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How To Prepare For Europe's Air Disruptions
Flights provide the power to experience new destinations and cultures in-person, across the world. Soaring through high skies over green terrain and blue seas, air travel is surprisingly not everyone's favorite part of travel. However, it's essential to know the impact air travel can have on your vacation. Be ahead of any problems that may arise and have a plan before you depart.
Air Issues 101
With the increase in security measures across international airports, travelers are experiencing hefty wait times going through immigration and customs. Be advise of this before you depart so you're aware ahead of time. While transfer services monitor flight delays, they don't keep into account flight changes, cancellations or wait times that exceed one hour for customs. To avoid missing a transfer, contact the transfer service on their voucher once they land or if their flight has been changed or cancelled.
Make sure the airlines have your contact information. The airlines will typically notified several hours prior to labor strikes. They will work quickly and efficiently reviewing all affected tickets, adjusting itineraries, and securing new flights with the least disruption possible. They will contact you and advise of the situation and new flight information when possible. If they don’t have contact details they will notify your travel agent so that they can advise you appropriately.
Airlines modify their schedules constantly. If a flight is changed by at least 60 minutes and disturbs a connecting flight, you will be advise of the schedule change and offer alternate schedules that are closest available to the original schedule. Please note, all schedule changes must be confirmed in email format. So make sure your contact information is available.
If you miss a flight at your own expense (ie. late to the airport, don’t show up, etc.) the airlines will automatically have the remainder of your flights cancelled under the same PNR. Since you did not arrive on time, you’re considered a “no-show” and the airline assumes you will be missing the remainder of your flights. So arrive at the airport 3 hours early for international flight.
Flight Delay or Cancellation
When flights are delayed or cancelled, we are all at the mercy of the airline. We advise you to discuss your options with the airline representative and to be friendly and calm; the airline representative is in full control of rebooking their flight.
If additional services are booked:
Delayed: Transfer services monitor flight delays and are prepared to pick-up at the new estimated arrival time. In the worst case scenario, and you have an overnight delay, call your travel agent so they can advise the hotel and transfer services.
Cancelled: If the flight is cancelled, transfer services need to be contacted timely, to advise of the new flight details. This can be done directly by you or by calling our emergency line. All contact information is included within the travel documents.
We strongly suggest Travel Insurance. You can call their business line so they can advise the hotel and transfer services.
Tyus Tours and Travel uses Europe Express who offers both private and published rates for most major international carriers in all classes of service, including economy, premium economy, business class, and first class. In addition to arranging transatlantic airfare, we can also ticket a large number of inter-European flights. Many of these flights cannot be searched online, if you require a domestic European segment, please contact Tyus Tours & travel to inquire about pricing and availability. Please note; many international flights require the inclusion of land components and requirements vary by carrier.
Frequent flyer mileage, seat assignments and baggage fees and sizes vary by carrier and can change suddenly so it is always important to check these requirements prior to travel. To read more about baggage fees, airport taxes and other airport-related topics, please click here.
To book your Europe Vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.
Preparing for Autumn in Europe
In the midst of peak season, the travel world isn't slowing down anytime soon. Less visited destinations like Switzerland and Portugal continue to grow in popularity and compared to last year, Iceland grew an astonishing 54%.
So, what does this mean? Keep traveling! We'll go over why autumn is the perfect time to travel and what's new with us, including the addition of a few new hotels.
3 Reasons to Travel to Europe in the Fall
With over six million visitors each year to the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa in July can be packed. However, in the autumn, students are returning to school, families are preparing for the holidays, and many are back at the work place. While there will still be plenty of people in Autumn, you will find shorter lines and fewer crowds.
Nearly five million Americans take European vacations in May through August, so it can be difficult to find an inexpensive flight. During shoulder season, more options are typically available and for less. Our advise is you'll get more bang for your buck if you travel during fall, compared to summer.
Unlike hotels in the US, European hotels may not always have an air conditioner waiting for you in the midst of summer. In fact, the E.U. forces some regulations on companies to avoid air-conditioning for energy-efficiency purposes. If you are concerned about excessive heat, consider their departure in September or October when temperatures are cooler.
Introducing our New Fall Hotel Collection
The Regent Berlin, Berlin
The Regent is a five-star establishment that serves the luxury traveler. Whether it be tasty cocktails at the stylish Regent Bar or enjoying a rejuvenating massage at its spa, the Regent has it all, including gourmet dishes at its in-house restaurant, Fischers Fritz.
Regent Berlin is an eight-story, luxury, boutique hotel located in the historic Mitte district, only a few minutes walk to Brandenburg Gate. The hotel features a state-of-the-art gym, separate lady's and men's saunas, spa treatments including massage, an award-winning restaurant, a bar, afternoon tea, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel and luxurious accommodations.
The Ashling Hotel, Dublin
Only five minutes from the city center, this four-star modern property overlooks River Liffey with fantastic views over Dublin's skyline. A restaurant, bar, free-wifi and meeting rooms are all available.
Ashling is an eight-story hotel located opposite Heuston Train Station. It is situated on the Luas Red Line, making it just five minutes by tram to the city center (or a 20-minute walk). The hotel overlooks the River Liffey and features contemporary accommodations, a restaurant, a lounge bar, meeting rooms and a multi-story car park.
Ambasciatori Hotel, Florence
Located in the heart of Florence, this modern four-star hotel embodies the city's elegance. All rooms are non-smoking and soundproof, so you will get the sleep you need during their travels with breathtaking views across Florence.
Ambasciatori is a five-story hotel located in the historic center, close to the train station and the basilica. The hotel features a lounge bar, a restaurant and comfortable accommodations.
Summer Sightseeing in Europe
Ride into Summer Season
Peak travel season is here! Whether you are hiking Mont Blanc in the Swiss Alps or riding gondolas in Venice, know that you are covered with 24/7 emergency service and in-destination support. As for those waiting to depart, we've added more sightseeing options, accommodations and additional services to suit your needs. Explore what's new for June now!
10 Splendid Places in Bihar Which You Should Visit This Year
Bihar, the land that gave us the renowned Nalanda University and entertained us with exotic dances and delicate cuisine – is a site to behold. Patna, the capital of this eastern state was once capital of ancient India - Pataliputra. Due to its rich heritage and traditionit holds a unique place in India. The state was the nectar of knowledge and scholarly activities in the ancient age. It holds a wide range of shrines, pilgrimages, universities and natural landscapes.
Here, we are attempting to highlight 10 such beautiful places of Bihar:
1. Mahavir’s Birth Place in Vaishali
Vaishali is a renowned archaeological site in Bihar. It has connections dating back to the times of Mahavir and Buddha. It is also the birth place of the Jain guru Mahavir. Buddha delivered his last sermon of Lord Buddha. Hence, this place is an important in the roadmap of Jainism and Buddhism. Another, interesting feature of this region are the Lichhavi rulers, who chose Vaishali as their capital city. As with other centres of learning this city too has its connection with the Chinese travellers Fa Hienand Hieun Tsang. The beautiful courtesan Amrapali made Vaishali one of the sought-after destinations in Bihar.
2. Nalanda University
How can one forget Nalanda? The greatest seat of knowledge in ancient India. The ruins of Nalanda University, the oldest such centre in the world is situated here. Although much of it that remains today are the pillars and structures of the old university, yet visit to Nalandais an experience in itself. The university house the best scholarly activities in the world comprising of pupils and teachers from all over the world. Even Buddha and Mahavir have been known to impart lessons here. The site boasts of the presence Chinese travellers Hieun Tsang.
3. The Yoga Centres Of Munger
Munger, is the powerhouse of yoga in Bihar. Though primarily known for its yogic centres and activities, other famous historical places in Mungerare the Krishna Vatika, Munger Fort, Durga Mandir etc. It was once the capital of Mir Kasim’s kingdom, the traitor who succeeded Siraj-ud-dawla, the last ruler of Bengal. However, the city has its origin much earlier during Aryan rulewho used this land as midland territories.
4. Sher Shah’s Tomb in Sasaram
Much of Bihar basks under the glory of ancient Indian yet some parts owe their lineage to the medieval period. Sasaram is one such place. Here lies the tomb of Humayun successor, the Mughal emperor Sher Shah Suri. It is sandstone architecture guarded by a beautiful lake.
5. Sitamarhi, The Birth Place of Sita
We all know the legendary story of Sita, the daughter of king Janak. Very few of us know, it was actually here in Bihar, where Janak found Sita in a farmland. Sitamarhiis the actual site where Sita was born. Consequently, here lies the century old Janaki temple dedicated to Sita. This is the only temple that worships Sita. Other than this, the houses a rock sanctuary dating back to Mauryian Empire.
6. Sonepur Animal Trade Fair
Bihar has its own version of famous trade fair, quite similar to Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan. The November Animal Trade Fair in Sonepuris one such feature. This fair is for those seeking to explore the human sea of India. Spread over a wide area, this fair sell almost anything you desire. However, the animal trade is the thing to watch out for, specially the cattle fair. This fair started during the reigns of Chandragupta Maurya and has been going strong till date.
7. Barabar Rock Caves of Sultanpur
Enough of temples, stupas and historic. Now let’s look for desolate beauty. The Barabar Caves, are just that. These 4 caves are the most ancient caves curved out from rocks. Built during the mauriyan rule these caves hold testimonials to Jain and Buddhist arts. The caves are seated on the hills of Nagarjuni and Barabar.
8. Kanwar Sanctuary of Begusarai
Coming to nature, there is no dearth of wildlife in Bihar. The Kanwar Lakeis a glaring avenue for wildlife enthusiasts. This is an ox-bow shaped freshwater lake which is home to more 60 species of birds – both domestic and migratory species. Recently, conservation efforts have led to the inclusion of this lake in the coveted Wetland category.
9. Kakolat Waterfalls Near Nawada
While we are focusing on nature and wildlife, let us take a look at the only waterfall in Bihar. This short waterfall is located at border of Bihar and Jharkhand. An essential feature of the Kakolat hills, it is an ideal place to spend a day in the cradle of nature. The place is nearly 150km away from Patna. Nawada, the closest point is 30kms away from the waterfall.
10. Shanti Stupa and Vulture Peak of Rajgir
Rajgir is an important pilgrimage for Buddhists. The Vulture Peak and the Shanti Stupa are the places to visit in Rajgir. While the Grihhakuta Peak (Vulture Peak) is a vulture shaped peak where Buddha delivered his sermons, and converted Emperor Bimbisara. The Shanti Stupa on the other hand is a place which depicts the life of Lord Buddha. It is an intrinsic part of the 7 peace pagodas. Architecture enthusiasts will learn a great deal about Japanese Architecturefrom these 2 pagodas.
Bihar enlists many such wonderful places. It appeals to all, partly to some people and wholly to others.Go out and travel to a different era.
A travel addict and compassionate seeker, Rohit has explored the length and breadth of his country. He stumbles upon a new India whenever he travels. His experiences can be found in TransIndiaTravels.com.
10 Must Visit Places in North Goa, India
A Guest post by Rohit Agarwal
For all of us, our ideal beach holiday destination is undoubtedly none other than Goa. But apart from the beaches, there is a lot more to explore while one is in Goa. Yes, you read that right. Once you are done exploring the beach side, turn to this list to give you a myriad choice of places to head to. To complete your Goa experience, make sure you do not miss the following 10 places:
Photo by Jyoti Prakash Bhattacharjee, Public Domain
This is a gateway to the cultural remnant of a time when Goa was under the colonial rule of the Portuguese. So let the vibrant old Latin quarters work their charm on you as you stroll by. The narrow alleyways, colourful buildings and how well kept it is surely transfers one to a different world all together. It would certainly be a walk to remember.
How can one not explore the capital city of a state? On the banks of river Mandovi, the city of Panaji or Pangim (the latter is its Portuguese version) is located. The Church Square with Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church is one of the highlights for tourists here. Panaji’s 18th June Road is a bustling shopping area and one could also head to the Kala Academy for a glimpse of Goa’s art and culture.
3. Old Goa/Velha Goa
If one travels around 10 kilometres to the east of Panaji, one reaches Old Goa/Velha Goa. This area weaves a magic of its own and has a historical significance. Under the Portuguese rule from the 16th to the 18th century, it served as its capital and its remains are a World Heritage Site under UNESCO. It has numerous churches like the St. Francis Church of Assisi, Church of Lady of Rosary or the Church of Saint Augustine which is now in ruins.
4. Fort Aguada and lighthouse
The Aguada Fort and its lighthouse is a popular destination for tourists and travelers alike. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, this provides a scenic location on the Sinquerim beach. Below the fort there is a prison which was put to use during the administration of Salazar.
5. Basilica of Bom Jesus
A World Heritage Site listed under UNESCO, it is an example of baroque architecture. With elaborate details in design its structure looks gorgeous. St. Francis Xavier’s mortal remains are preserved in this basilica. There is an art gallery as well which showcases surrealist paintings. The Basilica is open on all days.
6. Goa State Museum
Located in Panaji and is also known as State Archaeology Museum. It has a huge collection of artifacts and is very well organized. It has about 14 galleries and is also divided into departments. It is a heaven for any history buff.
7. Dona Paula
Dona Paula is a village named after the daughter of a Portuguese Viceroy, who arrived with her family in Goa in the seventeenth century. There is a British war-graves cemetery at Dona Paula and a statue too, which is named as ‘The Image of India’ by the Goa Tourism Board.
8. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Named after the Indian ornithologist, Salim Ali, this sanctuary is a mangrove habitat. Let the nature-lover in you explore the beauty around. Some of the common species of birds recorded in this sanctuary are the western reef heron and striated heron.
9. Reis Magos
The fort of Reis Magos used to accommodate Viceroys and it has 33 guns in its premises. It is one of the oldest forts in Goa and has been restored beautifully. The Reis Magos Fort currently serves as a cultural centre. After this, one should visit the Reis Magos Church which is the first church in Bardez. Its interiors are brightly designed. The fort and the church makes this hamlet a popular destination.
10. Houses of Goa Museum
This is a wonderful museum situated in Torda. It is an epitome of the merge of eastern and western cultures after their historic encounter when Portuguese took over Goa. The museum showcases the houses which constitute a unique Goan identity. Although the museum is in a triangular shape, it looks like a ship which renders a mysterious nature to it.
Whether it is with a crazy bunch of friends or with your travel companion – make the most of it. Goa will always be a memorable journey and one you would love to revisit. Explore, have fun and make endless memories.
Rohit loves to travel in different parts of India. In TransIndiaTravels, he shares his colorful experiences and also guides others for touring across the country.
American Airlines has announced a schedule change to their non-stop flights between Miami and Grenada.
American Airlines has announced a schedule change to their non-stop flights between Miami and Grenada.
AA 1546 Miami to Grenada: 10:45am-2:23pm
AA 952 Grenada to Miami: 3:13pm-7:07pm
The new schedule is available for sale on flights beginning on April 4, 2017.
To book your Sandals LaSource Grenada Vacation call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit tyustours.com/bookonline/Sandals