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SPRING 2011 FREE EUROPE 16 Exciting Paths Less Travelled Our PARIS checklist ROCKY MOUNTAINEER An amazing rail journey Coastal Towns of ITALY SpEcIal MORE INSIDE OffERS AUSTRALIA • SCOTTSDALE INSIDE YOUTH TOURING • ROMANCE ON THE WATER AFRICA • EURAIL • QUEENSLAND FLOOD RELIEF NEW YORK • OUR PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS CONTEST, GAMES AND MORE We know Europe. Whether you want to stroll across the Charles Bridge in Prague or admire the Colosseum in Rome, Flight Centre has been finding our customers the perfect trip at a great price for over 25 years. And with the passion and experience of over 12,000 consultants and support staff in eleven countries around the world, it’s no surprise that we stand behind the holiday you book. In fact, we will beat any airfare quote or you fly free† . † We will beat any written quoted airfare by $1 and give you a $20 voucher for future travel. 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SPRING2011 SPRING2011 CoNTENTS aUStRalIa 7 CoNTENTS Exploring Australia’s president’s Message National Landscapes aRtIclE hEaDINg X Description 9 ItalY The Coastal Towns of Italy Welcome to the spring edition of Footprints Magazine. aRtIclE hEaDINg X With summer holidays just around the corner and several tours to choose from, ScOttSDalE 12 Description now is the time to book your trip to Europe to ensure availability. Whether it’s your An outdoor enthusiast’s 2 lines dream first time and you want to experience several different countries or if you would prefer to immerse yourself in the culture of just one, flight centre has a terrific YOUth tOURINg X aRtIclE hEaDINg 15 range of options for you to contemplate including youth tours, the amazing city Description Life Lessons on an European Stage 2 lines of paris, the charming coastal towns of Italy and our top 16 “off-the-beaten track” destinations. If you simply don’t know where to start, talk to one of our experienced Rocky Mountaineer 20 paRIS 16 International travel consultants today to help you plan the perfect European aRtIclE hEaDINg X Magical, romantic, Description bohemian, stylish & cultural holiday to suit your desire and your budget. 2 lines the strength of the canadian dollar means your vacation investment overseas and to the United States will go further than ever. check out the great article showcasing the adventurous side of Scottsdale, arizona or our itinerary for a perfect weekend in New York city. ROMaNcE 18 aRtIclE hEaDINg X WatER ON thEDescription closer to home, one of the best ways to experience the majestic Rockies is by train—more specifically with Rocky Mountaineer Rail tours. Setting sail for lines Relax in first-class comfort and style and enjoy the ride. 2 love looking for a more unique experience? consider the vast and varied continent of africa or the australian Outback. Both areas have unmatched Scottsdale, USA 12 Barcelona, Spain 30 ROckY MOUNtaINEER 20 aRtIclE hEaDINg X beauty and cultural histories that are guaranteed to amaze. rail journey An extraordinary Description Whatever you can imagine, we can help make it happen. 2 lines afRIca 24 many sides of The hEaDINg X aRtIclE this amazing Continent Description Greg Dixon president, flight centre canada aRtIclE cONtESt 28 phOtO hEaDINg X Top 10 photos from our Description winter photo contest 2 lines lOSINg hEaDINg 29 aRtIclE lUggagE X Tips on how to avoid Description Any listed prices in this publication has been provided for general Editorial Director alex Biafora reference only by various service providers and the publisher this annoying experience accepts no responsibility for the accuracy thereof. Prices are subject Art Director cambie pearson to availability at the time of booking and vary seasonally depending Editor allison Wallace & lani guluk aRtIclE hEaDINg X on the date of travel. 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You don’t know how true that is until you step onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. carried off in the lap of luxury on a relaxing journey of superior service and jaw-dropping scenery through beautiful British columbia and the famous Rocky Mountains of canada, it’s an experience beyond compare. continuation on page 22 20 FOOTPRINTS FOOTPRINTS 21 SPRING2011 continued from page 21 Departing the picturesque coastal city of interior. after a refreshing overnight stay Vancouver, we gaze around the glass-domed in kamloops, the anticipation is palpable as SPECIAL oFFER coach of goldleaf Service noticing couples we travel through various mountain ranges Save $50 * when you book a of all ages from countries all over the world. and start climbing into the Rockies. Each Rocky Mountaineer package between While the train pulls away from the station, hour the mountains grow taller and more apr 1 - Jun 30, 2011. *Conditions apply. 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Coupon code: FPSP201106 charming onboard attendants double as tour run off as it swirls and crashes through the guides, regaling us with interesting snippets plunging gorges. fellow passengers keep a of folklore and facts about the landmarks keen eye out for soaring eagles, spawning and sights we are about to see, all while salmon, grizzly bear or moose. preparing the dining room for breakfast and as we pull into the picturesque mountain Rocky Mountaineer Packages serving fresh coffee and tea. town of Banff, alberta we are excited for Whistler Sea to Sky Climb the menu is impressive with a collection the next chapter of our adventure in the 1-Day Roundtrip from $ 235 taxes & fees not included of classic Western canadian dishes and Rocky Mountains. glacier helicopter tours HIGHLIGHTS views of Howe Sound and Coast to think, they cook this delectable dish of and columbia Icefields adventures await and Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Mount Garibaldi and Cheakamus Canyon. smoked pacific salmon, scrambled eggs, there is no limit to the amazing scenery and Vancouver to Banff caviar and crème fraiche in a small galley wildlife we will encounter along the way. 2-Day Redleaf Service from $ 899 kitchen. 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Speak with a flight lush farmland and coastal rainforest to centre travel consultant at 1-866-541-2111 1 866 541 2111 dry, desert-like conditions in the Bc to take advantage of this special offer. 22 FOOTPRINTS ‘To open up the world for those who want to see’ Am azing SPRING2011 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe African safari Rock paintings, Zimbabwe FR I C Uganda Traditional beaded jewelry, Kenya Lions, Kenya Botswana the second largest continent on Earth, africa contains more countries than any other. With a history of human habitation that begins with the oldest known ancestors of man, this incredible continent’s cultural wealth easily matches its spectacular natural attractions and offers some of the most varied and abundant treasures to be found anywhere on earth. Tanzania Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa Namibia Black Sea Its diverse geography ranges from mountains, deserts and fertile flood plains rich with ZimBaBwe and ZamBia share deserts and rainforests to grasslands and wildlife-watching opportunities, making access to one of the most popular attractions seashores. Over 1000 languages are spoken this one of southern africa’s top safari on the african continent – Victoria Asilah Algiers Tunis in africa, and hundreds of different ethnic destinations. Botswana’s jewel is the falls. Either country will afford you the Rabat Casablanca Fes TUNISIA Sa MOROCCO Tripoli Mediterranean Sea groups live there. the spirit of the people Okavango Delta – the largest inland delta opportunity to explore this natural wonder Essaouira Marrakech Agadir and their history engulfs many visitors with in the world, and with a year-round water and both also offer stunning beauty and Alexandria Cairo a desire to return again and again. the fact supply, nearly all southern african mammal amazing experiences away from the falls. WESTERN SAHARA ALGERIA Asyut (OCCUPIED BY is, no other continent comes close to it for species are present in the Moremi Wildlife the Zambezi River has become one of MOROCCO) LIBYA EGYPT Aswan variety and pure, raw impact. this historical Reserve and chobe National park. the world’s best water adventure travel land is not always the easiest place to travel, destinations, offering outstanding white With a large proportion of the country MAURITANIA sometimes frustrating and challenging, but water rafting, canoeing and kayaking. there Nouakchott Red Sea set aside as national parks, reserves and MALI when one those special travel moments are also superb game parks, stunning NIGER private concessions and Botswana’s policy of Dakar CHAD Asmara arise, that can only be found in africa, we mountains and attractive cities in Zimbabwe SENEGAL Banjul Khartoum ERITREA favouring low-impact luxury tourism, even GAMBIA Bamako BURKINA Niamey Axum guarantee you’ll dream about coming back for with excellent facilities and infrastructure Bissau FASO SUDAN Gondar Gulf of Aden the most famous game-viewing areas rarely GUINEA-BISSAU Ouagadougou N'Djamena DIJBOUTI the rest of your life. making it an easy and inexpensive country to GUINEA BENIN NIGERIA feel crowded. Conakry Freetown COTE TOGO ETHIOPIA Harar D'IVOIRE Abuja Addis Ababa South AfricA is a country blessed SIERRA LEONE Yamoussoukro GHANA Porto-Novo CENTRAL Monrovia Accra AFRICA REPUBLIC with magnificent scenery and a rich cultural LIBERIA Lome Bafoussam Bangui Yaounde heritage. there is so much to see and the spirit of the people and their history engulfs many visitors Malabo Rwenzori EQUATORIAL GUINEA CAMEROON SOMALIA UGANDA do from Johannesburg or cape town, KENYA Mogadishu with a desire to return again and again. SAO TOME & PRINCIPE Rwenzori Mtns Jinja Libreville Kampala Masai Mt Kenya table Mountain and cape point, famous GABON DEM REPUBLIC Lake Mara Virunga Volcanoes Victoria GR Nairobi RWANDA kruger National park’s and the beautiful CONGO OF CONGO BURUNDI Kigali Serengeti Mt Kilimanjaro Indian Ngorongoro Brazzaville Bujumbura Crater Arusha Ocean and dramatic garden Route drive. the Kinshasa Zanzibar Dodoma outstanding landscapes range from awesome Dar es Salaam namiBia is a unique land on the edge of visit. Zambia remains to this day a beautiful and coral reef, dense equatorial forests to mighty snow Luanda TANZANIA mountains, savannah type grasslands, tropical SEYCHELLES africa with endless deserts, vast rocky canyons uncommercial backwater, where family- capped mountains and more, kenya is best known for the vegetation, arid deserts and beautiful beaches COMOROS Antsiranana and a coastline of half-submerged shipwrecks. owned safari companies continue to operate city of Nairobi, lake Victoria, Mt kenya, the Masai warriors ANGOLA Ndola MALAWI all within driving distance. famous for its ZAMBIA MOZAMBIQUE Namibia’s wildlife is also unique, from the wild small, intimate camps in remote and beautiful and the Masai Mara game Reserve. kenya is africa’s original Lusaka Lilongwe Maroantsetra extreme diversity, South africa is known Senanga Mahajanga reserves. Safari here is unusually outdoorsy safari destination, attracting explorers, adventurers and as the ‘world in one country’ and recently horses of Namib to the rare desert elephants Victoria Falls Harare Toamasina and involving, often including a high quotient travellers for centuries. Moremi ZIMBABWE Mutare Antananarivo hosted the 2010 fIfa World cup. Whether roaming the northern plains. Namibia means NAMIBIA W.P. Chobe N.P. Bulawayo Morondava ‘land of open spaces’, and it has a raw beauty of walking. It is described as ‘real safari for tanZania captures the very essence of the african Windhoek you’re in South africa on safari or to enjoy BOTSWANA MADAGASCAR St.-Pierre like nowhere else on earth. With Sossusvlei’s real safari people.’ continent and distills it into one country. this country has Namib NP Gaborone Kruger Toliara the beaches, breathtaking drives, or unspoiled Sossusvlei Pretoria N.P wilderness, there is something available for petrified trees, the fish River canyon, the Kenya is one of the world’s great tourism inspired hemingway and livingstone and has proudly given Luderitz Fish River Canyon Johannesburg Maputo Mbabane Tolanaro SWAZILAND Pietersburg every type of traveller. desolation of the Namib, and the giant red destinations, known for its remarkable the word ‘safari’ to global travel! home to the Serengeti Kimberley Maseru Bloemfontein LESOTHO Durban sand dunes, Namibia is a photographer’s diversity of landscapes, wildlife and cultures. plains, Mt kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro crater, and the island SOUTH AFRICA Dramatic Botswana , a nation of of Zanzibar – you will be surprised by how much more there dream where landscapes collide and from sweeping savannahs to tropical beaches Cape Town Wellington East London remarkable natural beauty, encompasses is to discover here. Cape Point & Table Mountain Port Elizabeth adventures begin. continuation on page 26 24 FOOTPRINTS ‘To open up the world for those who want to see’ Over 800 Flight Centre consultants here to help: 1-866-541-2111 FOOTPRINTS 25 SPRING2011 Ringtail Lemur, Madagascar Pyramids, Egypt Egyptian hieroglyphs African safari Moroccan market Hassan II mosque, Casablanca, Morocco Uganda continued from page 25 Uganda is where the East african morocco is steeped in history and rich people, Ethiopia truly is an ancient and savannah meets the West african jungle and tradition, yet remains progressive with its mix fascinating destination. is the only safari destination whose range of cultures, religions, languages and influences With so much to see and do on this of forest primates is as impressive as its of Romans, arabs and Europeans. Morocco magnificent continent, let flight centre help selection of animals of the plains. Best known is a sensory overload from the cosmopolitan make sense of it all. Your consultant can help for its famous mountain gorillas, Uganda and famous casablanca, whitewashed fishing you arrange everything from airfares and also boasts lake Victoria, the Nile River, the port gems of asalih and Essaouira to the accommodation to tours and travel insurance. snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori and great imperial cities of Marrakesh and fez. Don’t miss out on this amazing adventure. the Virunga Volcanoes. Whether you’re a for the more adventurous, nature is never far give us a call at 1-866-541-2111 today! first time safarigoer or a seasoned african away in Morocco; desert, mountains, valleys traveller, Uganda – with its unique blend of and sea attract visitors in droves as they have savannah and forest creatures, its rare done for centuries. SPECIAL oFFER wealth of mountain and lake habitats – ethiopia is a country of cultural Save $100 * on your airfare to africa is simply dazzling. diversity, natural beauty and a rich history when you book a tour between apr 1 - Jun 30, 2011. madagascar Separated from the that rivals Egypt’s past with no fewer than *Conditions apply. Valid at Flight Centre stores across main continent by hundreds of kilometres eight UNEScO World heritage sites. Canada. Limit one (1) discount per person. Africa tour must be minimum 7 days and booked in conjunction with of sea and 160 million years of evolution, is Discover the walled Muslim city of harar, the roundtrip airfare. Airfare must originate in Canada. Coupon one of the most interesting places on earth. ancient city of axum, the buzzing markets must be presented at time of booking. Not combinable with It boasts some of the strangest and rarest animal species not found anywhere else of addis ababa and the medieval castles of gondar. from its landscape to its culturally any other offer. Valid on new bookings paid in full. Expires Jun 30, 2011. Coupon code: FPSP201107 The ‘Old World’ gets including the famed lemurs and the elephant bird, the largest bird that ever lived. the a new perspective. coastline is rimmed by golden sand beaches Africa Tours Sure, tour buses are cool—if you’re in a band. Don’t settle while the island’s interior is rich in botanical Egypt 10 Days from $ 999 Madagascar 10 Days from $ 1649 taxes & fees included taxes & fees included for seeing Europe from a window. Get to its heart and soul. treasures. HIGHLIGHTS Cairo, Luxor, Pyramids of Giza, HIGHLIGHTS Antananarivo, Andasibe-Mantadia Saqqara, Valley of the Kings, Dahab and the National Park, Antsirabe, Ambositra, Ranomafana, the people here are just as interesting Egyptian Museum. Ambalavao, Anja Reserve and Isalo National Park. Book with us and experience: having arrived over 2000 years ago along the Keyna & Tanzania 11 Days from $ 1119 Mt Kilimanjaro Trek 9 Days from $ 2219 • 75 European adventures spanning 15 countries Indian Ocean trade routes. they seem to taxes & fees included taxes & fees included HIGHLIGHTS Nairobi, Serengeti and Ngorongoro HIGHLIGHTS hike the Machame route up to the • Small international groups have more in common with Southeast asia Crater, Arusha, beachside camping in Dar es highest peak in Africa. • The most guaranteed departures than with the african continent and have Salaam and Zanzibar. South Africa & Namibia 13 Days from $ 2269 • Lifetime Deposits culminated into a fascinating cultural blend. Uganda & Kenya gorillas, chimps & taxes & fees included game parks, 16 Days from $ 1240 HIGHLIGHTS Cape Town, Lamberts Bay, Gariep located at the crossroads of africa, asia and taxes & fees included River, Fish River Canyon National Park, Namib Our adventures are all about active cultural exploration— HIGHLIGHTS Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Kibale Desert, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park Europe, egypt is built around the Nile Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National getting away from the tourist crowds, embracing the and Windhoek. Valley and the Mediterranean and Red Sea. Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Gorilla Trek, Lake Mburo, Kampala and Jinja. Nairobi to Johannesburg unexpected and creating opportunities for unique and Egypt is still synonymous with the legends of 28 Days from $ 3089 memorable experiences. the pharaohs, the great pyramids, treasure Morocco casablanca to Marrakech taxes & fees included 15 Days from 1500 $ HIGHLIGHTS Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, laden tombs and ciphered hieroglyphs. the taxes & fees included Zanzibar, Ruaha National Park, Lake Malawi, HIGHLIGHTS Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, camp in the grand scale of these early triumphs has Saraha, Torda Gorge, Ait Benhaddou, Aroumd, game park camping in Lusaka, Victoria Falls, cruise on the Chobe River, Kruger National Park never ceased to hold onlookers spellbound. High Atlas Mountains, Essaouira and Marrakech. and Johannesburg. however, from tradition to modernity, Egypt is a country which has succeeded in creating a 1 866 541 2111 present that is as fascinating as its past. 26 FOOTPRINTS ‘To open up the world for those who want to see’ Over 800 Flight Centre consultants here to help: 1-866-541-2111 FOOTPRINTS 27 SPRING2011 travel tips photocontest Oudomxai, Laos. Eric Greene, Vancouver, BC losing luggage While losing luggage may still occasionally happen – here are a few simple steps you can take to minimize the possibility of a mix up. In our last edition of Footprints, WINNER Market in the Ancient Bazaar, Turkey – peter Battistoni, Surrey, Bc try to avoid buying black or navy luggage we held a travel photo contest as these are the most common. for our readers to submit their put distinct markings on your luggage best travel photo with the to help identify it from the rest. Using chance of having their photo colourful ribbon, stickers and straps can make all the difference. published and winning a $400 Make sure you have a non-removable flight centre prize pack! name and phone number tag attached Lake Louise, Alberta. With over 100 submissions, both inside and outside your bag. our favourite 10 images are the If you have to go through customs in between connecting flights, make sure following, with the winning photo you give yourself (and your bags) plenty coming from Peter Battistoni of of time. Surrey, BC. congratulations to If your luggage does get lost, notify our top 10! Alouette Lake, Fraser Valley, BC. Katrina Chickloski, Maple Ridge, BC the airline, tour operator or transport company right away with your bag receipt number so they can start tracing it as soon as possible. You’ll need to describe your bag so if you have a camera in your phone, store a photo there for easy access. prepare yourself and your bags before you go and don’t forget to insure PHoTo your belongings with travel insurance! CONTEST happy travels. Mount Sinai, Egypt. Shireen Kok, Toronto, ON Submit your best travel photo and you Dockside sunrise, Fraser Island, Australia. Yolanda Drummond, Cumberland, BC could win a Flight Centre prize pack! To review the rules and upload your photo, visit our website flightcentre.ca/footprints The winner and top 9 finalists will appear in our next edition of Footprints. Be sure to pick up your copy in-store on July 4, 2011. Conditions apply. Please call or visit our website for full details. SUBSCRIBE get notified when the new Footprints Magazine hits your local flight centre store and get access to special offers, exclusive promotions and contests. Register today! flightcentre.ca/footprints Amalfi coastline, Italy. Jurij Dziuba, Mississauga, ON Nubian Village, Nile River, Egypt. Kirsty Keyes, Burnaby, BC ‘Late Monks’ Luangprabang, Laos. John Yellowlees, Merritt, BC Broadway Tower, England. Krista Carson, Burnaby, BC 28 FOOTPRINTS ‘To open up the world for those who want to see’ Over 800 Flight Centre consultants here to help: 1-866-541-2111 FOOTPRINTS 29 1 SPRING2011 Florence One of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Italy, florence is the birthplace of many of the people who have profoundly influenced the course of human history in every field of art, literature and philosophy. Barcelona Prague Barcelona is a wonderful mix of both Built on the two banks of the Vltava River, old and new featuring everything this elegant city is a beguiling mix of ancient from relaxing beaches to stunning architecture, cobblestone streets and a magical architecture from the gothic quarter atmosphere. Most of the city survived World War II to anton gaudi’s fabulous creations as intact resulting in the entire historic centre of the city well as the contemporary masterpieces 2 3 being named a UNEScO World heritage Site. built for the Olympic games. Lisbon lisbon is a city of dreams, clinging to seven hills and overlooking the tagus River. More relaxed than many of the other European capitals (and a little cheaper too) it’s easy to stay a while here as there is so much to see and do. from friendly locals to a lively nightlife to stunning 4 natural settings, lisbon will not fail to impress. Dubrovnik the uniqueness of this adriatic jewel lies in its diversity. Situated between the mountains and the adriatic Sea, the walled city of Dubrovnik is a UNEScO World heritage Site and is visited by millions of visitors from across the world each year. With 48 distinct countries to choose from, it’s no wonder Europe attracts millions of visitors each year. It holds so much fascinating history and spectacular scenery that it is often Vienna a challenge knowing where to start. Vienna, once the capital of the hapsburg Empire, is now a proud guardian of a rich and spectacular But for seasoned travellers or those history. the city is bejewelled with grand palaces, monumental churches, and a myriad of galleries and looking for cities a little off the beaten museums. Vienna’s most famous resident, Wolfgang amadeus Mozart, has long gone but his legacy path, here are 16 of our favourite remains and a night at a classical recital in one of the many magnificent venues is a must. lesser visited places we definitely think Over 800 Flight Centre consultants here to help: 1-866-541-2111 FOOTPRINTS 31 are worth exploring. 7 SPRING2011 SPRING2011 12 Istanbul Copenhagen the capital of turkey, Istanbul, is an old With narrow streets, old houses and crisscrossing canals, copenhagen city that is inspired by many different is often called ‘the paris of the north’. pay homage to fairy tale master cultures, religious views and eras. hans christian andersen with a visit to many of the places he lived, his half old world with narrow alleyways, gravesite in the assistens kirkegård, and of course, the little Mermaid bazaars, mosques and churches, the statue by the harbour. Dublin other half is modern and cosmopolitan. there are so many layers to the Irish capital, One of the largest cities in the world, it’s more like a dozen Dublins rolled into one. Istanbul is spread over both Europe and there’s the historic Dublin, with elegant old asia making it the only city in the world buildings and monuments recalling the city’s that sits on two continents. sometimes passionate and violent past. the Edinburgh Zurich 9 city’s literary pedigree is linked to some of the providing the ideal balance between old world’s greatest writers, poets and playwrights, and new sits Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. With a stunning lakeside setting, Zurich including James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel this is a city of elegant streets, cobbled is a vibrant, busy metropolis but also Beckett. and there’s playtime Dublin which alleys, and incomparable sunsets. has its quieter side. admire the alps 14 includes the vibrant pub scene in temple Bar, contemporary in many aspects such as that surround the city, sail on the lake or top-class theatre, music, comedy and dance. cuisine, entertainment and shopping, discover the charming old town. Year after the city blends the traditions and year, Zurich is labled one of the best cities architecture of hundreds of years of in the world to live, it’s not hard to see why. history with ease. Amsterdam amsterdam has been called the greatest small city in Europe, and offers visitors a 13 11 diverse range of sights and sounds. While it may be a small city it certainly doesn’t lack the big city attractions. It’s vibrant and colourful from the ‘coffee shops’ to red light display windows and risque live shows—this is a European city like no other! Budapest considered one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, Budapest serves as a link between Eastern and Western Munich 15 Europe, created out of the unification Munich, with its mix of alpine of the historic towns of Buda, pest charm, old squares and beer and Óbuda in 1873. It has managed to gardens is yet another reason to maintain its magic and charm and is rightly visit fabulous germany. home of known as the Queen of the Danube. the original Oktoberfest as well as the 1972 Olympics, the city manages to successfully blend old Bavarian tradition with a vibrant modern life. Brussels SPECIAL oFFER Medieval cities, incredible Save $80* on a package flemish art, gardens and canals, and festivals galore make Krakow to Europe when you book between apr 1 - Jun 30, 2011. Belgium the perfect tourist krakow is a vibrant city, proud of its long history, ample *Conditions apply. Valid at Flight Centre stores destination. One of the most across Canada. Limit one (1) discount per heritage, and architectural beauties. the renaissance Royal booking. Package must include roundtrip airfare cosmopolitan destinations on the castle at Wawel, the gothic St Mary’s Basilica, the former and a minimum of 7 nights accommodation. Airfare must originate in Canada. Charter continent, the heart of Brussels separate Jewish city of kazimierz absorbed by krakow airfares and packages are not eligible for discount. Coupon must be presented at time of is the beautiful grand place, a together with its socialist-realist, industrial architecture are booking. Not combinable with any other offer. cultural and commercial nexus. all places which make a visit extremely worthwhile. Valid on new bookings paid in full. Expires Jun 30, 2011. Coupon code: FPSP201108 32 FOOTPRINTS ‘To open up the world for those who want to see’ Over 800 Flight Centre consultants here to help: 1-866-541-2111 FOOTPRINTS 33 SPRING2011 SPRING2011 Did you know? • Reservations are required on overnight and high speed trains. Make reservations prior to your train’s departure to avoid a sold out train. • Eurail passes can be booked a maximum of 6 months prior to use. • high season, shoulder season, and low season do not exist when purchasing a Eurail pass. prices do fluctuate however based on currency exchange. • Youth fares are available to those under the age of 26. • Eurail passes are not available for use by EU citizens. Eurail SPECIAL oFFER Save $50 * on airfare to Europe when you book a Eurail pass between apr 1 - Jun 30, 2011. *Conditions apply. Valid at Flight Centre stores across Canada. Limit one (1) discount per person. Eurail Pass must be minimum 6 days. Not valid on looking for a way to see a lot of Europe point-to-point rail tickets. Airfare must originate in Canada. Charter airfares and packages are not eligible for discount. Coupon must be presented at in a short period of time? Eurail makes time of booking. Not combinable with any other offer. Valid on new bookings paid in full. Expires Jun 30, 2011. Coupon code: FPSP201109 travel safe, easy and fun. Why travel by train in Europe? one of the best rail systems in Europe with the train travel is relaxing, environmentally friendly, trenitalia network. Eurail Global Pass Eurail Regional Pass (France + Spain) or (France + Italy) and provides direct service in to most city travel together and save: travellers can save Travel Validity Adult Saver Youth Travel Validity Adult Adult Saver Saver Youth 1st Class 1st Class 2nd Class 1st Class 2nd Class 1st Class 2nd Class 2nd Class centres. Read a book, catch up on your blog, or up to 20% when they purchase Eurail ‘saver’ 15 days $730 $621 $475 4 days in 2 months 384 327 327 278 248 watch the sights from your reclining seat. passes. Saver passes are designed for 2 or more 21 days $945 $802 $613 5 days in 2 months 430 365 365 309 280 travellers that are planning to journey together. 1 month $1162 $988 $755 6 days in 2 months 475 402 402 342 307 top 4 Eurail passes: 2 months $1642 $1395 $1067 7 days in 2 months 519 442 442 376 337 Eurail Global Pass: Visit up to 21 countries Sleeper trains: 3 months $2025 $1721 $1316 8 days in 2 months 565 479 479 407 365 with the Eurail global pass. the global Many long-haul trains will offer comfortable 9 days in 2 months 610 517 517 440 396 pass is our top selling Eurail pass and can be sleeper cabins for travellers - and you’ll save Eurail Flexi Global Pass 10 days in 2 months 655 556 556 471 425 purchased in durations of 10 days to 3 months! on hotels. cabins are available in singles, Adult Saver Youth Travel Validity this pass is popular amongst travellers who 1st Class 1st Class 2nd Class Eurail Italy Pass doubles, triples, quad’s, and 6 person 10 days in 2 months $864 $733 $561 Adult Adult Saver Saver Youth need flexibility to travel where they want, couchette’s. fall asleep in Spain and Travel Validity 1st Class 2nd Class 1st Class 2nd Class 2nd Class 15 days in 2 months $1133 $963 $736 when they want to go. awake in paris! Don’t forget that many 3 days in 2 months 262 212 222 180 171 sleeper trains are gender specific (boys with 4 days in 2 months 291 235 247 201 191 Eurail Select Pass: choose any 3 to 5 bordering Eurail Flexi Global Pass 5 days in 2 months 325 263 276 224 214 countries in the Eurail network with the Eurail boys, girls with girls), however; if you occupy Travel Validity Adult Saver Youth 1st Class 1st Class 2nd Class 6 days in 2 months 355 288 301 244 234 Select pass. travel flexibly for 5 to 15 days. the entire cabin, the rule does not apply. 5 days in 2 months $460 $391 $299 7 days in 2 months 388 314 330 266 257 Eurail Regional Pass: Regional passes are 2 additional Discounts: 6 days in 2 months $508 $432 $330 8 days in 2 months 419 340 357 289 276 countries or regions together on one pass. Our Eurail pass holders receive many 8 days in 2 months $602 $511 $391 9 days in 2 months 452 366 384 311 298 most popular Eurail regional pass is the france discounts on museum entrance fees, 10 days in 2 months $698 $594 $454 10 days in 2 months 484 391 411 332 319 + Italy pass. choose between 4 and 10 travel ferries, sightseeing tours, hotels, etc. Pricing may vary and is subject to change by the rail department without prior notice. Saver groups of 2 - 5 travelling together at all times. Youth under 26 yrs, child ages 4 - 11 yrs, under 4 yrs are free days. check out the Eurail travellers when not occupying a seat. Must be a Canadian resident or have permanent resident card. Passes must be validated within 6 months of purchase. Pass price does not include any reservations if required. guide that comes with each Eurail One Country: Our top selling single country pass is the Eurail Italy pass. Italy boasts Eurail pass purchased for details. 1 866 541 2111 34 FOOTPRINTS Over 800 Flight Centre consultants here to help: 1-866-541-2111 FOOTPRINTS 35 SPRING2011 LAND EAST » AUSTRALIA » NEW ZEA EUROPE » EGYPT » MIDDLE TRIPS FOR hands On – A Weekend in the BIG APPLE 18-39s For the best deals, see your flood Relief flight centre limited to contribute New York city can be many things to many people but if you’re looking for a weekend getaway, it’s Flight Centre agent today! the perfect choice. While 3 days in New York doesn’t sound like a lot of time, one can get a great more than $2 million as flood taste of what this city has to offer by taking the time to plan their trip. here is a sample itinerary to fundraising initiative takes off. give you an idea of just some of the many things to do while exploring this great city. Significant flooding occurred in many areas of Queensland during late December 2010 and early January 2011, with three quarters of the state declared a disaster zone. In response to Friday Saturday Sunday the disaster, Flight Centre Limited pledged more than $2million arrive friday morning and check into your find a local diner and enjoy a hearty Nothing says Sunday in New York, quite like to Queensland’s flood relief efforts after launching its largest Manhattan hotel. hit a neighbourhood breakfast before going to grand central enjoying a brunch of Mimosas and Eggs Benny ever fundraising initiative. sidewalk café and enjoy a pastry and latte terminal, commonly referred to as ‘grand at one of the many restaurants around town. while taking in the sights and sounds of your central Station.’ One of the busiest train take a trip down to the waterfront and jump FLT managing director Graham Turner said the company new home for the coming days. head to the stations in the world, it serves nearly 200,000 on the free Staten Island ferry from Battery would donate $10 from every international and domestic Empire State Building, the tallest building in commuters every day. grand central is also park city, for a great view of the harbour, airfare or holiday package its leisure travel shops sold in the city for its renowned and spectacular home to restaurants and some of the most skyline and, of course, the Statue of liberty. Australia between now and the end of February 2011. views. Make your way to Rockefeller centre beautiful architecture in the city. from there, although a weekend isn’t enough time to see Mr. Turner said FLT would guarantee a minimum $2million to and see the homes of Radio city Music take the subway toward the financial District everything this magnificent destination has to trips for 18 to 30 somethings the Premier’s Relief Appeal and would not cap its contribution, hall, NBc and the today Show. If visiting in lower Manhattan and take a stroll along offer, it’s definitely enough to wet your appetite meaning more money could potentially be raised for those in the winter months, don’t forget to look Wall Street. 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B A R C E L O N A E K S R I V B K H N A E U G T N C T H B F S G I I S L C N B L Z M S N Q E E S U U L R E T E I O E U G X M O T T L L R D E D N A Z A N T P R R A B Q R S R T A B V N A B M X R S O G F R U U I P G G N V A G B P N V I B C H L E N N C A N A J L B U J L E I D G H G O 1 a T K O N H D B B R U S S E L S R N E D R I E B D J A L U B N A T S I U T N P I E A T H E N S R N O B S I L B P E F N R N Q B Q G R O L E Y P T Y M W V R L A D C S S E L B L L B S K J A O A E O A B A E 2 b D O B R Z U I G X T H C C Q N F U G M K B F D R G A L N O L S O L M I L A N U O E I B X N A O J T O D M L E C R X Y O E W A S R A W Z S M U O F Q W E G S Q E M 3 c SPoTTHEDIFFERENCE Amsterdam Dublin Lisbon Prague Athens Edinburgh Ljubljana Rome Barcelona Florence London Sofia Belgrade Frankfurt Madrid Stockholm 4 d Berlin Geneva Marseille Valencia MYSTERYIMAGE Bratislava Glasgow Milan Venice Let us know where in Footprints this mystery image Brussels Hamburg Moscow Vienna appears and you’ll be entered into a draw where Bucharest Helsinki Munich Warsaw you could win a $100 Flight Centre gift card. Budapest Istanbul Oslo Zagreb Enter your answer at flightcentre.ca/footprints. Copenhagen Kiev Paris Zurich CoNNECTTHEDoTS Conditions apply. Please call or visit our website for full details. connect each of the dots to figure out our mystery object. SPoTTHEDIFFERENCE 14 13 15 51 52 53 10 GREENMESSAGE 9 8 22 16 54 12 11 5 20 17 55 7 21 When you’re finished reading 19 Footprints magazine, don’t 18 56 33 34 48 50 throw it out. 6 32 30 35 47 57 58 59 38 49 60 Pass it on to a neighbour, a colleague, 4 23 31 29 28 39 46 37 36 a relative, a travel companion, 61 45 a school…. 27 44 40 62 By ‘recycling’ this magazine, 3 24 you will be doing your part to help 43 63 68 69 the environment and help inspire 66 67 70 1 2 25 26 41 42 71 72 those around you to see and 64 65 experience everything the world has to offer. the above photograph is the great Wall of china. 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