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Week Deals - 28 November 2017
November 28, 2017

Week Deals - 28 November 2017

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CRUISE TO EUROPE

CRUISE TO EUROPE

Spend 11 nights on board the Regal Princess cruise ship under ASA Holidays’ 16D Northern Europe + Copenhagen package. Starting and ending in Copenhagen, Denmark, ports of call include Oslo, Norway; Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm (Nynashamn) Sweden.

Clients will also get two nights in Copenhagen, plus tours.

This package is priced from $6,088 excluding taxes and onboard gratuities. Go to www.asaholiday.com or call 6303-5308 for reservations.

SURVEY REWARD

SURVEY REWARD

SGTravellers and Trafalgar are running their annual online travel survey to discover where Singaporeans would like to travel in 2018. Participants who complete the survey stand a chance of winning a 7D Irish Highlights Trip with Trafalgar for two. This prize is worth more than $9,000 and includes airfare on Emirates.

Log onto http://www.sgtravellers.com/travel-survey/sgtravellersandtrafalgar-long-haul-holidayssurveyfor-2018/5 to take part. Who knows, you may be the lucky one jetting away on your Irish holiday.

* Terms and conditions apply.

 

KONYA, TURKEY

KONYA, TURKEY

Witness a sacred part of Turkish heritage at the Seb-i Arus (Night of Union) festival in Konya.

Every year, Sufi mystics and followers from all over the world flock to the central Anatolian city to honour the life of 13th-century Sufi philosopher, poet and mystic Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi on his death anniversary on Dec 17.

Most commonly known as Rumi or Mevlana, he devoted his writings and teachings to the power of peace and love, and promoted dance as a form of communion with God. His followers, known as the Mevlevi Order, have honoured his life and faith for 800 years by making a pilgrimage to Konya, where he is buried, and praying at his shrine, now housed in the Mevlana Mausoleum.

The 10 days before the anniversary of his death are filled with cultural events and prayers. The festival culminates in a Sema ceremony on the last evening, when members of the Mevlevi Order, also known as the Whirling Dervishes, spin in circles – a spiritual dance which represents the abandoning of ego and the ascent towards enlightenment.

When: Dec 10 to 17
Info: http://bit.ly/2jhHGSw

ZAGREB, CROATIA

ZAGREB, CROATIA

Hear sleigh bells ring and sip on sweetly spiced mulled wine at Advent in Zagreb, the Croatian capital’s biggest Christmas festival.

The boughs of the trees in Zrinjevac Park are decorated with fairy lights and the lanes are filled with stalls selling handmade Christmas ornaments and trinkets and Christmas treats. Nearby, hundreds of people swirl around King Tomislav Square, which is turned into an ice- skating rink for the occasion.

The festival features classical music performances, horse-drawn carriage rides and a performance of the Christmas Pageant.

There are also guided Christmasthemed tours of the city which touch on topics such as unique Croatian Christmas traditions and feasts and how the locals used to keep themselves warm in cold winters.

When: Saturday to Jan 8

Info: http://bit.ly/2A2L4v9

CHICHIBU, JAPAN

CHICHIBU, JAPAN

About two hours by train from central Tokyo, the city of Chichibu hosts one of Japan’s greatest hikiyama (float) festivals.

The two-day Chichibu Yomatsuri, one of the country’s rare winter festivals, celebrates the Chichibu Shrine, which is said to be more than 1,000 years old and is known for the beautiful carvings in its main hall.

The festival is at its best on its second day, when large carved wooden floats are paraded through the streets. In the afternoon, the floats transform into kabuki (traditional Japanese dance drama) stages with live performances. In the evening, all the lanterns on the 10- to 20-tonne floats are lit, carried up a sleep slope and lined up in the plaza in front of the City Hall.

Thousands of people gather along the parade route, where stands sell street food and amazake (sweet rice wine) to keep festivalgoers warm.

Once the floats are at the City Hall, a display of sporadic fireworks takes place from 7.30 to 10pm, when the festival winds down so festivalgoers can catch the last trains back to Tokyo.

When: Saturday and Dec 3

Info: http://bit.ly/2A0AIfj

ATHENS, GREECE

ATHENS, GREECE

The Plissken Festival is a unique, genre-defying music event which has brought hundreds of local and international acts to its five stages since its start in 2010.

This year's headliners include British rap group 67, Canadian electronic songwriter and producer Jessy Lanza and Dutch electronic duo Weval.

The festival is also known for its annual workshop, The Lab, a series of seminars where participants learn to set up a festival from start to finish, including aspects such as event management, hospitality, sustainability, press and technical production.

When: Friday and Saturday

Info: www.plisskenfestival.gr

BRITISH AIRWAYS’ BLACK FRIDAY SALE

BRITISH AIRWAYS’ BLACK FRIDAY SALE

British Airways is offering special fares across all cabins for its Black Friday sale, which ends on Tuesday.

They include economy fares starting at $688 all-in to Sydney, $1,218 to London and $1,468 to New York, and are valid for travel from now till March 31 next year.

British Airways' Executive Club members can also collect double Avios points on every flight they take with British Airways from now until Dec 31.

For more information, go to ba.com

NEW SHANGRI-LA HOTEL IN XIAMEN

NEW SHANGRI-LA HOTEL IN XIAMEN

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened a new Shangri-La Hotel in Xiamen, China.

It is located in Guanyin Shan Business Centre, the city’s newly developed financial and IT zone, a 20-minute drive from Xiamen International Airport.

The urban lifestyle hotel overlooks the city on one side and a long stretch of beach on the other. Over 70 per cent of the 325 guestrooms and suites have views of the Taiwan Strait and guests can also enjoy panoramic sea views at the open-air terrace of The Horizon Club lounge.

The 3,000 sq m Fitness & Spa centre houses amenities including an indoor heated swimming pool and a state-of-the-art gym where fitness classes, including kickboxing, yoga and martial arts, are offered.

At the end of the year, the hotel will open Xiamen’s first NX Kids’ Club, which will feature a playground, doughnut slide, ball pool, trampoline and climbing wall, as well as interactive facilities for children aged one to 12.

To celebrate its opening, the hotel is offering special room rates starting at 1,100 yuan (S$225) a night now till Dec 31. It includes daily breakfast buffet for two and a 50 per cent dining discount.

For more information, go to www.shangri-la.com

IBERIAN WINE JOURNEY WITH INSIGHT VACATIONS

IBERIAN WINE JOURNEY WITH INSIGHT VACATIONS

Indulge in some of the world’s best food and wine on a 15-day luxury journey through the picturesque towns and vineyards of northern Spain and Portugal.

The package is by tour operator Insight Vacations and the tour will be guided by food expert Barbara Barde and sommelier Tom LeRoy.

The itinerary includes visits to the Bodegas Sinforiano in Mucientes, one of the most esteemed wineries in Spain; two bodegas in Douro, a region renowned for its rich unfortified wines; and a traditional Portuguese patisserie that has the secret recipe for Portugal’s finest Portuguese egg tart. Travellers will also tuck into a traditional dinner in the Basque city of San Sebastian and go on a guided tour through the old town and cathedral of famed pilgrimage site Santiago de Compostela.

The tour departs on Sept 5 next year and prices start at US$4,495 (S$6,050) a person based on twinsharing.

For reservations or more information, call Insight Vacations on 6922-5950 or go to insightvacations.com

NEW NOBU HOTEL OPENS IN LONDON

NEW NOBU HOTEL OPENS IN LONDON

The Nobu Hospitality group, founded by renowned Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, American actor Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, has opened a new hotel in east London.

Located among renovated warehouses in the hip and artsy Shoreditch neighbourhood, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch features a modern steel-and-concrete facade and a blend of polished concrete, patinated metal and dark stone inside.

The modern minimalist Japanese aesthetic is also evident in the hotel’s pocket garden, private dining and event spaces, a luxury spa and wellness centre, as well as the 148 rooms and suites where guests will find custommade yukata robes and traditional Japanese tea sets.

The Nobu restaurant and bar serves the chef’s signature Peruvian-Japanese cuisine and Japanese whisky and sake.

For more information, go to www.nobuhotelshoreditch.com

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