Tuesday, 19 July 2016

A Double Dose of Fun in Orlando and Cape Canaveral for 2018

Book your Florida holidays 2018 and enjoy the world famous attractions like Disney World and Universal Studios. But there is another place, close by, where history has been made. Cape Canaveral, Florida is home to the space shuttle launches. Combine these two places for a memory-making vacation.

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is an active station. Launches from this pad have made history, and brought misery. Challenger, the doomed space shuttle of 1986, was launched from Cape Canaveral. 73 seconds later, it exploded over the ocean as all America watched in horror. Today, visitors can see the rockets like the SpaceX Falcon, Dragon, which will launch on June 26th, to take supplies to the International Space Station. The launches can be seen as far away as Cocoa Beach and Orlando.

The Kennedy Space Center, also located in Cape Canaveral, has a visitor complex where people can meet astronauts like Wendy Lawrence, who has gone into space four times. A question and answer session is held to inspire people about the space programs. An astronaut is available every day of the year for visitors.

The Kennedy Space Center also holds events like Fly With An Astronaut. Enjoy a catered lunch overlooking the launch pads. Tour the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Pass the vehicle assembly building where the rockets are made. The Shuttle Launch Experience will have you in simulated flight with an astronaut. These events have limited space. VIP tickets are available and the knowledgeable agents at Charter Travel know how to get them.

Orlando, the more well-known of the Florida cities, holds theme parks like Disney World and Universal Studios. Visit Epcot and see Mexico, Asia, the new Frozen exhibit, Sommerhus, (coming soon), and more. Head over to Disney World to enjoy characters like Snow White in the character’s parade. Watch the nightly fireworks display over Cinderella’s castle. Take a safari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Kilimanjaro Safari’s will have you rolling past lions, giraffes and elephants. Coming soon, the Safari will hold nightly rides that showcase nocturnal animals.

Universal Studios will soon open Skull Island with the Kong ride. See the 800-lb ape. Hear the audio-animatronics. Cling to your seat as the open-sided vehicle takes you through this thrill ride. Volcano Bay Waterpark is in the works too, and it promises to be a real ‘splash’ with kiddie rides, slides and more.

As 2018 is over 18 months away you can book now knowing you can save and look forward to this magical experience with friends and family.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Iceland and the Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon and Northern lights are what most people think about when discussing their visit to iceland. Not forgetting, geysers, hot springs, black sand beaches and waterfalls are as much a part of the land as glaciers. A vacation to this land of Vikings and northern lights will captivate your imagination and your heart.

Iceland holidays start with bringing your family and exploring the capital, Reykjavik. Here you can find the Bridge between Continents. Walk from one continent to the other by crossing the tectonic plates of Eurasia and North America. Your kids will be the only ones in school able to brag that their vacation was spent on two continents!

See the Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, where you can enjoy designated thermal pools or you can test out the cold waters of the ocean. Locals love this place. It is a great place to get a feel of the ‘real’ Iceland. After you have warmed up, stroll through one of the many museums like the Viking Maritime Museum. Experience the history, the people and the culture of Iceland.

Tour southernmost Iceland and the town of Vik if you want to see one of the 10 prettiest beaches on Earth. Here, black sand lines the shores and the Atlantic rolls in with great force since there are no land formations in the way to block it. Basalt rock along the cliffs is stacked in columns as if a giant child were stacking his blocks. This beach is truly breathtaking.

Visitors to Iceland don’t want to miss the opportunity to see the volcanos that make this the land of ‘fire and ice’. Hike up to the now dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano. Spectacular views of the volcano and the countryside are worthy of your photos. Experienced tour guides will lead you into the magma chamber, the heart of the volcano.

The trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Blue Lagoon in Grindavik. This spa is based around the geothermal waters of the lagoon. The perfect temperatures, silica and minerals make this blue water great for a relaxing soak. For true relaxation, have an in-water massage. Float on the water as experienced hands massage away your aches.

Enjoy a silica mud mask. Use as much as you like, let it stay on for at least 5 minutes, then wash off the mud. Your skin will feel soft and smooth. Carved into the lava rock are sauna and steam rooms where you can sweat out all of those toxins and impurities.

Wines and cocktails are available without even leaving the water. Swim up to the Lagoon Bar and enjoy your drink. The Lava Restaurant with its amazing views and gourmet meals like slow cooked Arctic char and Langoustine soup will fill that empty spot in your belly.

At night, snuggle into the Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel. A private lagoon, complimentary breakfast, and discounted price to the Blue Lagoon make this gorgeous hotel set in a lava field a wonderful place to stay.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Disney and Universal - five of our best.

Disney World and Universal Studios Florida are both fun, family resorts with rides for the whole family. In the great eclectic mix of rides, some stand out as absolute thrillers that can make your heart drop into your stomach.

So check out our top five choices for rides that’ll get your heart pumping:

5. Universal Studios Rip Ride Rockit

Customize your ride experience with this jukebox style ride, pick and choose any song to suit your mood as you roll through unexpected twists and turns. A world-first non-inverting loop complete the thrills on this 17-story high exciting roller coaster. The perfect coaster for those who are getting over the fear of the big rides, it’s a fun one to ride again and again.

4. Disney World’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

The suspense and foreboding you’ll feel in the queue is enough to get your heart pumping in anticipation. The ride itself has exciting effects, total darkness, and multiple freefall drops, ups and downs, and the feeling of losing your stomach. What separates it from other freefall rides is Disney’s always fantastic use of storytelling and creation of an immersive world.

3. Disney World’s Mission: SPACE

This high thrill ride transports you to the future from the very moment you enter the queue. Metallic details, scapecraft training pods, and more entice and excite you before the ride begins. Once on the spacecraft, the centrifugal G-Force of the simulator and the full screen view of outer space is almost too good, jarring you back in your seat. You’ll be surprised when you step out and realize you haven’t actually been to Mars and back!

2. Universal Studios The Incredible Hulk Coaster

Transport yourself into the world of Bruce Banner, the big roller coaster is an experiment gone wrong where you are quickly jumped to top speed and transformed into the raging Hulk. The coaster takes you from 0 to 40 mph in two seconds flat, so be prepared to get sucked into the back of your seat, and that’s just the beginning!

1. Universal Studios Revenge of the Mummy

Fireballs, swarming beetles, warrior mummies, and a completely enclosed roller coaster give this thrill ride top marks. Trying to escape the curse of Imhotep, the ride plummets you into total darkness, whipping you around and avoiding the frights at every turn. I won’t spoil it for you, but the ending is one you won't see coming!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Fishing off of the Gulf Coast Shores

Visitors from around the world flock to Florida’s sunny shores each year. With miles of pearly, soft sand, amazing emerald waters on the Gulf of Mexico and glassy Atlantic waters on the other side, this is a beach playground. Theme parks keep kids (and adults) thrilled. However- lots of visitors miss a vacation thrill- the great fishing.

The waters surrounding Florida’s Gulf Coast are teeming with fish. Pompano, Red Drum and Flounder can be found close to the shores. Further out, on the reefs, anglers will love catching Red Snapper and Amberjack. The deep waters hold Wahoo, Marlin and Tuna- the ‘big-fight’ fish. With opportunities to catch these guys from the shores, in kayaks and trolling boats, and deep-sea charters, this is a fisherman’s Mecca.

Pensacola Florida is the perfect place to plan your vacation fishing trip. The family will love the baby-powder-soft sands of these beaches. Pensacola has a beautiful historic district, a naval museum where the kids will enjoy seeing war planes suspended from the ceilings and, of course, The Blue Angels. Mom and dad will enjoy a plethora of restaurants with fresh seafood and steaks. And the anglers will be in heaven standing in the surf, rods at the ready, to haul in the big one.

Clearwater Beach is a world-famous beach. Here the water is clear, warm and gradually deepens, making it perfect for families. The also-famous Pier 60 is located here. Families can grab their gear, rods, bait and snacks in the little store. Then walk out the pier and try to snag a tarpon or Snook. At sunset, enjoy local artist selling their wares on the pier. Lights along the pier bring the fish in at night, searching for food. Anglers can easily haul in 20-pounders.

Fort Myers Beach is the hotspot for Spring Break. College kids, sun, sand and bikinis. Sand art competitions bring world-class competitors who sculpt castles, dragons and more. Fish the shores for Cobia and Spanish mackerel and Amberjacks. Go offshore for grouper, shark and barracuda.

Naples, Florida is the place to catch sharks, redfish, tarpons and grouper along the coast and in the bays. Go out deep into the Gulf of Mexico for huge tarpons ranging from 60 to 100 pounds and more. Blue and white marlin, sailfish and Mahi Mahi are always ready to give anglers a fight. Naples backwaters team with sharks during the warm months. Blacktip, lemon and bull sharks all troll the waters, looking for food and maybe a good fight.

A few lucky captains are permitted to fish the largest mangrove forest in the Everglades National Forest. Here, among the tangled roots of the mangrove, nurse sharks, huge bull sharks and lemon sharks wait to see if you are brave enough to catch them. Bring the family and enjoy all that Florida has to offer. Theme parks, historic districts, amazing waters and fantastic fishing; the people at Charter Travel can make your vacation dreams come to life.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Beauty of Sanibel Florida

Sea shells. Gorgeous shells- so many that a museum on the island is dedicated to them. An ancient light house. Sand and places for quiet solitude. Welcome to Sanibel Island off the gulf coast of Florida.

Sanibel Island is the ‘Cinderella’ of Florida. No high-rises will block your views of the ocean, or sunsets. Here you can enjoy walking along the beach, gathering shells and shark’s teeth without the noise of bars and nightlife spoiling the peaceful atmosphere.

25-miles of bike paths are perfect for families to travel. Billy’s Bikes and Rentals can equip families with beach bikes, bikes with kid carts, and even unique covered surry bikes that the whole family can pedal together. Most of the bike paths go parallel to roads and they lead to beaches, cemeteries and the lighthouse. There are water fountains along the paths and bike racks, too. This makes it extremely easy to lock your bike up and then hike off to explore, to eat, or to swim.

If you would rather be on the water, explore Sanibel Island in a kayak. Paddle along the D.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you can see alligators and manatees in the bay. At low-tide, lots of water birds feast among the mangroves and pick along the shores for crabs and other shell fish. Explore the point of Sanibel Island to see the lighthouse, ospreys and their nest atop poles and trees, and cranes in the shallow sandbars.

Sanibel Island has a great reputation for sea shells of all kinds. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum houses all kinds of shell displays, not just shells from Florida. The kids will enjoy the scavenger hunt through the museum. Adults will enjoy learning about the various shells. All ages will see Sailor Valentines, made from shells and brought to sweethearts from around the world. See art like flower arrangements made from shells. This place will bring new life to your own shell-hunting adventures.

Of course, most visitors to Gulf Coast of Florida are looking for beaches. Sanibel Island does not disappoint visitors. Blind Pass Beach is ‘paved’ with shells. Scoop them by the bucketful, then sift through them for the ones you will prize. Bowman’s Beach is only accessible by foot. Hike over a trail through the cool forest to this beach. Restrooms, a playground and grills make this quiet beach worth the walk.

Speaking of grills, when you get hungry, take the family to eat at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille. Here guests will enjoy conch chowder, Yucatan shrimp and drinks like Rowdy Razorbacks and Sanibel Sunsets. Or you can try the Sanibel Café for some great breakfast options.

Staying on Sanibel Island is easy. Condos, hotels and beach cottages wait for visitors to arrive. why not do our Disney and Cape Coral twin centre holiday Trust the knowledgeable staff at Charter Travel to take care of all of your vacation needs in Florida. Accommodations, fishing charters, restaurant reservations and bike rentals, Charter Travel can handle it. All you do is relax and enjoy.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Holidays in Naples

Culture, fine-dining, antique shops— these are things of you will find on your Naples, Florida holidays.

Located on the southwestern gulf-side of Florida, Naples is a refined city. It is also the point of access to the Everglades and outer islands. Beaches and shopping complete the picture of this city jewel.

Art lovers will enjoy Random Acts of Art, HW gallery and von Liebig Art Gallery. Stroll through, buy a few items that fit your fancy, and just enjoy the works of quirky, creative minds. See the Naples Theater or watch a production by the Naples Players. This is the place where art in all forms comes alive.

For shopping, everyone knows you go to Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue South, that is. Naples version of Rodeo Drive, this long stretch of shops hosts designer names, ice cream shops, limos and shady sitting benches. Spend the day (and lots of money) here along the stretch. Grab lunch with the girls or people-watch.

If you and your family prefer quiet, Florida wildlife, enjoy one of the sanctuaries. Wind along wooden paths through Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. See cypress trees, air plants and alligators all in their natural setting. Or, take a tranquil stroll into Naples Botanical Gardens. Waterfalls, garden ponds and dinosaurs (yes, you read that right) all come together in this peaceful retreat.

Of course, Naples has that most important of Florida vacation elements…the beach. Enjoy kayaking, cruising, or jetpacks in the emerald waters. Lowdermilk beach has sparkling white sand, outdoor showers, and places to eat, along with the gorgeous waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Sailing, fishing, and riding the jet skis will also keep the family happy for days on end.

For those who want to stay dry, The Naples Zoo, LaPlaya Golf Course and Naples Bicycle Tours will have you out in the sun, but not in the water. Explore the city on a bike and see places like the Celebration Community Beach Church. Here, the beach is the church. There is no building. Bring your lawn chair and your flip flops for some Florida-style religion.

Have you and your family worked up an appetite? Try the Rumba Cuban Café for some steak and onions and fried plantains, or some fried yucca with garlic sauce- yum! The family will love the laid-back atmosphere and indoor/outdoor seating. For some quiet couples-only time, try dining at Alberto’s on Fifth Fine Italian Restaurant. Have an Iceberg Martini and some bruschetta for starters. Main courses like roasted sea scallops, freshly made pasta and delicious desserts like homemade gelato will have your taste buds singing.

After a busy day, relax in a suite, cottage or room at Naples Bay Resort Florida. With plenty of activities for the kids, nice pools and a lazy river, this is a great spot to end your day. Of course, there are hundreds of places to stay. Let the agents at Charter Travel help you find the perfect accommodations. They can also help to make dinner reservations, get tickets to attractions and more.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The beauty of staying in a Universal on site hotel at Universal Orlando

Staying at an on-site hotel at Universal Orlando has its own charm. Staying on-site makes everything about your Florida holidays experience effortless. Universal Orlando now offers four unique hotels inside its amazing universe in which three of them are deluxe property, which means you get luxurious accommodations along with top notch dining options plus many free perks and benefits.

Benefits of staying at an on-site hotel at Universal Orlando

Early park admission
This is among one of the most valuable perk available to guest staying at Universal on site hotel at Universal Orlando. This is also sometimes referred to as early entry and provides entry to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 1 hour before the general public, and the unlimited Universal Express passes for deluxe guests.

Complimentary shuttle buses
Each of the hotels is within the walking distance or a short shuttle ride to Universal’s Island of Adventure, Universal CityWalk or Universal Studios Florida. Shuttle ride is free for all the guest staying at on site hotel at Universal Orlando. Deluxe hotels also have a provision for really cool and relaxing water taxis that transport you to CityWalk and the theme parks.

Resort-wide charging privileges
You can use your hotel room key card at Universal Orlando locations where credit cards are accepted to buy food and merchandise.

Complimentary delivery of merchandise
Buy items anywhere throughout Universal Orlando and get it sent directly to your on-site hotel room.

Complimentary scheduled transportation
Deluxe hotel guests have the privilege to take the convenient water taxis along picturesque waterways or ride the shuttle bus directly to both theme parks and CityWalk.

These benefits are available to you the moment you arrive until midnight on the day you check out. The benefits are still applicable even if your rooms are not ready until that afternoon. You have the right to register at your hotel as early in the morning as you arrive. This means you can leave your bags and retrieve your Express passes in time for the Early Park Admission hour. Interestingly you can still linger at the resort even after your check-out time and enjoy full advantage of your pool privilege until late in the evening – how cool is that?

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Combine the adrenaline of Orlando with the relaxation of Naples

It is very well said that Florida is the America’s sunshine state. On one hand it offers fantastic destination to those seeking sun and relaxation, great shopping, fine dining and on the other hand the opportunity to go crazy in the world of amusement parks and entertainment. In short Florida is dedicated to family time with tons of options to have fun, relax and unwind. The place has enough option to help you create perfect Florida holidays with memories you and your loved ones will treasure for years to come.

Adrenaline of Orlando

Orlando is the theme park capitol of the world, drawing over 50 million visitors per year and has got enough to keep your family entertained for weeks. The most visible and talked about attraction in Orlando this summer is not about one of those mega theme parks, instead it’s about I-Drive 360, an entertainment complex that’s pretty good for all ages and is complete with Madame Tussauds wax museum featuring figures of Juan Ponce de Leo, 400-foot-tall the Orlando Eye and the Sea Life Aquarium with plenty of sharks to spy. Most of the people get more tired after the trip than before they started, making it a great trip but not really a true vacation. But with little planning like combining your trip to Orlando with a back-to-back trip to Naples, you not only ensure great action packed fun time with your family, but also a relaxing one. So when you get back from your vacation, you are truly relaxed and in your best form to get back to your busy life with fresh energy and enthusiasm.

Relaxation of Naples

Naples is the jewel glistening on the south west coast that combines elegance and sophistication with beautiful natural surroundings. It makes for a perfect destination to relax on the white glittering sand and unwind after an action packed, eventful time at Orlando. One way trip from Orlando to Naples is about 220 miles and takes around four hours if driven direct. The interior route takes you through Lake Wales and past Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. Should you want you can also take a detour to Lake Kissimmee State Park to have a short break. Here you will get to see the lesser known parts of Florida which is more about cattle and oranges than beaches and shopping. Arrive in Naples and you step back into that other Florida which is about high-end shopping and cultural pursuits vie with the desire to simply lie back and soak up the sun.
Whether you come as family or just couples, Naples is a great value destination filled with relaxing days on the beach, activities the entire family can enjoy or gourmet dining. The city boasts over 35 golf courses, 100s of art galleries and two shopping districts. Naples is best known for its 17 miles of white sandy beaches which is great for kids and families. Besides beaches, Naples is also hugely popular with nature lovers. It offers a perfect option for getting out into the countryside including Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. What could be the better way to spend time hiking, kayaking and learning about the flora & fauna and about the local area ecosystem while preparing to get back to usual life after an action packed vacation time at mega theme parks in Orlando this summer?

Friday, 12 June 2015

The Orlando Eye the I drive's newest attraction

Located in the heart of Orlando’s popular International Drive, I-Drive 360 is the Orlando’s new $200 million dollar entertainment city and home to The Orlando Eye. I-Drive 360 offers a fantastic opportunity to soar above Central Florida on The Orlando Eye or go under the sea at SEA LIFE Orlando or maybe just give a pose with a Star at Madame Tussaud's!

Considered as the tallest observational wheel on the North American East Coast and visible from most of central Florida, the Orlando Eye is the newest and the largest observation wheel on the east coast. It offers an excellent opportunity while on your holidays to Florida to catch a chance to see the magic of the city on an entertaining ride. The mesmerizing view from the top includes almost all of the downtown Orlando, captivating landscape and major theme parks and more. The Orlando eye stands 400 feet high, which is nearly 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. On a clear day you can easily see all the way to Cape Canaveral. The Orlando Eye takes about 20 minutes to complete one full rotation. The ride doesn’t give a feel of swinging around or moving. It is not meant to be scary, rather provide an observation experience. Each of the 30 fully enclosed, air-conditioned glass capsules is complete with Apple tablet that gives the visitors fun and an interactive way to explore the views as they go around the wheel.

The Orlando Eye visitors get to choose their own unique experience like champagne flights and private capsules. The attraction also includes a 4D cinematic experience showcasing a 3D aerial journey of Central Florida that adds effects such as wind, water, and lighting. I-Drive 360 highlights also includes Madame Tussauds, world’s most famous celebrity wax attraction which showcases detailed and lifelike wax figures that offers a perfect tribute to the most influential celebrity and historical figures of our time like Jimmy Fallon, pop princesses Taylor Swift, actor Jim Parsons, international icon Ricky Martin and many more. You put your arms around them and get those photos that money can’t buy you.

Another I-drive 360 attraction is Sea Life Orlando, you can enjoy underwater adventure that displays colorful fish, sea horses, sea turtles, rays, sharks, jellies and more. A combination of winding tunnels, bubble aquarium, cold water rock pools and floor-to-ceiling presents a unique experience for guests of all ages. Sea Life Orlando features more than 5,000 sea animals from habitats representing Indian, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

I-Drive 360 also has an equally unique line-up of restaurants featuring variety of flavorful experiences and offering dining options from full service to fast casual and quick serve. You can expect to find some popular brand restaurants such as Carrabbas’ Italian Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, Yard House, Outback Steakhouse and Shake Shack. You will also find some unique establishments such as Naru, Sugar Factory, Tapa Toro and Paramount Fine Foods. I-Drive 360 provides a massive seven stories covered parking structure for visitors, from here you can wonder nearby to an open air courtyard featuring a water show set to music and color-changing lights while enjoying your favorite refreshment.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Holidays on the Gulf Coast

Get ready for fun in the sun on a holiday to Florida’s Gulf Coast. Charter Travel has been helping travelers plan their trips to the Gulf Coast for years, and we would love to assist you. From finding the most affordable and convenient flight options to choosing a comfortable place to stay to arranging a car hire, our travel specialists can do it all.

Holidays to the Gulf Coast of Florida provide you with many exciting options. There are plenty of beaches to choose from, including Clearwater, Pensacola, Perdido Key, Tampa Bay, and St. Petersburg, just to name a few. You’ll find the best blend of city life and relaxing respites from all of the hustle and bustle. You’re also just a few hours’ drive from Orlando, where you can visit some of the best theme parks and attractions in the world, including Universal Orlando and Disney World. We can help you with arranging a car hire so that you can travel easily during your trip.

Relaxing Beaches, Exciting Watersports, and More

Beaches along the Gulf of Mexico offer calm, clear waters, soft white sand, and the perfect environment for a relaxing escape. It’s ideal for families, since kids and adults can swim in the calm waters without worrying about big waves. It’s almost like swimming in a pool, just with plenty of exotic marine life to share the water with.

If you love watersports, fishing, or even just romantic walks along the shore, this is an ideal place to be. From kayaking to snorkeling to fishing, options abound. There are activities and events suitable for families, couples, and travelers of all ages. Practice your golf swing on world class courses, cast a line off of a chartered fishing boat, or settle in to a poolside lounger with a good book. Trips to the Gulf Coast can be as laid back or as action packed as your heart desires.

Cultural sites include museums of all types, from art galleries to historical centers to botanical gardens. Tour fantastic mansions once owned by the wealthy and famous, and get a glimpse of exotic wildlife in zoos and on wildlife and nature tours. Charter Travel can help you create the itinerary that matches your interests.

There are numerous parks, some of which allow for camping, canoeing, and other outdoor activities. You can enjoy bird watching, picnicking with the children, or just watching the sun set over the water. Shopping and dining options are in abundance, from quaint shops to upscale boutiques to shopping malls. The travel specialists at Charter Travel are able to provide you with plenty of recommendations for restaurants, cafes, bars, and exciting nightlife hotspots. check out our many things to do along the Gulf Coast of Florida

Holidays on the Gulf Coast will have you feeling refreshed, relaxed and revitalized. If you have wanted to spend time in the sunshine in a tropical destination with all of the comforts of home, Charter Travel is pleased to help you organize the perfect trip. Pack up the family for a memorable beach holiday on the Gulf Coast that everyone is sure to enjoy.