For 225 euros (approximately $299) a guest can access the VIP area in one of the many villages along the route, or for 270 euros (approximately $359) can board a bus on the finish line and join the festivities with a champagne toast.
Discover France Adventures is an Official Tour Operator to the Tour de France 2012. As one of only a handful of sanctioned operators, its guests will enjoy expert guide services, access to closed areas, vehicle signage and privileged parking access. The company offers a variety of multi-day cycling and non-cycling tours to choose from.
If you would like to explore coral reefs and see what the world “down under” (down under WATER, that is!) looks like, but you have no desire to learn how to scuba dive, here is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.
The next time you are in Bermuda, head for Hartley’s Under Sea Adventures (located in Somerset, and operated by Greg Hartley). Here you will receive a few minutes of instruction, an underwater helmet which has an air hose attached (the other end of the hose is attached to your air supply on a nearby boat), and a guided tour “under the sea,” actually walking along the ocean floor. And guess what! You don’t even have to know how to SWIM! You won’t even get your hair wet!
You’ll walk eight feet below the surface of the water, and have a chance to feed and pet the fish and touch the coral.
Underwater trips are available April through October, and the warmest water months are July and August. The $80 for adults and $55 for children under 13 admission fee includes a boat ride, a half-hour underwater tour with special helmet, and an underwater souvenir photo!
No, it’s not cheap or free, but it’s too cool not to mention.
For More Information….
Call: 1-866-836-3989 or 1-441-234-2861. (Cell phone: 1-441-334-7607.)
Write: Hartley’s Under Sea Adventures; PO Box SB 194; Sandys SB-BX, Bermuda.
In a remote village nestled in the foothills of Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains, former illegal loggers and endangered wildlife poachers are turning to mountain biking to provide a more sustainable income.
Established with the assistance of Wildlife Alliance (formerly Wild Aid), an NGO (Live and Learn) working to protect the area’s endangered wildlife, and in partnership with Asia Adventures, a Cambodian-based adventure tour company, the villagers of Chi Pat have set up a community-based ecotourism project featuring Cambodia’s first off-road mountain bike tours into one of the region’s most important, and little explored, wilderness areas.
Being based in Chi Pat, accessible by a 2-hour boat ride through mangrove forests, intrepid mountain bikers leave the dusty dirt roads of the village and are soon spinning along old logging routes, a mix of double-track and single-track undulating trails that the surrounding vegetation is reclaiming, splashing through streams and wading across shallow rivers.