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Tee it up!

by Rosanne Coloccia, TravelationOnline.com

azfamily.com

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 5 at 8:37 PM

The popular Waste Management Phoenix Open is a great way to watch the pros tame the links, but where do golf lovers who aren't named Phil like to tee it up? Let's check out the Reader's Choice Top 10 list from Golf Digest:

10) San Diego - Phil Mickelson's hometown is also home to some fabulous courses!

9) Ireland - my favorite country is home to some famous - and infamous- courses. Lahinch, a traditional links course along the west coast is reputed to be " a course so wicked, you'll throw your clubs in the sea!"

8) Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - this very popular resort area is home to very popular courses!

7) Monterey Peninsula, California - Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay and Spyglass Hill - need I say more? 6) San Antonio, Texas - Great weather and great courses!

5) Orlando, Florida - Go see Mickey, play some rounds of championship golf!

4) Scottsdale/Phoenix - But of course!

3) Pinehurst, North Carolina - Home to one of the most challenging and popular courses to ever host major championships!

2) Hawaii - and each island has so many to choose from!

And the most popular golf destination, according to the readers of Golf Digest?

1) Charleston/Kiawah Island, South Carolina - Beautiful courses complimented by world-class resorts and that famous Southern charm!

Some fun specials this week:

JAMAICA ALL-INCLUSIVES ON SALE!
Wow! Some terrific specials this week!

The packages below include round trip air from Phoenix, seven nights all-inclusive accommodation - which means all your meals and beverages, including alcohol, are part of the price - airport transfers and tips. Air taxes are additional, currently running right around $95.00 per person.

Check these out:

HOLIDAY INN SUNSPREE
Standard Room
From $899.00 per person, double occupancy!
Right on the beach and just outside Montego Bay!

RIU Negril
Run of House Room (best available at time of check in - usually a garden or resort view)
From $1149.00 per person, double occupancy!
Gorgeous hotel in a gorgeous resort area!

RIU Ocho Rios
Ocean View Room
From $1149.00 per person, double occupancy!
Right near Dunn's River Falls and lots of other great activities!

Breezes Runaway Bay
Deluxe Room - with unlimited golf!
$1369.00 per person, double occupancy!
Newly remodeled, this fun resort also includes lots of terrific extras like daily golf and water skiing!

I priced these packages for April, but similar rates are available for May, too! Check your calendar and give me a call!

And space it still available for this fantastic tour:

HIDDEN TREASURES OF EUROPE
September 5 - September 14, 2010
From $2449.00 per person, including round trip air from Phoenix!

Spend two nights each in some of Europe's most beautiful and historic cities, touring as we travel between!

In conjunction with the wonderful tour company Globus, we'll start our fully escorted tour in Berlin, traveling on to Prague and Budapest, finishing our tour in spectacular Vienna! The rate includes round trip air from Phoenix on British Airways, all hotels, many meals, lots of sightseeing and more! Air taxes are additional.

The Euro is down and the dollar is still strong against the Czech and Hungarian currency - it's a great time to take advantage of the exchange! And check out this itinerary:

Day 1
(Sun.) Board our overnight transatlantic flight on British Airways.

Day 2 Arrive in Berlin, Germany
(Mon.) Time to rest and start exploring the capital of reunified Germany.

Day 3 Berlin
(Tue.) Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, and a visit to the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH. Drive along Unter Den Linden Boulevard, pass the German State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. The afternoon is free and an optional excursion to historic Potsdam is available. Tonight is your chance to sample Berlin’s fine restaurants and nightlife! (Breakfast)

Day 4 Berlin–Dresden–Prague, Czech Republic
(Wed.) South through the area that used to belong to the “other part” of Germany. Enjoy a walk through Dresden, the former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. You'll love the architecture of the Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera! Then, head for Bohemia and the Czech capital of Prague. This evening, why not join an optional outing to explore Prague by night? (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5 Prague
(Thu.) Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the 1,000-year-old HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS, ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. Afterwards, you may want to mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square. This evening, why not join an optional dinner outing? (Breakfast)

Day 6 Prague–Bratislava, Slovakia–Budapest, Hungary
(Fri.) Into Moravia, where Napoleon established his headquarters during the Battle of Austerlitz. Around lunchtime you reach Bratislava, the economic and political center of the Slovak Republic. Later, follow the course of the Danube River to Budapest. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7 Budapest
(Sat.) Your Local Guide takes you through Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan city. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, visit the 13th-century MATTHIAS CORONATION CHURCH and Heroes’ Square. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner can be arranged. (Breakfast)

Day 8 Budapest–Vienna, Austria
(Sun.) This morning, drive through the Hungarian plains to Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Meet your Local Guide and start your afternoon sightseeing with vistas of Prater Park with its giant Ferris wheel, and the United Nations City on the banks of the Danube River. Then, drive along Ring Boulevard, pass the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian Imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous Heldenplatz and visit awesome ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL. (Breakfast)

Day 9 At Leisure in Vienna
(Mon.) A whole day at leisure gives you the opportunity to join optional excursions to the Vienna Woods, historical Schönbrunn Palace, or to just explore this magnificent city on your own. An optional farewell dinner may be the perfect way to celebrate the success of your vacation! (Breakfast)

Day 10
(Tue.) Our homebound flight arrives the same day. (Breakfast)

You can also check out the complete day-by-day itinerary on my agency site, www.TravelationOnline.com. I'm limited to 24 seats, so hold your space now!

By motor coach or cruise ship, we're planning your next vacation at TravelationOnline! Give us a call at 602-252-1140, or toll-free at 888-751-2032 (outside the 602/480/623 area codes). You can also reach me directly via e-mail at rosanne@travelationonline.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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