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Some of us may prefer to spend the holy month of Ramadan and eid celebrations at home with our families, while others may find it the perfect time to go for a little escape from the scorching summer heat and take advantage of the plummeting prices on offer. If you are from the latter group, here are our top picks and their package offers, available at Dnata, for the summer months.
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Maldives - Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru: Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru is located in the lush, beach-fringed natural island of Noonu Atoll, to the north of Male’s International Airport offering spacious all villa accommodation. We recommend taking a 50 minute scenic sea-plane trip over the breathtaking azure waters. Prices start at $1408 per person which includes three nights stay in a Deluxe Beach Villa, breakfast & dinner daily, return airport transfers by seaplane and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout resort.
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Bangkok - The Peninsula: One of the finest hotels in Asia, The Peninsula Bangkok. Known for its wave-shaped design affords each of the 370 rooms and suites a panoramic view over the Chao Phraya River. The hotel also offers easy access to major shopping areas, local hospitals, tourist attractions and the airport. $300 a person for three nights – a two night stay gets you a third night for free. Includes stay in a Deluxe Room daily breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in the room.
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Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek - Marangu Route by G Adventures: At 5,895m (19,340 ft), Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and this adventure along the Marangu Route will get you to the top safely, quickly, and with your budget in mind. $2022 per person on twin sharing basis. Seven days include guided group trek up Mt Kilimanjaro's Marangu Route with local guides, cooks, porters. All permits and fees, six breakfasts, five lunches, four dinners, hotels and mountain huts accommodations are included.
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Costa Western Mediterranean Cruise: With Italy, Spain & Balearic as your destination on the Costa Favolsa, you can explore Majorca, Ibiza or Formentera on excursion. Departures are from Savona, Barcelona and Rome’s Civitavecchia, starting on July 27. Prices start at $873 per person for seven nights, based on two adults sharing the lowest cabin grade. Port charges excluded.
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Trafalgar Tours’ Highlights of Spain & Portugal: The Alhambra Palace, the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, the historic port of Cadiz and exploring cities like Madrid, Valencia and Lisbon. Trace the movements of Christopher Columbus in Cadiz, and learn the turbulent history of Granada's Alhambra Palace, built in the 14th century by Spain's last Muslim dynasty. Prices start at $2604 per person on twin sharing basis for the 13 day trip.
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Insight Vacations’ Mediterranean Dreams (Greek Island Cruise): The eight day cruise from Athens to Athens includes three nights premium hotel accommodation and four nights cruise. All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included. Cruise port charges are also included as well as airport transfers on arrival and departure. Prices start at $2299 per person on twin sharing basis and scheduled departures are from June to October 2014.
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La Plantation d’Albion Club Med, Mauritius: Located in one of the last remote creeks on the island, La Plantation d'Albion Club Med is known for its zen refinement, with its exceptional CINQ MONDES Spa and overflow pool. The seven night’s accomodation includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, snacks, dinner and child care facilities. Prices start at $1749 on twin sharing basis.
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Contiki’s Vietnam Highlights: Experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi, relax and soak up the rays on a beach in NhaTrang, hit Hoi An by bike and chill out in the amazing scenery of Hue. Prices start at $1514 for the ten day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, per person on twin sharing basis.
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G Adventures’ Inca Trail: For those looking to combine the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with the challenge of one of the world’s best known hikes. The four-day Inca Trail trek reveals the region’s ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forests. The seven day trail includes Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project, Inca Trail guided hike and Machu Picchu guided tour. Prices start from $1164 per person on twin-sharing basis.
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Rocky Mountaineer’s Canadian Rockies Highlights: The seven day holiday includes two days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer on Red Leaf service, six nights hotel accommodation - in Vancouver / Kamloops / Lake Louise / Banff / Calgary - and North Vancouver and Banff tours, Yoho Park Tour, Helicopter sightseeing. Prices start from $6634 per person.