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September 7, 2011

#FriendsTravel New York City Thanksgiving Christmas New Years JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

We want to welcome you to New York City this holiday season! The fall and winter holidays are a great time of year to visit the Big Apple and experience everything the city has to offer year-round – great Broadway shows, hop on/hop off bus tours, glorious harbor cruises, and the country’s best restaurants – just to name a few things. But what’s more, during the holidays there are unforgettable additional activities and experiences to enjoy on your trip – from the first float of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade ’til we reach “1” in the final countdown to the year 2012, every moment in the New York City holiday season is laden with magic and memories that will last forever.

Every package and trip is customizable, and New York Guest has access to the best resources to make your trip the Trip of a Lifetime. Cross something off your bucket list and spend some of your 2011 holiday season as our guest in New York.

EMAIL:  JESS Kalinowsky  JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24/7/365

The holidays are the perfect time to take advantage of one of our many New York Vacation Packages. There’s so much to see and do in New York City during the holidays, it’s the perfect time to plan your NYC vacation. Whether you choose to come for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve… there are always amazing things happening in New York City during the holidays!

Thanksgiving in New York

New York New York What a Wonderful Town JESS@FriendsTravel.com

There are so many things to love about Thanksgiving in New York: The crisp autumn air, the magical spectacle of the Thanksgiving Day parade, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the post-holiday shopping opportunities and of course, the delicious food.

There is, simply put, no better place to spend the long Thanksgiving weekend than New York City. And we’re thrilled to be able to help you plan your trip.

Our 2011 Thanksgiving in New York Package includes:

  • Four nights in a midtown Manhattan hotel
  • Thanksgiving reservations at an excellent Manhattan restaurant
  • The New York Guest guide to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade (OR a prix fixe Thanksgiving meal with a great view of the parade)
  • Black Friday shopping coupons and bus transportation
  • Tickets to the Top of the Rock Observatory
  • Option to add tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Customizable: EMAIL  JESS Kalinowsky  JESS@FriendsTravel.com
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Christmas in New York

There’s only one way to describe Christmas in New York: Magic.

Everyone should come spend Christmas in New York at least once. The holiday lights, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, the store front window make it one of the most beautiful times of year to be in New York City. And there’s so much to do! Great 5th Avenue shopping, ice skating in Central Park, sipping cocoa in the Village, holidays shows for kids and adults alike. Celebrating Christmas in New York will create sweet memories that will last a lifetime.

Our 2011 Christmas in New York Package includes:

  • 3 Nights Manhattan Hotel
  • 2 Tickets to the Top of the Rock Observatory
  • Tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Additional Optional activities
  • Customizable:  EMAIL JESS Kalinowsky  JESS@FriendsTravel.com


Times Square New Year’s Eve Vacation Packages

New York CIty New Years Eve

New York CIty New Years Eve JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

You have seen it on television every year since you can remember, now it’s time to see it in person! Come to New York City to experience the most exciting night of the year:

New Year’s Eve in Times Square!

Whether you want the experience of watching the ball drop from the massive crowd that gathers annually for the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, or would prefer to attend one of the many parties that go on around New York City that evening, New York Guest can get you there! With our unbeatable resources in the city, we can book you a package including a hotel, sightseeing, and your choice of New Year’s Eve festivities that will save you hundreds of dollars over booking separately.

Remember: As New Year’s Eve gets closer, the price of everything, from hotels to parties, goes up! If you’re considering spending New Year’s Eve in New York, contact us today  JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24|7|365 for the very best deals, and secure your unforgettable weekend in New York City for an unbeatable price!

Three ways to contact the New York Guest travel planners and get starting building your customized Times Square New Year’s Eve Package:

EMAIL:  JESS Kalinowsky  JESS@FriendsTravel.com

#FriendsTravel Your Personal Travel Agent

#FriendsTravel Ultimate Hawaii with Cunard’s Queen Victoria – All Shore Excursions Included JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Cunard's Queen Victoria to Hawaii — urbanvacations @ 8:15 pm

Hawaii in the Grand Manner by Ocean Liner with Cunard’s Queen Victoria
Two Departures Only – 16 Days from $3,495 per person
Starting December 20, 2011 (Christmas & New Years)
& February 13, 2012

Until a few decades ago, one of the world’s great travel experiences
was the voyage by luxury liner to Hawaii from California,
with the thrill of sailing past Diamond Head, a magical journey enjoyed by
millions until 1979. With relaxing days at sea, the historic Royal
Hawaiian Hotel and elegant travel not hampered by cramped airline seating
and ‘red-eye’ schedules, Hawaii by great ocean liner from California was
a memorable way to arrive in the Islands. It will be again, since we have
constructed two special holidays that offer the best of the Islands, all with
the sublime treat of unpacking once.
The new Cunard liner ‘Queen Victoria’, heir to a proud tradition
established by the original Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and later by
the Queen Elizabeth 2, sailing right from Los Angeles is our civilized
conveyance to the Islands. We begin with free or low-cost train travel to
Los Angeles from any US point along with a luxury hotel stay to avoid any
concern about tight same-day connections. Aboard Queen Victoria,
we enjoy the classic ocean liner crossing to Hawaii and once there,
explore this lovely state in great comfort, without having to hop on
and off inter-island flights, change hotels every few days or deal with any
of the hassle of connections. Instead you will see Hawaii as it should be
seen, by sea, visiting Hilo, Maui, Kauai and Honolulu, all in one
leisurely voyage. Nicer still, we have included shore excursions in every
port as well as a special luncheon at the storied Royal Hawaiian Hotel, an
elegant and nostalgic coda evoking the great days of luxury liners to Honolulu.
Best of all, despite Hawaii’s great beauty, guests enjoy another ‘island’
on this holiday, the superb Queen Victoria with her lavish public rooms
including the grand two-deck high Queen’s Room, complete with
chandeliers, for traditional Afternoon Tea daily and big band music every
evening. There is also a two-story library, the swank Royal Court
Theatre, the Golden Lion Pub, a complete spa/health centre and more
amenities including acres of open deck space, than most small cities. In an
age of countless characterless jumbo cruise ships, there are only three great
‘Queen’ liners and we invite you to join us.

Don’t miss these rare West Coast Departures!
Hawaii in the Grand Manner by Ocean Liner with Cunard’s Queen Victoria
Two Departures Only – 16 Days from $3,495 per person
Starting December 20, 2011 (Christmas & New Years)
& February 13, 2012

We have added in an amenity that every experienced cruise traveler will
immediately appreciate. A comprehensive shore excursion is included in
each port of call, carefully chosen and presented with our compliments.
Rather than the usual dreary tour with little sightseeing and lots of
shopping, we have included such treats as a visit to stunning Waimea
Canyon, the fabled ‘Grand Canyon of Hawaii’ during our port call in
Kauai and during our stay in Honolulu, to Pearl Harbor including the
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. The quality of these excursions is typified by
the fact that one of the many treats is our lunch at the legendary Royal
Hawaiian Hotel, a nostalgic and elegant interlude.

Complimentary Shore Excursions

Complimentary round-trip travel from any California point
to & from Los Angeles. For guests living in the rest of the
country, we have low round-trip train fares ranging between
$99-$299pp. For those with less time, we offer low air addon
fares that are as little at $399 round-trip from over 200
gateway cities.

Overnight luxury hotel stay in Los Angeles the evening
before sailing, avoiding any concern over tight same-day
connections, with welcome reception, a civilized beginning
to your holiday.

Transfer to ship on sailing day with special bon voyage
luncheon aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach before
boarding the Queen Victoria ten minutes away, a nice
pairing of the oldest Cunard liner afloat and the newest.
14-night round-trip voyage to Hawaii aboard Queen
Victoria with visits to Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai and Maui.
Naturally, all meals & entertainment aboard Queen Victoria
are included.

Complimentary shore excursions in every port of call, a
great value and money-saving bonus.
Special luncheon at the fabled Royal Hawaiian Hotel during
our port call in Honolulu.
Fully hosted from start to finish by professional tour
manager with special events and parties onboard.
Welcome aboard bottle of French Champagne in your
stateroom on sailing day.

Day Date Port Arrive Depart
Guests arrive by train or air today and check into the historic Biltmore
Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles for an overnight hotel stay.
We depart the hotel at midday for a special pre-sailing
luncheon aboard the original RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach
Today we have included a visit to Volcanoes National Park,
4300 feet above sea level to view the Kilauea Volcano before
traveling alongside the 11-mile long Crater Rim! Later tonight,
we sail past Kilauea with its lava flows pouring into the sea.
This morning we visit Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial
before driving into Waikiki for a special luncheon at the fabled
Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the grande dame of Hawaiian resorts
A visit to stunning Waimea Canyon, possibly the most lovely
sight in all of the islands, is featured today. Bring your camera!
Our first stop today is at the Maui Plantation where an
excellent tram ride tell us all about the agricultural history
followed by a visit to the scenic Iao Valley and Needle. Later
today, there is time to enjoy this historic whaling town.
Guests may extend their stay in California if they wish.

Value added services of Friends Travel, LLP
More Details! EMAIL  JESS Kalinowsky  JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24/7/365

#FriendsTravel Nashville Entertainment Packages JESS Kalinowsky JESS#FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbanvacations @ 7:49 pm

Nashville Entertainment

Nashville is unquestionably the “Home of Country Music“. There is so much to see and do here, with Country Music being the common thread! Start at the Opryland complex and enjoy a lunch entertainment cruise on the General Jackson paddlewheeler. Then it’s off for an evening at the Grand Ole Opry to enjoy some of Country’s great entertainers. Then how about the Always Patsy Cline Show at the Ryman Auditorium, which is the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Squeeze in the new Opry Country Classics show and a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and you are all set.

EMAIL  JESS Kalinowsky  JESS@FriendsTravel.com

#FriendsTravel Branson Entertainment JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Branson Missouri Entertainment — urbanvacations @ 7:46 pm

Branson Entertainment

People are still asking….”Where is Branson and what is it all about?!” Well Branson is a small country town, in Southwest Missouri and has become quite an entertainment center. But it is not just another Nashville…it has quite a bit of variety, from top-name shows like Andy Williams, Mickey Gilley, Shoji Tacuchi (what a show) and Yakov, to an array of “tribute shows”, family variety shows and even performances depicting the top music of the 50s, 60s and 70s…and that includes the World Famous Platters. You will not believe the beautiful theaters. We provide top tickets and full packages.  EMAIL JESS Kalinowsky  JESS@FriendsTravel.com

#FriendsTravel Top New York Shows JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbanvacations @ 7:44 pm

Top New York Shows

Broadway Show Packages are our specialty. We have been providing theatre packages for New York visitors for many years. For plays, comedies or smash musical hits, we can procure excellent seats as an inclusion in the complete package. Because we have a superb source for all our show tickets, customers can be guaranteed Orchestra or Front Mezzanine seats for at least 95% of our shows. What better way to spend a few days in New York, than by buying one of our Broadway packages through your favorite travel agent. Click here for current shows and complete package stays with hotel, sightseeing, great dining and wonderful museums!  EMAIL JESS Kalinowsky  JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24/7/365

#FriendsTravel Sports Packages JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

Special Event Packages

Browse through our site to find packages to many of the most exciting sports events and special festivals available.  Take in the fun and entertainment of Mardi Gras, Jazz Festival or the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Or if you are a fan of car racing, check out our Indy 500, Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 offerings. Other great sports events packages include the Kentucky Derby, US Open Tennis, Baseball All Star Game and the greatest sports event in the world…the Super Bowl. Have some fun and click around these pages to find that “once in a lifetime” special event for you and your family!   JESS Kalinowsky   JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24/7/365

#FriendsTravel #ROSEPARADE Tickets JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24/7/365

The Annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Football Game are held each year in Pasadena, California on New Year’s Day. Friends Travel, LLP  has been providing wonderful packages to thousands of consumers for more than 15 years. Ask about our current packages, Special Events – Rose Parade. Our Basic Plan is simple and includes 3 nights, deluxe motorcoach and great Parade seats. Our Deluxe Plan includes Plan B features, plus a welcome dinner and a full day of activities on 12/31. Parade/Rose Bowl Game packagesare also available. Almost anything you could want.  More information:

ROSE PARADE JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com 24/7/365


Arrive: December 31, 2011  Depart: January 3, 2012
The Parade will be on Monday January 2, 2012
INCLUDES: · 3 Nights accomodation and tax · Choice grandstand seats near the start of the Rose Parade. Our seats are located on Colorado Blvd., just after the turn from Orange Grove where the Parade begins. This is an excellent vantage point for viewing and picture taking of the many beautiful floats. · Comfortable deluxe motorcoaches to the Parade on January 2 · Full American Breakfast January 2 · Box lunch and refreshments January 2 · Souvenir pin · Hospitality desk service at hotel December 31 · Host assistance on January 2 · All taxes and gratuities (except airport and hotel porterage)

PLAN A – Deluxe

Arrive: December 31, 2011  Depart: January 3, 2012
The Parade will be on Monday January 2, 2012
INCLUDES: · All features shown for Plan B above PLUS: · Buffet Dinner, Reception and Orientation December 31 · Visit to float construction pavilions January 1 · Visit to Universal Studios OR J. Paul Getty Museum January 1 · Full American Breakfast January 1 · Commemorative personalized Rose Parade Plaque · Comfortable deluxe motorcoaches on January 1 · Host assistance January 1

#FriendsTravel Packages Top Destinations in the USA and Canada JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

City Packages

You will find 24 city packages covering the top destinations in the USA and Canada. Some of our packages are simple two night stays that are perfect for that quick weekend getaway; others are for three nights, a great way to slip in a long weekend. Still others range from four to seven nights and include a wide variety of sightseeing, attractions, well-known hotels, excellent restaurants and top entertainment such as Broadway shows, Branson shows, Grand Ole Opry and the famous Rockettes in New York at Holiday-time. Our land-only products make it easy to combine two or more cities. See our preferred travel agent today for expert planning and trouble-free reservations!

EMAIL 24|7|365 JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

About Friends Travel

Friends Travels’ goal as an international airline ticket supplier, tour and cruise supplier is to offer competitive airfares, tour rates, and cruise rates with superior Platinum service to our community: YOU! Our clients!

Focusing all of our attention on providing our clients with the most advantageous possible discounted international airfares, [First Class, Business Class or Coach], the best possible tour rates, and the best possible cruise rates, we help you save money.

Friends Travels’ suppliers have secured contracts with over 30 major airlines allowing you to use us for all of your domestic and international airfare needs. We have contracts with every major Tour Company and Cruise line in the world.

In addition to servicing individual travelers, we have experienced enormous growth in the number of groups we have booked for our clients. Please don’t hesitate to contact our group department for a quote on your next domestic or international group. JESS@FriendsTravel.net

We can assist in planning Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, Family Reunions, & other affinity groups, corporate meetings and events, to name a few. Over 25 years experience!  http://meetwithjesskalinowsky.wordpress.com/

Our clients have come to expect quality products and excellent service when working with Friends Travel. We recognize our role as professional travel consultants and our mutual need to operate with integrity in today’s changing marketplace.

We are here to serve your complete worldwide travel needs: Rail passes Airline tickets, Hotels, Resorts, Spas, and other accommodations, as well as a full selection of tours and cruises. We also offer a personal individualized independent travel planning service. We simply call it our “Concierge Service” You tell us when and where you want to go, and the budget you have in mind, and we do the rest!

If you do not quickly find what you are seeking, send us an email and we will respond within 24 hours….

JESS@FriendsTravel.net 24/7/365

We offer the most advantageous pricing possible based on your wants, needs, desires and expectations! Send us an email now with your information and we will have a firm quote back to you within 24 hours, max! Lightening Fast Service. We are different from most other travel companies as we are here to serve your travel needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Someone on our staff is monitoring our email all hours of the day and night! Everyday! We are located in the Los Angeles / Beverly Hills / Santa Monica / West Hollywood  area.

FriendsTravel.com is the World Wide Web’s best resources for travelers. Our travel tips and values will get you started planning a great vacation.  Plan Your Next Vacation Online with Friends Travel, where you have a Friend in the business! JESS@FriendsTravel.net 24/7/365

Thank you in advance for allowing us to serve all of your travel reservations needs.

Please allow us to serve you!  Please email us today!


Friends Travel LLP

JESS Kalinowsky Managing Partner



FriendsTravel™ Our Mission

* We believe in being a responsible and innovative leader in the travel industry.

* We believe our primary responsibility is to fulfill the goals set forth by our principals.

* We believe our success is measured by ultimate customer satisfaction.

* We believe in earning and maintaining the goodwill of our colleagues, who use and sell our products and services.

* We believe in providing the highest level of customer service, which will result in profitability for our shareholders.

* We believe our fundamental strength lies in our people.

* We believe in contributing to the community of where we live and work.

* We believe that everyone has the right to explore the world with gusto. When you are ready to make the world your playground, look no further


You don’t have to be a superstar to travel like one when you consult our friendly staff when planning your next vacation.

Whether you are traveling with family, Friends, on a honeymoon or flying solo, we will gladly help you map out your vacation.

Hot air balloon rides all over the world, visits to the Taj Mahal or a jaunt through the Red Square are just a few of the adventures that we can make a reality.

Whether you have specific requests or are open to suggestions, our goal is to customize a trip that will transform your visit from ordinary to extraordinary.


If you can dream it up, we can make it happen.


Some of Friends Travel’s services:


• Customized Tours

• Transport to and from airports, train stations and ports worldwide

• Private Helicopter transfers and tours

• Private Jet charters

• Private Yacht rentals

• Private Villa rentals

• Private Tours

• Private tour guides

• Shore excursions

• Hotel accommodations Worldwide

• Group Tours

• Car rentals Worldwide

• Train tickets Worldwide

• Wedding and Honeymoon planning



Our Philosophy

We are committed to providing the highest level of personalized service, local and global expertise and unparalleled customization for all your needs. We have a reputation for providing our clients and partners creative and successful events, incentive programs, product launches, corporate meetings, tours and transportation.


Our Standards

• Complete client satisfaction

• Attention to detail

• Knowledgeable, educated and friendly support team

• 30+ years of industry experience

• Local and global expertise and partnership in destination management

• We look forward to making your next program a success!



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