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Ambient Travel Blog

Ambient add a Three Cities Tour of Portugal to its growing Cultural and Heritage portfolio

UK based, Ambient Tours, has announced the launch of a ‘3 Cities Tour of Portugal’ as a major addition to its portfolio of cultural and heritage tours designed exclusively for the groups market. The seven day tour, that includes visits to the key cities Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto, will start in September 2011.

The cultural and heritage experience begins in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal which sits atop seven hills and faces the majestic Tagus River. It is a city of contrasts combining modern architecture with richly decorated palaces, picturesque renaissance churches, castles, monasteries, convents and impressive 18th century buildings and avenues. . The package includes visits to the main cultural and heritage sites in Lisbon and the surrounding area.


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Malta’s Gargoyles & Gifts

Malta’s Gargoyles & Gifts
What if a demon were to creep after you one night,
in your loneliest loneliness, and say,
“This life which you live must be lived by you
once again and innumerable times more,
and every pain and joy and thought and sigh
must come again to you, all in the same sequence.
Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon?
Or would you answer, “Never have I heard anything more divine?

Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900

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A New Cultural and Heritage departure for Ambient Tours

A little over two years ago, the management team of the Ambient Tours, a division of UK based Ambient Events Limited, decided to develop a range of tours to cater for the growing market of older, more affluent consumers.

Research indicated that these ‘Baby Boomers’ had both the time and the money to indulge themselves and were looking for activities to fulfil a requirement for real cultural and heritage experiences.

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Tracing the Tudors

The House of Tudor was a Royal dynasty which led England from 1485 until 1603, and it was a time which saw great change in England ranging from a split from the Catholic Church to declare King Henry VIII Supreme Governor of the Church of England, to the ascension of England as the mightiest power in Western Europe thanks to the exploration of great seafarers such as Sir Francis Drake, and the domination of England’s navy.

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The Royal Wedding - a catalyst to increase cultural & heritage tourism to the UK

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, due to take place next year, represents a perfect opportunity to maximise cultural and heritage tourism into the UK. The Royal family is a world brand and interest in the events will be generated across the globe. Potentially it is an event that will have a bigger impact on the tourist market than the Olympics taking place in London in 2012.

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Brussels Through the Eyes of a First Time Visitor

Happiness, according to one famous quote, equals reality minus expectations. I wouldn't like to say for certain what my expectations of Brussels were, but I'm sure that somewhere within the description the word 'bland' would have appeared.  However, I was a little shocked and pleasantly surprised to find a bustling hub of a city of some charm and character.

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Porto – the undisputed capital of the north of Portugal

The innovative structure of the new Porto International Airport is the first view that most visitors will have of Portugal's second city.  Built on the steep banks of the Duoro River that divides the city, Porto is much more than the centre of the Port wine industry. It also boasts numerous cafes and restaurants and the charm of the narrow streets of the old town has led to it being designated a World Heritage City by UNESCO.

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Lisbon the City of Light

Lisbon is known as the white city or the city of light. It is also a city of contrasts combining some of the most modern architectural structures in the world with richly decorated palaces, picturesque renaissance churches, castles, monasteries, convents and impressive 18th century buildings and avenues.

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Experience the real Portugal

Throughout Portugal, the individual and group traveller will find world class hotels with fine facilities and excellent cuisine. But five star accommodation is not necessarily defined by the number of boxes that can be ticked. For those who like the thought of five star living that provides a real taste of real Portugal, with unique properties offering the best of regional cuisine, then there are other alternative types of accommodation available.

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Malta - sun-dried tomatoes on the whistlestop tour

Whenever in the past I've been to the Mediterranean, I've usually come back and done things like playing bouzouki music for a fortnight upon return; the idea being to recreate the atmosphere, and to remind myself that I've been away.  It's nothing new of course, people try to evoke pleasant memories by taking holiday snaps, buying souvenirs, and so on.  That begs the question - what would you take away from Malta in the way of memories, or anything else for that matter?

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On the Trail of the Tudors concept is proving a big hit with Group bookers

Ambient Tours, a division of UK based Destination Management Company, Ambient Events Limited, is currently marketing four UK cultural and heritage tours under the collective banner ‘On the Trail of the Tudors’.  Last month the company developed a special mini site containing brochure, itinerary and booking details. This has proved very popular and has received a large number of hits and expressions of interest from travel organisations and Group bookers, particularly in the USA.

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