North America | Universal Orlando | Walt Disney Parks And Resorts

Thompsons Holidays

Nor t h Amer i ca 2008/ 2009
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Dream the destination... Live the journey.
The Leading Travel Companies of The World
Thompsons is a proud member of “The Leading Travel Companies of The
World” a collection of quality international travel and tourism companies
offering an extensive selection of holiday options across the globe. All mem-
bers of this group offer superior quality, value for money and the highest
levels of service.
Getting to know Thompsons
This Thompsons brochure has been designed especially for you, our valued
client. We have gone the extra mile to ensure that all your travel needs are
covered and are confident that after reading it, you’ll insist on a Thompsons
holiday. The Thompsons website is a one-stop shop for a variety of exciting
holidays. Simply visit www.thompsons.co.za and discover a wealth of travel
opportunities.
Your Link to Thompsons
Thompsons Tours has dealings with more than 1 500 travel agencies across
South Africa so you’ll have no difficulty booking the holiday you deserve. Just
pop into a travel agency near you and request a Thompsons holiday.
Price Guarantee
Once full payment is received from you, the price paid is guaranteed,
irrespective of any subsequent changes in airfare or fluctuations in the
exchange rate.
Awards Speak Volumes
With 30 years experience in the travel industry, we have built a reputation
for providing excellent service, specialist knowledge and value for money
tailor-made packages. Our efforts have not gone unnoticed and for five
consecutive years, Thompsons has been voted Best International Tour
Operator and Best African Tour Operator in the Diners Club ASATA Travel
Awards.
Thompsons Value for Money
As one of the largest Tour Operators selling North America, Thompsons
enjoys excellent rates and booking conditions with our partner airlines,
hotels, transfers, excursion and attraction suppliers. This translates into the
best possible value for you, our valued customer.
Travel Pack
Prior to departure, your travel documents will be presented to you in a
durable Thompsons travel wallet. Each pack contains valuable information,
as well as re-usable luggage labels and other surprises, depending on your
destination. In the event of an emergency, a Thompsons staff member is
contactable by phone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Thompsons Top-Up’s
Stretch your Rands and Top-Up your Thompsons package with additional
excursions to enhance your holiday experience. Pre-book car hire, theatre
tickets, sightseeing tours and more.
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· The piece system is used for transatlantic direct flights to
North America from South Africa. You are allowed to travel with
two pieces of hold baggage - the suitcase must not exceed 140cm -
maximum weight of any one bag shall not exceed 32kg.
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· What is LAGS? You may only carry liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs)
in your hand luggage in containers that have a maximum capacity
of 100ml each, all packed in one re-sealable, transparent plastic bag,
capacity of the bag must not exceed one litre.
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Introduction to Thompsons
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North America Map &
description of hotel ratings
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Introduction to
United States of America
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New York
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Walt Disney World Resort
in Florida
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Universal Orlando Resort
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Orlando
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Miami
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Washington & Atlanta
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Chicago & Boston
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New Orleans & Las Vegas
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San Francisco & Los Angeles
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Escorted Coach Tours
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Fly-Drive Packages
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Introduction to Canada
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Montreal, Vancouver & Toronto
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Rocky Mountaineer Vacations
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Introduction to Mexico
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Car Hire
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Booking Conditions
+ Strictly budget accommodation offering basic rooms,
often with shared bath (indicated in the description).
Limited or no public areas. Recommended for students
and clients on a tight budget. Not usually recommend-
ed for families.
++ An economy property (often motel-style) offering
simple but adequate accommodation. Public areas
and on-site dining (when available) are usually limited.
Recommended for cost-conscious clients.
+++ Typically a full-service property offering comfort-
able accommodation and standard in-room amenities.
A restaurant is normally available and other services
and facilities are often offered. Recommended for
clients looking for reliable standards and good value.
++++ A superior property, offering well-appointed
accommodation and excellent in-room amenities.
Expect good facilities, comfortable public areas and a
high level of service. Recommended for clients wanting
upscale accommodation.
+++++ Luxurious, exceptional property offering
the highest international standards of comfort, service
and cuisine. Recommended to a discerning clientele
and those looking for the best accommodation in their
chosen destination.
HOTEL GRADING
As there is no official rating system for hotels in the USA, we use our suppliers star ratings to assist you in select-
ing the correct accommodation for your clients. Please note that our ratings may be different from those used by
other organizations and that the description and price should also be considered when making your choice.
Accommodation is rated from 1 to 5 stars, according to the description below. A half-star is used to indicate
superior accommodation within that category. Ratings differ from South African standards.
Dream the destination... Live the journey.
United States Capitol Building
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These prices are an indication only and may vary
according to hotels and seasons
Glass of wine $5
Beer $3.50
Bottle of water $2
Coke $1.50
Big Mac meal $3.50
WHAT THI NGS COST
CAPITAL CITY: Washington
LANGUAGE: English is the official language.
CURRENCY: American Dollar
VISA: Visas are required for SA passport
holders
AREA: 9,372,610 km
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TIME DIFFERENCE: East Coast - 7 hours
behind SA time (during their winter).
West Coast - 10 hours behind SA time
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: No vaccinations
are presently required
BEST TI ME TO TRAVEL
East Coast: Orlando and Miami in Florida
enjoy a warm temperate climate all year round
with the best months to visit being May to
September. Further up the coast in Atlanta,
New York and Washington (Mar-Jun) and
(Sep-Dec) offer good weather.
West Coast: The months between May
and October are the busiest along the West
coast cities of Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San
Francisco. If you prefer smaller crowds and
lower prices the best time to visit is from Sep
to Nov.
Everything really is bigger and better in
North America - including the variety of
holiday options! With Thompsons, you're
sure to find every type of holiday available.
Elegant Washington DC, capital of North America
and seat of the Government, offers superb
museums and great restaurants. Spend some time
down South in the olde worlde cotton-picking
town of New Orleans, home to Jazz, soul food,
gospel music and good old Southern hospitality. If
city living is more your style, there’s the best of the
best, the Big Apple and the glitter and glamour of
Las Vegas. Climb the hilly, narrow streets in sunny
San Francisco or laze on golden beaches in Florida
and California.
Experience the beauty of the desert in the Grand
Canyon. Go wine-tasting in California’s Napa
Valley. Live the Hollywood lifestyle in Los Angeles.
Seek solitude and splendour in the Great Lakes.
United States of America
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New York
The “Big Apple”
Life never stops in the Big Apple – New York’s
Manhattan, with it's famous skyline, is vibrant
and energetic, with so many attractions and
facilities, it would be impossible to see and do
everything in one lifetime. Visit Times Square,
Broadway, unique Greenwich Village, Wall
Street, the Empire State Building and Madison
Square Gardens. Take the ferry to Ellis Island
to see the Statue of Liberty and explore some
of the city’s famous museums.
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Hop-On Hop-Off All Loops New
York Tour from $52pp
Visit a host of famous landmarks in Manhat-
tan & Brooklyn with unlimited rides on the
Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn & Night
Tours for 2 consecutive days.
NYC Showbiz Insiders Tour
from $93 pp
An opportunity to meet a Broadway per-
former plus a Radio City Music Hall Stage
Door Tour and lunch at Planet Hollywood.
Full Island Cruise from $30 pp
A leisurely three hour cruise around
Manhattan with live commentary on many
of the major attractions.
New York Pass : 1 Day pass
from $65 pp
Admission to over 40 top attractions in
New York City, with a 140-page pocket-
sized guide book with comprehensive
information about many places of interest in
NYC, Discounts and Special Offers at top
restaurants and retailers as well as line
skipping privileges at select attractions.
Just three blocks from Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
this historic hotel offers larger than average rooms with fully equipped
kitchenette and is convenient to Lincoln Center, the American Museum
of Natural History, the Theatre District and Midtown Shopping.
from $152 - $189 pp
Hotel Beacon +++
Located on Manhattan’s East 48th Street, within walking distance of many
of New York’s major landmarks. Nearby attractions include The Empire
State Building and Central Park. The hotel offers 138 air conditioned
guest rooms, featuring telephone with data port, cable TV with in-room
movies, ironing equipment, clock radio, hair dryer and refrigerator.
Disabled facilities available. from $135 - $215 pp
Helmsley Middletowne +++
Located on 57th Street and 10th Avenue away from the hustle and
bustle but within walking distance to Times Square, Theatre District and
Central Park. 597 rooms with: Cable/satellite TV, in room movies,
telephone, voicemail, speakerphone, high-speed internet access, iron /
ironing board, coffee maker & hairdryer. from $145 - $223 pp
Holiday Inn Midtown 57th Street +++
Located in the midst of business headquarters & media centres, near
Radio City Music Hall, Museum of Modern Art, Fifth Avenue shopping,
Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Broadway, Carnegie hall and Times
Square. 2041 rooms with Cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, high speed
internet access, iron/ironing board, mini bar, telephone with dataport/
voice mail, AC, alarm radio & work desk. from $182 - $427pp
New York Hilton ++++
In Midtown Manhattan at 50th St and Madison Ave, close to St. Patrick’s
Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Saks 5th Ave, theaters, Central Park, business
districts and world class shopping. Rooms have cable TV, in room movies,
telephone, voicemail, bathroom, hair dryer, alarm clock/radio, iron/ironing board,
work area, high speed internet & in-room safe. Complimentary shuttle to Wall
Street & the theater district. from $230 - $408 pp
New York Palace ++++
Park Central +++
Across from Carnegie Hall in Midtown Manhattan, just blocks from Times
Square, the Theatre District, Rockefeller Center & convenient to premier
shopping on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. Within walking distance from
Central Park and most major midtown attractions. 935 rooms with Cable
TV, internet access, in-room movies, Nintendo, data port, iron/ ironing
board, hairdryer & in-room safe. from $191 - $311 pp
Dream the destination... Live the journey.
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Theme Park excitement can really make you hungry!
Fill up on the Disney Dining Plan It’s a tasty way to save up to 30%
per person on dining. Enjoy select snacks and meals at participating
restaurants throughout Walt Disney World® Resort including some
that feature Disney Character Dining!
This package includes one table-service meal, one quick-service meal and
one snack per person, per night of your package stay at select restau-
rants. Bon appetit!
From $42 per adult & per child from 10 years of age.
Children 03 to 09 years of age pay $11 and must eat from the child menu where
available.
INCLUDES:
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More Ticket giving unlimited entry to The Magic Kingdom, Epcot,
Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme
Parks as well as 6 visits of your choice to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water
Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Downtown Disney
Pleasure Island, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney’s
Wide World of Sports Complex as well as one snack, one take-away
and one table service meal per person per day.
Thompsons Recommended
“Best Value for Money” Package
Prices - Value season
Per Adult Sharing from $740
Per Child 3-9 Yrs (Sharing with 2 adults) from $300
Per Child 10-17 Yrs (Sharing with 2 adults) from $340
Adult Dining (10 Yrs +) from $294
Child Dining from $77
Valid : 01 Jan to 13 Feb, 03 Aug to 01 Oct, 30 Nov to 16 Dec ‘08
DI SNEY DI NI NG PLAN
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Expedition Everest™
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park Downtown Disney
Magic Your Way Base Ticket
This base ticket gives you admission to all four of the
Walt Disney World Theme Parks (one Theme Park per day).
For even more Disney experiences and greater flexibility, you can
also combine this ticket with the "Water Park Fun & More" or
"Park Hopper " options.
Water Park Fun & More Option
The Water Park Fun & More option gives you a whole range of
extra places to visit: Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's
Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive
Theme Park, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island and Disney's
Wide World of Sports complex.
Park Hopper Option
Total flexibility - with the Park Hopper option you can visit
multiple Parks in one day, in any combination you choose. Come
back to your favorite attractions without using a single-day ticket
and, if you're staying in one of the Disney Resorts, it will let you
make even better use of those Extra Magic Hours.
Buy your Disney Tickets before you fly!
Select your flexible, tailor-made ticket inadvance andyou won't have toqueue
at the ticket office whenyou get there!
Disney Tickets also include free transport (buses, boats, monorails) within
Walt Disney World Resort
Helpful hint: book a Disney Resort hotel along with your ticket
and enjoy Extra Magic Hours
It pays to stay longer - the price per day on your Disney Ticket gets even better!
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Magic Your Way tickets give you even more flexibility
Disney is nowofferingtickets tailor-made tosuit your holiday.
You choose howmany days you'd like to stay, and which extras you'd like to add to your ticket.
Plus, even more importantly, the longer you stay and play, the less you pay per day!
Toy Story Mania
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Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
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The Seas with Nemo & Friends
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Magic KingdomPark
Enter a kingdom where storybook fantasy
becomes everyday reality—elephants fly, teacups
dance, and every day ends happily ever after in
seven lands of fun. The newest fun happens
when “Monster of Ceremonies” Mike Wazowski
hosts a funny newinteractive show, Monsters, Inc.
Laugh Floor, inspired by Dis2ey Pixar’s “Monsters,
Inc.” And beware! Captain Jack Sparrow has now
joined the rollicking crew for 2e; excitement on
the classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction!
Epcot
Epcot is where you can go from high-speed, high-
tech fun, to international culture and cuisine in just
a fewsteps. The newest Epcot wonder immerses you
in the world you saw in Dis2ey Pixar’s “Finding
Nemo” at The Seas with Nemo & Friends. You’ll also
encounter the real-life counterparts to the
characters as well as hang out with the coolest
dude of all in Turtle Talk with Crush. Take flight on
Soarin’, a multi-sensory ex4erie2'e that glides you
on wings of imagination through spectacular
sights, sounds and even scents!
Disney-Hollywood Studios
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Step right up and ex4erie2'e Toy Story Mania!, the
all-new interactive attraction inspired by
Dis2ey Pixar’s Toy Story films (coming in Summer
2008). Get cast in the entertainment capital of
high-speed attractions and sensational shows.
The astonishing Lights, Motors, Action!™ blends
flying motorcycles, airborne sports cars and
fishtailing jet-powered skis into the ultimate
behind-the-scenes look at howhair-raising stunts
are created for block-buster Hollywood films.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
In this amazing place, you’re in a living storybook on
a breathtaking adventure filled with great
attractions, shows and plenty of Disney Characters.
The newest high-speed thrills are found on the
Expedition Everest™train trek through the Himalayan
unknown, guarded by the dreaded Yeti (a.k.a the
Abominable Snowman)! Immerse yourself in Finding
Nemo – The Musical inspired by Dis2ey Pixar’s
“Finding Nemo”. This blend of puppetry, animation,
special effects and song brings the beloved
characters to life as you’ve never imagined.
Walt Disney World Water Parks
Looking for Florida fun in the sun? P0a2 a day or two
at these distinctly themed Water Parks. Disney’s
Blizzard Beach Water Park is one of today’s coolest
Water Parks with thrills for older kids and teens,
“bunny slope”-level areas just for kids, re0axi2+ tube
floats for adults, plus family flumes for the whole
gang. Soak up the sunny, tropical fun of Disney’s
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Thrills abound,
including Crush’n’Gusher, a gravity-defying uphill
water coaster. Come hit the waves in our monster
wave pool where Disney imagination reigns!
Downtown Disney Area
Indulge yourself at a waterfront metropolis, the
best in shopping, dining and entertainment.
Design and ride your own virtual roller coaster at
DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park. Check
out the awe-inspiring feats of the Cirque du
Soleil® show, La Nouba™, and when the sun goes
down, the grown-up fun keeps going late into the
evening at Pleasure Island, with outrageous clubs
and live entertainment.
You're invited to come live out more Disney dreams as The Year of a Million Dreams
celebration continues through December 2008. Enjoy enchanting new entertainment,
a fantastic new attraction and the dream-making magic Disney Cast Members create
for our Guests every day at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Don't miss your chance to be a part of it.
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Disney Resorts
Disney Deluxe Resorts
Offering the highest level of quality, convenience and Lobby Concierge services available, Disney
Deluxe Resorts immerse you in fantastic worlds and faraway lands. Magical theming is everywhere,
from beautiful rooms to elaborately themed pools. Many of our acclaimed restaurants offer award-
winning cuisine; others feature enchanting Character Dining. Some Deluxe Resorts feature monorail
stations right outside your door. Others are within walking distance of a Theme Park. And all are
close to the fun.
Disney Value Resorts
Whether they’re themed to music, sports, movies or twentieth-century pop culture, Disney
Value Resorts are big on everything but price! They also offer themed pool areas, food courts,
pizza delivery and laundry facilities. And with convenient, complimentary bus transportation
to Walt Disney World Resort locations, you’re always close to the Disney fun!
Disney Moderate Resorts
The perfect combination of value and amenities, Disney Moderate Resorts put
you close to all the Theme Park excitement! You can choose to be in a variety of
imaginatively themed locations, from the colorful Caribbean to the best of the
Big Easy. Fantastic themed pools with slides let you soak up some watery fun.
Food courts and full-service dining offer all-time favorites. Plus, recreation
opportunities like biking and boating add to the fun.
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Disney Deluxe Villas Resorts
Enjoy all the comforts of home with all the extras of a world-class vacation ownership
resort. Disney Deluxe Villas Resorts combine the magic of Disney with the convenience of
kitchen accommodations, flexible room arrangements, and extra living space for groups
of up to 8 people. The utmost in spacious luxury with renowned Disney service. The
number of rooms available is limited.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Nestled in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Wilderness Cabins feature
vaulted wood-beam ceilings and private barbecue decks. Spacious air-conditioned
living, dining and bedrooms accommodate up to six. The kitchen is fully equipped,
and we take care of the housekeeping!
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By purchasing the Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining,
you now have a convenient and affordable way to enjoy
two meals each day plus a snack at over 100 participating
restaurants throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
More great reasons than ever to stay at a Disney Resort Hotel
Disney Resort Benefits
The magic never ends when you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. For 24 hours a day, you’re immersed in a wonderful fantasy
world with magical touches that only Disney can provide. From Disney’s Value Resorts to Disney’s Deluxe Resorts, magnificent theming
transports you to another time and place, pampered by legendary Disney service and hospitality while they enjoy exclusive Disney Resort
amenities available nowhere else. It’s why the only thing better than visiting the Walt Disney World Resort... is staying there.
Disney’s Magical Express Transportation is complimentary and exclusively
available when you stay at a Disney Resort hotel. Motor coaches pick you up at
Orlando International Airport and take you to your Disney Resort hotel, while
your bags are picked up and taken to your room. And when your vacation’s over,
you and your bags are taken back to Orlando International Airport.
Disney Resort Guests can enjoy the Extra Magic Hours Benefit. Each day one
of the Theme Parks opens an hour early or stays open up to three hours
after regular Park closing, so you can experience some of the most popular
attractions. Valid Theme Park admission and Walt Disney World Resort ID are
required.
You’ll be close to the Disney fun.
Disney Resorts are close to the Disney Theme Parks, Disney Water Parks, nighttime entertainment,
and a whole world of recreation.
Our pools are the coolest.
Where else can you slide down a sea serpent’s tongue, stroll along a gigantic piano keyboard, or
splash through a towering volcano? Disney pools rule!
Staying in a Disney Resort is like staying in a magical Disney attraction.
There are over 20 Disney Resort hotels offering accommodations in fantastic environments crafted
in the great Disney artistic tradition. You’ll enjoy the kind of quality, immersive, “storytelling”
settings you enjoy in Disney Theme Parks.
Complimentary transportation whisks you around our
“world.” Why drive? You’re on vacation. Our modernistic
monorails, air-conditioned motor coaches and charming
ferryboats are your “magic carpets” to all things Disney.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
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Universal Orlando
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Resort
Universal Orlando
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Resort is what Florida
holidays are all about! Universal Studios
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brings
the magic of the movies vividly to life and thrill-
seekers are also well served by Universal’s
Islands of Adventure
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where innovative rides
make the term Rollercoaster seem inadequate.
After all that excitement, take a stroll down
Universal CityWalk
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- Orlando’s hottest spot for
entertainment. Make the most of your Universal
Orlando vacation by staying at one of three
on-site hotels: the exciting Hard Rock Hotel
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,
the exotic Loews Royal Pacific Resort, or the
luxurious Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.
2-Day/2-Park Plus 3rd Day Free* Ticket
Buy a Universal Orlando
®
ticket and enjoy an
extra day FREE! That’s 3 action-packed days of
admission to Universal Studios
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and Universal’s
Islands of Adventure
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theme parks. Plus you’ll
enjoy admission to the night-time entertainment
venues at Universal CityWalk
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*** for 14 con-
secutive days.
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Universal Orlando
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Resort
3-Park Ticket with Wet ‘n Wild
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Enjoy 5 days of admission to Universal Studios
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Universal’s Islands of Adventure
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, and Wet ‘n
Wild
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, Orlando’s most exciting water park. You
only have to pay one parking fee per day, at the
first park you visit. Plus you’ll enjoy 14 consecu-
tive nights access*** to Universal CityWalk
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Universal Orlando
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Resort
Live like a rock star at the exciting Hard Rock Hotel
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, located on-site
at Universal Orlando
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Resort. Orlando’s coolest hotel features a hip,
laid back attitude; a sand beach pool that immerses you in sound, not
just water; authentic rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia; the legendary Palm
Restaurant and more. from $156 - $228 pp
Kick back and relax at the exotic Royal Pacific Resort at Universal
Orlando
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. From the breathtaking beauty of the lush tropical land-
scaping and sparkling waterfalls, to the tranquility of the orchid court,
you'll be transported to the enchanted isles of the South Seas. Find
a spot at the tropical lagoon-style pool, and forget about the rest of
the world. from $137 - $208 pp
Experience la dolce vita – the sweet life - at Portofino Bay Hotel at
Universal Orlando
®
. Universal’s premier luxury hotel re-creates the
charm and romance of the seaside village of Portofino Italy. Guests
enjoy stylish, spacious guest rooms featuring authentic Italian furnish-
ings, impeccable service, an opulent spa, three themed swimming
pools and exceptional dining. from $189 - $268 pp
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
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Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
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Universal Orlando® Resort -
On Site Hotels
Now you can stay in the heart of all the
attractions and excitement, at one of
Universal Orlando Resor t’s magnif icently
themed on-site hotels. Each distinct hotel is
located just steps away from the world’s two
most amazing theme parks – Universal Studios
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and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
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- and
the exciting nightlife of Universal CityWalk
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entertainment complex.
*One (1) guest admission to Universal Studios Florida® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure® for any three (3) calendar days within a
fourteen (14) consecutive calendar day period which includes the f irst day any theme park or CityWalk® portion of the ticket is used.
**One (1) guest to one (1) calendar day admission to each of the following: Universal Studios Florida®, Universal’s Islands of Adventure®
and Wet ‘n Wild for a total of f ive (5) calendar days within a fourteen (14) consecutive calendar day period which includes the f irst day
any theme park, waterpark or CityWalk portion of the ticket is used.
***Both ticket offers include Universal CityWalk® admission during the fourteen (14) consecutive calendar day period.
Not valid for separately ticketed concerts and special events. Some venues require 21 or older for admission. Does not include admission
to Universal Cineplex 20, an AMC Theatre. Subject to availability. Both ticket offers including CityWalk portion: Parking not included
and there are no discounts on food or merchandise. Photo ID required. Additional restrictions apply and benef its are subject to change
without notice.
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Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Inc. Portofino Bay Hotel & Royal Pacific Resort logos © 2008 Universal Rank Hotel Partners. All rights reserved.
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International (USA), Inc.
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All rights reserved.
©2008 Universal Orlando.
All rights reserved.
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Orlando FlexTicket

Enjoy unlimited access to 6 great Florida
theme parks with one great ticket.
The Orlando FlexTicket and Orlando
FlexTicket Plus have everything you need
to get the most out of your Florida holiday.
With the Orlando FlexTicket enjoy 14 days
of unlimited admission to Universal’s Islands
of Adventure
®
, Universal Studios
®
, SeaWorld
®
Orlando, Wet ‘n Wild
®
Orlando and
Aquatica™, Florida’s newest water park.
If you can handle even more excitement then
there’s the Orlando FlexTicket Plus. It includes
all the thrills of the Orlando FlexTicket, plus
admission to the African themed adventure park
Busch Gardens
®
Tampa Bay.
Your adventure doesn’t have to end once the
parks have closed. Whatever your choice of
ticket, you’ll also get complimentary entrance to
Universal CityWalk
®
, Orlando’s hottest enter-
tainment and dining venue*.
And there’s more. You’ll also receive:
FREE coach transportation to Busch Gardens on
the Busch Gardens Shuttle Express when you
purchase the Orlando FlexTicket Plus**.
FREE parking. Only pay for parking once if you
visit more than one park on the same day.
Flexibility, variety and great value for money.
The Orlando FlexTickets have it all.
* Your CityWalk pass is valid for the same period of time
as your Orlando FlexTicket. These days start from the
first day you enter an Orlando FlexTicket park or City-
Walk. Some special events at CityWalk are separately tick-
eted and may incur an additional charge. Some CityWalk
venues have an age limit of 21 years or older.
** This service departs from SeaWorld Orlando and
various locations in the International Drive and Kissimmee
areas. Service may be subject to change.
Orlando FlexTicket: Adult $257
Orlando FlexTicket: Child(3-9 years) $213
Orlando FlexTicket Plus. : Adult $306
Orlando FlexTicket Plus. : Child(3-9 years) $256
Introducing Aquatica™ – a whimsical, one-of-a-
kind waterpark - only in Orlando and only from
SeaWorld. From enclosed tube slides through a
lagoon of Commerson’s dolphins to tranquil and
rapid rivers and relaxing on white sand beaches,
the fun here is as endless as the sea. Opening
March 2008.
Busch Gardens
®
Tampa Bay is an African
themed adventure park, where you can explore
exotic terrain; get up close to wildlife and
experience wild rides. See white tigers and
orangutans at Jungala, opening Spring 2008.
Then dare to take a ride on SheiKra
®
, the
floorless dive coaster.
Busch Gardens
®
Tampa Bay
Jump right into the action of your favourite films
at the number one movie and TV based theme
park in the world. Here you’ll find an amazing
array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions.
Experience a hilarious new ride starring The
Simpsons™, opening in 2008.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
®
Venture to adventures beyond the ocean’s door
at SeaWorld
®
Orlando. Get up-close with all the
sea’s creatures, including sharks, dolphins and
even killer whales! Experience the stunning
Shamu
®
show, Believe
®
, and the thrills of Wild
Arctic
®
, Journey to Atlantis
®
, Kraken
®
and more.
Dive in.
SeaWorld
®
Orlando
Take an unforgettable journey through five
remarkable islands where all your favourite
myths, legends, comic books, cartoons and
children’s stories come to life. You’ll experience
the most innovative rides and attractions ever
created including The Amazing Adventures of
Spider-Man
®
and The Incredible Hulk Coaster
®
.
Universal Studios
®
Orlando FlexTicket™
Call Thompsons to make sure you book your
Orlando FlexTicket™ before you travel!
Wet ‘n Wild
®
Orlando
Experience the world-class rides, quality
service and more multi-passenger water thrill
rides than any other waterpark in Orlando,
and you will see why Wet ‘n Wild was voted
America’s “Must See Waterpark”! Open year-
round with pools heated seasonally. Wet ‘n
Wild is the perfect place for the entire family.
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Studios. © 2008 Universal Orlando. All rights reserved.
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Aquatica

Dream the destination... Live the journey.
SeaWorld®
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Orlando
People from all over the world flock to sunny
Orlando- home to an astounding array of attrac-
tions, from thrilling theme parks to wonderful
golf courses, fabulous shopping and nightlife. It
is a perfect base from which to visit NASA’s
Kennedy Space Center and it is a convenient
pre and post cruise destination for the exciting
array of cruising options departing from Port
Canaveral.
Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate
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Set on 1200 acres of natural wetland with two 18 hole golf courses and a
850 foot lazy river pool just 5 miles from Walt Disney World. Rooms with
air conditioner, cable TV, in-room movies, mini bar, coffee maker, hair-
dryer, iron/ironing board, plus robes and in-room safe. Amenities include
heated swimming pool, waterslides, lazy river, fitness centre, spa, beauty
salon, video games arcade, golf courses, volleyball, basketball and tennis
courts, restaurant, deli, bar & room service. Complimentary transfers to
the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. from $106 - $148 pp
Located 3 miles away from Walt Disney World's Maingate entrance
with a covered and heated pool, two additional outdoor pools, plus
a whirlpool, and FREE scheduled transportation to and from Disney's
Parks. Each Standard Room has two beds, a private bath, a 25 inch
colour cable TV, telephone, air-conditioning, radio, direct dial phone,
hairdryer & trouser press. from $28 - $45 pp
Howard Johnson Maingate Resort
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Located less then 2 miles from the Disney parks, this hotel offers
198 air-conditioned guest rooms featuring telephone, cable TV, hair
dryer, ironing equipment, in-room safe and coffee maker.
Complimentary daily newspaper, morning coffee in the lobby and
shuttle service to Disney’s Theme Parks, Universal, SeaWorld and
Factory Outlet Mall. from $38 - $83 pp
Clarion Hotel Maingate
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Located on International Drive, just a short drive away from Orlando's
major attractions, including Walt Disney World, Sea World, Wet 'N
Wild, Universal Studios and the Orange County Convention Center.
465 Spacious guestrooms with air-conditioning, TV, satellite, radio,
direct dial phone, hairdryer, trouser press, and automatic wake-up call.
Disabled facilities available. from $42 - $54 pp
Holiday Inn International Drive
+++
Conveniently located on International Drive, just five minutes from
Universal Studios, this full-service resort hotel offers numerous
recreational facilities including three palm-tree-lined swimming pools,
two children's pools, outdoor hot tub, playground with miniature golf
greens, fitness centre, day spa and more! A great location to visit all
the Theme Parks in Orlando. Rooms are stylish, with modern decor,
individual climate control, safe and cable TV. from $35 - $69pp
International Plaza Resort & Spa
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Kennedy Space Center Tour
From $45pp
Experience NASA’s past, present and future,
this tour will take you closer to America's
space program. You will experience an
up-close look at the Space Shuttle launch
facilities that make Kennedy Space Center
NASA’s gateway to the universe. You’ll meet
a real Astronaut, experience the new mad
Mission to Mars show, see real space craft
and much more.
Sea World Florida From $94pp
Sea World is filled with entertainment for
the whole family. It has more than 20
spectacular attractions such as Shamu, New
Visions, Whale and Dolphin Discovery, Clyde
and Seamore. Sea Worlds newest attraction
is Key West, where visitors can interact with
bottlenose dolphins, see endangered sea
turtles and feed stingrays. Wild Arctic
combines a simulated flight over the frozen
North, with real life encounters with the
animals that live there. Visitors can observe
polar bears, walruses, beluga whales and
seals, both above and below the water.
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Anything goes in Miami
The chic and sophisticated resort city of Miami
Beach is only 7 square miles in size, but it boasts
an incredible number of ritzy hotels.
In Miami, life is outrageous and diverse, chic
and cultured. Visitors, when they are not
sunbathing, shopping or sightseeing, frequent
the many nightclubs and restaurants - to see
and be seen. Nightlife is lively, with every
type of musical entertainment imaginable and
cuisine, just as creative and varied.
Fontainebleau Resort and Spa
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Situated on 20 acres on the ocean front in Miami Beach, this landmark
hotel is located within 3 miles of the Miami Beach Convention Center
and South Beach nightlife. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms
with telephone, data port and voice mail, cable TV, in-room movies,
clock radio, hairdryer, ironing equipment, coffee maker and mini bar.
Disabled facilities are available. from $160 - $353 pp
Steps away from the white sandy beach, only a short walk away from a
wide range of dining, shopping and entertainment. Rooms are medium
in size and in fair condition, most of which have views of the ocean.
In-room amenities include TV, Satellite TV, radio, direct dial phone,
hairdryer and automatic wake up call. Disabled facilities are available.
from $56 - $169 pp
Days Inn South Beach
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Located in the heart of South Beach adjacent to Ocean Drive, with
135 guestrooms and suites. The hotel is made up of five very unique
1930's Art Deco styled buildings, that are situated on two acres of
lush tropical grounds. The rooms are medium in size and are well
equipped with air conditioning, TV, radio, hairdryer and trouser
press. Disabled facilities are available. from $51 - $187 pp
Bel Aire South Beach
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An upscale art deco hotel, in a beautiful beachfront location, amid
South Beach attractions and nightlife, with 228 rooms and 8 suites,
most with private balconies featuring dazzling city and ocean views.
Guestrooms feature luxury bedding with 300-thread-count sheets,
custom duvets and down/feather pillows and a 32-inch LG flat panel
TV, air-conditioning, telephone, mini-bar and more. Disabled facilities
are available. from $82 - $191 pp
Courtyard by Mariott South Beach
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Located directly on the beach, minutes from the Art Deco District’s
many attractions. 42 air-conditioned guest rooms offer ceiling fans,
telephone, internet access, cable TV, clock radio, hair dryer, ironing
equipment, mini bar and in-room safe. Recreational facilities include a
heated swimming pool, fitness centre and games room. Disabled facili-
ties are available. from $134 - $307 pp
The Palms South Beach
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Miami by night from $58 pp
2½ hours – night tour covering South Beach,
Art Deco District and Downtown Miami.
Miami City Tour and Everglades Tour
from $107 pp
Tour includes financial district, Little Havana,
Art Deco District, Coconut Grove and
a stop at Bayside Shops, downtown, for
some shopping time. Visit Miami’s famous
neighbourhoods, followed by a visit to the
Everglades. Includes airboat tour and alligator
show.
Full Day Key West - 1 Day Tour
from $59 pp
Drive across 42 bridges and 32 islands, to
the Southern-most point in the Continental
USA - just 90 miles away from Cuba. Enjoy a
drive through the charming town, with time to
explore on your own.
Parrot Jungle from $55 pp
Meet twin baby orangutans and be amazed at
three live shows held at the Jungle Theater. See
the jungle spring to life featuring tigers, other
wild animals and more than 200 parrots and
macaws.
Dream the destination... Live the journey.
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Washington
The Home of “Capitol Hill”
The country’s Capital City, Washington is not
only home to government and the White House,
it is also famous for housing the largest museum
complex in the world, the Smithsonian Institute.
The famous Pentagon, the largest office building
in the world, is also located in Washington, as
is Mount Vernon, George Washington’s final
estate, and Capitol Hill, where Congress meets.
Aside from so much culture, there’s also a sur-
prisingly vibrant nightlife, with pubs offering great
jazz, blue grass and rock. Georgetown, where
the university is situated, offers excellent restau-
rants and a variety of pubs and disco’s.
Situated right in the heart of Washington DC within easy reach of
tourist attractions, government offices and commercial centres. 340
medium sized guest rooms offer connection for laptop, air conditioning,
Satellite TV, hairdryer, trouser press and more. Disabled facilities.
from $69 - $121 pp
Washington Plaza
+++
Located near the US Capital, Convention Center, Union Station,
National Mall and Smithsonian Museum. Rooms with coffee/tea maker,
iron/ironing board, hairdryer, free high speed internet access, in room
movies & gaming. Amenities include outdoor pool, sundeck, fitness
centre, gift shop, restaurant, bar & room service.
from $103 - $321 pp
Holiday Inn on the Hill
+++
Situated on a seven-acre oasis, close to sightseeing and shopping on
Connecticut Avenue, the Hilton Washington provides a comfortable
and convenient base. Rooms are well equipped and feature all the usual
hotel amenities. Disabled facilities are available.
from $68 - $321 pp
Hilton Washington
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Washington/Embassy Row/Arlington
National Cemetery from $38 pp
Visit Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean and Marine
Corps Memorials. Kennedy Gravesites. View
US Capitol, Library of Congress, Supreme
Court, House and Senate Office Buildings,
FBI Building, White House, Federal Triangle
and more.
Old Town Trolley Tour from $33 pp
A fully narrated trolley tour, while boarding
and reboarding at any of the stops located
throughout the city. Tour includes unlimited
hop-on, hop-off service for 1 full loop.
Atlanta
Located three miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport and 15 minutes south of downtown Atlanta. Minutes away from
the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia
International Convention Center and Turner Field. Rooms with cable
TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, internet access, iron/ironing board, in-
house movies, telephone. Includes Airport Transfer. from $59 pp
Clarion Airport Hotel
+++
First-class, full-service hotel, featuring comfortable guest rooms,
dataport, high speed internet access, complimentary weekday
newspapers, coffee maker, 27-inch television, in-room movies.
from $77 - $95 pp
Sheraton Atlanta
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Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta in the CNN Center
Complex. Rooms with air conditioner, TV, in-room movies, Nintendo,
hairdryer, iron/ironing board, coffee maker, and bathrobes. Amenities
include fitness centre, outdoor heated pool & sundeck, Omni kids
program, beauty salon, restaurant, bistro/lounge, coffee shop & room
service. from $141 - $160 pp
Omni At CNN Center
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Atlanta’s Past & Present From $55 pp
Visit the Atlanta Cyclorama, see His-
torical Homes, Churches, Theaters and
the Governor´s Mansion as You Drive Up
Peachtree Street, Visit the Atlanta History
Center, see the 1928 Swan House and visit
Tully Smith´s Farmhouse.
Atlanta City Pass From $63 pp
Visit six famous Atlanta attractions for one
amazing low price including the Georgia
Aquarium & World of Coca-Cola amongst
others. See more and avoid most ticket lines.
The World of Coca-Cola ©
Atlanta is a sprawling modern metropolis offer-
ing world-class restaurants and shopping, a
festive nightlife and lots of cultural attractions.
This vibrant city is a showcase of the South, with
memories of days gone by. It’s also the centre of
America’s favourite sport – baseball, and home
to the worldwide cable news network, CNN.
Here, too, is where Coca-Cola originated. Visit
the World of Coca-Cola with its unparalleled
collection of over 1000 memorabilia recounting
the century-old history of this tasty cold drink.
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Chicago
City of Contrasts
With a stunning skyline erupting from the
western shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago
prides itself on being a centre for varied
culture, with festivals, exhibitions and parades all
year round. It is a city of contrasts: raging winters
and seductive summers, crowded highways and
friendly folk. With a thriving arts scene, Chicago
is a sensitive city, less brash than New York,
less loud than LA, but still able to provide that
"wow! " factor for international visitors that is
intrinsic to a trip to the US.
Boston
Historical University City
Welcome to Boston! The City of Boston hosts
over 12 million annual visitors from across the
States and around the globe.
This vibrant, thriving city is renowned for its
cultural facilities, world-class educational institu-
tions, champion sports franchises, as well as its
place at the very forefront of American history.
Tourism is one of New England's largest indus-
tries; as the region's social and commercial "hub",
Boston is willing to accommodate and entertain
you as few other cities can.
Situated on Michigan Avenue, the Essex Inn offers world class attractions
at your door step directly across from Grant Park and walking distance
to Art Institute. Rooms with cable TV, wireless internet access, hairdryer,
iron/ironing board, coffeemaker & telephone with voicemail /automated
wakeup service. from $60 - $130 pp
Essex Inn
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Located in the Gold Coast area of downtown Chicago, one block from
Michigan Avenue shopping on the Magnificent Mile and two blocks from
the Museum of Contemporary Art and Historic Water Tower. All rooms
with cable television, video game consoles and high-speed Internet ac-
cess for a fee. Bathrooms feature terry-cloth bathrobes and complimen-
tary designer toiletries. from $145 - $335pp
Affinia Chicago
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Hilton Chicago
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Grand Sears Towers Tour from $59 pp
A comprehensive tour of Chicago will show
you all the excitement. See the famous Loop,
State Street, public plazas, with world famous
works of art by Picasso, Miro, Chagal and
Moore, as well as yacht harbours, miles of
lake-front parks and beaches, museums and
theatres of Chicago.
Land & Lake Tour from $40 pp
A five and a half hour comprehensive tour
which shows you all that Chicago has to offer
including a shoreline cruise along the lakefront
in a beautiful steamliner yacht.
Adjacent to the Public Garden, the chic boutiques, art galleries and
restaurants of the world famous Newbury Street, this hotel offers
hospitality and service that has attracted United States Presidents and
celebrities for the past 76 years. Rooms with AC, cable TV, in room
movies, telephone, voicemail, dataport, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer,
iron/ironing board & internet access. from $95 - $201 pp
Boston Park Plaza
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Located less than four miles from historic downtown Boston and five
miles from the Boston Logan International Airport. 132 rooms with
Cable TV, coffee maker, AC, hairdryer, telephone, iron/ironing board,
in-room safe & dataport/internet access.
from $101 - $161 pp
Comfort Inn Boston
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Ideally located in the centre of Boston’s theatre, retail, entertainment
and financial districts. Rooms with Sony dream machine CD player/AM/
FM radio, mini-bar, cable/satellite TV, video-on-demand, Nintendo 64,
coffee maker, hairdryer, robes and slippers, dual-line telephone with
dataports, voicemail and speakerphone, iron/ironing board & individual
heat and air conditioning control. from $141 - $208 pp
Hyatt Regency Boston ++++
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Boston Harbour Cruise from $22 pp
Cruise through Boston’s past – join in on this
one-of-a-kind cruise that tells the
dramatic stories that shaped Boston’s and
the Nation’s future and see historic sites such
as the Boston Tea Party, USS Constitution,
Boston Lighthouse and much more.
Whale Watching Cruise from $39 pp
Boston’s only high speed catamaran whale
watch. Multiple seasonal daily departures.
On Chicago’s ‘’Cultural Michigan Mile’’, overlooking Grant Park and Lake
Michigan and in the heart of the cultural core. Rooms with 27” flat TV, in
house movies, playstation, high speed internet access, plush top mattress,
feather pillows, alarm clock, CD player, telephone, voicemail, iron/ironing
board & hairdryer. from $92 - $314 pp
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New Orleans
The Authentic ‘ Mardi Gras ‘
Down South one finds bawdy, mysterious New
Orleans, full of Spanish charm, jazz, seduction
and voodoo. Here, Spanish courtyards, Victorian
Verandas, Creole jambalaya, African gumbo
and French beignets combine to create a most
unique atmosphere.
The city’s focal point is the French Quarter,
where famous Bourbon street pulsates through
the night, offering festivities, drinking, dancing,
fabulous music and even more fantastic food.
Located on Royal Street, in the French Quarter, known for its antique
shops, art galleries and restaurants and one block away from the
famous nightlife of Bourbon Street, this simple modern high-rise hotel
with 18 floors has 255 medium size rooms with older traditional fur-
nishings and small bathrooms with a tub-shower and nice amenities.
from $60 - $197 pp
Holiday Inn French Quarter
+++
Located on world famous Royal Street just steps away from Bourbon
Street. Rooms with cable TV, in room safe, mini bar, in room movies,
hairdryer, iron & ironing board. Amenities include rooftop pool and
fitness centre, restaurants and lounge.
from $73 - $275 pp
Monteleone
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Located on the most fashionable corner – St Louis at Royal. Rooms
with Cable TV, air conditioning, in-room movies, Nintendo, compli-
mentary wireless high speed internet access, robes, in room safe, coffee
maker, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and mini bar. Amenities include
beauty salon, outdoor pool, observation deck, fitness centre, restaurant
and room service. from $78 - $185 pp
Omni Royal Orleans ++++ DELUXE
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Las Vegas
“Glitter & Glitz” in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is an exciting and flashy fantasyland of
incredible holiday resorts, 24-hour Casino’s and
glittering entertainment. In Vegas, anything can
happen - and often does. Money and sex are its
draw cards, getting married - or divorced - can
be achieved as quickly as ordering a pizza and
one can win - and loose - a fortune in the same
day. You can also see some breathtaking sights
nearby from the spectacular Grand Canyon.
Strolling entertainers with juggling, magic and balloon animals create a
lively family-orientated ambience to this well known hotel located on
the Strip. Rooms are furnished in bright circus theme colors and feature
air conditioning, TV, radio, direct dial phone, hair dryer and automatic
wake up call. Disabled facilities are available.
from $32 - $116 pp
Circus Circus
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Deluxe, elegant hotel, with the Charms of the Mediterranean, in the
heart of Las Vegas. The rooms are tastefully decorated and have
luxurious beds, 27-inch TV's & internet access. Rooms offer spectacular
views of the Las Vegas Strip or the pool area. Disabled facilities are
available. from $52 - $193 pp
Monte Carlo Resort Casino
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Located in the heart of Las Vegas Strip, opposite to Paris Las Vegas and
Bally’s. 3933 rooms with Cable TV, in-room movies, premium bedding,
internet access, minibar, bathrobes, hairdryer, iron/ironing board &
in-room safe. Hotel facilities include outdoor pools, full-service health
spa, fitness centre, fountain show, art gallery, botanical garden, shows,
casino & nightclub. from $314 - $449 pp
Bellagio Resort
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Grand Canyon South Rim from US$83 pp
This tour to the South Rim of the Grand
Canyon includes a drive over Hoover Dam and
stop at the Arizona View Point – this
tour is described as breathtaking, beautiful,
majestic, and splendid.
2 Day Las Vegas Power Pass from US$98 pp
Provides entry to exciting tours & attractions
such as the Madame Tussaud’s, Guggenheim
Hermitage Museum, Bellagio Gallery of Fine
Art, Elvis-a-rama, Las Vegas Zoo, & A Special
Memory Wedding Chapel. Skip the line at
any attraction with ‘Fast Tracking’ ! Includes a
comprehensive guidebook & discounts for great
retail shops & restaurants!
Swamp and Bayou Tour from $50 pp
Experience the timeless beauty of Southern
Louisiana, by crossing the Mississippi.
Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the
Swamp and Bayous and the Cajun “Joie de
Vivre”. Observe the natural wildlife home of
alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria and snakes.
Ghosts & Spirits Tour from $24 pp
New Orleans has been referred to as “the
most haunted city in the United States.” A
professional guide will lead you to haunted
sites, through mysterious streets in the
French Quarter, introduce you to ghosts and
tell you tales that make you shiver…
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San Francisco
Cruise in San Francisco Bay!
Laid-back San Francisco is both a touch genteel,
as well as off-beat. This pretty city with its narrow
hillside streets, street cars and famous Golden
Gate Bridge, is divided into specific districts, each
with its own distinct personality. Downtown is full
of ritzy boutiques and art galleries. Next door to
the Financial District is South-of-Market, known
as SoMa, where hip young professionals dine
before hitting the city’s nightclub scene.
Los Angeles
Everybody loves Hollywood
Los Angeles is the home of the American
dream - and positive proof that life can really
be like a movie script with a happy ending!
Glorious weather, sweeping beaches, fantastic
shopping and unbeatable entertainment.
Located within walking distance of many of the exciting San Francisco
attractions, Pier 39, Alcatraz, Bay Cruise Ferry piers and Ghirardelli
Square. Guestrooms are comfortable and spacious. Amenities feature
internet access in all guestrooms and lobby, fitness centre and outdoor
heated swimming pool with sundeck. Disabled facilities are available.
from $94 - $187 pp
Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf
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Located in the heart of San Francisco, this hotel provides the
ambience of a European boutique hotel, with a high-level of comfort
and convenience. Guestrooms are tastefully decorated, elegant and
spacious. Disabled facilities are available. from $139 - $151 pp
Handlery Union Square +++
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s South of Market district. Just a
block and a half from shopping, dining and entertainment at the new
Westfield San Francisco Center, Museum of Modern Art and Theatre
District. 676. rooms with air-conditioning, coffee maker, hair dryer,
in-room safe, minibar, iron/ironing board. from $186 - $246 pp
Westin San Francisco Market Street ++++
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Napa Valley Wine Train Experience
from $145 pp
Go for a scenic journey aboard the Napa
Valley Wine Train! Enjoy a gourmet lunch
on-board.
San Francisco City Pass from $54 pp
Seven San Francisco attractions & ride the
world famous cable cars for one low price!
Includes 7 days use of the Cable Cars & public
transportation pass, tickets to the Blue &
Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure, Aquarium
of the Bay, de Young Museum/Legion of
Honor, Exploratorium, San Francisco Museum
of Modern Art & California Academy of
Sciences & Steinhart Aquarium or Asian Art
Museum. CityPass is good for 9 days.
Located in the heart of Hollywood, one block from Hollywood Boul-
evard this hotel offers beautifully appointed guest rooms, equipped
with iron/ironing boards, coffeemakers, work stations with telephones,
internet access, data ports and more. Disabled facilities are available.
from $95 - $104 pp
Holiday Inn Hollywood
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Within walking distance to Rodeo Drive, this hotel is located at the
southern edge of Beverly Hills, offering great views. Room amenities
include connection for laptop, air-conditioning, satellite TV, in-house
movies, radio, telephone and trouser press. There are disabled facilities.
from $124 - $454 pp
Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills
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The Beverly Hilton Hotel is located downtown at the intersection of
world-famous Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards. There are 570
luxurious rooms, with 42-inch flat screen plasma TVs and equipped
with all the amenities you need. There are disabled facilities.
from $168 - $227 pp
Beverly Hilton
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SI GHTSEEI NG
Grand Tour of Los Angeles
from $82 pp
A comprehensive full day tour of L. A.
including Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and
Venice Beach.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Pass
from $50 pp
Visit four famous Hollywood Walk of Fame
attractions for one amazing low price! The
Hollywood Walk of Fame CityPass includes
tickets to the Starline Movie Stars’ Homes
Tour, Hollywood Wax Museum, Hollywood
Behind the Scenes Tour by Red Line tours
and Kodak Theatre Tour OR Hollywood
Museum in the historic Max Factor Building.
See more and avoid most ticket lines!
CityPass is good for nine days - it’s perfect
for a weekend or a week!
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Includes all major National Parks plus daily breakfast.
National Park Express 10 Days/9 Nights Golden West Adventure 5 Days/4 Nights
Mini Washington 2 Days/1 Night Mini Niagara Falls 3 Days/2 Nights
INCLUDES:
· Accommooatlon |or 9 nlgbts,
including taxes and porterage
· Alr-conoltloneo motorcoacb ano
guide for the entire tour
· Aomlsslons to. Montezuma's Castle,
17-Mile Drive and all National Parks
· Dally Contlnental 8reak|ast
The Extras {additional cost}:
Helicopter tours in Grand Canyon
National Park, San Francisco or Las
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ITINERARY:
Day 1: Lompoc / San Luis Obispo
Quality Inn & Suites or
Best Western Royal Oak
Day 2: San Francisco Renoir Hotel
Day 3: San Francisco Renoir Hotel
Day 4: Fresno Quality Inn
Day 5: Las Vegas Best Western
Mardi Gras
Day 6: Las Vegas Best Western
Mardi Gras
Day 7: Page/Lake Powell Super 8
or Holiday Inn Express
Day 8: Flagstaff Days Inn
Day 9: Phoenix/Scottsdale Clarion
Depature dates & hotels are subject to change
SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE QUAD CHILD
PRICE $1435 $1050 $955 $905 $655
Child price applies to children 16 and under, sharing a room with 2 adults.
All prices are based on fuel price, coach rates and park entrance fees as of Aug 31, 2007.
Surcharges may apply should the price of fuel rise by 10% or more, or if park entrance fees increase.
DEPARTURE DATES:
Wednesdays ‘08: Apr 2 16;
May 7 21; Jun 4 18 25; Jul 2 9
16 23 30; Aug 6 13 20; Sep 3
17; Oct 8; Nov 12; Dec 17.
Fridays ‘08: Apr 25; May 16;
Jul 4 25; Aug 8 15; Sep 5 19;
Oct 24.
Wednesdays ‘09: Jan 7;
Mar 11.
Fridays ‘09: Feb 13
The most National Parks in the least time!
INCLUDES:
· Accommooatlon |or 4 nlgbts,
including taxes and porterage
· Alr÷conoltloneo motorcoacb ano
guide for the entire tour
· Aomlsslons to. Montezuma's Castle,
Monument Valley, and all National
Parks
The Extras {additional cost}:
Helicopter tours in Grand Canyon
National Park and Las Vegas
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Adventure.
ITINERARY:
Day 1: Phoenix/Scottsdale Marriott
Day 2: Grand Canyon Canyon Plaza
Quality Inn or Holiday Inn
Express
Day 3: Kanab Shilo Inn or
Best Western Red Hill
Day 4: Las Vegas Circus Circus
Depature dates & hotels are subject to change
SINGEL DOUBLE TRIPLE QUAD CHILD
PRICE $800 $570 $525 $500 $340
Child price applies to children 16 and under, sharing a room with 2 adults.
All prices are based on fuel price, coach rates and park entrance fees as of Aug 31, 2007.
Surcharges may apply should the price of fuel rise by 10% or more, or if park entrance fees increase.
DEPARTURE DATES:
Sundays ‘08: Apr 6 13 20 27;
May 4 11 18 25; Jun 1 8 15 22
29; Jul 6 13 20 27; Aug 3 10
17 24 31; Sep 7 14 21 28;
Oct 5 12 19 26; Nov 2 9 16
23 30; Dec 7 14 21 28.
Thursdays ‘08: May 8 22
Jun 12; Jul 3 10 17 24 31;
Aug 7 14 21 28; Sep 4 11 18
25; Oct 2 9.
Sundays ‘09: Jan 4 11 18 25.
The beauty of Niagara in just 2 nights!
SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE QUAD CHILD
PRICE $505 $365 $340 $325 $235
Child price applies to children 16 and under, sharing a room with 2 adults.
All prices are based on fuel price, coach rates and park entrance fees as of Aug 31, 2007.
Surcharges may apply should the price of fuel rise by 10% or more, or if park entrance fees increase.
DEPARTURE DATES:
Mondays ‘08:
Jun 9 23; Jul 7 21 28;
Aug 4 11 18 25;
Sep 1 8 15 22 29; Oct 6.
The best of the East Coast in just 2 days!
INCLUDES:
· Accommooatlon |or 2 nlgbts,
including taxes and porterage
· Alr-conoltloneo motorcoacb ano
guide for the entire tour
· Aomlsslons to. Malo o| tbe Mlst
ITINERARY:
Day 1 Monday:
New York - Niagara Falls
Day 2 Tuesday
Niagara Falls - Toronto - Niagara Falls
Day 3 Wednesday
Niagara Falls - Corning - New York
Depature dates & hotels are subject to change
INCLUDES:
· Accommooatlon |or 1 nlgbt,
including taxes and porterage
· Alr-conoltloneo motorcoacb ano
guide for the entire tour
ITINERARY:
Day 1: Thursday
New York - Washington, DC
Day 2: Friday
Washington, DC - Philadelphia -
New York
Depature dates & hotels are subject to change
SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE QUAD CHILD
PRICE $365 $270 $250 $240 $170
Child price applies to children 16 and under, sharing a room with 2 adults.
All prices are based on fuel price, coach rates and park entrance fees as of Aug 31, 2007.
Surcharges may apply should the price of fuel rise by 10% or more, or if park entrance fees increase.
DEPARTURE DATES:
Thursdays ‘08:
Jun 12 26; Jul 10 24 31;
Aug 7 14 21 28;
Sep 4 11 18 25; Oct 2 9
Monument in Washington Washington DC Maid of the Mist
Grand Canyon
New York
Escorted Coach Tours
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New England & Niagara Falls
Day 1 New York
Day 2 Boston
Day 3 Boston
Day 4 Western Massachusetts
Day 5 Niagara Falls
Day 6 Niagara Falls
Day 7 New York
Day 8 New York
FROM TO VALID
$750 $904 01 April - 31 October ‘08
Dutch Country & DC
Day 1 New York
Day 2 New York
Day 3 Lancaster
Day 4 Gettysburg
Day 5 Washington DC
Day 6 Washington DC
Day 7 Philadelphia
Day 8 New York
FROM TO VALID
$763 $885 01 - 27 April ‘08
Miami - Florida Keys
Day 1 Miami Beach
Day 2 Miami Beach
Day 3 Miami Beach
Day 4 Key West
Day 5 Key West
Day 6 Key Largo
Day 7 Everglades
Day 8 Miami Beach
Self-drive Itineraries
INCLUDED: All hotel accommodation, hotel taxes, a daily itinerary, mapped driving instructions, info on sights & attractions. Children 16 years of age
and under are free of charge when sharing existing bedding with 2 full paying passengers. EXCLUDED: Hotel porterage, incidentals, admissions,
parking, air tickets and car rental are not included. Refer to page 11 for car hire rates with Alamo. All prices are per person sharing in a twin room.
Prices are subject to change and may not apply over certain convention and/or special event dates. Prices correct at time of going to print.
FROM TO VALID
$500 $667 01 April - 31 October ‘08
Nashville & Memphis
Day 1 Atlanta
Day 2 Atlanta
Day 3 Nashville
Day 4 Nashville
Day 5 Memphis
Day 6 Memphis
Day 7 Chattanooga
Day 8 Atlanta
FROM TO VALID
$392 $513 01 April - 31 October ‘08
Vegas & Grand Canyon
Day 1 Los Angeles
Day 2 Los Angeles
Day 3 Las Vegas
Day 4 Las Vegas
Day 5 Grand Canyon
Day 6 Laughlin
Day 7 Los Angeles
Day 8 Los Angeles
FROM TO VALID
$552 $923 01 April - 31 October ‘08
Highway 1 & Yosemite
Day 1 Los Angeles
Day 2 Central California Coast
Day 3 Monterey
Day 4 San Francisco
Day 5 San Francisco
Day 6 Yosemite NP Area
Day 7 Los Angeles
Day 8 Los Angeles
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according to hotels and seasons (CA$)
Glass of wine CA$6
Beer CA$6
Bottle of water CA$2.50
Coke CA$2
Light meal in restaurant CA$4
WHAT THI NGS COST
CAPITAL CITY: Ottawa
LANGUAGE: English and French are the
official languages.
CURRENCY: Canadian Dollar
VISA: Visas are required for SA passport
holders
AREA: 9,976,140 km
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TIME DIFFERENCE: East Coast - 7 hours
behind SA time (during their winter).
West Coast - 10 hours behind SA time
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: No vaccinations
are presently required unless you are travelling
through contaminated areas
BEST TI ME TO TRAVEL
May or June is generally ideal since the hours
of daylight are at their maximum, the weather
is generally very acceptable, and all the
recreational facilities are operative but not
too crowded.
September is also well worth considering.
The further north you get, the later spring
comes, and so the later the high passes over
the Rockies open.
Essential places to visit while in Canada
are: Vancouver, home to a large
Chinatown; the authentic Chinese mar-
ket. The old town of Montréal, called
Vieux Montréal, is a wonderful feast for
the senses. Visit the Majestic Castle,
Casa Loma, Canada’s foremost castle,
where one steps back in time to a period
of European elegance and splendour.
Canada is a vast country with a relatively small
population (only 26 million people). It extends
from fertile southern farmlands, to the frozen
northern territory and combines 2 very different
cultures and languages, English and French.
With its history, people, landscape and
spectacular scenery, Canada offers an abundance
of holiday destinations - well-known cities,
attractions and regions plus lots of less-travelled
areas just waiting to be explored. One of the
Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the
Niagara Falls, forms the natural border between
Canada and the United States of America.
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Holiday Inn Downtown
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Montreal
A “must” on any trip.
With some of the continent’s most vibrant
nightlife, stylish shopping and historic buildings
as well as Canada’s best museums and galleries
and the largest programme of festivals in the
country it is easy to understand why Montreal,
Canada’s great French speaking metropolis, is
an essential stop on any trip to North America’s
East Coast. Montrealers dress sense would not
look out of place in Milan, they have restaurants
and a cuisine to rival Paris, a programme of arts
to match Vienna, and a downtown cityscape that
is constantly being used in Hollywood movies as
a stand in for New York or Chicago.
Ideally located in the heart of downtown
Montreal, across the street from the Bell Center,
near the financial and commercial districts,
restaurants and museums this hotel offers quality
services in a relaxing atmosphere of comfort .
from US$77 - US$149 pp
Novotel Montreal
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Vancouver
Visit beautiful Vancouver.
From the breathtaking vistas, tranquil gardens
and historic landmarks, to the premier
shopping districts, fine dining and local
attractions, from being able to ski in the
morning, sail in the afternoon and be back in
town for cocktails in the evening makes this a
unique city offering something for everyone -
visit beautiful Vancouver and experience all the
sites and sounds this exciting city has to offer…
maybe stroll through Stanley Park, gasp at the
views from the Capilano Suspension bridge or
visit to Victoria Island? Of course, Vancouver
is also the perfect hub from which to Cruise
amazing Alaska or to experience “the most
spectacular train trips in the world” - on Rocky
Mountaineer.
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s
business, theatre and entertainment districts with
comfortable, spacious and tastefully decorated
guestrooms which are equipped with upgraded
amenities to accommodate today’s leisure or
business travellers.
from US$70 - US$137 pp
Toronto
Multi Cultural Toronto.
Situated on the shores of picturesque Lake
Ontario, Toronto is one the liveliest cities
in Canada. It is estimated that almost half of
Toronto were born overseas – a fact reflected
in the many cultural quarters within a couple
of blocks of each other. Its attractions also
reflect this ethnic diversity with world class art
collections and museums with collections from
all around the world and distinctly Canadian
institutions such as the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
With Niagara and the Canadian interior to
explore just outside the city, you are not likely
to spend all your stay within the city, but the
unique atmosphere of Toronto will keep you
coming back for more.
The hotel is located in the heart of Toronto
within walking distance to shops, restaurants,
theatres, museums and within easy access to all
major transit systems. The guest rooms are large
and spacious, decorated in contemporary style
and offer all the amenities required by leisure and
business travellers.
from US$76 - US$124 pp
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The Rocky Mountaineer
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Rocky Mountaineer Vacations
The spectacular highlights of the Canadian
Rockies are yours to discover when you travel
onboard the Rocky Mountaineer and experi-
ence "The Most Spectacular Train Trip in the
World"®. Each Rocky Mountaineer rail vacation
features breathtaking scenery and spectacular
onboard service, with an overnight stay in com-
fortable accommodations midway so that you
miss none of the spectacular scenery.
You will experience our warm Canadian hos-
pitality first hand with your choice of GoldLeaf
Service or RedLeaf Service.
Service as spectacular as the scenery.
Welcome to Rocky Mountaineer RedLeaf
Service – a truly civilized way to experience a
great all-daylight adventure. Settle back in your
roomy, reclining seat and enjoy the commen-
tary and service provided by your Onboard
Attendant. Delicious chilled breakfasts and
luncheon selections are served at your seat,
so you will not miss a moment of the scenery
through the large picture windows. Enjoy the
thrill of the Canadian Rockies in classic style.
RedLeaf Coach Features
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accommodate groups of four
“As good as it gets!”
Discover why guests rave about Rocky Moun-
taineer GoldLeaf Service. Our custom-designed
GoldLeaf Dome Coach puts you right in the mid-
dle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian
Rockies. From the attentive service provided by
your Onboard Attendants to the gourmet meals
prepared from regional cuisine by our talented
onboard chefs, you can be assured of luxury and
comfort. Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service is,
quite simply, as good as it gets.
GoldLeaf Dome Features
Custom-designed bi-level GoldLeaf Dome Coach
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seats that rotate to accommodate groups of four
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picture windows (four guests per table)
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our knowledgeable and friendly Onboard
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in lower-level dining room
· Co¬o||¬oota·v soac's aoo bovo·azos so·voo
at your seat
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Kamloops or Quesnel with luggage delivered to
your room
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accommodation in Kamloops or Quesnel
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· Cot|ooa| |a¬|ooos |voo|oz |oto·ta|o¬oot at a
reduced price
GoldLeaf Service Luggage
As a GoldLeaf Service guest you will have your
luggage delivered to your hotel room in Kam-
loops or Quesnel. Please be sure to carry any
medication with you, as you will not have access
to your luggage during the day.
Your Exclusive Attractions Pass includes com-
plimentary admission to the following featured
attractions, regardless of your tour itinerary:
Vancouver : Vancouver Lookout Hop-On
Hop-Off Attractions Loop Tour
Victoria : Royal BC Museum
Banff : Whyte Museum of the Canadian
Rockies Banff Upper Hot Springs
Jasper : Jasper Tramway, including
transportation to/from tramway
Calgary : Calgary Tower
EXCLUSI VE ATTRACTI ONS PASS
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Western Explorer
The most popular vacation for more
than a decade, and it is easy to see
why! All of the must-see attractions
of the Canadian Rockies are included
in this eight-day itinerary.
Highlights of this trip include:
2 days onboard the spectacular
Rocky Mountaineer® in your choice
of RedLeaf Service or GoldLeaf
Service
1 night at the world famous
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise,
including a guided lakeshore stroll,
Motorcoach tours of Jasper, Yoho
National Park and Banff, including
the Banff Gondola Icefields Parkway,
including a ride on an Ice Explorer*,
Exclusive Attractions Pass. National
Park Pass
Day 1 Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time
exploring on your own. Overnight in
Vancouver.
Day 2 Vancouver to Kamloops
Travel from Kamloops, in the heart of
British Columbia’s interior.. Overnight
in Kamloops.
Day 3 Kamloops to Jasper
Continue north and east to the
mighty Canadian Rockies into Jasper
National Park. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 4 Jasper Sightseeing
Spend the morning or afternoon
touring Jasper by motorcoach. The re-
mainder of the day is free. Overnight
in Jasper.
Day 5 Jasper to Lake Louise
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the
most scenic highways in the world,
the Icefields Parkway, with a stop
at Athabasca Falls before arriving at
the Columbia Icefield where you will
ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle
of the Athabasca. Overnight at The
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Please
note: Expected Ice Explorer dates
of operation 15 Apr-15 Oct. When
Ice Explorer is not operating, it will
be replaced with lunch at Simpson’s
Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. .
Day 6 Lake Louise to Banff
A half-day tour into Yoho National
Park to view some of its natural
wonders before transferring to Banff.
Overnight in Banff.
Day 7 Banff to Calgary
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of
Banff before an afternoon transfer to
Calgary. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 8 Calgary Departure
Your vacation ends with check-out
from your Calgary hotel.
2008 Vacation Start Dates on
Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays.
Apr 16 21 26 30
May 3 5 7 10 12 14 17 19
21 24 26 28 31
Jun 2 4 7 9 11 14 16 18
21 23 25 28 30
Jul 2 5 7 9 12 14 16 19
21 23 26 28 30
Aug 2 4 6 9 11 13 16 18
20 23 25 27 30
Sep 1 3 6 8 10 13 15 17
20 22 24 27 29
Oct 1 4 6 8 11 13
*Please note: Ice Explorer operation in early
April is subject to weather conditions. A lodge
lunch will be provided as an alternative when the
Ice Explorer is closed.
7 Nights / 8 Days
GoldLeaf Service Starts Vancouver
Popular Hotels Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Sharing Single Sharing Single Sharing Single
16 Apr-26 Apr
CA$2,239 CA$2,719 CA$2,449 CA$3,099 CA$2,719 CA$3,639
30 Apr-26 May
CA$2,899 CA$3,619 CA$3,499 CA$4,769 CA$3,899 CA$5,579
28 May-29 Sep
CA$3,339 CA$4,359 CA$4,099 CA$5,839 CA$4,549 CA$6,689
01 Oct-13 Oct
CA$2,889 CA$3,569 CA$3,349 CA$4,439 CA$3,749 CA$5,219
Prices are per person and do not include GST.
RedLeaf Service Starts Vancouver
Popular Hotels Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Sharing Single Sharing Single Sharing Single
16 Apr-26 Apr
CA$1,639 CA$2,119 CA$1,849 CA$2,499 CA$2,119 CA$3,039
30 Apr-26 May
CA$2,059 CA$2,779 CA$2,659 CA$3,929 CA$3,059 CA$4,739
28 May-29 Sep
CA$2,499 CA$3,519 CA$3,259 CA$4,999 CA$3,709 CA$5,849
01 Oct-13 Oct
CA$2,049 CA$2,729 CA$2,509 $3,599 CA$2,909 CA$4,379
Prices are per person and do not include GST.
Classic Rail Circle
6 Nights / 7 Days
The ultimate all rail journey through
the dramatic and diverse scenery of
Canada’s West onboard both the
Whistler Mountaineer and Rocky
Mountaineer trains.
Eastbound
Day 1 Vancouver Arrival
Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 Vancouver to Kam-
loops
Travel onboard the Rocky Moun-
taineer to Kamloops, in the heart
of British Columbia. Overnight in
Kamloops.
Day 3 Kamloops to Jasper
Continue north and east to the
Canadian Rockies and the province
of Alberta. Follow the banks of the
North Thompson River through the
Monashee and Cariboo mountains.
Highlights include Mount Robson, at
3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the high-
est peak in the Canadian Rockies,
Pyramid Falls, and the climb over
the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper
National Park. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 4 Jasper to Quesnel
Travel from the mountain resort of
Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to
the charming rural town of Quesnel.
Pass through the Rocky Mountain
Trench, with the steep Rocky and
Cariboo mountains either side, and
on to British Columbia’s northern
interior. Highlights include Mount
Robson, the highest peak in the
Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass
and Moose Lake. Pass the town of
Prince George and follow the Fraser
River into Quesnel. Overnight in
Quesnel..
Day 5 Quesnel to Whistler
Your journey continues south
today to the four-season resort of
Whistler. Highlights include sweep-
ing views of the Fraser Canyon,
the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge,
one of the highest railway bridges
in the world, and the shorelines
of Anderson Lake and glacial-fed
Seton Lake. Your rail journey ends
today on arrival in the resort town
of Whistler, host of the 2010 Win-
ter Olympic Games alpine events.
Overnight in Whistler.
Day 6 Whistler to Vancouver
Morning free to explore Whistler
Village. This afternoon return to
Vancouver onboard the Whistler
Mountaineer through the stunning
scenery of this “Sea to Sky” region.
On arrival at the North Vancouver
train platform, you will be trans-
ferred to your accommodation in
downtown Vancouver. Overnight in
Vancouver.
Day 7 Vancouver Departure
Your vacation ends with check-out
from your Vancouver hotel.
2008 Vacation Start Dates on
Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays.
May 7 11 12 17 21 25 26 31
Jun 4 8 9 14 18 22 23 28
Jul 2 6 7 12 16 20 21 26 30
Aug 3 4 9 13 17 18 23 27 31
Sep 1 6 10 14 15 20 24 28 29
Oct 4 8 12
The departure dates shown in bold
will operate in reverse direction only.
GoldLeaf Service Starts Vancouver (Circle Trip)
Popular Hotels Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Sharing Single Sharing Single Sharing Single
07 May-26 May
CA$3,484 CA$3,974 CA$3,779 CA$4,589 CA$3,999 CA$4,999
31 May-29 Sep
CA$3,814 CA$4,434 CA$4,139 CA$5,039 CA$4,349 CA$5,459
04 Oct-12 Oct
CA$3,484 CA$3,984 CA$3,729 CA$4,469 CA$3,939 CA$4,889
Prices are per person and do not include GST.
RedLeaf Service Starts Vancouver (Circle Trip)
Popular Hotels Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Sharing Single Sharing Single Sharing Single
07 May-26 May
CA$1,899 CA$2,389 CA$2,194 CA$3,004 CA$2,414 CA$3,414
31 May-29 Sep
CA$2,229 CA$2,849 CA$2,554 CA$3,454 CA$2,764 CA$3,874
04 Oct-12 Oct
CA$1,899 CA$2,399 CA$2,144 CA$2,884 CA$2,354 CA$3,304
Prices are per person and do not include GST.
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according to hotels and seasons (US$)
Glass of wine - national $6
Imported glass of wine $6 - 8
Beer $3
Bottle of water $2.50
Coke $2.50
Light meal in restaurant $15 - 20
WHAT THI NGS COST
CAPITAL CITY: Mexico City
LANGUAGE: Spanish is the official language
CURRENCY: Mexican New Peso
VISA: Visas are required for SA passport
holders
AREA: 1,958,200 km
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TIME DIFFERENCE: SA time less 8 hours
(Mexico City)
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Hepatitus is a
health risk, so immunisation for this is required
BEST TI ME TO TRAVEL
Mexico’s lush jungles, golden beaches, and
romantic deserts entice visitors year round.
Temperatures fluctuate widely throughout
the country. Winters tend to be mild while
summers vary from warm to excruciatingly
hot, with temperatures in both the arid
North and the moist Gulf regions soaring
to more than 50º C. The best time to hit
the beaches is during the dry season
(Nov ÷ May), wben oays are sunny ano
nights balmy.
Discover the fascinating world of Mexico
÷ e×plore blooen treasures, vlslt anclent
Aztec pyramids, feast on authentic foods
or enjoy fantastic shopping. Whether
you’re looking to visit past civilizations,
laze on the beach or work on your golf
game... Mexico is the place to visit.
Over a mile high, and built on the ruins of Teno-
chtitlan, the ancient Aztec capital, Mexico City
has a population of 20 million. Reminders of past
civilization pervade the city, particularly at the
Templo Mayor excavation and Anthropological
Museum at Chapultepec Park. Fine shops can be
found in profusion in the Zona Rosa.
NH Mexico City
+++
Located in a key spot to reach all the big congress and exhibition halls in
Mexico city as well as Historic downtown, Chapultepec Castle and the
financial zone of Polanco. All the rooms are medium to large in size,
in good condition and modern in décor with air conditioning, satellite
television and direct dial phone. from US$31 - US$51 pp
Regent
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Just a few steps away from the three most important avenues in the
city: Chapultepec, Insurgentes and Paseo de la Reforma, this hotel is
located in Zona Rosa, the business and entertainment centre of Mexico
City. The rooms are medium in size with modern facilities and a
medium size bathroom and offer air conditioning, television, mini bar
and hairdryer. from US$44 - US$64 pp
Royal Zona Rosa
+++
Situated in Zona Rosa, the financial centre of the city, it is a short walk
to many of the areas of interest such as the Independence monument,
stock exchange and the Anthropology Museum. All guest rooms are
modern in decor, medium in size and in very good condition with air
conditioning, satellite television, direct dial phone, mini bar, hairdryer
and automatic wake-up call. from US$46 - US$66 pp
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Cancun
Lively Cancun
From ancient ruins to beautiful beaches, Cancun
has something for every visitor. It would be dif-
ficult to design a destination with better natural
beauty, archeological riches and man-made
attractions. No matter what you are seeking
from a holiday you are likely to find it in Cancun.
To college students on spring break it is a week
long, 24 hour party hot spot. To honeymooners
it is the perfect romantic getaway to start a life
together. To outdoor sports enthusiasts, Cancun
is the perfect place to catch some great waves,
go parasailing or dive in the clear blue ocean.
Untouched Beauty
Miles of untouched powdery white sand as far
as the eye can see beckons visitors in search of
quiet and relaxation… These unspoiled beaches
of the Riviera Maya, known and treasured by
locals, but still virtually undiscovered will make
even the most seasoned traveller feel as though
they are on their own deserted island.
The family-friendly Aquamarina Beach Resort in Cancun provides all-
inclusive packages and a prime location on the beach. This hotel is close
to theatres, international restaurants and world-renown nightclubs,
where visitors can dance until the sunrise. Sports fishing, snorkelling,
scuba diving among coral reefs, tropical jungles and cenote caverns
await recreational and nature enthusiasts. from US$81 - US$122 pp
Aquamarina Beach Resort
+++
Park Royal Cancun enjoys a privileged location in Cancun right across
the street from the shopping and entertainment centre “La Isla” and is
the perfect place to relax and enjoy an unforgettable family holiday. The
all-inclusive program includes buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks,
as well as unlimited domestic and imported drinks (selected brands).
from US$122 - US$205 pp
Park Royal Cancun
+++
Only 15 minutes from the Cancun International Airport, the Hilton
Cancun Golf & Spa Resort is a tropical paradise set amidst 150 park-like
acres of breathtaking natural beauty. The hotel feels as though it is a
time apart and worlds away and provides a natural and mystical setting,
whether you’re on a romantic getaway, attending a meeting or enjoying
precious time with your loved ones. from US$75 - US$256 pp
Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort
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Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun - “the ultimate adults-only hideaway”. DELUXE
Riviera Maya
Steeped in the colorful history and natural
splendor of Mexico, Secrets Capri makes the
Riviera Maya its home. 35 minutes from Cancun
International airport, within easy reach of
ancient Mayan ruins and a stone’s throw from
one of the world’s longest barrier reefs, the
resort’s attractions lie both within and beyond
its 71 lush, tropical acres.
Your comfort is paramount at Secrets Capri
and a personal concierge on each floor takes
every guest into their care. Luxuriate in effort-
lessly elegant accommodations featuring every
convenience, from marble bathrooms with
Jacuzzis to stocked mini bars, 24 hour room
service, satellite television, internet access and
CD/DVD players. Each of our 290 air-condi-
tioned rooms is delicately appointed with fine
fabrics, tropical hardwoods and Travertino
marble floors. Furnished patios or balconies
frame breathtaking ocean or garden views.
Embrace the sensuous world of
Unlimited-Luxury, where the following
are included.
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day – boasting five restaurants without
reservations and five exquisite bars including
beach pool, cigar and piano bars
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kayaking, and beach and pool volleyball
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shows, live performances and rock n’ roll
beach parties
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Honeymoon and Anniversary Packages avail-
able ÷ must be requesteo at tbe tlme o| book-
ing. You will be required to present a copy of
your wedding invitation or marriage certificate
at time of check in.
from US$199 - US$368 pp
Dream the destination... Live the journey.
VALID FOR RENTAL 01 APRIL 08 - 31 MARCH 09
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Alamo
Alamo USA
Alamo Rent A Car provides a wide selection of quality vehicles for your leisure or business car rental needs, from economy and compact car models, to
convertibles, SUVs and minivans, as well as specialty cars and trucks. Alamo brings exceptional value and variety to every car reservation and rental.
Chevrolet Aveo
or similar
ECONOMY
Passengers: 2 adults and 2 children.
Luggage: 2 medium suitcases.
Also has: AM/FM radio, air bags,
automatic transmission
and air-conditioning.
Chevrolet Cavalier
or similar
Oldsmobile Alero
or similar
INTERMEDIATE
Passengers: 2 adults and 3 children.
Luggage: 2 large and 2 medium suitcas-
es. Also has: AM/FM radio, automatic
transmission, air-conditioning,
power steering and air bags.
COMPACT
Passengers: 2 adults and 2 children.
Luggage: 1 large and 2 medium suit-
cases. Also has: AM/FM radio,
air bags, power steering and
automatic transmission.
Chevrolet Impala
or similar
FULL-SIZE CAR
Passengers: 2 adults and 3 children.
Luggage: 2 large and 3 medium suitcases.
Also has: AM/FM radio with cassette,
air bags, automatic transmission, air-condi-
tioning, power steering and anti-
lock brakes, cruise control, central
locking and reclining seats.
Chrysler PT
Cruiser or similar
· DON'T GLT LOST!
Include a GPS in your rental.
$14 per day / $70 per week
CONVERTIBLE
Passengers: 2 adults and 2 children.
Luggage: 2 small suitcases.
Also has: AM/FM radio with cassette,
air bags, automatic transmission,
air-conditioning, power steering.
All car rentals are subject to legal terms, conditions and pricing procedures of Alamo Rent A Car in effect at the time of printing this brochure. In the event of the subsequent enactment of any law in the United
States, whether federal, state or local, which restricts or prohibits any of those terms, conditions or pricing procedures, Alamo’s terms, conditions and prices will be subject to adjustment to the extent necessary to
compensate for such restriction or prohibition. NOTE: Legislation or regulations or the cost of fuel may affect Alamo’s pricing or procedures. On all inclusive products, Alamo reserves the right, without notice, to (i)
charge customers, at the time of rental or thereafter, for the amount of any additional or increased surcharges, fees, taxes or increased fuel costs incurred subsequent to entering into this Agreement, or (ii) increase
Clients tax, surcharge or fuel inclusive rates by an amount equivalent to the additional or increased tax, surcharge, or fuel cost subsequent to entering into this Agreement.
Fully Inclusive
Car Group Car Type or Similar FLORIDA CALIFORNIA WEST REST/NYC
Models may vary by location Week Day Week Day Week Day Week Day
Economy Chevrolet Aveo 4 Door 230 46 275 55 305 61 308 63
Compact Chevrolet Colbalt 4 Door 245 50 294 59 326 66 328 66
Intermediate Pontiac G6 4 Door 294 59 311 63 338 68 338 68
Intermediate Chevrolet Equinox 5 Seat 341 69 344 69 383 66 398 69
Full-size Chevrolet Impala 4 Door 328 66 338 68 375 65 391 68
Premium Buick Lucerne 4 Door 385 78 400 80 446 90 446 90
Luxury Car Cadillac DTS 4 Door 439 89 468 94 574 115 535 108
Convertible PT Cruiser 2 Seat 439 89 468 94 574 115 535 108
Luxury Van Chevrolet Uplander 7 Seat 439 89 468 94 574 115 511 103
4 Wheel Drive Chevrolet Trailblazer 5 Seat 453 91 534 108 574 115 563 113
All rates are in US Dollars and include Unlimited Mileage, CDW, $1million Liability Cover, Sales Tax, State Tax and Airport Fees

PEAK SEASON: Excluding Florida, add $32 per week / $6.50 per day for all rentals commencing 15 July - 20 August 2008 and 22 - 27 December 2008 (inclusive).
WESTERN USA: Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming.
L8 AVAILABLE IN: Florida, California, Colorado, Nevada, Washington State, Oregon.
LM AVAILABLE IN: Orlando, Miami and Sanford.
ONE WAY RENTALS: No drop off charge for one way rentals within Florida and California only. Other one ways on request.
Please note: no one way drops allowed for EC and E4 cars in any city/state.
FUEL: On Alamo Gold Rates Fuel is not included at the following Manhattan locations: East 12th Street (NYCC75), East 31st Street (NYCC76), East 50th Street
(NYCC77), East 80th Street (NYCC73), West 40th Street (NYCC71), West 77th Street (NYCC78)

Alamo Gold
Car Group Car Type or Similar FLORIDA CALIFORNIA WEST REST/NYC
Models may vary by location Week Day Week Day Week Day Week Day
Economy Chevrolet Aveo 4 Door 246 50 300 60 326 66 328 66
Compact Chevrolet Colbalt 4 Door 264 54 318 64 341 69 345 70
Intermediate Pontiac G6 4 Door 313 63 341 69 354 71 355 71
Intermediate Chevrolet Equinox 5 Seat 358 73 374 75 400 70 413 73
Full-size Chevrolet Impala 4 Door 351 71 366 74 394 69 406 70
Premium Buick Lucerne 4 Door 424 85 436 88 464 94 464 94
Luxury Car Cadillac DTS 4 Door 470 95 559 113 594 119 594 119
Convertible PT Cruiser 2 Seat 470 95 559 113 594 119 594 119
Luxury Van Chevrolet Uplander 7 Seat 470 95 559 113 594 119 594 119
4 Wheel Drive Chevrolet Trailblazer 5 Seat 470 95 559 113 594 119 594 119
All rates are in US Dollars and include Unlimited Mileage, CDW, $1million Liability Cover, Sales Tax, State Tax, Airport Fees, Up to 3 Additional Driver Charges* & One Tank of Fuel
* drivers must be 25 years or above
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Booking Conditions
Please read the following booking conditions carefully, as they set out the terms
and conditions of the contract between you and Thompsons. We act as booking
agents for the suppliers of the component parts of the holiday we organise, and
as such, bookings for their services will form a direct contract between you and
the relevant supplier, and will be subject to that supplier’s standard terms and
conditions.
1) Bookings
Bookings save for late bookings as referred to hereunder, are confirmed on the
condition that a non-refundable deposit, of a minimum of 25% of the total pack-
age price, is paid to Thompsons within 72 hours of confirmation of your bookings.
You will be advised at the time of booking what payment is required for your
particular arrangements. The balance of the cost of your travel arrangements
must be paid no less than six weeks prior to departure. If your booking is made
within 6 weeks of departure, the total cost of your travel arrangements must be
paid at the time of booking. Please note: FAILURE TO PAY ON TIME WILL RESULT
IN THE AUTOMATIC CANCELLATION OF YOUR BOOKING.
2) Late Booking Fee & Communication Expenses (Telephone Calls)
In the event of a booking (except South Africa bookings) being made less than 7 days
prior to the date of departure, Thompsons reserves the right to charge for any
extra communication expenses. Full payment is due immediately on confirmation
and is non-refundable on all late bookings. Some bookings require full payment at
the time of booking i.e. prior to confirmation. If we are unable to secure confirma-
tion you will be refunded in full.
3) Price Changes
a) The costs associated with travel arrangements are not always stable, and cur-
rency movements can fluctuate sharply. It is impossible to predict these move-
ments in advance. When you book a package through us, we reserve the right to
pass on any surcharges to you. Surcharges may be imposed to cover increases
in transportation costs, including the costs of fuel and security charges, taxes
or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disem-
barkation fees at ports and airports, or exchange rates applied to the particular
package.
b) Thompsons guarantees the price of land arrangements, only once full payment is
received.
c) Airfares are subject to the prices and conditions quoted by the particular airlines
and cannot be guaranteed by Thompsons. The onus is on the agent & the pas-
senger to check that there have been no changes in these prices before making
final payment thereof.
d) Should the client make a group reservation & subsequently the group numbers
deviate from the minimum number required for the booking, Thompsons reserves
the right to re-cost the price and raise a surcharge. Should any client refuse to
accept and pay such surcharge, it may result in cancellation of the booking and
forfeiture of all payments made.
4) Methods of Payment
a) Credit Cards: In accordance with International Airline Travel Association (IATA)
bulletin # A1/00 we need a signed and validated Standard Credit Card Charge
Form. The agent acknowledges that s/he has seen the card and that the signature
on the card is the same as that on the Credit Card Charge Form. A signed and
validated Standard Credit Card Charge Form (SCCCF) or payment through our
Virtual Card Services system, are the only recognised forms of payment for credit
cards. If the card is a foreign credit card then you may be requested to supply
various other details.
b) Cheques: Bank issued cheques or travel agency cheques only (accredited agen-
cies only). Please note we require 7 working days to clear all cheques before
documents can be issued.
c) Cash or EFT Transfers: We accept EFT transfers, or cash deposited into one of our
bank accounts, subject to condition that the EFT transmission report or the cash
deposit slip is provided to ourselves and such payment has been confirmed as
received by ourselves.
5) Insurance
It is strongly advised that all clients take out adequate insurance cover such as
cancellation due to illness, accident or injury, personal accident and personal
liability, loss of or damage to baggage and sports equipment. Thompsons will not
be responsible or liable if the client fails to take adequate insurance cover or at
all. It shall not be obligatory upon Thompsons to effect insurance for the client
except upon detailed instructions given in writing and all insurance effected by
Thompsons pursuant to such instruction will be subject to such exceptions and
conditions as may be imposed by the insurance company or the underwriters
accepting the risk, and Thompsons shall not be obliged to obtain separate cover
for any risks so excluded. Should the insurers dispute their liability for any reason,
the client will have recourse against the insurers only. Once the insurance has
been confirmed and paid for, the client will be issued with a policy document of
the insurer. It is a complex document, which must be READ BEFORE you initiate
your travel so that you can address any queries you may have to the insurer PRIOR
to your departure. Please note that various credit card companies offer limited
levels of travel insurance, which Thompsons does not consider sufficient cover
for international travel. Kindly check with the respective credit card companies in
order to obtain specific details of the cover.
6) Flight and Other Travel Timings
Flight timings are provided by airlines and are subject to Air Traffic Control restric-
tions. All means of transportation are subject to weather conditions, the need for
constant maintenance, and the ability of passengers to check-in on time. There is
no guarantee that flights, ferries, ships, trains or coaches will depart at the times
stated on any itinerary or tickets which you receive. All timings are estimates
only, and we do not accept any liability for any delay, however arising, or for any
schedule alterations.
7) Flight Reconfirmation
It is your responsibility to ensure that you reconfirm the departure date and times
of all your flights at least 72 hours prior to departure. This is particularly important
in respect of subsequent journeys once leaving South Africa and Thompsons
hereby specifically excludes any liability for any delay and /or loss as a result of
your failure to reconfirm any flight and/or connecting flight.
8) Documents
a) Documents (vouchers, itineraries, etc.) are only prepared on receipt of full pay-
ment of the package price, and signed & completed Booking Form, and will be
ready 24 hours after payment has been received. Normally your travel agent will
arrange collection of your documents.
b) Should you require your documents and air tickets to be forwarded to either
yourself or the departure airport this may be arranged by your agent with us.
However, the courier costs in respect thereof will be for your own account.
c) It is important that you check all details of your travel documents (including your
itinerary) before leaving South Africa. If there are any inaccuracies on any of your
travel documents, or should you have any further queries, you should contact your
travel agent immediately. Thompsons will not be liable for any delay and/or loss
occasioned as a result of any inaccuracies on any travel documents once you are
in receipt thereof and you have left South Africa.
9) Unscheduled Extensions
In the unlikely event of there being an unscheduled extension to the holiday
caused by flight delays, bad weather, strikes, or any other cause which is beyond
the control of Thompsons, it is understood that the expenses relating to these
unscheduled extensions, (hotel accommodation etc.), will be for the account of
the passenger. Thompsons accepts no liability for changes, omissions or delays
before or during the course of any holiday occasioned by technical difficulties,
weather conditions, strikes or communication breakdowns or the like.
10) Changes by You
a) If you wish to make a change to your booking we will endeavour to assist you
to make the change wherever this is possible. You will have to pay all charges,
whatever kind, imposed by the suppliers providing that component part of your
travel arrangements when amending a booking any time prior to departure. Fares
will be re-quoted at the time of amendment.
b) An administration fee of R100 per person will be charged for each amendment
and / or cancellation.
c) After departure it is understood that extra expenses incurred as a result of any
change will be for the passenger’s account, and any unused service will not be
refunded.
d) Amendments and cancellations en route must be made with our operators
directly.
11) Cancellation by You
If you wish to cancel your booking you must advise your agent immediately,
who will in turn advise us. You will be liable to pay the following cancellation
charges:
a) Where your booking includes a special fare, the relevant charges are levied by
the airline. In some circumstances this may be 100% of the total fare, regardless
of when cancellation is effected.
b) Where your booking is for a package, you will be responsible for all cancellation
charges, of whatsoever nature, imposed by the suppliers providing the compo-
nent parts of such travel arrangements.
c) Thompsons charges a cancellation fee equal to 10% of the package price on any
finalised booking. However, Thompsons reserves the right to charge a cancella-
tion fee of up to 100% of the total package, in its sole discretion, in particular
circumstances. Any monies, which you have already paid to us, will be taken by
us as payment or part payment of any cancellation charges.
12) Our Right to Change Your Travel Arrangements
a) A significant change to your travel arrangements would include a change in the
departure date from South Africa; where the flight times are changed by more
than 12 hours or a change to a lower standard of accommodation to that which
is booked. In these instances of significant changes to your travel arrangements
Thompsons undertakes to advise you thereof as soon as reasonably possible
before your departure date to obtain your further instructions in this regard.
b) All other changes are minor changes. A minor change can be made at any time
and, if practicable, we will advise you of any such change prior to departure but
we are not obliged to do so. Such minor changes may be made by Thompsons, in
its discretion, who will not be responsible or liable for the payment of compensa-
tion to you as a result of such minor changes.
c) Every effort is made by Thompsons to adhere to confirmed itineraries; how-
ever, we reserve the right to make changes to your travel arrangements when it
becomes necessary to do so.
d) Should any travel component be confirmed by Thompsons and this component
is cancelled by the supplier for whatsoever reason, then in such instances
Thompsons will accept no liability for the cancellation thereof.
13) Lost/Stolen Flight Tickets
a) The loss or theft of a ticket must be reported to Thompsons immediately. Certain
airlines will not authorise Thompsons to issue a replacement ticket if such ticket
is lost or stolen before the passenger leaves South Africa. In the latter instance
you will be required to purchase a new ticket, at your own cost, until such time as
Thompsons receives authority from the airline to make any refund to you, which
authority could take up to 12 months. Should the airline authorise Thompsons to
issue a replacement ticket Thompsons will do so and a re-issue fee, per ticket,
will be applicable.
b) Should your ticket be lost or stolen abroad it should be noted that certain airlines
will not issue a duplicate ticket and it will be your responsibility to purchase a
new ticket abroad at the local fare. Upon your return to South Africa you may
make application to Thompsons for a refund of the amount spent by yourself
on the lost or stolen ticket, but it is specifically recorded that any refund will be
entirely at the discretion of the airline concerned which may take up to 12 months
to authorise.
c) It is your responsibility to report the lost or stolen ticket to the police and to
provide Thompsons with the proof of such report if required.
14) Airline Refund Procedures
a) Refund policies of the various airlines vary greatly. Tickets returned to Thompsons,
will be presented to the relevant airline for assessment. Should a refund be
authorised, such refund will be made to you, less any cancellation or administra-
tion charges.
b) If payment for the ticket was made to Thompsons by credit card, the refund will
be made to your credit card. Cash payments will be refunded by EFT.
c) Partly used tickets will be refunded at less than the pro rata rate on the face
value of such ticket.
d) Refunds may take up to 12 weeks to process although this time frame cannot be
guaranteed by Thompsons
e) Unused tickets must be returned to Thompsons for a refund within one year from
the date of issue or they will be regarded as expired by the airline and have no
refund value.
15) Complaints
a) In the event that you have any reason to complain, or experience any problems
with your holiday whilst away, you must immediately inform the supplier of the
services in question.
b) If you are still dissatisfied, you must notify Thompsons immediately to enable us
to resolve the problem. Failure to give us the opportunity to resolve any problem
at the time it occurs may result in either a reduction, or complete extinction, of
any rights which you may have to claim compensation.
c) If you remain dissatisfied, contact the Customer Services Manager within
28 days of the unsatisfactory service, giving your booking reference and full
details of your complaint on email: clientservices@thompsons.co.za or fax to
011-770-7498.
d) Whilst every effort will be made to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction, it
is specifically recorded that Thompsons in no way accepts liability for any claim.
16) Passports, Visas and Health
It is entirely the clients duty to ensure that all passports & visas are current, valid,
obtained on time and that any vaccinations, inoculations, prophylactics (e.g. for
malaria) and the like, where required, have been obtained. Passports must be
valid for 6 months after return to South Africa. Please check the requirements
with your travel agent before travelling. Thompsons will endeavour to assist
the client but such assistance will be at Thompsons discretion and the client
acknowledges that in doing so, Thompsons is not assuming any obligation or
liability and the client indemnifies Thompsons against any consequences of
non-compliance. It is the clients duty to familiarise him/herself with the inherent
dangers of and mental and/or physical condition required for the proposed travel
arrangements. The client must ensure that the details supplied to Thompsons
mirror those details shown on their passport for international travel and ID docu-
ments for local travel.
17) General Information
i. Taxes: Thompsons will advise you of all mandatory taxes, which you must pay
before departure. However, many countries charge departure taxes that can only
be paid locally. It is therefore recommended that you retain sufficient local cur-
rency to meet such charges. Details of departure taxes can be obtained from the
relevant airline when you reconfirm your flight details.
ii. Special requests: We can pass on any special requests that you may wish to
make at the time of booking, but acceptance of such requests is at the discretion
of the airline or other supplier and in no circumstances are special requests
guaranteed. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to
the supplier, or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice
or any other documentation, is not confirmation that the request will be met.
iii. Medical Problems: If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or
disability which may affect your holiday, you need to give us full details in writing
at the time of booking. If we reasonably feel unable to properly accommodate the
particular needs of the person concerned, we reserve the right to decline their
reservation. We reserve the right to cancel the reservation should we become
aware of any such medical problem or disability which has not been disclosed.
iv. Renovations: Hotels undergo renovations from time to time and take all possible
steps to limit disruption to their guests. We will not entertain complaints or
requests for refunds if a hotel is carrying out renovations whilst a guest is resi-
dent. If we are specifically advised of renovation work, dates may be provided. It
is important to remember that these are subject to change and we are not always
notified.
v. Refunds and Unused Services: No refunds will be considered for any reason
whatsoever.
vi. Charges to your credit card: Any charges made to your credit card whilst away are
your responsibility. Thompsons will not be responsible, nor accept responsibility
for having these charges reversed or corrected upon return to South Africa.
vii. Drivers Licence: Even if you have obtained an international drivers licence, please
take your national driver’s licence with you.
viii. Confidentiality: Subject to statutory constraints or compliance with an order of
court, Thompsons undertakes to deal with all client information of a personal
nature on a strictly confidential basis.
18) Force Majeure
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, we regret
we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or
prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected, or
you otherwise suffer any damage or loss, as a result of “force majeure”. In these
Booking Conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we or the supplier
of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid.
Such events may include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity or
actual threatened terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster,
adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside our control.
19) Responsibility and Limitation of Liability
Thompsons act as agents only for local and international ground operators and
airlines and accordingly accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss, damage,
injury, accident, delay, or any other irregularity howsoever arising. Thompsons
makes every effort to ensure that all the arrangements and services connected
with a passenger’s itinerary will be carried out as specified in the most efficient
and effective way possible. However, we do not have direct control over the
provision of services by suppliers and, whilst they are in all cases selected
with the utmost care, we do not accept liability for error and omissions of such
suppliers. The contract in use by such suppliers (which is often constituted by
the ticket Issued by the Principal), shall constitute the sole contract between
the supplier and the client and any right of recourse the client may have, will be
solely against the supplier.
20) Jurisdiction of the Magistrate’s Court
Thompsons Holidays, a Division of Cullinan Holdings Ltd, shall be entitled, at its
option to institute any legal proceedings arising out of or in connection with this
contract in any Magistrate’s Court having jurisdiction in terms of Section 29 of the
Magistrate’s Court Act No 32/1944 as amended, notwithstanding that the amount
in issue may exceed the limits of such jurisdiction.
21) Legal
This document together with Thompsons’ standard booking form and Thompsons
invoice / itinerary constitutes the sole record of the agreement between the par-
ties. No party shall be bound by any representation, warranty, and promise of the
like not recorded herein. Client acknowledges that he/she has not relied on any
matter or thing stated on behalf of Thompsons or otherwise that is not included
herein. No addition to the Thompsons standard booking conditions shall be of
any force or effect unless in writing and signed by or on behalf of the parties. All
costs and disbursements, including legal costs on the attorney and client scale
incurred by Thompsons in recovering any damages and payments payable by the
passenger to Thompsons shall be for the passengers’ account. This agreement
shall in all respects be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws
of the Republic of South Africa. The passenger hereby consents to the jurisdic-
tion of the Magistrates Court having jurisdiction over its person in respect of all
proceedings in connection with this agreement.
22) The Client and Authority
The person requesting such quotations or estimates or making such booking or to
whom any service is rendered, is deemed to have read and accepted the Conditions
and to have the authority to do so on behalf of the person in whose name the
estimate or quotation or reservation is requested and/or provided and/or the per-
son to whom the services are rendered (collectively referred to as “the Client”)
BOOKING CONDITIONS OF THOMPSONS HOLIDAYS,
A DIVISION OF CULLINAN HOLDINGS LTD
(Hereinafter referred to as “Thompsons”)
Registered credit provider (NCRCP15) Authorised financial services provider
The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (Reg. No. 1962/000738/06). SBSA 90750806/07
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your card with US dollars, euros, pounds sterling or Australian
dollars before you go. That way you’ll avoid spending more than you
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Is there a bank around here?
JOHANNESBURG: Travel House, 6 Hood Ave, Rosebank, South Africa.
P.O. Box 41032, Craighall, 2024, South Africa. Docex 270, Randburg.
Tel: (27) (11) 770-7511; Fax: (27) (11) 770-7670/1/2.
DURBAN: 20 The Boulevard, West End Office Park, Spine Road, Westville, South
Africa. P.O. Box 2758, Westway Office Park, 3635, Durban, South Africa. Docex
238, Durban. Tel: (27) (31) 275-3500; Fax: (27) (31) 275-3990.
CAPE TOWN: 15th Floor, Main Tower, Standard Bank Centre, Hertzog Boulevard,
Foreshore, South Africa. P.O. Box 382, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa. Docex 145,
Cape Town. Tel: (27) (21) 408-9500; Fax: (27) (21) 408-9596.
www.thompsons.co.za
Thompsons Holidays: A division of Cullinan Holdings LTD (Reg No 1902/001808/06)
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