This week marked the launch of our new travel Deal of the Week!
Watch every Tuesday for a spectacular new vacation getaway at an unbeatable price.
This week’s travel deal features 7 all-inclusive nights at the 5* Gran Bahia Principe Coba, Riviera Maya, Mexico for ONLY $1194pp. Save $200 per couple and stay in a Junior Suite with Royal Golden inclusions by Transat Holidays.
Choose to depart on January 17th or 24th, 2013 and you’ll also receive a $50 travel card on these exclusive departure dates.
This price is only valid through Saturday, November 24th at 9pm, so hurry, book now!
And stay tuned for another fantastic deal next Tuesday!
Labour Day marks the end of summer. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s a fact. It means back to school, back to work, and back to reality. There are only a few weekends left before summer is behind us for yet another year … but don’t fret! There is still some time to plan one last hoorah!
Whether you want to enjoy one more weekend on the beach, or you need a relaxing spa getaway to recharge for another school year, here are some great Labour Day escapes to close out the summer in style!
New York City Weekend Getaway
Gild Hall is a boutique Thompson hotel in the heart of the Financial District, ideally situated down by the Seaport. With 126 guest rooms, decorated with custom-made furniture, handsome brown leather headboards and tartan blankets, you can enjoy your nights in a deluxe king room or king suite. Ask about their Last Days of Summer Promotion to receive 30% off their best available rate, free wifi, welcome fruit, and 2pm checkout (based on availability). Valid now until September 13, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
Stay at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas to celebrate the final days of summer in style! Hip, stylish and spacious rooms are available for 3-night package deals offering 20% off. Most rooms have outdoor balconies and easy access to trendy nightclubs, a pool lounge and some of the best restaurants in town.
You’ll want to book this one ASAP to lock in Labour Day weekend dates.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
For the ultimate end-of-summer vacation, escape to sunny Mexico. Kick back on a soft, luxurious beach bed, located on the powdery white sands as you sip your fresh-fruit margarita.
The beachfront Maroma Resort features oceanfront thatched-roof bungalows, Mayan-style spa, rooftop yoga classes, and mouth-watering Mexican tapas restaurant. In addition to your welcome cocktail upon arrival and daily breakfast, you can explore the nearby Mayan ruins, and take advantage of one free snorkeling excursion in the beautiful offshore reefs.
You can book for the Labour Day weekend, but this deal is valid through December 18 with a 3-night minimum.
For more information on these or any other Labour Day vacation getaways, contact a tripcentral.ca travel agent travel agent in your area or call 1-800-665-4981.
It was my week-long honeymoon, and my husband and I decided to take a couple of day trips while we were there – you know, venture out into the jungles of the Mayan Riviera. And so we settled on a trip to see the jungles, the ruins, and the small village of Coba.
While hiking through the jungle toward the great ruins, we came upon a large courtyard made of stone. Along each side were hoops, or rings. Our tour guide (sidebar: she was 6-months pregnant, from Norway & somehow managed to trek through the jungles without breaking a sweat!) shared the story of the Ball Game, which was a Mayan ritual.
The game resembled sports we know today in several ways:
Like soccer, the players weren’t allowed to use their hands
Like basketball, the goal was to get the ball through the hoop
Players worked as a team to win the game
Religious leaders, chieftains and government leaders would gather in watch, taking part in religious activities and singing sacred songs. They used a rubber ball, about the size of a basketball, and the large stone walls sloped inward with stone rings high up at the top. Because the players couldn’t use their hands, it was near impossible to make the shots. Usually, the first team to get the ball through the hoop would win.
The heroic winners of each game were rewarded with a great feast, while the leader of the losing team was often beheaded. Seems like a steep punishment, doesn’t it!? But the reason for such a harsh consequence for losing was based on the belief that human sacrifice would ensure the future success of the Mayan people’s health, wealth and agriculture.
I sure did learn a lot on that vacation. If you want to learn more about a trip to Mexico, talk to a tripcentral.ca agent who’s actually been to the Mayan Riviera.