How Amazon Picked HQ2 and Jilted 236 Cities

For months, Amazon made demands of cities even though it had determined early in the year that no single place would fulfill its requirements. The long search, designed to showcase the company’s largesse, has for some left a bad taste. “My heart’s broken today.”
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Forget the best cities in the country. Playboy magazine released its list ranking America’s 25 Sexiest Cities on Wednesday and we’re already contemplating a move.  

According to the magazine, the list was determined by two separate polls that looked at metrics including nightlife, general lifestyle habits and “an undercurrent of desire.” So it’s not exactly scientific.

New York City ranked #1 on the list, mainly because its residents were into “kinky” things and a LOT of sex. “The people are hot, the sex is prime quality and the frequency is high, averaging 138 times per year,” wrote Playboy. Considering NYC has the Museum of Sex and a topless book club, we have to agree with the ranking. 

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An Insider’s Guide To Venice Reveals Meditative Moments In One Of The Wold’s Most Visited Cities

By Paolo Apice
Photo credits: ©Courtesy City of Venice.

One of the most visited cities in the world is changing before our eyes, swallowing up quarters and rethinking its dry land. If you’re visiting Expo in Milan, it’s also a great opportunity to visit nearby Venice and discover some of the city’s unsuspected sides.

venice1
The Cathedral and Bell tower of San Marco.

Discovering Venice
Decadent. Expensive. With little soul. And crowded. With tourists, obviously. These are the mixed blessings of the Venetians, if not of the tourists themselves, who in 2015, between Expo and Biennale, will number 30 million. There will be so many tourists, in fact, that the more than 500 tourist facilities on offer won’t be able to cope with demand. Described in this way, Venice is a stressful boat to board. On the contrary, it can be a relaxing surprise.

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Gondole in the laguna.

Often the traveler looks for hidden, extraordinary places. In reality, the Serenissima should be savored day by day — nose in the air. For example, “There are in Venice three magical hidden places: one in Calle dell’Amor degli Amici, a second near to Ponte delle Maravegie, the third in Calle dei Marrani, near to San Geremia Ghetto Vecchio. When Venetians are tired of the authorities, they go in these three secret places and, opening the doors to be found at the end of those courtyards, they go forever in beautiful places and in other stories.” And so ends Favola di Venezia, the 25th of the adventures written by Hugo Pratt.

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Venetian Ghetto.

Among these beautiful places, even non-believers recognize the salvation of the churches. They’re perfect for those moments in which you don’t know what you want and you need time with your thoughts. “And, damn, in silence. Increasingly more difficult today,” Hemingway loved to say, bewitched by the lagoon.

In meditative moments it would be enough to enter into the monumental space of the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory, in Campo Santo Stefano. You can close your eyes and listen to the sound of the musical instruments coming from the rehearsal rooms. It’s a feeling straight from a film.

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Rialto Bridge.

At only five minutes walking distance from the station you arrive in the Cannaregio district, which is, like Castello, one of the most “red” districts: popular and populous. On crowded days, at a short walk from the Ponte delle Guglie, like a charm, you’ll find tranquillity. When Venetian ladies arrange to meet here, they specify “In front of Glamour” — a clothing shop that has become a reference point even for tourists. Yes, in Venice directions always make a reference to a business. To ask for the Ponte San Giovanni Grisostomo doesn’t say much. But to ask for the Ponte dei Giocattoli (as a result of the craft that was practised there), says everything. It’s better to conform.

Walking along Cannaregio, passing through the Jewish ghetto, you can go along the sidewalk of the Ormesini and the Misericordia. There are lots of small bars to have an aperitif at or to stop and have a chat. If you stay here, in the morning go for breakfast to Pitteri, in Strada Nuova. Deborah and Barbara know everyone by name and the regulars will already be listening to Radio Venezia. Leaving, give a small offering to Ciccio Marea, the most photographed tramp in the world, who in the summer stretches out on the ground to sunbathe.

Next, take a ferry to Santa Sofia and a gondola to get to Rialto. In one of the most famous markets on the planet, the seagulls put on a show, fluttering around the fish stalls. As an alternative to a gondola, take the water bus from Cà d’Oro to Rialto Mercato: the journey is interesting when the boat is full. You can hear the Venetians swearing — they want it for themselves, with no tourists. The monologues on the comedy duo Carlo and Giorgio, the references to the site “venessia.com,” and the remarks on local habits and customs are all educational.

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Ca’ Foscari.

Skipping the main route from Rialto to San Marco, and setting off in the direction of the Biennale, you arrive in Via Garibaldi: the gateway to the Castello district. Around you washing is hung everywhere. Mothers with their hair dyed improbable colors chase shouting children who often answer to Maicol, Chevin… Bars and restaurants of a dubious appearance sport fake formica, East German style. In the distance a flea market floats on the boats.

Very often whoever goes to the Biennale believes that this is all a part of it, a display. But also in Piazza San Marco there is something new to discover. At the entrance to the church, among the attendants, is Lauro. In his life he has done other things. He was one of the last teachers of the art of Venetian jewelry-making. Then one day he saw the Virgin Mary. Just like that, his life changed. You can tell him about your wish to visit the San Francesco in the Desert convent. In that case, wake up at dawn, for the life of the Franciscan brothers begins early. With a mentioned donation and polite requests, it’s even possible to spend a night in one of their small cells. It’s a mystical experience to then return to Venice, walking by night and only hearing one’s own footsteps. Return to the stench of the low tide, a calle sconta, the fish risotto in the La Madonna restaurant, to the Rialto bridge, and dinners with Tony at the Trattoria Storica, close to the Jesuits.

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Aerial view of La Giudecca island.

Now we understand that in the last 20 years, the Serenissima has changed drastically. Irrespective of what people may say, it’s for the better. Silently, while extra large cruise ships and hotels with too many stars were making a racket, Venice became an enormous, singular historical center. Once upon a time, and not too long ago, the city had its suburbs in the lagoon (completely different to those on dry land, with their factories, refineries and dormitory towns). Some — Castello, the Baia del Re, Santa Marta, the island of Giudecca — were crowded and common, while others were in the shade of the real center, like Piazza San Marco, Rialto… “Long-neglected, poor, these areas ‘on the edge’ have returned to center stage thanks to urban renewal programs that recuperate buildings and spaces previously used for other things,” explains Francesco Bortoluzzi, the head of the municipality. (He, together with Michele Casarin and others, including Stefano Boeri, Massimiliano Fuksas, Aldo Cibic and Vittorio Gregotti, is contributing to an essay that will be published by Marsilio towards the end of June, dedicated to the urban transformation of the city.)

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Palazzo Ducale.

Two Cities And Water
Milan and Venice are united by Expo thanks to water and a large space in the shelter of the science technology park Vega at Porto Marghera. “Waters 2015 is the Venetian equivalent of Expo Milan, organized by Expo Venice,” explains Giuseppe Matiazzo, CEO of the organization. “Exhibitions, conventions, tasting sessions, public events, international initiatives for companies and research (amongst which the series of conventions on Planet Water): Expo offers six months to look at the relationship between water and environment, food, science, industry, society and free time.

Then there is “Oltrexpo,” which offers tourism, culture, a carefully selected welcome.” The area stretches over 50,000 square meters, overlooking the water and the car parks; the structure, by Michele De Lucchi, who designed Pavilion Zero at Expo Milan, has a display area of 14,000 square meters and will stay after Expo finishes as a site for trade fairs. And finally, there are the projects of Expo to Venice for discovering the lagoon off the beaten track — from Isole in Rete (in one fell swoop, the minor islands and the vegetable gardens of the Serenissima), to the tour of the Canottieri Cannaregio to grapple with Venetian rowing.

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An Insider’s Guide To Venice Reveals Meditative Moments In One Of The Wold’s Most Visited Cities

By Paolo Apice
Photo credits: ©Courtesy City of Venice.

One of the most visited cities in the world is changing before our eyes, swallowing up quarters and rethinking its dry land. If you’re visiting Expo in Milan, it’s also a great opportunity to visit nearby Venice and discover some of the city’s unsuspected sides.

venice1
The Cathedral and Bell tower of San Marco.

Discovering Venice
Decadent. Expensive. With little soul. And crowded. With tourists, obviously. These are the mixed blessings of the Venetians, if not of the tourists themselves, who in 2015, between Expo and Biennale, will number 30 million. There will be so many tourists, in fact, that the more than 500 tourist facilities on offer won’t be able to cope with demand. Described in this way, Venice is a stressful boat to board. On the contrary, it can be a relaxing surprise.

venice2
Gondole in the laguna.

Often the traveler looks for hidden, extraordinary places. In reality, the Serenissima should be savored day by day — nose in the air. For example, “There are in Venice three magical hidden places: one in Calle dell’Amor degli Amici, a second near to Ponte delle Maravegie, the third in Calle dei Marrani, near to San Geremia Ghetto Vecchio. When Venetians are tired of the authorities, they go in these three secret places and, opening the doors to be found at the end of those courtyards, they go forever in beautiful places and in other stories.” And so ends Favola di Venezia, the 25th of the adventures written by Hugo Pratt.

venice3
Venetian Ghetto.

Among these beautiful places, even non-believers recognize the salvation of the churches. They’re perfect for those moments in which you don’t know what you want and you need time with your thoughts. “And, damn, in silence. Increasingly more difficult today,” Hemingway loved to say, bewitched by the lagoon.

In meditative moments it would be enough to enter into the monumental space of the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory, in Campo Santo Stefano. You can close your eyes and listen to the sound of the musical instruments coming from the rehearsal rooms. It’s a feeling straight from a film.

venice4
Rialto Bridge.

At only five minutes walking distance from the station you arrive in the Cannaregio district, which is, like Castello, one of the most “red” districts: popular and populous. On crowded days, at a short walk from the Ponte delle Guglie, like a charm, you’ll find tranquillity. When Venetian ladies arrange to meet here, they specify “In front of Glamour” — a clothing shop that has become a reference point even for tourists. Yes, in Venice directions always make a reference to a business. To ask for the Ponte San Giovanni Grisostomo doesn’t say much. But to ask for the Ponte dei Giocattoli (as a result of the craft that was practised there), says everything. It’s better to conform.

Walking along Cannaregio, passing through the Jewish ghetto, you can go along the sidewalk of the Ormesini and the Misericordia. There are lots of small bars to have an aperitif at or to stop and have a chat. If you stay here, in the morning go for breakfast to Pitteri, in Strada Nuova. Deborah and Barbara know everyone by name and the regulars will already be listening to Radio Venezia. Leaving, give a small offering to Ciccio Marea, the most photographed tramp in the world, who in the summer stretches out on the ground to sunbathe.

Next, take a ferry to Santa Sofia and a gondola to get to Rialto. In one of the most famous markets on the planet, the seagulls put on a show, fluttering around the fish stalls. As an alternative to a gondola, take the water bus from Cà d’Oro to Rialto Mercato: the journey is interesting when the boat is full. You can hear the Venetians swearing — they want it for themselves, with no tourists. The monologues on the comedy duo Carlo and Giorgio, the references to the site “venessia.com,” and the remarks on local habits and customs are all educational.

venice5
Ca’ Foscari.

Skipping the main route from Rialto to San Marco, and setting off in the direction of the Biennale, you arrive in Via Garibaldi: the gateway to the Castello district. Around you washing is hung everywhere. Mothers with their hair dyed improbable colors chase shouting children who often answer to Maicol, Chevin… Bars and restaurants of a dubious appearance sport fake formica, East German style. In the distance a flea market floats on the boats.

Very often whoever goes to the Biennale believes that this is all a part of it, a display. But also in Piazza San Marco there is something new to discover. At the entrance to the church, among the attendants, is Lauro. In his life he has done other things. He was one of the last teachers of the art of Venetian jewelry-making. Then one day he saw the Virgin Mary. Just like that, his life changed. You can tell him about your wish to visit the San Francesco in the Desert convent. In that case, wake up at dawn, for the life of the Franciscan brothers begins early. With a mentioned donation and polite requests, it’s even possible to spend a night in one of their small cells. It’s a mystical experience to then return to Venice, walking by night and only hearing one’s own footsteps. Return to the stench of the low tide, a calle sconta, the fish risotto in the La Madonna restaurant, to the Rialto bridge, and dinners with Tony at the Trattoria Storica, close to the Jesuits.

venice6
Aerial view of La Giudecca island.

Now we understand that in the last 20 years, the Serenissima has changed drastically. Irrespective of what people may say, it’s for the better. Silently, while extra large cruise ships and hotels with too many stars were making a racket, Venice became an enormous, singular historical center. Once upon a time, and not too long ago, the city had its suburbs in the lagoon (completely different to those on dry land, with their factories, refineries and dormitory towns). Some — Castello, the Baia del Re, Santa Marta, the island of Giudecca — were crowded and common, while others were in the shade of the real center, like Piazza San Marco, Rialto… “Long-neglected, poor, these areas ‘on the edge’ have returned to center stage thanks to urban renewal programs that recuperate buildings and spaces previously used for other things,” explains Francesco Bortoluzzi, the head of the municipality. (He, together with Michele Casarin and others, including Stefano Boeri, Massimiliano Fuksas, Aldo Cibic and Vittorio Gregotti, is contributing to an essay that will be published by Marsilio towards the end of June, dedicated to the urban transformation of the city.)

venice7andmain
Palazzo Ducale.

Two Cities And Water
Milan and Venice are united by Expo thanks to water and a large space in the shelter of the science technology park Vega at Porto Marghera. “Waters 2015 is the Venetian equivalent of Expo Milan, organized by Expo Venice,” explains Giuseppe Matiazzo, CEO of the organization. “Exhibitions, conventions, tasting sessions, public events, international initiatives for companies and research (amongst which the series of conventions on Planet Water): Expo offers six months to look at the relationship between water and environment, food, science, industry, society and free time.

Then there is “Oltrexpo,” which offers tourism, culture, a carefully selected welcome.” The area stretches over 50,000 square meters, overlooking the water and the car parks; the structure, by Michele De Lucchi, who designed Pavilion Zero at Expo Milan, has a display area of 14,000 square meters and will stay after Expo finishes as a site for trade fairs. And finally, there are the projects of Expo to Venice for discovering the lagoon off the beaten track — from Isole in Rete (in one fell swoop, the minor islands and the vegetable gardens of the Serenissima), to the tour of the Canottieri Cannaregio to grapple with Venetian rowing.

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Cities and Art that Bring Us to Tears

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So, Memorial Day is over. But, some memories continue to linger… I keep thinking about an intriguing article I read in yesterday’s New York Times Op-Ed section by T.M. Luhrmann, which asks the question, “What gives certain places their extraordinary power to move people so deeply?” It starts with a story of a teenager who went to Jerusalem. “There he met God… he had an experience so remarkable, so terrifying, so powerful… Jerusalem has this effect on so many people that experiences like this have a name: Jerusalem syndrome.”

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Then, the article mentioned the so-called Florence syndrome, which brings many visitors to their knees in the Uffizi Gallery. But, actually, the more accepted description for this phenomenon is the Stendhal syndrome, named after the famous French writer, who saw Giotto’s frescoes in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, and was overcome with emotion. He wrote, “I was in a sort of ecstasy… I had palpitations of the heart… life was drained from me. I walked with the fear of falling.”

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So, all of this makes me think of the famous Russian writer Feodor Dostoyevsky, who, during his visit to Dresden Gallery, dropped to his knees and started to cry in front of the famous painting, Sistine Madonna, by Raphael. All his life, he had admired this painting and kept a black-and-white lithographic reproduction of it in his apartment in St. Petersburg. Many years later, confronting the original painting in person, he experienced rapture…

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I haven’t read anything about a “Rome syndrome” yet, but my first experience with this city made my heart palpitate when, as a teenager, I saw the Hollywood movie, A Roman Holiday. For us living in the Soviet Union, to travel to Italy was virtually impossible. Yet, there I was, along with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, climbing Spanish Steps and driving a Vespa by the Coliseum. I was in heaven… Many years later, during my emigration, I found myself living in Rome, continuing to be in awe of this Eternal City.

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And last, but not least, let me mention Paris syndrome, which, according to the New York Times article, Japanese tourists experience when they arrive in the City of Light. Wikipedia mentions that there is a 24-hour help line run by the Japanese embassy to help tourists suffering from this condition, viewed as a severe form of culture shock. Luckily for me, my recent trip to Paris was pure joy.

Yesterday, I stopped by the Norton Simon Museum, to see a small exhibition of rare paintings on loan from the famous d’Orsay Museum in Paris. One of them is Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, by American artist Whistler. This painting, commonly known as Whistler’s Mother, is one of the iconic artworks of the 19th century. And to see it, here in LA, is a rare treat.

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Next to Whistler’s painting hangs another jewel on loan from Musée d’Orsay – a portrait of the French writer Émile Zola, by Edouard Manet. The young writer wrote a passionate essay in defense of Manet, who was rejected from participating in an official Salon in 1866. And now, all this is here for us in LA.

So, my friends, treat yourselves to a taste of Paris at the Norton Simon Museum – but, be warned, the emotions might overwhelm you…

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Backpackers & Flashpackers in Eastern Europe: 500 Hostels in 100 Cities in 25 Countries

Backpackers & Flashpackers in Eastern Europe: 500 Hostels in 100 Cities in 25 Countries


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Intriguing cities of central Europe are brought together as locals share their insight on the history and culture of Prague Vienna and Budapest with a pause in musical Salzburg too.
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These Are The Top U.S. Cities For Couples, According To Rent.com

Living in a big metropolis like Manhattan, Los Angeles or Chicago can an awesome experience for young lovebirds. But there are plenty of other smaller, lesser-known cities that have a lot to offer.

Rent.com recently compiled a list of the best U.S. cities for couples based on factors such as a high percentage of married adults, a low percentage of divorced couples and a variety of dining, entertainment and other activities available nearby. Find out if your city made the list below:

1. Newton, Massachusetts

2. Staten Island, New York

3. Edison, New Jersey

4. Fremont, California

5. Arlington Heights, Illinois

6. Sunnyvale, California

7. Troy, Michigan

8. Irvine, California

9. San Mateo, California

10. Bellevue, Washington

11. Woodbridge, New Jersey

12. Columbia, Maryland

13. Newport Beach, California

14. Farmington Hills, Michigan

15. Torrance, California

Rent.com considered cities with populations of at least 75,000, where more than 25 percent of households are rental properties and where the crime rate was lower or equal to the national average. All stats and demographics were provided to Rent.com via Onboard Informatics, a data and technology company.

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Cities of the World Book: 9781445456553

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With a focus on some of the most fascinating cultural metropolises in the world, this vivid guide provides both beautiful photography and rich, descriptive histories of our greatest cities. Stories of each city’s founding, architecture, famous citizens, and major events accompany each large-format s
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$2,864 (+$580 Tax) for a 9-Day Kenya Safari – All-Inclusive with Flights from 19 Cities (Up to $5,381 Value)

City: Toronto
Start Date: January 27, 2014
End Date: February 10, 2014
Value: $ 4592
Price: $ 3444
Purchases: 2
Purchases required: 1

Highlights:

  • Experience a genuine African Safari lasting 8 days and 7 nights in Kenya!
  • See plenty of wildlife up close and personal, such as lion, elephants, zebras, giraffes, pink flamingos, rhinos and many more!
  • Choose from 5 departure dates out of 19 cities across Canada.
  • Travel in a luxury 4×4 landcruiser vehicle for the entire safari which is led by friendly and local English-speaking guides.
  • Experience the varied landscapes and climates of plains, forests, mountains, moorlands, and national conservation areas.
  • Travel to Nairobi, Aberdares National Park, Lake Naivasha, and Masai Mara National Reserve.
  • All Transportation is completely taken care of, including international round-trip flight, any domestic transfers, and transport in a luxury 4×4 safari vehicle.
  • All Accommodations for 6 nights will be in modern hotels and lodges.
  • Fresh and delicious meals will be provided daily along with complimentary bottled water.
  • Click here for the Full Itinerary from Odyssey Safaris.

Buy Details:

  • Includes a 9-day total all-inclusive trip to Kenya (8 days and 6 nights of safari time).
  • Complete Package comes with round-trip international airfare, airport transfers and departure taxes, all accommodations, all meals as listed, transport in safari vehicle, English-speaking tour guide, complimentary bottled water, enrollment in www.amref.org emergency air evacuation service, entry fees (parks, reserves, conservation areas), AND unlimited game drives.
  • Reservations must be made by first purchasing your TeamBuy, then calling 1-(855)-272-3274 or booking online at http://tiny.cc/jz569w.
  • Note: All departures must be booked by Feb. 17.
    1. Departure Dates: April 2, May 7, June 2, July 17, Sept. 17 in 2014.
    2. Departure Cities: Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Toronto, London (Ont.), Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, St. John’s, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver, Edmonton.
    3. Note: Prices vary depending on departure city. See write-up for full pricing guide.
  • Flight Info: Air Canada to Heathrow (LHR), then Kenya Airways to Jomo Kenyatta (NBO).
  • All prices are based on double occupancy. Additional single supplement of $ 200 for April and May departures, $ 700 for June, July and September departures. All fees are payable directly to Odyssey Safaris.
  • Must be 18 or older to check in. $ 500 fee applies for cancellation more than 60 days in advance; $ 750 fee for cancellations less than 60 days. Only valid for option purchased. Not valid with reward points.
  • Please Note: your email address and phone number will be provided to Odyssey Safaris in order to organize the tour.
  • Unlimited buys and unlimited gifts. Tax included.
  • TeamBuy TICO # 50019980.

Description:

No matter how much David Attenborough’s majestic voice makes it seem, there’s no amount of high-def 1080p footage that truly captures the scenes of African wildlife. Take your discovery of Planet Earth off the screen and onto the savannahs of Kenya with today’s once-in-a-lifetime deal for an All-Inclusive 9-Day Kenya Safari:

  • $ 2,864 (+$ 580 tax) per person for departure on April 2 or May 7 (a $ 4,592 value)
  • $ 3,381 (+$ 580 tax) per person for departure on June 2, July 17 or Sept. 17 (a $ 5,381 value)
  • Additional Charges Per City:
    • $ 0 extra for Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Charlottetown, Fredericton.
    • $ 125 extra for Toronto, Ottawa, London (Ont.), Montreal, Quebec City.
    • $ 175 extra for St. John’s.
    • $ 250 extra for Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Victoria, Kelowna.
    • $ 350 extra for Vancouver, Edmonton.
  • Please select your departure date and city at checkout.

For over 15 years, Odyssey Safaris has been specializing in taking excited tourists on unforgettable and unbelievable safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. And now they’ve teamed up with TeamBuy to provide you with an all-inclusive 9-day adventure with a full itinerary that is sure to be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. What makes Odyssey Safaris really stand out are their small group sizes, the stunning and exclusive opportunities for sightseeing, and above all, the experienced and local guides who offer unparalleled insight into the wildlife, culture, and history of Kenya. All aspects of this thrilling travel package will be taken care of, including round-trip flight, hotel accommodations, meals, plus extras like complimentary bottled water and transportation in a luxury 4×4 safari vehicle, perfect for peering out at wildlife from a close yet safe distance.

The safari is all planned out with a Full Itinerary that encapsulates the best national parks, reserves, and conservation areas for game watching. The trip starts off in Nairobi as you become familiarized with the amazing landscapes that make up the diverse habitats including volcanoes, savannahs, forests, moorlands, and more. Then check out the grazing gazelles, zebras and giraffes at the watering holes in the Samburu National Reserve, where there’s also a large population of wild elephant herds. At Lake Nakuru, marvel at the millions of pink flamingos, and be sure to keep an eye out for wild rhinoceros as this is one of the only places in Africa to find them. The best is saved for last: the Masai Mara National Reserve is the most breathtaking wildlife sanctuary in Kenya, which showcases the mix of plush vegetation, active wildlife, and even Masai tribesmen all living in harmony. You’ll see many different animals here, including flocks of tropical birds, migrating packs of wildebeests, and even hippos bathing in the river. This African safari is sure to offer you more action and adventure than any other typical vacation ever could. So what are you waiting for, a lion-headed cloud to tell you this is your destiny? Get out there and see the Circle of Life like you never have before!

There’s a total of 5 departure dates from 19 Canadian cities to choose from with today’s TeamBuy. Be sure to visit the Tour Overview page, as well as the FAQ from Odyssey Safaris. Quick and easy booking is available by calling 1-(855)-272-3274 or visiting this online booking link, and feel free to email info@odysseysafaris.com or post in our Q&A section if you have any other questions!

Expires: February 17, 2014
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