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PLEASE MARK THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR. LEBANESE TAVERNA, MCLEAN, VA This is our first Happy Hour of the Year. Let's come on out and celebrate the New Year and share your travel plans for 2019! Come out and mix and mingle with your travel friends and find out about upcoming trips and the many events we have scheduled so far.... I encourage those signed up for trips to come out n meet your travel mates. For those not yet signed up for any trips, come on out n get inspired for future trips n share your travel stories. All are welcome! Looking for a good place right off the beltway to have our happy hour. Must have seating for our group, not noisy and ample parking. If you have any recommendations, please let me know....preferable someplace close to Tyson Corner.
America's favorite travel show returns to Washington D.C. on March 16th and 17th. Take advantage of this exclusive deal and explore thousands of vacation options all under one roof! For Today Only, Get 2 D.C. Travel & Adventure Show tickets for the price of 1 with Promo Code: THANKYOU19 Don't miss your chance to meet top travel celebrities, destination experts and save BIG on your next vacation. Click below to take advantage of this limited time offer, ending at 11:59 pm TODAY 11/27/18! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-washington-dc-travel-adventure-show-tickets-50284869398?discount=THANKYOU19&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=67788993&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-82aWZMf7OdoL_htVPFMv3RSRiKJ10gAT7eJpJkA-PN7B_XMUIymcuDojukvnj_6Z41mZhlukhllzxC4pjtEJz0OH8RxA&_hsmi=67788993#tickets Description **Show Hours** Saturday, March 16: 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday, March 17: 11:00am-4:00pm At America’s Favorite Travel Show, you’ll: Explore endless vacation options Discover over 200+ destinations from around the globe Plan your trip face-to-face with thousands of travel experts Meet travel celebrities Samantha Brown, Andrew McCarthy, and Peter Greenberg Attend dozens of educational seminars on the Savvy and Destination Theaters Immerse yourself in faraway cultures with song and dance on the Global Beats Stage Enjoy fun for the whole family with virtual reality experiences and Segway rides Plus, save big with exclusive show-only specials and giveaways The best part? All of this is included with your ticket. Make the first stop on your next trip the Washington DC Travel & Adventure Show – buy your tickets today! For more information, visit TravelShows.com All sales final. No refunds of ticket costs or service fees. Solicitation of show exhibitors is strictly prohibited. FAQs Where do I enter my promo code? If you have a valid promo code, click 'Enter Promotional Code' on the ticket selection screen BEFORE selecting your tickets. Click here to see example. If your code still doesn't work, please contact [masked] for assistance. Where do I find the list of speakers and travel seminars schedule? Click here for the most up-to-date information What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? For parking and transporation information, click here How do I update my registration information or transfer my ticket to another person? Click here to see how to update your registration information or transfer your ticket to another person Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? You must bring your ticket to the event. Tickets may be printed or displayed on your mobile device (in the Eventbrite app). What is the refund policy? All sales are final. There are no refunds of ticket costs or service fees. Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? [masked]
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If you missed the last trip in November 2018 to Costa Rica like I did, here is another opportunity for you to explore this beautiful country with me. As far as Central American countries go, there are few that can boast the beauty and majesty of Costa Rica. The word itself is Spanish for “rich coast”, and the lush vegetation and tropical paradise that surround you at every step while in this beautiful country is testament to the definition. Boasting a dizzying array of landscapes from volcanoes, tropical and temperate forests, rain forests, beaches along both the Caribbean and Pacific, marshes, mountains, and more, Costa Rica is an action-packed destination for any level of traveler. With so much to do in every corner of this country boredom will never come! Probably the most popular destination on the planet for eco-tourists specifically due to the diversity of plant and animal life, it has been estimated by experts that the country contains as much a 6% of the entire world’s plant and animal life. In addition, the Costa Rican way of life has been described as one of the most relaxed on the planet, rivaling that of the Mediterranean coastal regions of Italy and Greece. For the ultimate Central American experience, Costa Rica is hands-down the grand finale. Escorted Package Includes: 6 nights accommodations: 2 nights San Jose 2 nights Arenal 2 nights Monteverde Hotel porterage; All transfers 9 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout Entrance fees per itinerary Special Features Tour downtown San Jose enjoying its many historical & architectural jewels. Visit the artisan town of Sarchi and see artists in their workshops View Arenal Volcano National Park with its unique landscape and famous Arenal volcano Discover the dense vegetation in the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest Experience a traditional Costa Rican Coffee Farm, followed by a Chocolate Tour Is This Trip Right for You? This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect up to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Transferring between cities can be up to seven hours depending on weather and traffic conditions. COST AS OF 12/25/18 (subject to change based on the time of booking): Land Only $849/per person Land & Air from DCA/IAD $xxx per person Single Occupancy: Land Only $[masked]; Land & Air from DCA/IAD $xxx BOOK BY 12/29/18 AND SAVE $270/PP OFF LAND PRICE. You do have the option to just book the land tour only now to lock in the land rate and book the airfare later with the tour company or on your own. If you book the air with the tour company, cost is based on the time of booking and full payment of the airfare is required at that time in order to purchase the ticket. Ground transfers from airport to hotel as well as hotel to airport is included if airfare is purchased from the tour company. If you book the airfare on your own, ground transfers may still be purchased from the tour company per costs listed below. DEPOSIT: A low non-refundable deposit of $200/pp is required to secure your land only reservation. FINAL PAYMENT DATE: JANUARY 29, 2019 HOW TO GET BOOKED TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS GROUP TRIP: Please email the following information to me at [masked]. If you need a roommate and don't have your own, please use the conversation section of this event to request one: All questions pertaining to this trip should be directed to me, the organizer and coordinator of this trip. 1) Your full name as it appears in your passport 2) Your home address 3) Your email address 4) Your phone number 5) Your date of birth 6) Your passport info (number, issue & expiration dates) 7) Type of room needed (single or double) If double, please provide your roommate info or use the conversation section of this event to request one if you don’t have your own. Both individuals must book at the same time…. 8) Signed credit card authorization (will email to you when I receive items 1-7) PARTICIPATION IN THIS EVENT Participants in this event should note the Liability Waiver in the PAGES section of this Meetup group. Please read it carefully. Members of this group are expected to conduct themselves in a way that is mindful and considerate of the health, safety, and welfare of themselves and other participants in any Active Friends Travel With Friends of the World Meetup activity. It is understood that you have voluntarily chosen to participate in this activity by your own free will. By joining this group, you agree to the Liability Waiver in the Pages section of this Meetup group. VISA REQUIREMENT: Check https://cibtvisas.com/ DETAILED ITINERARY: DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Costa Rica Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager Overnight: San Jose DAY 2, Wednesday - Travel to Arenal Today, take a brief panoramic tour of San Jose, with sights of the city including historic & government buildings and La Sabana, the public park. Next, depart for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. En route stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Arenal. Later this evening after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal Overnight: Arenal Meals: Breakfast, Dinner DAY 3, Thursday - Full Day in Arenal Enjoy a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. As Costa Rica's youngest volcano, it gained international notoriety in 1968 for its sudden eruption. Perhaps, spend the day on the optional full day Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Tonight, enjoy an optional evening at the renowned Eco Termales Hot Springs that includes a dinner Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM) Overnight: Arenal Meals: Breakfast DAY 4, Friday - Arenal National Park, Travel to Monteverde In the morning, embark on a brisk 2 mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora and fauna while enjoying scenic views of the volcano. At the end of the trail, you may choose to participate in a rugged hike over the ancient lava rocks before continuing to Monteverde. Stop for lunch on your own en route to Monteverde; time permitting a guided walking tour acquaints you with the lovely surroundings Overnight: Monteverde Meals: Breakfast DAY 5, Saturday - Full Day in Monteverde Enjoy this morning at leisure, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours including the Selvatura Canopy and Hanging Bridges adventures. This stunning Cloud Forest boasts an extraordinarily diverse ecosystem, being home to 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, 130 species of mammals, and an astounding 500 species of birds, not to mention more than 3,000 species of plants. This afternoon enjoy lunch and a tour of a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm. Learn about how one of Costa Rica's top exports is grown in this tropical region and its importance in the socioeconomic development of the country Tonight, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)* Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)* Overnight: Monteverde Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner *Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired DAY 6, Sunday - Travel to San Jose Today, travel back to Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Perhaps explore the city independently and try one of over 50 restaurants, bars, night clubs, art galleries and museums or consider stopping at some of the various local stores to pick up souvenirs Overnight: San Jose Meals: Breakfast DAY 7, Monday - Depart Costa Rica Transfer to the airport for your departure flight Meals: Breakfast GROUND TRANSPORTATION: If you book the airfare from the tour company, your ground transportation is included. If you purchase your airfare on your own, you may still purchase the ground transfers from the tour company as follows or take a taxi back and forth: Airport to Hotel $44.2 Hotel to Airport $40.3 Please note that the 1st and last days of the tour are your travel days. You will depart your home city on 3/30/19 and must arrive in San Jose on 3/30/19. You will depart San Jose on 4/5/19 for the USA. You may arrive and depart anytime on those dates as you wish, however, there's an info mtg. around 6PM on 3/30/19 at the hotel with the tour guide.