Superstar-Style Holidays

LONDON, February 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

Family adventure holidays have traditionally been seen as all about getting back to basics.

Maybe in the past you’ve roughed it at a campsite in the countryside on your annual walking holidays. Maybe you had to shoehorn your family into a standard chalet when booking last minute cheap ski deals. But now a yearning for luxury on your ski holidays doesn’t have to be a half-pipe dream and families don’t have to be millionaires to upgrade from a pedalo to a private yacht.

If you too are tired of seeing the likes of Simon Cowell and Roman Abramovich living the dream on a mega yacht surrounded by crystal-clear waters, then maybe it’s time to get your own taste of the high life – but without having to pay the big bucks.

Neilson Holidays has invested millions in their impressive 4*+ beachclubs and a fleet of new yachts for you enjoy their extravagance on their unique 14 night ‘Stay Sail’ break.

The fun Stay Sail fortnight sees the first week spent either relaxing like a superstar at one of the stunning beachclubs before swapping your sandals for deck shoes to learn the ropes on a specialist sailing course. Training is tailored to your level of experience, so whether you are a nautical novice, or have sailed the ocean wave before, you can definitely learn something. Then it’s time to spend the second week aboard your very own private yacht!

Book before Feb 29th 2012 and receive a FREE yacht sailing course for two adults!

The stunning Neilson Stay Sail Beachclubs are located at exclusive 4* Neilson hotels in specially selected destinations across Turkey and Greece. As with all Neilson Beachclub holidays, the first week can be spent undertaking a whirlwind of activities, from mountain biking to waterskiing, unwinding doing yoga or just sipping cocktails at the spa!

There will be no sign of scurvy thanks to our healthy, delicious buffet, which serves a daily breakfast, daily lunch and four evening meals all included in the price (meals for week two are all up to you on a self-catering basis).

In your second week, aboard your yacht, a lead crew will be there to point out all of those fabulous islands, secluded beaches and local taverns along the flotilla route. You can be as ‘hands on’ as you like, but if you’d rather relax with drink in hand and take in more of the scenery, you can book a private skipper to steer you in the right direction.

Stay and Sail prices from £549pp this summer.

Neilson requires a minimum of two adults on board their yachts, but some of the boats have berths that sleep up to eight people, should you decide to bring your entire crew for a very social getaway.

So shun the celebs and don’t worry about being hounded by the paparazzi while you live the dream with Neilson on a Stay Sail holiday this summer. The break is great value for money with the travel company taking care of everything on dry land as well as on board, including your resort transfers, yacht fuel, damage waiver and marine insurance!

For more information or to book your getaway visit or call 0845-070-3460.

Travel deals to Greece, despite troubles in that country

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – If you’ve always wanted to see the Acropolis, now might be a good time.

The money troubles in Greece mean some great deals for tourists, with last minute deals on flights and hotels across the country cutting rates by as much as 20 per cent.

The riots you hear about in the news are actually centred around a few blocks in the financial district of Athens; it is business as usual across much of Greece. But Claire Newell with Travel Best Bets warns, despite the deals to be had, it’s not for everyone.

“You have to be prepared for a potential strike that might affect buses or taxis or the ferries. You have to be flexible, which is part of travel,” she tells us.

“Anytime there is a situation like the one in Greece, with the economy and revolving public strikes, you tend to see prices dropping a bit. The same goes for places getting negative media attention; for example Mexico and Egypt,” explains Newell.

“There are people I wouldn’t recommend this for,” she adds. “You have to be a little more adventurous; a little more patient. If you want the ‘no hassles,’ smooth vacation, it is not the time to go. Goodness knows there are so many other places in the world you can visit.”

But if a Greek adventure sounds good right now, intrepid travelers are snapping up discounts.

Wall Street ends week higher before Greece decision

Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:46pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks edged higher on Friday, but investors stayed cautious before a long holiday weekend when hopes are set for Greece’s bailout plan to be approved.

The SP ended its sixth positive week out of seven so far in 2012, lifting it near levels not seen in more than three years. The index has risen 8.2 percent so far this year.

Friday’s modest advance has pushed the benchmark index up nearly 24 percent from its October low. European shares ended the week higher ahead of the deal, with the FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3 index up 0.6 percent. .EU

Euro-zone finance ministers will meet to approve a 130 billion euro rescue package for Greece on Monday when the U.S. market will be closed for the Presidents Day holiday.

“The fact the European market is up the Friday before, knowing the U.S. market is off on Monday, is really a sign that the Greece situation is priced into the market,” said Andrew Slimmon, managing director of Global Investment Solutions at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Chicago.

Analysts were wary of a pullback after Thursday’s strong gains pushed the SP to its highest since May 2 and viewed the market’s resilience as constructive.

“It is encouraging that we obviously had some breakouts yesterday on the indexes and we are not giving anything back,” said Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist at Schaeffer’s Investment Research in Cincinnati.

Technicians see the market at a short-term top, with the SP at nine-month highs and within 10 points of hitting its highest level since 2008.

The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI gained 45.56 points, or 0.35 percent, to 12,949.64. The Standard Poor’s 500 Index .SPX added 3.17 points, or 0.23 percent, to 1,361.21. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC dropped 8.07 points, or 0.27 percent, to 2,951.78.

For the week, the Dow rose 1.2 percent, the SP gained 1.4 percent and the Nasdaq advanced 1.7 percent.

Equity markets have tended to react positively on progress toward helping Greece avert a disorderly default, but past agreements have broken down at the last minute.

Wall Street stocks also typically pause near the end of earnings season as the market digests the results. According to Thomson Reuters data, 404 of the SP 500 companies have reported results through Friday, with 64 percent beating expectations.

The Nasdaq underperformed the overall market, dragged lower by a 14.3 percent decline in shares of Gilead Sciences (GILD.O) to $47. The drop came after some patients treated with its experimental hepatitis C drug relapsed.

HJ Heinz (HNZ.N) rose 4.5 percent to $54.47 and Campbell Soup (CPB.N) gained 2.6 percent to $32.90 after both food makers posted better-than-expected quarterly profits.

In contrast General Mills (GIS.N) lost 3.6 percent to $38.34 after it lowered its outlook.

Data showed U.S. gasoline prices jumped 0.9 percent in January, pushing overall consumer prices up and offering a reminder of the risks energy costs pose to the economic recovery.

Volume was modest with about 6.5 billion shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Amex and Nasdaq, below the daily average of 6.98 billion.

Advancing stocks outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by 1,695 to 1,261, while on the Nasdaq, advancers beat decliners 1,266 to 1,235.

(Reporting By Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Kenneth Barry)