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Emirates will launch a four times weekly service between Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, and Dubai, from 2 July 2019.

Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which the airline currently serves with two flights a day. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three class cabin configuration, offering eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.

The flight between Dubai and Porto will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and depart Dubai as EK197 at 0915hrs and arrive in Porto at 1430hrs. The return flight, EK198, will depart Porto at 1735hrs and land in Dubai at 0415hrs the next morning. The schedule enables travellers to easily and conveniently connect to Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to Auckland and Christchurch.

If you are heading to Portugal our Mondo Travel specialists would be happy to assist.

Source: Emirates


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Looking for a "local" way of seeing some of the most interesting parts of the amazing city of Paris - Eye Prefer Paris Tours offer a unique portfolio of tours including neighborhood walking tours, shopping & flea market tours, chocolate & pastry tours, cooking classes, food tours, Girlfriend tours, and gay tours.

The following are 3 of their most popular tours:

Le Marais Neighborhood Walking Tour
Come take an insiders stroll through the lovely Marais, one of the oldest and historical areas of Paris. Marais expert Richard Nahem (he has lived in the area since 2005) will share with you breathtaking, historic buildings and private mansions dating back to the 1600s, beautiful manicured parks and gardens and
some of the finest galleries and small, jewel-like museums. Discover the city’s chicest home and clothing boutiques and food lovers can feast at some of the top food shops, patisseries, and chocolate shops. The tour also includes a visit to the Jewish Quarter exploring synagogues, the Shoah Memorial, and the tasty
Jewish food shops. Enjoy this unforgettable tour of a truly magical part of Paris. Tour includes a stop at an award winning bakey for a pastry and a coffee. (Not included in price).
Cost: 225 euros for 1 to 3 people, 75 euros for each additional person for a 3-hour tour. 500 euros for a full day/7 hour tour that includes a 1-hour lunch break. (Price of lunch not included). Each additional person 90 euros.
Tour time: 3 hours for half day, 7 hours for full day. Morning tour 10:30AM-1:30PM • Afternoon tour 2:30PM-5:30PM • Full day tour 10:30AM-5:30PM

St. Germain des Prés Tour
St. Germain des Prés is one of the most beloved areas of Paris. As a former hub for writers and artists like Hemingway, Picasso, and F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920s, it still has a unique, carefree vibe that is unparalleled. From its lavish 19th-century Belle Époque–style buildings to its top antiques and contemporary art galleries, to its famous people-watching cafés, St. Germain des Prés is the quintessential Paris experience. Tour also includes a visit to the magnificent Luxembourg Gardens, the 17th century St. Sulpice Church, the second largest in Paris (also written about in The DaVinci Code), a bakery known for its scrumptious macaroons, and a stroll down a street known for its cafes and delicious food shops.
Cost: 225 euros for 1 to 3 people, 75 euros for each additional person for a 3-hour tour. Tour time: 3 hours. Morning tour 10:30AM-1:30PM • Afternoon tour 2:30PM-5:30PM

Paris Highlights Tour
Familiarize yourself with the wonders of Paris with this informative tour in the comfort of a private car or van.

Champs Elysees
Arch de Triomphe
*Eiffel Tower (not going to the top)
*Montmartre/Sacre Coeur
Opera house
*Place de la Concorde/Tuileries Garden
*Notre Dame
*Ile St. Louis.
*indicates places we will get out of car/van

Tour time: 4 hours. Cost: Up to 3 people 425 euros, 4 to 5 people 535 euros. 6 people 560 euros
Please note the first 3 hours of the tour is in a van or car and the last hour on foot, ending in the Marais. Guests will be picked up at their hotel or apartment.

If you are interested in any of these tours please contact your local Mondo Travel Specialist.

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New Bangkok Bus - For clients wanting to see some of Bangkok’s most popular tourist sites, recommend the new hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus service Siam Hop. Clients can pick from four routes on offer; HOP Heritage, HOP CBD, HOP Entertainment or HOP Shopping, with a one day package starting from THB799. (approx NZ$38).

Your Mondo Travel Specialist can assist in obtaining a Pass for you.

Source: Travel Today 20Feb19  

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