In her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert recounts her soul-searching journey after a divorce. She learns about pleasure while dining across Italy and explores devotion while meditating in India, but she learns how to balance these two qualities in Bali, where she ends up falling in love. An island with steep mountain slopes and rich, sanctified culture, Bali is the focus of Spirit Quest Tours‘ seven-day themed excursion inspired by Gilbert's journeys. Along the way, sojourners will stay at Pertiwi Resort—which is located right down the street from where Gilbert stayed—and they’ll meet her Balinese healers, Ketut and Wayan. Spirit Quests Tours' co-founder and experienced Bali traveler, American-born Halle Eavelyn, leads travelers accompanied by a local guide to all destinations in Bali.Days 1–2: After arriving in Ubud—one of Bali's major art and culture centers—visitors can unwind and dine at the resort's garden restaurant, which serves macrobiotic Pan-Asian fare. In the morning, everyone will get a chance to meet fellow travelers and discuss what they love about Gilbert's book in a post-breakfast orientation. Then it's off to learn Balinese praying rituals and enjoy a spa day, in which skilled specialists perform massages and facials using locally blended aromatherapy oils.Days 3–4: Early meditation and yoga sessions begin each day of the trip, which will also be interspersed with excerpt readings from Eat, Pray, Love and optional debates about Gilbert’s favorite pronoun. On this leg, the trek bounds from Ubud's outdoor markets into Ubud Monkey Forest, a sanctuary where humans coexist with nearly 350 Balinese long-tailed macaques. Temples surround the forest, but even the trees are considered sacred here—some of them are used exclusively for making ritual masks or building shrines. Along the way, groups will join shaman Wayan for a vitamin lunch and later enjoy a private buffet amid rice paddies in the small Gulgingan village.Days 5–6: During the last leg of the journey, visitors can barter with local artisans for handcrafted jewelry, art, and wood carvings. Everyone has the option of getting their palm read by Ketut Liyer, the friendly healer who spent many days with Gilbert during her travels. Later, Balinese guides lead the group to Tirta Empul, a sacred site more than 1,000 years old. It’s said that the 13 holy springs here have curative powers. To celebrate the last night in Bali and the invention of Gutenberg's printing press, guests will then join a torch-lit, farewell dinner of fresh seafood with a backdrop of live music and dancing.Day 7: Visitors are free to spend the last day shopping in Ubud or relaxing in the resort's spa before a private transfer whisks them to the airport with plenty of time to catch their flights.Please check the itinerary and details pages for more information about the tour.
The four-star Hard Rock Hotel & Casino exudes entertainment with 17 floors of rooms, on-site attractions, and a central location two miles from the Strip. The moodily lit, modernly decorated standard double-queen and king rooms come preinstalled with plasma TVs, a view of either the pool or the mountains, and a bed that must be defeated in a game of seven-sheet stud before allowing guests to enter. Two miles from McCarran International Airport, the hotel can be the first hop or last stop of a day or night spent traversing the closely packed attractions, including the ever-glowing Strip, the Liberace Museum, and the vibrant downtown area. Guests can call boredom’s bluff with on-site attractions that include a casino, live music, restaurants, a nightclub, a full-service spa, a fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool.
The friendly staff at Power Sports Packages shuttles sports fiends to games and special events with all-inclusive sports travel packages. Departing from a base in Las Vegas, motorcoaches rumble through southern California, Arizona, and the surrounding areas to drop off passengers at horse races, ski resorts, and live mascot births for one-day trips or weekend getaways. Soon, Power Sports Packages plans to offer trips to other events such as baseball, football, and basketball games, as well as car races and hockey matches. Great for incentivizing employee behavior, bonding with friends, or proving to a skeptical child that Santa played quarterback in college, these upscale sporting experiences allow fans to relax and enjoy the game as Power Sports Packages handles the rest.
Las Vegas Teaser Tours’ namesake excursions set groups loose on the streets of Sin City to explore its iconic sites through a unique lens of interactive tours and scavenger hunts. Each challenge lets participants choose their own adventure as they swing past the Strip's hotels and casinos or more teen-appropriate venues such as shopping malls and arcades, all the while solving puzzles and trivia questions or searching for hidden clues. For groups looking for new ways to party in Vegas beyond playing Scrabble with the hotel valet, Teaser Tours has also designed such jaunts as the Bamboozler tour, a mix between a scavenger hunt and a pub crawl covering Vegas bars that range from newer hot spots to renowned haunts.
The travel agents at Forever Tours specialize in organizing dream vacations, sending their clients off to myriad locales ranging from the Grand Canyon to Europe. Guests simply relax while the nitty-gritty details of booking flights to Hawaii or finding someplace to stay in Italy are taken care of for them. The outfit also arranges for wedding travel plans, putting together relaxing itineraries so couples can enjoy an exotic honeymoon rather than taking pictures in front of thrift store landscape painting and telling their neighbors it was Paris. Clients can also arrange for shorter escapes via helicopter tours of the Las Vegas strip or exciting rides in stunt planes.
The hot air balloon has been in use since the 18th century, and the pilots of Vegas Balloon Rides enjoy introducing the public to humankind's oldest form of air travel. Customers hover into the Las Vegas airspace on traditional ballooning flights manned by FAA-certified pilots, which end with celebratory champagne toasts and the balloon silently blushing from all the compliments. The flights tour Las Vegas and its surrounding wilderness in rainbow-patterned inflatables composed of durable rip-stop nylon ideal for safe flying. Coasting along at the same speed as the wind, pilots steer their propane-powered flying machines an average of 10 miles per ride.