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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 03:00

Plan on Pamplona

The winter weather has been dragging on, but we want to spring ahead to summer. Rubinsohn Travel (215)886-5200 has been hard at work planning the best summer vacations yet. Our most recent pick is Pamplona, Spain. 

Pamplona is most well-known for San Fermín, a festival held throughout the streets of the city every year during the second week of July. The festival is otherwise known for its event, the Running of the Bulls. But it is not just about the bulls, it consists of multiple activities for both the people that live there and for tourists. The beginning of the festival takes place on July 6th with a chupinazo (rocket) being set off. Parades and processions around the Saint Fermín statue take place, and fireworks are also set off every night. Spectators enjoy food and drinks as they take in the traditional events. Adrenaline-lovers often like to take part in the running of the bulls. Each day the running of the bulls starts in the morning, and ends in a bull ring, where bull fights take place. Some say it is a little too dangerous, so instead many people enjoy renting balconies that line the streets to see everything from a safer spot. San Fermín is definitely a great time to visit Pamplona. 

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Pamplona offers so much more than just the festival. Pamplona is the capital of Navarre, and has rich history dating back to the Roman times. This gives visitors many amazing places to see. One of these places is the Plaza del Castillo. The plaza is the center point of the city where many people socialize and relax. The stunning architecture surrounding the shops and restaurants make this town square area the perfect place to hang with friends. 

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A more historic site to visit in Pamplona is the city walls and the citadel. The walls were built by the Romans to fortify the city. They still stand today showing off the renovations that were made to them in the 1500s. The citadel was built in the 1500s, and was joined onto the walls. It now forms the shape of a pentagon. Today, the walls and citadel are used as a place for visitors to enjoy by walking around, having picnics, and listening to outdoor concerts.

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The Museo de Navarra is another must-see in Pamplona. The museum used to be a hospital in medieval times, and later was transformed to what it is today. Take a tour throughout the museum and see the artwork. It features work from artists throughout the centuries, and even has archeological remains from prehistoric times. 

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Pamplona, Spain has even more to see and do. Don’t wait any longer to book your summer getaway. Call Rubinsohn Travel (215)886-5200 today and let us help you plan for Pamplona.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 03:00

Discover Some of the World’s Best Kept Secrets

At Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200, we are vacation experts, and we believe that some of the best trips out there are the ones you’ve never heard of. We take pride in encouraging our guests to open themselves up to new experiences, and visit remote destinations that won’t be packed with tourists. Immerse yourself into the cultures of these hidden gems of the world, and we promise you won’t regret it.

Ostuni, Italy 

Often referred to by its nickname, The White City, Ostuni is a small city located in the Puglia Region of Italy. It sits on a hilltop just 5 miles from the beautiful blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. The city’s Old Town was forged with no formal plans. Weaving through the streets can make one feel as if they are in a maze or labyrinth, which makes it an essential part of your adventure. After taking in the architecture’s wonder, head to Masseria Brancati to see thousand-year-old olive trees and taste some of the best olive oil produced in the world. Explore the breathtaking nature of Ostuni by walking or biking through the Parco Dune Costiere. The park offers swimming areas, sightseeing, and historical journeys throughout its vast area, and is an unforgettable landscape. The possibilities are endless, and the culture is rich in Ostuni. Don’t miss out on one of Italy’s most incredible cities!

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Cienfuegos, Cuba 

Cuba is rapidly becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, however most people only travel to the capital, Havana, and ignore what many call “The Pearl of the South.” Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, Cienfuegos’ old colonial town center is something to behold, and is a big reason why many believe the city to be the most beautiful destination in Cuba. No other place in the Caribbean boasts a cluster of Neoclassical structures that even comes close in comparison. After taking in the wondrous architecture, experience the beauty of Cienfuegos’ nature by visiting El Nicho Waterfall. It has been described as a naturally occurring water park, and it features cascading waterfalls with pools for swimming at the bottom of them. There are also hiking pathways to explore, as well as small bars and vendors selling delicious food. Cienfuegos is a place not many know about, but all should explore if they get the chance.

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Margaret River, Australia

Most people think of seeing Melbourne, Sydney and The Great Barrier Reef when Australia comes to mind, however most outsiders don’t know about all that the town of Margaret River has to offer. The town is located in the South West of Western Australia, and is known to natives for its top quality wine and dining. The region only produces about 3 percent of all wine in Australia, but produces more than a fifth of the continent’s premium wines. With more than 120 world-class wineries available for exploration, visiting the vineyards is a must when staying in Margaret River. The town also features several beautiful beaches and some of the best surfing available in the world, with infamous breaks such as Surfer’s Point and The Cowaramup Bombora. One of marvels of the area happens to be below ground at Lake Cave. The cave features the one of a kind “suspended table”, a natural limestone crystal masterpiece that hangs from the ceiling, just above the cave’s enduring lake. Discover the depths of Australia and avoid the tourist crowds by venturing to this amazing town.    

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We take pride in offering vacations that will remain with you for the rest of your life. It is our belief that your trip should open you up to parts of the world you had no idea were even there. These three relatively unknown destinations all feature something totally unique that you will want to tell your friends and family about every chance you get. Book with us today at Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200, and let’s get started planning your trip to one of the world’s best kept secrets.   

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 03:00

The African Safari is Calling

We are fresh into February and that means most of us have already given up on our new year’s resolutions. However, one thing to not give up on is the trip of a lifetime. This coming November, Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 has a trip planned that will allow you to explore the beauty of Africa, and embark on an adventure you will tell your family about for generations. With stops in South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, we have selected some of the best accommodations in the world to showcase the astonishing African landscape.  

Cape Town, South Africa 

Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most desirable destinations, and there is no better way to take in all that it has to offer than a stay in the One&Only Cape Town resort. It features a selection of the most celebrated vinicultural and dining experiences in the city. Step away from the hotel and into nature by exploring Table Mountain. It will certainly take your breath away and will leave no doubt in your mind as to why it was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Travel to the various markets and towns surrounding your resort and experience the culture of Cape Town before returning for a relaxing evening at the One&Only Spa. The beauty of Cape Town’s environment and cultural richness of its native people are only the start to your unforgettable journey.

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Belmond, Botswana

 If you are looking to embark on one of the most illustrious safari adventures in all of Africa, look no further than the five-star Belmond Eagle Island Lodge. Live in luxury in the heart of the safari, with accommodations featuring walled outdoor showers, private plunge pools, walk-in wardrobes, and more. Experience an unforgettable excursion with the exclusive helicopter and horseback safari package. Start your day off by taking flight in a helicopter, and discover remote and inaccessible lakes and islands before saddling up for a guided tour on horseback through the Okavango Delta. Immerse yourself into nature like never before, and become one with the surrounding wildlife.

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 

The Victoria Falls Hotel is a five-star accommodation set in lush tropical gardens and only a 10-minute walk from the stunning Victoria Falls. Step outside the hotel and experience the marvel that is the Victoria Falls. As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, it is a must see for anyone who has the chance to do so. If you are a daring individual, venture out into the Devil’s Pool right on the edge of the falls and capture the moment with a photo. For those looking for an even bigger adrenaline rush, bungee jump from the famous 111-meter-high Victoria Falls Bridge. Experience the allure of African wildlife by heading out into the safari on the back of an elephant. Guided walking and driving tours across the Victoria Falls safari are also available. The possibilities for adventure and nature exploration are endless when visiting this historic site. 

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Book with Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200, and let us take you on an expedition across multiple African countries that will be nothing short of life changing. Give us a call today to discuss these three incredible destinations, as well as others that are included on your journey. Make this November one to remember!   

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 03:00

Valentine’s Day Is On The Way

Valentine’s Day is only one week away! If you forgot to make plans for the holiday with your loved one, there’s still time. Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 knows how quickly restaurants book up for February 14th, so we have a better booking solution. Plan a last-minute Valentine’s Day getaway with us today! We have selected three different places with romantic aspects that are great for the holiday.

Upstate New York

February is definitely a cold month to visit upstate New York, but if you and your significant other embrace the winter weather, we have the perfect place for you. The Mohonk Mountain House  located in New Paltz, NY is the perfect place for a wintery and adventurous romantic getaway. The grand Victorian castle has views that will take your breath away, and activities such as cross-country skiing, tubing, and ice skating at their private rink. Live like a king or queen with amazing service and endless possibilities at one of the highest rated resorts in America.

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Napa Valley

Tuscany is considered one of the most beautiful and romantic places on Earth, but traveling across the world isn’t always an option. The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, CA has solved this problem by introducing a Tuscan-inspired accommodation tucked away into the Napa Valley. The resort has views that will make you believe you crossed the ocean over to Europe, and features a one-of-a-kind 22,000 sq. ft. spa located 40 feet underground. This top of the line resort is offering Valentine’s Day specials, such as a dinner with a four-course tasting menu that includes expertly paired wines at Siena, and a chocolate and rosehip facial at Spa Terra.

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Bonaire 

Bonaire is an island municipality of the Netherlands located in the beautiful Caribbean Ocean. Harbour Village Beach Club is the perfect Valentine’s Day vacation for you and your partner to escape reality, and step into paradise. The Romance Package is available for booking now through February 29th, and features scuba and certified boat-dive excursions, torchlight dinners on a private beach courtesy of La Balandra Beach Bar & Restaurant, and so many more adventures that will enable you to discover the true beauty of the island. Book this romantic getaway before time runs out.  

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Valentine’s Day is the time of year where you show the person closest to you just how much they mean. Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 is here to help you plan your trip to any one of these three incredibly romantic destinations, or to any destination your heart desires. Don’t just tell your partner how special they are this holiday, show them by booking a vacation they will never forget. 

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