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Bonding Activities Run the Gamut - Dog Mushing, London Theatre, Venice Gondolas, "Zorbing", Cold War Espionage

Washington, D.C., February 2009 -- Grandtravel, the company that sets the multi-generational travel standard by offering unique and magical vacations, enjoys a large repeat business.  In gratitude, the company is reducing the repeat Grandtraveler's 2009 tour cost by $1,000 when one of their adult friends or relatives decides to bring along their own grandchild (or two!) on a 2009 Grandtravel vacation; the new Grandtraveler receives the same savings.  This year's program offers something for nearly everyone – dog-sledding across an Alaskan glacier, training to be a gladiator in ancient Rome, a behind-the-scene tours of London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, dining atop the Eiffel Tower, watching grandchildren “Zorb” down a New Zealand hill, or learning the craft of espionage in Washington, D.C.’s Spy Museum.  The offer is good for any grandparent who has taken a Grandtravel vacation in the past (or is booked on a 2009 tour) and any of their adult friend or relative who is a first-time Grandtraveler; one discount per family; capacity-controlled.  As a preferred provider of AARP, Grandtravel offers members the peace of mind they need when traveling with their most valuable asset, their grandchild, as well as a $200 per member discount, which can be combined with the savings offer.

The diversity of Grandtravel’s tours is apparent in their names and descriptions -- “London & Paris - Grandest Cities” combines the history and traditions of London with the artistry and elegance of Paris; “Alaskan Wilderness – Glaciers, Wildlife & Dog Mushing” looks in depth at our country’s last frontier; while “New Zealand – Land of Legend & Adventure” explores a land known for its stunning scenery and incredible array of activities - from seeing penguins frolic in McMurdo Sound to boogie boarding down giant sand dunes.  “Italy’s Splendor - Venice, Florence, Rome” offers a view of the land of the Renaissance; and “Washington, D.C. – Exploring Our Nation’s History” puts faces to historical names in the world’s most powerful city and offers a stroll through 18th-century life in Colonial Williamsburg.  All of these itineraries combine the enriching experience of travel with the lifelong building block of education through hands-on adventures, while focusing on the bond between the two generations. 

All of the 7- to 13-day departures take place during the summer vacation period of July and August.  Prices of $2,995 to $7,195 per person, double include deluxe or best available accommodations with private bath, most meals, transportation, admission to all scheduled attractions and events, en route activities for children, pre-departure guidance, the services of a professional tour manager, a Grandtravel Activity Director (always an experienced educator or youth counselor), and service charges and hotel taxes. 

Grandtravel programs, developed by a team of teachers, psychologists, leisure counselors and educators, give special attention to creative activities, access to experiences not available to individual travelers or families, historical sites and natural attractions. 

Further information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from Grandtravel, 1920 N Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-1601; telephone, (800) 247-7651, (202) 785-8901, web site

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