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Looking for a trip to some of the most iconic places on earth?
On this exciting eight-night adventure through three of Europe’s most famous cities. You’ll dive into London’s pub culture, savor traditional French cheeses in Paris, and immerse yourself in the art of Amsterdam.
You’ll begin in the English capital, where you can take a ride on the London Eye or visit the iconic Stonehenge. After taking in the magic of the city, you’ll head off off to Paris by train. Here you can marvel at the Eiffel Tower, tour the underground catacombs, or experience the ambience of a cozy bistro. The last stop of the trip will be Amsterdam, with its bustling Red Light District and humming canal atmosphere.
3-nights hotel accommodations in London
3-nights hotel accommodations in Paris
2-nights hotel accommodations in Amsterdam
Train from London to Paris
Train from Paris to Amsterdam
Private Transfers from/to Airports and from/to Rail Stations
Hotel taxes and service charges
This amazing package starts at $2399 per person. This price can increase depending on your dates of travel. This package is also based on availability with our preferred supplier. Please note city taxes (paid upon arrival), airfare, travel insurance, and sightseeing tours are not included in price.
There’s a huge variety of sightseeing options available to add on at each destination. Our team can customize the vacation best for you and your family.
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Destinations to Explore plans family travel around the world. Our team books thousands of family vacations to Europe every year. You can book a land vacation like this one above or a cruise vacation to Europe. Our team specializes in both land and sea. We also have local experts ready to help make sure you have a once-in-a-lifetime vacation with your family to Europe.
Once you submit this form, one of our travel advisors will contact you by email or phone to start the planning process for your Europe vacation. If you want a faster response, you can call our toll free line at 877-918-8941. We look forward to helping you plan your Europe vacation!
Universal Orlando kicked off a mind-blowing discount on tickets for Florida Residents. Locals to visit the ultimate road trip destination . . . Universal Orlando with 2 days free!
If you buy a 1-Day Park to Park ticket, you get 2 extra days to play for FREE.
This ticket allows you three days of theme park thrills for the price of one. You can take advantage of this incredible offer for travel on non-consecutive days through September 29, 2023.
You can explore hold-on-tight thrills and unparalleled entertainment that can only be found at Universal Orlando Resort:
- Engaging in loads of diabolical fun for kids, teens and adults as part of the destination’s newest attraction, Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast – coming to Universal Studios Florida this summer
- Racing alongside a ferocious Velociraptor pack at speeds up to 70 mph on Jurassic World VelociCoaster – Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster – in Universal Islands of Adventure
- Entering two lands of groundbreaking thrills and magical fun in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida
- Embarking on a culinary journey with a wide variety of highly-themed quick service and sit-down dining options that raise the bar when it comes to theme park fare and will satisfy any craving
- Staying in the heart of the thrills for a staycation at one of Universal Orlando’s eight magnificent hotels with options for every travel style and budget
- And so much more!
This ticket offer is available from $164.00 – $209.00 plus tax. Call us at 877-918-8941 or message us to book your special 3-Day Universal Orlando ticket for the price of 1 day.
Athens, Rome, and Venice! Oh my!
Discover three of the most popular and captivating cities in Europe for your next family vacation.
Starting in Athens, you can explore the artifacts in the Acropolis Museum or head to the cobblestoned Plaka neighborhood, with its ceramics shops and quiet tavernas.
In Rome, spend some time people-watching in Piazza del Popolo, soaking in the history of Palatine Hill, or enjoying the exhibits in the Borghese Gallery and Museum.
Your vacation concludes in Venice, where you can take in a performance at Teatro La Fenice, climb to the top of the Campanile, or shop with the locals at the colorful Rialto Market.
This Europe Express package starts from 2099* per person.
Italy Price Includes
Wondering what this amazing package includes?
- 3-night hotel accommodations in Athens
- 4-night hotel accommodations in Rome
- 2-night hotel accommodations in Venice
- Private transfers to/from airports, hotels, and train stations
- Flight from Athens to Rome
- Train from Rome to Venice – 1st Class
- Continental breakfast daily
- Hotel taxes and service charges
*Please note: city taxes, international airfare, and travel insurance are not included in this price.
We are so excited about a new Easter Milkshake! YUM!
Universal just announced a new Easter treat at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk. This treat is a limited time milkshake themed as colorful as an Easter celebration.
This milkshake is called Easter Basket Milkshake. You can find it only this weekend from April 7-9.
This milkshake features a light pineapple flavor. It is topped with whipped topping and accented with popular Easter treats. These sweet treat include Peeps, a Chocolate Passionfruit crème egg, and jellybeans. You will also find green coconut shavings. This looks like “grass” of the Easter Basket.
It is the perfect Easter treat at Universal Orlando Resort.
Universal Orlando Resort has a lot of quick service (fast food) restaurants at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. You can get the typical theme park food like hamburgers and chicken nuggets. You can also find some really great fast food dining.
Today, we are going to share the top fast food restaurants at the Universal Orlando Parks.
Top Universal Orlando Fast Food
Thunder Falls Terrace
Our first restaurant to make the top fast food dining at Universal Orlando is called Thunder Falls Terrace. This quick service dining spot is located in Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure.
This restaurant has one of the best seats at Universal Orlando. Thunder Falls has outside seating with a view of the splash down for Jurassic Park River Adventure. You will stay dry! Your whole family will have a lot of fun watching everyone else get soaked!
Dine on BBQ Ribs, Rotisserie Chicken, Smoked Turkey Legs, Burgers, Wraps and Salads at Thunder Falls Terrace. For quick service dining, this is our favorite menu. The food is delicious and reasonably priced.
The newest of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter eateries, Leaky Cauldron meets all the expectations for the Potter-loving fan. You will find yourself under a cathedral ceiling with views towards the guest rooms in the inn. The actual leaky cauldron is available for you to snap a photo of and the walls are adorned with articles and artifacts you’ll want to spend some time examining.
You can dine on delicious menu items like Bangers and Mash, Fisherman’s Pie, or Toad in the Hole, which is a traditional British dish consisting of sausages in Yorkshire pudding, served with vegetables and onion gravy—it’s said to resemble toads peering out from a bog. The Kid’s Menu offers Fish and Chips, Macaroni Cheese, and Cottage Mini Pie.
Don’t forget to pick up a Butterbeer for dessert. This is one of our hacks! You can buy a Butterbeer at Leaky Cauldron for lunch or just to avoid long lines. This location is a must do for fans of the Harry Potter stories and for anyone seeking a delicious and unique dining experience at Universal Orlando.
Another Wizarding World of Harry Potter restaurants make our top fast food restaurants at Universal Orlando. This restaurant is called Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure. If you can only dine at one Wizarding World of Harry Potter restaurant, we recommend Three Broomsticks. This is a fun restaurant themed after Three Broomsticks in the Harry Potter books and films.
You also have an incredible view on the patio. Don’t miss out on fun selfies in front of Hogwarts Castle and get up close with the new Velociraptor roller coaster. You can also pop over to Hog’s Head bar to pick up one of your favorite adult beverages.
Three Broomsticks features almost the exact same menu as the Leaky Cauldron. You will find entrees like Bangers and Mash, Fisherman’s Pie, or Toad in the Hole. The Kid’s Menu offers Fish and Chips, Macaroni Cheese, and Cottage Mini Pie. Of course, you can get a Butterbeer or Gilly Water at Three Broomsticks, too. We like to grab a Butterbeer and enjoy the view on the patio.
Before you leave Three Broomsticks, be sure you walk to the left of the restaurant, behind Honeydukes to hear the house elves washing the dishes. This is really fun!
Fast Food Blvd
If you love the Simpsons, you will love this themed restaurant in Springfield at Universal Studios. There are several mini restaurants in this one big restaurant. You can get menu items like seafood, pizza, salads, turkey wraps, and even hamburgers.
There are more entrees at Fast Food Blvd than any other fast food spot.
Plus, this restaurant is attached to Moe’s Tavern so you can pop over for a Duff Beer or a non alcoholic Flaming Moe. We love the Flaming Moe!
One of the newest restaurants at Universal Orlando is the Today Cafe at Universal Studios. This restaurant features breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have a ton of healthier menu items. Plus, it is one of the few places at the Universal Parks with breakfast.
If you are a fan of the Today show on NBC, you will love this restaurant. You feel like you are right on set with Al Roker.
If you are looking for the traditional theme park food of hamburger and french fries, you may want to try Wimpy’s. We also love Wimpy’s, because you can get Dole Whips!
Plus, this restaurant has an incredible view of the water ride called Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges. Your family will enjoy the view while munching on your burger!
Do you have a favorite restaurant at Universal Parks? Did it make our list?
Spring is in bloom at EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival! This festival kicked off this month and continues through July 5, 2023. EPCOT will blossom with innovative topiaries, fresh flavors and high-energy concerts for the whole family to enjoy.
Over 127 days, guests can explore lush gardens, sample sweet and savory bites with refreshing sips, and shop new merchandise collections featuring Orange Bird, Snow White and Figment. Starting at sunset, festival guests can celebrate with a vibrant spectacle of light on Spaceship Earth set to a fresh and fun new soundtrack.
Enchanting Topiaries and Bright Blossoms
Making their debut this year, topiaries of Mirabel, Antonio, Isabela and Luisa from Disney Animation’s Academy Award-winning “Encanto” greet guests in the main entrance of EPCOT. Each imaginative topiary features details inspired by each character, including Isabela creating beautiful flowers between her hands and an illuminated butterfly for Mirabel.
A new topiary of Princess Tiana from the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic “The Princess and the Frog” graces The American Adventure in World Showcase featuring a stunning ballgown and illuminated fireflies. In the France pavilion, Lumiere and Cogsworth topiaries return with innovative new elements, including lit candles for Lumiere and a working clock for Cogsworth.
More than 200,000 bedding plants are added to the gardens of EPCOT for the festival, including an additional 60,000 bedding plants that create the iconic floral designs that make up the World Celebration East & West Lakes. The Dragon topiary, located in the Japan pavilion, is composed of sun-loving succulent plants, adding bursts of colors to the nearly 20-foot-long display.
Because this year’s festival will be celebrated across two seasons, plant displays will also evolve with the weather, making for true seasonal beauty and detail. Guests visiting during both spring and summer months may see new selections as the season changes.
Find Fresh Flavors at Outdoor Kitchens
With more than 15 Outdoor Kitchens located throughout the park, guests can enjoy the freshest flavors as spring gives way to summer, including more than 50 new food and drink items.
Citrus flavors abound at The Citrus Blossom, now located at the Odyssey, including Orange Sesame Tempura Shrimp with Orange-Chile Sauce; Citrus Baked Brie with preserved lemon marmalade, limoncello-macerated blueberries and spiced Marcona almonds; and a light and airy lemon meringue pie.
Befitting Princess Tiana’s residence nearby, Magnolia Terrace in the American Adventure pavilion features a menu with several new Louisiana-inspired bites and sips, including Muffuletta Panini with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, and Swiss with olive salad; Crawfish Pie, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding and Bayou Cocktail, featuring Bayou spiced rum, coconut rum, fruit punch, and orange juice. The crowd-pleasing Spicy Chicken Gumbo with andouille sausage and BEN’S ORIGINAL™ Long Grain & Wild Rice returns to round out the menu.
To showcase the freshest flavors of the season, EPCOT Farmers Feast near Test Track® presented by Chevrolet® will offer a rotating menu, changing three times throughout the festival, featuring the finest local ingredients. Highlights include Spice Cake with cream cheese icing and candied pecans and parsnip on the Early Bloom Menu; Grilled Swordfish with crushed fingerling potatoes, pea and mint purée, grilled asparagus, and lemon beurre blanc on the Springtime Menu; and Sweet Corn Crème Brûlée with corn biscotti on the Summer Solstice Menu.
Guests can also take a tasty tour through the gardens and explore EPCOT with Garden Graze, a fresh food stroll highlighting 11 delicious sweet and savory plant-based offerings – all listed in the Festival Passport.
Captivating Concerts Nightly at Garden Rocks
The ever-popular Garden Rocks Concert Series returns to the America Garden Theatre this spring featuring internationally recognized artists Friday through Monday and local Orlando talent rocking the house Tuesday through Thursday. This year’s lineup includes:
- Smash Mouth
- Blue Oyster Cult (New)
- The Pointer Sisters
- Luis Figueroa (New)
- Piso 21 (New)
- Switchfoot (New)
- AJ Croce (New)
- Casting Crowns (New)
- Jason Scheff (New)
- Plain White T’s
- Simple Plan
- And many others!
Are you ready to experience the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival?
Are you ready to escape to the Caribbean in the middle of Orlando, Florida? Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando is a newer resort in Orlando. This hotels is between Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Royal Pacific, and Aventura at the Universal Orlando Resort.
Our family has been to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort many many times. We wanted to share our review of this Universal Orlando hotel in the middle of Orlando.
From the moment you walk into the lobby to check in at the front desk, you will hear the tropical music, see the bright colors, and smell the flowers. You will feel like you took a cruise ship to the Caribbean islands!
Benefits of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Before we jump into the hotel and amenities, I wanted to share some of the benefits of staying at a Universal Orlando Hotel.
Early Park Admission
As with all on-property Universal Orlando resorts, Sapphire Falls includes early park admission for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (at Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure). This means you can access the Universal Parks (with a theme park ticket) one hour before the gates open to the general public.
Another benefit we love with the Universal Orlando hotels is the transportation. You can also hop on a free water taxi and shuttle bus to the parks. For Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, our family enjoys the leisure boat ride to Universal CityWalk. It is a relaxing way to get from the hotel to Universal CityWalk and the Universal Parks.
Walking Distance to Volcano Bay
If you are visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Park, you can walk across the street to the secret entrance by Cabana Bay Beach Resort. We love this “secret entrance” to Volcano Bay.
There are other benefits of staying at a Universal Orlando hotel, but these are our favorite perks.
Accommodations at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
The Caribbean inspired Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort transports guests to paradise where blue waterfalls cascade across lush grounds and the invitation to cool relaxation is everywhere. The resort adds 1,000 rooms to Universal’s resort inventory.
These 1,000 guest rooms are broken down into Standard Rooms and Family Suites. We stayed in a Standard Room with a Pool View. They also offer Lagoon Views.
All of the rooms are non-smoking.
The Standard rooms are 321 square feet, putting them squarely between a Standard room at Cabana Bay Beach Resort (300 square feet) and a Standard room at Royal Pacific (335 square feet). They feature two queen beds (there are some single King beds available, but not many), a 49″ flat screen TV (again, an upgrade from Cabana Bay), air conditioning, a mini fridge, hair dryer, coffee maker, 24-hour room service, WIFI, and in room safe.
Sapphire Falls resort hotel has 83 Family Suites on property. These suites come in a variety of styles and sizes from 529 square feet for the Kids Suite all the way up to 1,353 square feet for the Hospitality Suite.
Recreation at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
We found a ton of fun stuff to do at Sapphire Falls! From the largest pool on Universal Orlando property, to the water slide, to s’mores on the fire pit, games on the pool deck, and the arcade, you won’t lack for activities during your stay at Sapphire Falls.
Sapphire Falls also includes a fitness center and a Universal store for all your souvenir needs. Remember, as an on-property Universal Orlando Resort guest, you can use the amenities at any of the other four Universal resorts, including the outdoor pools, sand beaches, pool area, hot tub, game room, business center, and fitness centers. The Jack LaLanne Fitness Center right next door at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a great one to check out.
Dining at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Sapphire Falls offers several dining options, including a sit-down dining option, Amatista Cookhouse.
Rather than a food court like Cabana Bay, you can enjoy sandwiches, coffee, and ice cream at the New Dutch Trading Co. This option, just off the lobby, also includes sodas, s’mores kits, and other convenience items. We did find this grab and go shop to be rather expensive, as were all the dining options at the resort.
The Strong Water Tavern
This is a rum specialty bar that also serves dinner. Just off the lobby, the Strong Water Tavern offers an amazing view of the Universal Orlando parks and the water taxi waterway.
In addition to great rum offerings, Strong Water Tavern also has some great craft beers and a full liquor bar.
Caribbean cuisine prepared in an exhibition kitchen makes Amatista Cookhouse an instantly inviting option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether dining indoors or out—or in one of the private dining areas—guests of Amatista Cookhouse will feel welcomed and relaxed in this vibrant and inspiring restaurant.
We had breakfast at Amatista Cookhouse (we were a bit late, so our only option was the buffet). The buffet had some standard options (eggs and bacon), as well as some interesting offerings, such as crustless quiche! We LOVED the bacon! Some of the best we’ve had at a resort buffet!
Drhum Club Kantine
Lastly, you have the Drhum Club Kantine. This is the pool bar/cafe featuring a tapas-style menu that includes some amazing looking nachos! Of course, they also have some tropical adult beverages to enjoy poolside.
Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando is a hidden gem! This is one of our favorite hotels in Orlando. You can probably see why!
Ready to book your Caribbean getaway at Sapphire Falls Resort? Our team at Destinations to Explore is ready to help you plan your Caribbean escape. Call us at 877-918-8941, message us via Messenger, or request a price below.
The Walt Disney World Resort just released two exciting 2023 Disney World discounts.
This is the perfect time to visit. Your family will have so much fun on the new rides and shows at the Disney Parks. Plus, you can create those family moments in the new themed rooms at some of the Disney Resort hotels. This is such a wonderful time to start planning your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.
2023 Disney World Discounts
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FREE Disney Activity Sheets + Coloring Sheets to Countdown Your Vacation
To get the family excited about a Disney World vacation, check out some fun activities to do at home. We have 291 Disney inspired activity sheets and coloring sheets from your favorite Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney Movies.
Do you love roller coasters? Did you know that SeaWorld Orlando is considered the Coaster Capital of Orlando? They have a ton of EPIC roller coasters for the whole family. We polled some of our local agents to rank the top 3 SeaWorld Orlando roller coasters. Did you favorite make the list?
Top 3 SeaWorld Orlando Roller Coasters
Three of the best roller coasters in Orlando (ranked by the locals) are Kraken, Mako, and the new Ice Breaker. Come along with us as we ride all three with a POV, so you feel like you are on it with us. LOL!
This roller coaster is the only floorless coaster in Orlando. If you love pirates, this may be a roller coaster for you. Watch out for that Kraken!
This roller coaster is a favorite for my teen daughter and myself. It is the tallest roller coaster in Orlando. Mako is known for high speeds, deep dives, and thrills around every turn. You will be screaming on this roller coaster!
New Ice Breaker
The newest roller coaster in Orlando is Ice Breaker. This roller coaster has four airtime filled launches, both backwards and forwards. Plus, you have a reverse launch. There are constant thrills on this roller coaster.
Which roller coaster would you like to ride?