don’t forget to stop by a gelatto stand for some interesting flavors such as Red Bull, Smurf or aloe vera along with the traditional strawberry, chocolate and vanilla.

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Team USA arrived about a week before the event to set up their bikes and walk the tracks where they would be riding for six days throughout the countryside. Preparations went very smooth and most of the riders were done early so they could enjoy some of the sights of the city. The paddock was also where our Traveline girls helped sell Team USA shirts to the many event visitors.

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By the end of the week, Team USA was well prepared and hopeful for a great ISDE event. As usual, there was a big parade of all the participating teams which went through the city center to a large stage in the center of the historic district.

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After the short weekend, the races began and Team USA was off to a great start with riders placing first in many of the events and trails.

Throughout the week, there were many ups and downs with Team USA from the fastest times to the inevitable injuries. Overall, the races went well. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing supported rider, Ryan Sipes, became the first-ever American to win the Overall Individual award at the ninetieth edition of the International Six Days of Enduro in Kosice, Slovakia. Sipes pioneered his way to a historical victory aboard a Husqvarna FE 350 by winning most of the tests against the world’s top riders in the globe’s toughest competition. Full Article

After the races finished, it was time to pack up the bikes and get them shipped back to the USA. Then it was time for celebrations. The team had an enjoyable evening out and many decided to join a UNESCO Heritage Tour in the Spiš region with the Traveline team.

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The tour included Spiš castle, a lunch break at Salaš (a chalet restaurant offering typical Slovak dishes and homemade sheep cheese products) located below the castle in Levoča and a tour of St. Jacobs cathedral in Levoča. They were transferred by private coach and escorted by two English speaking guides.

The group finally made their leave from this beautiful country on Monday for preparations on their next event or just back to life as usual.

Traveline is honored to assist with Team USA and look forward to next year in Navarra, Spain!

Tickets for two to the Santiago Cathedral’s roof in Spain

Parador de Santiago de Compostela in Spain

Combining history, art and tradition, the goal of pilgrims and the emblem of St. James, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, in the Plaza do Obradoiro, forms together with the cathedral one of the world’s most remarkable, and most visited, urban settings.  The Hostal, which first saw life as a Royal Hospital in 1499 to house the many pilgrims arriving in Santiago, today still invites the traveler to enjoy this universal and fascinating city.  Considered the oldest hotel in the world, it is also one of the most luxurious and beautiful. It has four extremely beautiful cloisters, elegant public rooms, spectacular bedrooms and a luxurious dining room offering Galician style fish and meats and the classic apple filloa pies and crème brulee.

The Parador is in the old part of the city of Santiago, on Plaza do Obradoiro, which also houses some of the most famous monuments of the city:  the Cathedral, the City Hall and the Colegio de San Xerome.  From A Coruña we reach Santiago by the N-550, via Ordes, or following the A-9, towards Pontevedra. (65 km.).  Both roads lead to Noia, 34 km. from Santiago, Padrón, 22 km. and Pontevedra, 59 km.

 

The Parador has 105 twin bedded rooms, 15 double bedded rooms, 12 single rooms, and 6 suites.   Guestrooms feature telephone, satellite television, TV canal plus, mini bar, heating, air-conditioned living rooms, and more.

In the Hostal there are two different dining areas: the restaurant Dos Reis, select and sedate, and the restaurant Enxebre, with a more informal ambience, offering traditional Galician cooking.  Seafood and fish recently caught in the Atlantic, local meat and cheeses are some of the first quality products on offer, without neglecting our wines and liquors.

 

All 2015 Traveline Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast, already included in rates
  • Tickets for two to the Santiago Cathedral’s roof
  • Complimentary parking for duration of stay OR
    • a bottle of wine from the Paradores special selection “Harmony & Balance” for guests in half-board
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability

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Complimentary 50-minute Massage at Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa in Casares, Spain

The hotel’s fresh but grand design is inspired by traditional Andalucian architecture and gives every area a big, bright and luxuriously spacious feel that is so rare in Europe. Outside, design features include white walls, shady arcades and courtyards. Finca Cortesin, designed by the architects Roger Torras and Ignacio Sierra, boasts some of the best design talent in Europe including the landscape architect Gerald Huggan, revered interior designer Duarte Pinto Coelho who has used beautiful continental antiques in the guest areas and sisters Ana and Christina Calderón who are responsible for the understated but exceptional interior design of the rooms. Beautiful features include antique terracotta floors and old wooden doors which have been salvaged from European castles and restored.

All 2015 Traveline Guests Receive

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • A complimentary 50-minute massage
    • for up to two people, per room, once during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability

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Running of the Bulls San Fermin 2013 by Luxury Train

Running of the Bulls San Fermin 2013 by Luxury Train – the most exclusive luxurious train tour in the world (5 Nights / 6 Days)

Watch Running of the Bulls in Spain for San Fermin 2013. Join us in Madrid for a once-in-a-lifetime excursion. Travel through World Heritage cities and explore their wonder as you arrive in Pamplona for the main event – The San Fermin Festival’s annual “Running of the Bulls.” The tour travels from Madrid to Zaragoza as you enjoy days of sightseeing and discovery without having to pack or unpack every day.

  • This tour is available exclusively through PALACE TOURSbull fight
  • All Meals Included
  • All excursions and entrances to monuments in the world heritage cities along the way are INCLUDED.

  • Guided Tours in English, Spanish, French and German

  • Visit Spain’s Wine Country and partake in a special wine tasting
  • Watch the legendary Running of the Bulls from a special viewing location (You do NOT run with the bulls in this tour!)
  • Relax in the suites of the luxury train, which include private, ensuite, full-sized bathrooms

Unpack only one upon arrival on this luxury “rail cruise.” The train will journey to the cities of Segovia, Avila, Salamanca, Burgos, Pamplona, Zaragoza where you will disembark the train.

Extension to Barcelona available on High Speed Train

Your tour will feature some of the finest artisanal and gastronomic cuisine of the cities you visit. Taste the gourmet cuisine and finest wines that the area has to offer.

Wine Tasting, Culture, Gastronomy, and Tradition – this exclusive tour has it all and this is once in a lifetime opportunity available exclusively by PALACE TOURS

Departures
July 2013 7

All Rates in US$ per person including ALL taxes and surcharges

Class Dates Single Rate Double Rate Triple Rate
Deluxe Suite
For departure July 7,2013 US$ 4,000 US$ 1,990 N/A
Luxury Suite
For departure July 7,2013 US$ 4,250 US$ 2,050 US$ 1,800

Your tour price includes:

  • Five nights on board the luxurious train from Madrid to Zaragoza
  • Suites with attached full bathrooms
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner for five nights
  • Beverages, including wine, coffee and liqueurs at meal times
  • Guided excursions in a luxury coach as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for museums, cathedrals, etc., as per the itinerary
  • On-board entertainment, including music and parties in the Pub Car
  • English / Spanish / German / French Speaking Guide throughout the tour.

Your tour price excludes:

  • Domestic or international airfare
  • Travel insurance or visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and souvenirs
  • Any additional hotel accommodations pre- or post-tour
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as “included”
Terms and Conditions

 

PAYMENT TERMS:
20% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
80% or balance no later than 68 days prior to tour departure date

 

CANCELLATION FEES:

(i) 40% of the total tour value if cancelled more than 68 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

 

(ii) 100% of the total tour value if cancelled 0-67 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

 

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance.

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The Best Places to Play Golf in Spain

With more than 450 courses, wherever you travel in Spain you are bound to find world-class golf nearby, along with opportunities to visit historic cities and villages, enjoy beautiful weather, dramatic landscapes, wonderful gastronomy, and the country’s warm, welcoming people. There are fantastic golf courses around the country, from the northern Cantabrian coast around Santander, the homeland of Seve Ballesteros, to Andalucía in the south, the land of sun, the Mediterranean and Spain’s world famous Jerez (sherry). You can play courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, like the famous 1997 Ryder Cup venue, Valderrama, as well as courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazzio, Seve, and Jose Maria Olazabal – great courses, designed by great golfers, in fantastic settings with beautiful climates. These are only some examples of what golf lovers can find in Spain.


Costa del Sol: golf, shop and dine in style

The Costa del Sol, in the Andalusia region, is one of the favorite places to practice golf in Spain for many Americans tourists. Among its destinations, the town of Marbella shines with a special light. Marbella preserves its original traditional andalusian style in the “old town district” but it has successfully been adapted to meet the requirements of the most exclusive and elite visitors. Hotel and other accommodation facilities placed next to golf courses together with leisure and shopping complexes, luxury restaurants, spas, beach clubs, bars and pubs, make the golf lovers experience unforgettable. When in Marbella, pay a visit to the high end Marina “Puerto Banús”, a recreational port filled with shops, restaurants, discos and spaces to enjoy leisure time, to see and to be seen.


Valencia Region: a Mediterranean affair

In the Valencia region you will have the advantage of being able to practice their swing very close to its main cities (the city of Valencia, Alicante and Castellón de la Plana), full of history and heritage as well as examples of the most avant garde architecture (see the city of Sciences in Valencia city); a perfect combination that is good for the body and good for the soul. But above all, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Spaniard’s Mediterranean way of life: mild weather, meaning that one can play golf here almost all year round, delicious local cuisine -did you know that Valencia is the home of our famous paella? —  or the unlimited benefits of a “siesta” after a game …..This destination offers you the chance to enjoy an exciting vacation combining  golf, culture and gastronomy, who can ask for more?


Costa Brava: where golf meets Dali

The Costa Brava(the name given to the coastal area of the province off Gerona, inn Catalonia-northeastern Spain) is becoming one of the most popular golf destinations internationally. The reason is simple: its magnificent location, on the shores of the Mediterranean sea, bordered to the north by the Pyrenees and its breathtaking landscapes, are beyond comparison. But also Costa Brava is the land of Dalí. Visit the Dali museum in the town off Figueres or the outstanding Salvador Dalí House in Salvador Dalí House in Cadaques. Art and golf at the tip of your fingers!

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