Press Release: CONTIKI VACATIONS ANNOUNCES 2011 PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY – SUMMER EUROPE PREVIEW SPECIAL

 Contiki Invites Travelers to Save Hundreds on 2011 Trips by Planning Ahead

ANAHEIM, Calif. – September 20, 2010 Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, is pleased to announce the 2011 Preview Sale. By putting down a deposit for a summer Europe trip before November 15th, travelers have the unique opportunity to lock in 2010 rates. Contiki is also offering $225 in savings for select tours eight days or longer.

“We will match the deposit and provide an excursion voucher to use towards optional activities while on vacation,” says Michelle Murray, Director of Marketing and Key Accounts at Contiki. “Travelers who plan their Europe Contiki trip early will receive exceptional value.” The offer is combinable with Contiki’s early payment deal for trips booked six to 12 months in advance.

Contiki’s most popular trips are eligible for the Preview sale, including Greek Island Hopping, European Discovery, and Egypt and the Nile. For details, restrictions, and most importantly to reserve your spot, visit www.contiki.com/preview or call 1-866-CONTIKI.

About Contiki: Contiki has helped students and young professionals travel to the world’s most fantastic destinations for over 45 years. The trips are hassle-free and include the perfect mix of sightseeing, culture and free time.  Choose from over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA. For more information, visit Contiki.com.

Press Release: Contiki, Foam Magazine, & Diane’s Beachwear Select Winner for Greek Vacation Package Giveaway

Winner Recently Selected and Weighs in on Her Excitement for the Trip

ANAHEIM, Calif., July 22, 2010 Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds, is pleased to announce Amanda James as the grand prize winner of its recent sweepstakes with FOAM Magazine and Diane’s Beachwear. James’ destination is Greece by way of Contiki’s 14-day Greek Island Hopping Package.  She and her boyfriend look forward to experiencing the beauty, culture and history of the islands next summer.  In addition to the vacation package, Amanda also won a shopping spree from Diane’s Beachwear to ensure that she island hops in style. 

“I’ve never won anything before so I was so excited when I received the email from Contiki letting me know that I’d won” says James.  “I’ve done a lot of traveling in the U.S. and a bit in Europe, but am most excited about visiting Santorini in Greece. I’ve heard so many stories about it being the most beautiful place on earth and I can’t wait to see it in person!”

About Contiki
Contiki has helped students and young professionals travel to the world’s most fantastic destinations for over 45 years. The trips are hassle-free and include the perfect mix of sightseeing, culture and free time.  Choose from over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA. For more information, visit Contiki.com.

About Diane’s Beachwear: Diane’s Beachwear began in spring of 1962.  The first store opened was Mickie’s Swim Shop located next to the Manhattan Beach Pier in Southern California.  It was a tiny 150 square foot store opened by Diane’s mother, Mickie Bandle.  Diane’s custom made bikinis were the talk of the town.  Diane Biggs took over the company and grew the number of locations to 18 throughout Southern California and an E-Commerce Website (www.DianesBeachwear.com.)  Diane’s tremendous success within the beachwear industry is due to the Company’s true passion for swimwear and dedication to its customer base.

About FOAM Magazine: FOAM magazine (Fashion Ocean Art Music) highlights the new wave of surf culture’s influence on fashion. The FOAM female has a sophisticated sense of style and is constantly at the forefront of fashion. FOAM, which is distributed nationally and internationally to newsstands and subscribers, is published by Madavor Media, which publishes other titles that are all #1 in their respective fields in various sports, music, and enthusiast markets.

Press Release: Contiki, FOAM Magazine, and Diane’s Beachwear Partner to Offer a Greek Vacation Package Giveaway

Sweepstakes Runs Through April 2010

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 22, 2010 – Contiki Vacations, the leader in fun travel packages for 18-35 year olds has partnered with Diane’s Beachwear and leading fashion publication, FOAM Magazine, to offer a chance to win a fourteen-day trip to Greece.  The vacation package includes visits to Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Ios, and a shopping spree at Diane’s to find that perfect bikini for sunbathing and island-hopping in style.

Sweepstake candidates can submit their entries at Contiki.com/contest/Foam, Foam.com, or DianesBeachwear.com.  The contest runs through April 2010 and the winner will be announced on Foam’s website May 5, 2010.  The winner will receive one Contiki Greek Island Hopping trip which includes hotel accommodations, meals, a dedicated crew to show the sights and a $200 gift certificate to Diane’s Beachwear. 

“Partnering with FOAM Magazine is a great way to open up this opportunity to a broader range of young women looking for the ultimate getaway.  Contiki trips are perfect for those who possess a sense of adventure, independence and wanderlust,” says Michelle Murray, Director of Marketing for Contiki. “We are thrilled to have Diane’s Beachwear on board; they are a ‘natural fit’ for a Greece beach trip giveaway.”

Contiki makes traveling the Greek islands easy by putting together a trip that combines the most desirable locations.  Starting in Athens, travelers experience the bustling city, historical sights and active nightlife before heading off for an island-hopping extravaganza. With three nights each on Mykonos, Santorini and Ios, there is plenty of time to shop, dine, party and relax.

About Contiki: Contiki has helped students and young professionals travel to the world’s most fantastic destinations for over 45 years.  The trips are hassle-free and include the perfect mix of sightseeing, culture and free time.  Choose from over 190 itineraries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada & the USA.

About Diane’s Beachwear: Diane’s Beachwear began in spring of 1962.  The first store opened was Mickie’s Swim Shop located next to the Manhattan Beach Pier in Southern California.  It was a tiny 150 square foot store opened by Diane’s mother, Mickie Bandle.  Diane’s custom made bikinis were the talk of the town.  Diane Biggs took over the company and grew the number of locations to 18 throughout Southern California and an E-Commerce Website (www.DianesBeachwear.com.)  Diane’s tremendous success within the beachwear industry is due to the Company’s true passion for swimwear and dedication to its customer base.

About FOAM Magazine: FOAM magazine (Fashion Ocean Art Music) highlights the new wave of surf culture’s influence on fashion. The FOAM female has a sophisticated sense of style and is constantly at the forefront of fashion. FOAM, which is distributed nationally and internationally to newsstands and subscribers, is published by Madavor Media, which publishes other titles that are all #1 in their respective fields in various sports, music, and enthusiast markets.

Contiki of the Week: Eastern Mediterranean Cruising

10 Days from $1870/person

Discover 3 Continents in 1 tour and all from the luxury of your cruise ship. Cruising by night and sightseeing by day gives you the maximum amount of time in each of the fascinating cities this tour visits. Start your cruise of the continents in Athens, Europe then journey to the African shores of Egypt before discovering the treasures of the east in Israel, Asia. Wonders of the past are at your fingertips from the Parthenon in Athens to the Great Pyramids and Sphinx in Alexandria to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. So many photo opportunities, so many memories….

Full Itinerary:

  1. Depart for Europe

    Jet off to the trip of a lifetime awaiting you in Europe!

  2. Arrive Athens

    Check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon getting a sneak peek at Athens, Europe’s oldest city.

    Athens is crammed with myth and ancient wonders, and busy with modern, urban soul. With a free time, keep exploring this open-air museum. You could honor the birthplace of drama by climbing around the massive Theatre of Dionysus or get the background on Ancient Greece at the National Archaeological Museum. Otherwise, experience Athens’ urban heart, take off into the streets and find a hole-in-the-wall food joint, where you can try the famous souvalaki

    This evening meet your Tour Representative and fellow Contiki travelers.

    Start your tour off with a night to remember and get to know your group at an optional dinner in the rustic district of Plaka. Perched on the shady slopes beneath the Acropolis, Plaka is full of traditional tavernas that spill out onto the pavements. Tonight’s festive atmosphere is perfect for toasting the start of the tour.

  3. Cruising to Istanbul

    Board our cruise ship bound for Istanbul, settle in to your cabin and watch the sun set over the Aegean this evening. Then kick off the cruise with your new friends in the ship’s nightclub.

  4. Istanbul

    Drop anchor in Istanbul, the last stop on the Silk Road and the only city in the world to span two continents. With a day here, there’s plenty of time to get a real feel for this cultural melting pot.

    Begin with an optional tour of Istanbul and get an insider’s angle on Istanbul with our Local Guide, who’ll show off the city’s core sites. Cross the Galata Bridge for stunning views, check out Emperor Constantine’s Agia Sophia and then eat at the magnificent Topkapi Palace, former home of the sultans.

    Our Rep shows you one of the city’s major draw cards, the stunning Blue Mosque. It’s an amazing building with a series of domes and minarets dominating the skyline, complete with a breathtaking interior of tens of thousands of blue tiles.

    After that, we head right into the heart of the city and plunge into several kilometres of shops at the Grand Baazar. It’s an unforgettable shopping experience, where tacky trinkets and authentic treasures are sold side by side. With carpets, jewellery, spices, music, electronics and more, the place is buzzing, so make sure you’ve got your haggling hat on.

    Otherwise, live a bit of Istanbul’s daily life. Try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe and watch the crowds go by as you sip on Turkish coffee. Chill out in a tea garden, or take to the time-honoured tradition of the hamam (steam bath house) and get scrubbed down on heated marble stones.

    Tonight, head to Greece’s stunning islands and sail between two continents on the world’s narrowest navigated straight.

  5. Cruise to Mykonos

    Mykonos is famous for its blissful beaches and party culture. No matter what you’re after, chances are this island has got it! You’ll soon understand why this happening hub draws people from all walks of life, from jetsetters to backpackers.

    Sign up for a trip to the uninhabited island of sacred Delos. It’s one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites, situated right in the centre of the Cyclades.

    In your free time, head into Mykonos town and wander through the maze of tiny streets lined by whitewashed cube-shaped houses. Maybe grab a table for lunch in the village and feast on fresh local specialties, like olives, feta and tzatziki dip.

    Chill for the afternoon with friends on the island’s world famous beaches and cool off in the azure waters. Before our late-night sailing, there’s time to wrap up the day with a drink at one of Mykonos’ great bars, while watching the sun go down.

  6. Cruising to Israel

    There’s a day’s sailing ahead of you, so take advantage of the fantastic facilities available on the ship. Position yourself poolside and make the most of views from the deck or have a go at one of the activities on hand.

  7. Arrive Ashdod for Jerusalem

    We arrive in Israel early this morning and head to the ancient town of Jerusalem. A spiritual crossroads, Jerusalem is holy ground for Christians, Jews and Muslims. Added to its labyrinth of old lanes, bustling markets and alleys, the unique mix of cultures and beliefs gives this place its distinct atmosphere.

    Get into the spirit of this place as the group checks-out the city’s holy sites. You’ll see the Mount of Olives and the Via Dolorosa, thought to be the last route Jesus took, as well as the iconic, gold-domed Dome of the Rock. Check out the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the most important religious shrine for Judaism, the 2000-year-old Wailing Wall.

    Experience a slice of the local lifestyle with a traditional lunch at a Kibbutz and then cruise on to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Bethlehem. Here, we’ll visit the oldest working church, the Church of the Nativity, which was built on the spot where Jesus is believed to have been born.

  8. Arrive Port Said for Cairo

    Chaotic Cairo keeps a mass of experiences coming at you thick and fast. Leap from one time to another in this intense jumble of ancient and new.

    Uncover the Pharaohs’ glory with your Tour Manager in the Egyptian Museum’s amazing collection that includes Tutankhamen’s treasure. Get up close to royal mummies and jewels raided from their tombs.

    Later, dive right into the heart of old Cairo with a visit to the ancient Khan El Khalili bazaar with our Local Guide. Smell the spices as you walk through the ancient souk and get pointers on where to go. Back in the 14th century, this place was the center of world trade and today continues to serve up bargains from across the globe, as well as a combination of kitsch souvenirs and real treasures. You could snack on mouth-watering mezzes (plate sized nibbles), Egyptian bread and hummus dip or sip on some shai (tea).

    Next stop: the iconic Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. They are the only survivors of the 7 ancient wonders of the world and are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Our Local Guide will crack open the 4600 year old history of these massive monuments, that 20,000-30,000 workers took over 80 years to build.

  9. Cruise to Crete

    Relax on board this morning as we make our way to the biggest of the Greek Islands, Crete.

    Choose an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos where our Local Guide will tell you the story of this 4000 year old mythical Minoan Palace where the minotaur (half-man/half-bull) was slain.

  10. Arrival into Athens

    After breakfast and a farewell to our hosts, we disembark in Piraeus and head to Syntagma Square, right in the heart of Athens and home to Greece’s parliament, where our tour ends.

    For those who are keen to learn more, there’s a chance to step back in time to the birthplace of democracy in an optional activity. Get the run down on the Parthenon and the Acropolis from our Local Guide, as you wander around the famous columns perched above the city sprawl.