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General Keep a checklist

  • Make a checklist of what you want to take with you about a week before your vacation to avoid packing in a panic.
  • Keeping a list in your hand luggage, will prove handy, should anything go missing and an insurance claim ensue.

Medication

  • Please carry your medication & all medical details along with a prescription with you, making sure they include:
  • Your Health Insurer’s contact details and your policy number
  • Name and address of contacts in the event of an emergency
  • Your blood type, general medical history, list of any medications you are taking, known allergies, glasses/ contact lens prescription, etc.

Must Haves-Make sure to carry:

  • At least one set of clothes in your hand luggage in case of baggage delay or loss
  • Your sun glasses, scarf, hat/cap, cardigan, camera in your hand luggage if your tour starts on arrival itself
  • A comfortable pair of walking shoes; you may be on your feet for a long time en tour
  • Appropriate swimwear / beachwear for swimming activities. You will not be allowed to enter the pool (at hotels and on cruise) without suitable clothing
  • Your camera, if you are planning on taking photographs on your holiday. Check the batteries and carry spares, since it is often difficult to buy replacements. More importantly, carry a good supply of film rolls, as it can be both expensive and troublesome finding the right film and quality.

Airport: Pre Departure formalities include readying your

  • Passport
  • Air tickets
  • Foreign exchange
  • Airline Bookings

Airport Formalities

  • Report at least 3 hours prior to departure.

Baggage X Ray and Check in Counter

  • All check in baggage must be X – rayed
  • Check in baggage must not exceed 20 Kgs and handbags must not exceed 1 piece (7 kgs)
  • All check in baggage must be locked
  • Do not put any cash/jewelry/expensive items inside the check in baggage
  • Use some form of permanent identification on your check in luggage and also note its make/brand. This is useful at the time of baggage claim and to trace the same in case of any delay/ loss en route
  • Proceed to check in at the airlines counter and hand over your passports and air tickets
  • A baggage identification slip showing the destination of baggage, your boarding card, passport, air ticket & embarkation card will be handed over to you
  • Fill the embarkation card & proceed to the immigration counter

Always keep the following in safe custody:

  • Baggage identification slip
  • Passport
  • Air ticket
  • Boarding card -till the end of the journey
  • Personal Foreign Exchange
  • Immigration
  • Proceed to the Immigration Counter; hand over your passport, air ticket, boarding card & embarkation card to the officer
  • You may be asked about the reason for travel. Furnish the same; in case of any problems contact your SOTC tour manager
  • All documents (except the embarkation card) duly checked and stamped will be returned back to you

Customs

  • Hand over your passport, air ticket & boarding card to the officer. The same will be stamped & returned back to you
  • You are not allowed to carry more than Rs.2000 and US$ 10000 (cash limit US$ 2000) as per the RBI rule
  • Any foreign currency carried along must be endorsed on your passport
  • Value goods like zoom cameras, video cameras, computers, laptops, etc. should also be endorsed on your passport
  • (If you do not endorse these, you will have to pay a customs duty when you return back to India, as the same will be treated as imported items)

Boarding Gate

  • Proceed to the boarding gate as specified on your boarding card where your hand baggage will be X-rayed

On Board

  • On board please be seated as per seats allocated
  • Snacks/ meals will be served as per airlines policy
  • En route, you will be handed a disembarkation card to be filled and kept ready on arrival
  • Airport Formalities on arrival
  • As you leave the aircraft, please ensure you carry along all personal belongings & documents including- passport, air tickets, handbag, wallet, cardigans/ clothing, etc.
  • To use a prepaid Cart (‘trolley’) at certain airports, you will have to insert the required coins in the cart machine and a single cart will be released.

Immigration Counter

  • You may be asked about your itinerary, purpose of visit and place of stay, etc.
  • Hand over your passport, boarding card and disembarkation card (Counterfoil of disembarkation card is a very important document and it is your duty to retain the same till the time you depart from the destination country. You may not be allowed to board your return flight if you lose this counterfoil)

Baggage claim

  • Proceed to the baggage claim area to collect your bags from the baggage belt

Customs

  • Fill out your declaration in advance to speed your customs and immigration clearance. When making your written declaration, you must list all goods accompanying you other than your personal effects, along with their price or value.
  • Prohibited items: In general, you may not carry explosive, corrosive or inflammable products, arms and ammunition in your luggage.
  • Duty-free items: Personal effects intended for your personal use during your trip, and purchases made at airport duty free shops are considered free of duties and taxes.
  • Your Exemptions

Articles brought into the different countries are subject to duty and internal revenue tax unless they are prohibited entry, but as a visitor or nonresident, you are allowed certain exemptions and privileges.

  • Prohibited and Restricted Articles
  • Lottery tickets, narcotics and dangerous drugs, obscene articles and publications, seditious and treasonable materials, hazardous articles switch-blade knives, biological materials, pirated books, video tapes, computer programs or cassettes, artifacts/cultural property, firearms & ammunition, food products, fruits, vegetables, plants, meats, livestock, poultry, hunting trophies
  • For more information please contact the local Embassy.

Hotel

  • Check-in and check-out times are usually 1400hrs and 1200hrs respectively. However, this may be different for some properties.

Rooming

  • Room/s will be assigned to you at the time of check-in and can vary in specifications according to the availability at the time of check-in and at the discretion of the hotel.

Room key

  • Each time you leave the room, please ensure you deposit your room keys at the front desk making it easy for your room mate to access the same
  • It is not advisable to carry the room key outside the hotel; you may be charged (often, a huge sum) if it is misplaced

Security of documents

  • Always keep copies of your passport, air ticket and any important documents securely
  • Responsibility of all your documents lies with you and SOTC will not take any responsibility for the same
  • It is suggested you keep your passport and air ticket safely in your locked bags or you can use a locker at the hotel. Locker facilities are available on request (You may have to pay a deposit to use the facility, the same is refunded on checkout)
  • Hotel address
  • It is advisable to carry a hotel card/ brochure with you; the address mentioned will be helpful to guide you back or if you lose your way.

Room Facilities

  • Coffee/ Tea
  • Some hotels may have in room coffee/ tea making facility (please check with the hotel staff if this service is complimentary)
  • Refrigerator/ Mini Bar
  • Some rooms may have a mini refrigerator or a mini bar stocked with soft and hard beverages or a basket of eatables
  • Please note that these are chargeable of utilized and not included in your tour itinerary package
  • Pay Channel/ Pay T.V.
  • Rooms may also provide subscribed pay channels, the use of which will be charged when you check out

Other Services

  • If you order anything extra like Tea/ coffee, laundry services, liquor, make telephone calls, breakfast in the room, or cause any damages to the room you are staying in, it will be charged to you directly.
  • Breakfast timings at the hotel are generally 7:00am onwards (unless specified otherwise in itinerary) and generally served at the hotel restaurant.

Food General Tips For Europe

  • Vegetarians can safely try the wide variety of continental food available in Europe, that consist of hearty portions of soups, salads, fruits, shakes, juices or drinks. For others, varieties of meat and local cuisine are also recommended.
  • Tap water is generally safe and portable throughout the continent. However, a bottle of mineral water will cost you the same as a bottle of coke i.e. about Euro2. You will often find that beverages (alcoholic/ non-alcoholic) come cheaper.
  • Meals in Europe typically cost about EUR10 – EUR15 if you choose a Mc Donald’s or similar fast food joints. This will buy you a burger, shake or drink.
  • If you opt for a restaurant, an average meal consisting of soup, salad, light main course and a drink will cost you about EUR20 – EUR25.
  • Italian & French cuisine with their variety of pastas and pizzas come inexpensive (EUR10 – EUR15). Pizzas are also served by slice (EUR3 – EUR5), making it a good in between snack.
  • Indian food in London is very easy to find but relatively expensive. A very average meal at a restaurant will cost you about £15 – £20

For Far East & Islands

  • Vegetarians can safely try the wide variety of continental food available, that consist of hearty portions of soups, salads, fruits, shakes, juices or drinks. For others, varieties of meat and local cuisine are also recommended.

For USA

  • Vegetarians can safely try the wide variety of continental food available consisting of hearty portions of soups, salads, fruits, shakes, juices or drinks. For others, varieties of meat and local cuisine are also recommended.
  • Tap water is generally safe and potable throughout the continent. However, a bottle of mineral water will cost you the same as a bottle of coke ie. about $1.5.
  • Meals in US typically cost about $10 – $15 if you choose a Mc Donald’s or similar fast food joints. This will buy you a burger, shake or drink.
  • If you opt for a restaurant, an average meal consisting of soup, salad, light main course and a drink will cost you about $20 – $25.
  • A variety of pastas and pizzas come inexpensive ($8 – $12). Pizzas are also served by slice, making it a good in between snack.

Check out from Hotel

  • After checking out, please clear all personal/ extra bills, if any, at the Front Office.

Tips/ Porterage

  • Porterage is not included at hotels and are not part of any itinerary/package
  • You may have to pay for portage and the tips or any service charges as per local rules or customs at the destination

Cruise Carnival

  • The Hollywood inspired ‘Fascination Fun Ship’ is a modern & luxurious world-class fleet that takes you on your cruise to the Bahamas and other exciting destinations. With plenty of on board and on shore activities, this 5 star floating resort offers you quality service and loads of unimaginable carefree days. You can drink & dine at the restaurant of your choice, there’s on board entertainment, performances, fitness centres, a comprehensive computer learning centre, video games & recreation centre, shopping mall and much more.

Star Cruises

  • Super Star Virgo and Leo are both very modern & luxurious world-class fleets that offer you quality service at the most exotic parts of Asia.

Points to remember Boarding:

  • You must check in at least 1hr/30 min prior to departure.
  • Proper travel documentation is required: Valid Passports and relevant visas are mandatory.
  • Liquor Policy: Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages of any kind on board. You may purchase the same from any of the ship’s bars and lounges. Alcoholic beverages purchased in the ship’s gift shops or in foreign ports will be retained by cruise authority until the end of the voyage.

Money:

  • Sail & Sign: You may charge most of your on-board purchases to your Sail & Sign account.

Clothing:

  • Casual attire is the best option during the day.
  • For special events like the evening Cocktail and other parties, please carry at least one set of formal attire.
  • The dress code for other evenings ranges from sport coat and tie to casual resort wear.

Shopping & Punctuality:

  • You are advised not to be lured or encouraged by anybody to shop at a particular place
  • Please use your own judgement about price or quality before you buy anything
  • Passengers will be responsible for any services missed out by them due to not following the stated time; this includes meals, transfers, sight seeing, flight, etc.

SPEND YOUR SUMMER CRUISING

Cruising is holidaying in a different and thrilling way. The warmest months of the year are great for enjoying a longer cruise as the pleasant temperatures and longer time spent enjoying daylight mean that a longer route with plenty of stops along the way can be thoroughly enjoyed. There are varieties of things to do while on board, accommodation is more than convenient and opportunity to meet people and make new friends is one of the many advantages of cruising. Visiting and exploring different destinations on just one trip is nothing short of awesome.  Aside from the various stopovers in different places, the excitement is the on-board facilities. Click here more

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Groups of people that travel together are bound to connect with people of creeds, colors and spheres of life different from theirs. Its a known fact that group travel addresses an individual’s social needs, since research has shown that those who travel regularly gain measurable health benefits. Traveling, in itself, makes you happier and healthier than those who don’t.

Being the most innovative travel and tour company in Nigeria, we present to you another first: TRAVEL GROUPS. We provide six travel groups that cuts across all ages, ranging from Children, University, Men, Ladies, Young Entreprenuer to Senior Citizen groups. This way, travelling has just gotten more better because you simply get to relax and catch the fun while everything is organized for you.

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BEACHES IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

The noisy and heavily populated Lagos, Nigeria‘s former capital and largest city, attracts visitors who like to live on the edge. Lagos has its share of crime, yet visitors still come to the bustling city because of its vibrant nightlife, shopping and nearby beaches. Lagos is home to almost a dozen beaches that offer visitors the chance to soak up the sun and surf along West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea.

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Getting There

Because Lagos is not a primary choice of travelers leaving from the United States, you will find few direct flights from the U.S. to Lagos. Delta Airlines (delta.com) has offered daily service to Lagos from Atlanta since 2007. Expect to connect in London, Paris or Amsterdam if you fly with a European air carrier. You may also find connecting flights from major cities in South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya. Once you arrive in Lagos, you will find that minibuses and bush taxis are plentiful and an inexpensive way to travel to the area’s beaches from your hotel.

Beach Features

The beaches near Lagos all share many of the same features. You will find powdery white sand, swaying palm trees and an overabundance of large waves. Additionally, the beaches remain relatively quiet throughout the year, except on public holidays when many locals head out to enjoy the sun and water. The beaches closest to the city – especially Bar Beach, which is located within the city – may include some interesting characters such as prostitutes and drug dealers. The farther you go from the city, the more secluded the beaches. Lekki Beach, once a favorite tourist spot found a few miles from Lagos, has struggled with continued erosion because of strong tides and the harvesting of sand for construction.

Best Beaches

Two of the most popular beaches near Lagos are Tarkwa Beach and Eleko Beach. Tarkwa Beach is only a few miles from the city and remains relatively secluded. Although Tarkwa Beach is quiet, it offers visitors a wide selection of shops for food and local handicrafts. The man-made beach is sheltered by a harbor, so there is no undertow, making the water safe for swimming. Lighthouse Beach, another secluded beach near Tarkwa, is famous for its namesake lighthouse, which guards Lagos Harbor. Eleko Beach, a 45-minute taxi ride from downtown Lagos, remains a favorite of the locals. The relatively clean stretch of sand is home to a market where you can purchase local art. Bars and restaurants that cater to tourists are plentiful.

Considerations

Traveling to Nigeria is best left to the experienced world traveler. A travel warning issued by the U.S. Department of State in April 2011 warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Nigeria. Political and ethnic conflict within Nigeria has resulted in the kidnappings of more than 140 foreign nationals, some of whom were killed. In parts of Lagos, violence can be rampant, especially during the night. Muggings, carjackings, rapes and kidnappings do occur, so visitors must always be aware of their surroundings during their visit and take great care to stay in the safest areas of the city.

PEPPER CLUB HOTEL & SPA CAPE TOWN

A new level of sophistication and unparalleled luxury living has arrived in the heart of cosmopolitan Cape Town. Innovative design, personalized amenities and unsurpassed service – catering to your every need – are all part of the five-star experience you can expect as a guest of Pepper Club.

Superbly located, the hotel’s features include, among others, opulent interiors, a contemporary cuisinethemed restaurant, an intimate private cinema, a swimming pool with panoramic views, a fully-equipped gymnasium, a luxurious spa, 24-hour concierge service and security. In addition, a serene palm tree-lined courtyard connects directly to the city’s vibrant Long Street with its boutique shops and cosmopolitan night life.
Pepper Club also sports a fleet of luxury vehicles – including a Rolls Royce Ghost – for chauffeuring guests to and from the airport and business meetings, as well as sight-seeing trips.

With panoramic views, our guests not only witness one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but also have a first-class springboard to all the attractions that Cape Town offers.

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LONDONOne of the world’s most visited cities, London has something for everyone, from history to culture, art, grand museums, dazzling architecture, royalty, diversity and irrepressible pizazz.

More than seven million people, from six continents, are crammed into this heaving metropolis, creating one of the largest cultural mixing pots on earth. This is where the money that drives the British economy is made and spent, where the Queen reigns and parliament governs, and where trends in music, fashion and the arts are made and discarded, sometimes in the space of a single evening.

Ready? Here are ten of the best London experiences.

1. ‘Off with their ‘eads!’
The castle founded by William the Conqueror in 1078 found a new use as a prison. Dozens of heroes and rogues were locked up or beheaded inside the Tower of London, from Sir Thomas More and Sir Walter Raleigh to Guy Fawkes and Ann Boleyn.

Don’t miss the Crown Jewels, perhaps the most ostentatious collection of baubles in existence, or the gruesome armoury of medieval weapons in the White Tower, or the Bloody Tower, which stills contains graffiti scratched into the walls by former prisoners. The cheerful Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) lead free tours around the castle daily.

2. One powerhouse of architecture…
Thousands pose for photos in front of the Houses of Parliament and their famous clock-tower, Big Ben, named for the giant bell inside. Across St Margaret’s St is Westminster Abbey, where British monarchs have been crowned ever since 1066, and where a dozen former kings and queens are buried. Close by is the famous black door of Number 10 Downing St, occupied by the Prime Minister.

3. …And another architectural masterpiece
Emerging from the ashes of the Great Fire of London and surviving the firestorm of the Blitz during World War II, St Paul’s Cathedral still gleams inside and out. Head straight to the vertiginous Golden Gallery atop St Paul’s famous dome, reached by 530 winding steps. En route, explore the open-air Stone Gallery (378 steps) and the acoustically brilliant Whispering Gallery (259 steps) inside the dome. In the crypt are tombs and memorials to the greatest heroes of the British Empire – Nelson, Wellington and Churchill.

4. Great works of art within a work-of-art
Housed in a stunning conversion of the power station that once supplied the city with electricity, the Tate Modern is the world’s most popular modern art gallery. The focus is on well-known modern names, like Picasso, Mondrian, Pollock, Lichtenstein and Mark Rothko. Stand-out works include Francis Bacon’s Triptych, Max Ernst’s Celebes, Alberto Giacometti’s spindly figurines and the excellent collection of Russian propaganda posters.

5. The green lungs of London
In 1808 the parliamentarian William Windham declared that Hyde Park should be preserved at all costs as the ‘lungs of London’. Good thing, too. Along with London’s other Royal Parks, Hyde Park is a national treasure. Together, these open spaces make London (surprisingly) the greenest city in Europe, and Londoners love the parks as places to picnic, sunbathe, observe wildlife, see bands, play sport and even demonstrate against the government.

6. Cruise the Thames
Passengers on the river already get a grandstand view of all of the above, the maritime precinct at Greenwich and the garden of office towers at Canary Wharf. Half a dozen companies offer transfers along the river, from chugging commuter boats to the zippy shuttle service between the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. With time to spare, you can even ride the river all the way to Kew Gardens or Hampton Court Palace.

7. Greenwich mean time
Green and pleasant Greenwich is the precise location from which global time and points of distance around the east–west axis of the earth are measured. These things aren’t so important in the digital age, but back when Britain depended on its navy for its wealth and its power, a few degrees out here or there could spell disaster – as happened in 1707, when the British fleet sailed too close to the Scilly Isles and 1400 perished.

As well as the historical attractions, people come to Greenwich for the feeling of escape from the big city. Greenwich was – and still feels like – a village, and the backstreets are lined with interesting and quirky shops.

8. The world’s a stage
Londoners first got the theatre bug in the 17th century when Shakespeare and his contemporaries starting performing comedies and dramas for the masses on the stage of the original Globe Theatre. Four hundred years later and Londoners are still obsessed with the stage. Theatre-land in the West End around Soho and Covent Garden boasts more than 50 theatres, staging everything from period romps and big-name musicals to occasionally cringe-worthy shows based on banging dustbin lids and rap poetry.

9. Find treasures in the museum
Founded in 1753 to house the personal collection of Sir Hans Sloane, the museum was dramatically extended in the Georgian period, and the central Grand Court was covered by a soaring geometric canopy by Sir Norman Foster in 2000.

Inside you can see such historical wonders as the Rosetta Stone and the controversial Elgin (Parthenon) Marbles, swiped from the Acropolis by Britain’s ambassador to the Ottoman  Empire. The collection of Egyptian mummies in rooms 62 to 63 is legendary.

10. Old masters and familiar faces
The National Gallery and the neighbouring National Portrait Gallery fill in all the gaps in the history of painting that aren’t covered by the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. These grand neoclassical monuments house some of the country’s finest paintings and, refreshingly, not all are stuffy 17th-century oils – there are wacky modernist works and cartoon caricatures as well.

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THAILAND..........a sojourn to paradise

Situated on the eastern banks of the Pearl River Delta is Hong Kong, a modern city built on ancient civilization with intersection of cultures. The country is culturally Chinese, but with a heavy Western influence which distinguishes it from mainland china. Known as Asia’s World

City, Hong Kong is a number of things to different people ranging from being a gourmet paradise and shopping paradise to being an adventurers’ paradise or heaven of delicacies. Generally speaking, there are three parts to Hong Kong. Closest to the Chinese border and comprising most of the peninsula are the New Territories, which is the rural part of the country.

At the tip of the peninsula is Kowloon, which is the urban heart of the country with the popular Nathan Road and the Temple Street Market. Past the southern tip of Kowloon is Hong Kong Island, along with the outer islands in the periphery. Hong Kong Island has most of the commercial and business activity. This island is the most modern part of Hong Kong where visitors can find the best nightlife, shopping, entertainment, and dining that the territory has to offer, with a more-relaxed atmosphere and several beautiful beaches. Discover life in the popular Hong Kong Island by strolling through the busy streets and marvel at the skyscraper buildings with golden lights. Relish yourself in the country’s fusion of east and west to create a unique and unforgettable world of its own.

A skyscraping building popularly known as ‘Victoria’s Peak’ is one of the high light of the Hong Kong attraction. Enjoy the fantastic view of Hong Kong from the lookout on Victoria Peak which encompasses Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Victoria Harbor giving an excellent view of the day and night. By day, you can have a view of the island stretching across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbor all the way to the green hills of the Kowloon. In early evening, the city dramatically melts into pink and orange shade of roof tops before reappearing with dazzling galaxy of light, shimmering beneath you. And if you listen carefully enough, you can hear Asia’s world city humming below.

A visit to Victoria habor unfolds the original occupation of the natives of hong kong as fishermen. The harbor is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. A myriad of lights twinkles at night from the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, making Hong Kong, Hakodate in Japan and Naples in Italy, included in the “three best night scenes of the world”. The Hong Kong Shopping Festival is one festival that shouldn’t be missed. It is one of the most important holidays in hong kong done in august and September. The festival is one of the best shopping festivals in the world and shopping fan is guarantee to have a different shopping experience at the night markets where items are sold at a very low rate. The festival showcases commodities from all over the world without tariff and usually accompanied by seasonal sales. Both shoppers and vendors come here from all over the world to enjoy the benefits of the festival.

This long known Shopping Paradises meets every taste and budget. Set among beautiful natural surroundings, Hong Kong has all the benefits of a thriving and vibrant commercial center. It is an open city with a wonderful natural harbor and a meeting place for various cultures that blend harmoniously with Chinese traditions and exotic influences. With Lip smacking cuisines, magnificent sight-seeing resources and endless shopping, put together to ensure a whale of a time for the holidaymaker, Hong Kong is just the ideal place to spend your holiday..