Adventure, Escape, Wanderlust

Win a Trip to Hawaii
June 8, 2009, 10:27 am
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The final drawing in the Linden Travel 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes will take place on Monday, June 15, 2009.  There is still time to enter online at .

The winner will receive tickets to Hawaii from Delta Air Lines, and 9 nights at the Four Seasons Hotels in hawaii – Lanai, Maui, and Hualalai.

The winners of our past drawings have been confirmed – Nanci D. from Port Chester, NY; and George M. from New York, NY.   Nanci is pictured below with Barbara Gallay, accepting a trip to London for two.  George will be going to Maimi Beach.

Nanci (L) accepts a trip to London from Barbara Gallay.

Nanci (L) accepts a trip to London from Barbara Gallay.

Stay tuned for updates on the winner of the next sweepstakes drawing.  Good Luck!


Is Mexico Safe for Travelers?
June 3, 2009, 5:53 pm
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Linden Travel consultants recently attended an event held by Virtuoso and the Mexico Tourism Board to discuss travel and tourism in Mexico. The event was held locally, at New York’s St. Regis Hotel. All attendees seemed eager to support and sell the destination, following the swine flu crisis that hit Mexico’s tourism industry hard.

Most travel consultants and suppliers believe that it is safe to go to Mexico now.  Participating suppliers reported they are beginning to receive serious queries and some new bookings.  However, 2009 remains the year of the best value for travel to Mexico!

Our latest Select Escapes newsletter features some great Mexico travel specials including, free flights, free nights, and resort credits equal to 100% of the room rate.

Fly Free to Mexico

For more information about Mexico Travel please contact your Linden Travel consultant or email

Follow Phil and Cory’s Journey in Bali
May 20, 2009, 10:47 am
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Phil and Cory Orchin, travel consultants here at Linden Travel, are touring Indonesia this week.  They have been very dedicated in sending their trip reports to us, so we have decided to post them on our blog – LindenJournal.  So far they have visited some of the breathtaking temples, toured the country side by motorcycle, dived with magnificent fish, and enjoyed a poolside massage.  Read about their day-to-day journey to Bali on

Recent Posts include:

Part 1: Journey to Indonesia

Part 2: Exploring Borobudur & Bali

Part 3: East Bali & Ubud

Part 4:Banyan Tree and Nusa Dua

40th Anniversary Sweepstakes – Update
May 15, 2009, 2:33 pm
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We have decided to extend the deadline for entering the 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes to May 22, 2009.  There is still time to enter to win a week in London!  The travel prize is full of enticing add-ons like a flight on the London Eye, personal shopping experience at Westfield Center, an tea at the Ritz.  Roundtrip flights from New York to London are provided by British Airways.  Accommodations are provided at the Lanesborough  and Claridge’s – two of the best properties in London.   Please go to to enter.

Special Offers for Family Vacations
May 15, 2009, 10:08 am
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As a member of Virtuoso, Linden Travel is able to offer special pricing and added value amentities and exclusives for travel world-wide.  From time to time, our partner – Virtuoso – will seek out specials from the hundreds of hotels, cruise lines, and tour operators in the network.  The latest catalog of special offers with a focus on Family Travel is now available! 

There are many great ideas for planning a family vacation or getaway, and are available exclusively though a Virtuoso travel agency.  Plus, these offers are designed to fit many different travel styles – from deluxe vacations with luxurious accomodations to fun filled getaways for families on a budget.  The best part is that all of the family getaways are sure to be high quality. 

Click on the image below to view the Family Travel specials.

Family Vacation

For more information on any of the family travel offers, just call your Linden Travel consultant or send an email to    These specials are not available for booking online.

Ideas for Quick Escapes
May 13, 2009, 12:32 pm
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You don’t need to take a long trip to create memories.  Here’s a great catalog from Virtuoso that highlights some trips that offer a winderful experience in a short amount of time. 

From quick getaways that include a quaint beach town along the Pacific, an architectural tour of Toronto, living museums of the Mediterranean and more, this catalog is filled with great ideas for mini-vacations that can maximize your Return on Life™. And, now’s a great time to travel, and enjoy exceptional value.

Click below to access our catalog of Quick Escapes for some unique ideas.

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Click Here to Download.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to book your next trip, contact your Linden Travel Consultant or email  We look forward to hearing from you!.

Top 5 Best Golf Courses on Earth
May 8, 2009, 3:04 pm
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When asked our clients and consultants about their favorite places on earth, we received so many great responses.  Here is the lastest list of top 5 destinations, with a focus on golf.  We asked Phil Orchin to share some of his expertise.  With decades of experience in adventure and sports related travel, it wasn’t hard for Phil to share his personal experiences playing some of these courses.   This list is full of ideas for your next golf getaway.

St. Andrews' Old Course

St. Andrews' Old Course

Pebble Beach, CA

In 2010, Pebble Beach Golf Links will be hosting the US Open Championship for the fifth time.  The legendary golf course has been the site of many historic wins by golf’s greatest players, the latest being Tiger Woods in 2000.  Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, it is known as one of the most challenging courses in the world.  The breathtaking ocean-side location, bordered by pristine forest, adds to its charm.

  • Where to Stay – Pebble Beach Resorts
  • Why? World class golf and one of the best spas on the west coast

St Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews is home to the world’s oldest golf course and is a favorite among the greatest names in golf.  Out of five amazing courses including The New Course, The Castle Course, The Jubilee Course, and Kingsbarn Golf Links, the Old Course remains one of the most unique with its seven rolling double greens that make the short game almost a course unto itself.

  • Stay – Old Course Hotel
  • Why? The world’s oldest golf course and the resort’s new Kohler Waters Spa, the latest spa innovation in the U.K.
Pinehurst Golf Resort

Pinehurst Golf Resort

Pinehurst, NC

To play at Pinehurst is to experience one of the finest golf courses in the U.S.  Pinehurst is rich in golf history, from Hogan’s first professional win to Jack Nicklaus dramatic 1999 US Open win.  Scheduled to host the 2014 US Open Championship for the tenth time, the Pinehurst experience is comparable only to a few courses in the world.

  • Stay – Pinehurst Golf Resort.
  • Why? The resort’s eight renowned golf course and the famed Pinehurst Golf Academy.
The Challenge at Manele Bay

The Challenge at Manele Bay

The Challenge, Lana’i, HI
Designed by the great Jack Nicklaus, The Challenge was opened in December 1993 and offers stunning views of the majestic Pacific Ocean.  The course was built on lava outcroppings and features three holes on cliffs, sweeping ocean views, and a five-tee concept that challenges even the best golfers.

  • Stay – Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay
  • Why? The resort has one of the world’s best golf course and one of the best spas in the Americas.

The Experience, Lana’i, HI

Situated on a plateau 2000 feet above sea level with sweeping views of Maui and the Molokai mountain, the Greg Norman designed course, The Experience, offers a contrast to its ocean-side sister course, The Challenge in Manele Bay.  Number 17 is the course’s signature hole that plays from a 250 foot elevated tee to a fairway framed by a lake on one side and a dense foliage on the other.

  • Stay – Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele
  • Why? Hidden within the central highlands on the private island of Lana’i guarantees peace, quiet, and privacy, not to mention the legendary Four Seasons brand of service.

We would love to hear about your experience with these golf courses and suggested resorts.  If you have additional suggestions of if you would like to book a golf vacation with Linden Travel, please contact us at or call your travel consultant.