Cycling through Italy, enjoying the California coast, the highlights of Panama

If Italy is on your bucket list, Battaglin-USA is offering a seven-day cycling trip following the route of the famous Italian bike race Giro d’Italia for $1,350 per person. The trip starts at Desenzano del Garda at Lake Garda in the province of Lombardy, and ends in Rimini, a beautiful town on the Adriatic Sea. The package includes round-trip ground transportation and luggage transfers from the airport to the hotel. Also included are two nights of double-occupancy accommodations in Desenzano del Garda and four nights in Rimini, six breakfast and six dinners, tour and tasting at a local winery, one Italian cooking class, and full spa access with a 10% discount on spa services. All access to city bikes, bike storage, professional guides, and bike mechanics is also included. For more information on dates and package types,

For those who are interested in sun and sea here in the U.S., is partnering with the Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara to offer a discount on room rates through March 2014. Two people stay in a partial ocean-view King room for $109 and in an ocean-view King room for $129. Dates are available starting on December 16, 2013 through March 13, 2014. Santa Barbara, California is known as the “American Riviera�?, and the Hotel Oceana is located near West Beach between Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara Harbor. The town is within walking distance and guests can borrow a bike from the hotel and peddle through Santa Barbara and down the beach path. Visit the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara and the many art galleries and shops. Be aware that there is a resort fee of $10 per day that includes the Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and bike rental.

Panama is becoming a popular getaway, and is offering a great deal on an eight-day tour for two of the highlights of Panama for $2,749. The package includes four nights at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort and three nights at the Miramar InterContinental hotel, daily breakfast, private airport transfers, aerial tram and ecological exhibits. The Gamboa Rainforest Resort overlooks the Chagres River and is surrounded by the Soberania National Park. Hiking and boating is available in the Park, which is home to as many as 500 bird species as well as the sloth and the capybara. The Miramar InterContinental is a beachfront hotel in the bustling Panama City. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife as well as the white sand beaches. Not included in the package price: international airfare, insurance, departure tax, most lunches and dinners, gratuities, personal expenses, and any alcoholic beverages. Visit for more information and to book your vacation.


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