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Friday, 25 April 2008

learn in luxury at FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS

Destination Experiences for the Whole Family

As the trend continues for travellers seeking educational and cultural experiences while on holiday, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has designed a number of distinctive packages to broaden knowledge and encourage learning. Highlighting the culture and spirit of the destination or country abroad, from art lessons and exhibits to a trip to the local theatre, these packages are sure to create memorable experiences that will last a lifetime. Fairmont’s cultural packages include:

* Travel back in time through the Mesozoic and Cretaceous eras with the help of The Fairmont Royal York and the Royal Ontario Museum. In a partnership of two of Toronto’s landmarks, the Dino-Night Package allows guests the chance to see over 750 fossils, including 50 dinosaur specimens such as the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex. Package includes nightly accommodation, two adult tickets to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and daily breakfast for two. Rates starting from AUD220 per night, available year round.
* Soak up Spanish culture during the debut of El Greco to Velázquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston featuring groundbreaking early 17th century Spanish painting, sculpture, and decorative art. Including several works by two of Spain's greatest masters, El Greco and Diego Velázquez, the exhibit consists of impressive portraits, still life, and religious paintings, many of which have never been seen outside of the churches and museums of Spain. The El Greco to Velázquez package at The Fairmont Copley Plaza includes overnight accommodation and two VIP passes to the nearby museum. Rates starting from AUD325 per night, available from now through July 27, 2008.
* Celebrate Quebec’s 400th anniversary by discovering its artistic and cultural history at the city’s most renowned museums: Le Musée de la Civilisation or Le Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Inspired by its historic location, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac offers a Museum Package that combines hands-on exhibits, classic paintings and sculptures with the antiquity of the city. Unique in their own way, Le Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec features an impressive collection of 27,000 artworks and objects dating back to the 17th century, while Le Musée de la Civilisation offers contemporary, interactive exhibits on a variety of topics from food to geography. The Museum Package includes overnight accommodation, daily breakfast and admission to the choice of either Le Musée de la Civilisation or Le Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Rates starting from AUD260 per night, available year round.
* Journey to the Field Museum with The Fairmont Chicago and meet Sue the Dinosaur, the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex found to date. Home to many biological and anthropological collections that span from the age of the dinosaurs to the present, The Field Museum has long been a Chicago icon for historical research since it began almost 115 years ago. Summer exhibits include a wide variety of ancient, contemporary and even fictional topics such as Mythic Creatures, a fun, scientific look at dragons, unicorns and mermaids, March 21 - September 1, 2008. Journey to the Field Museum package includes overnight accommodation, two tickets to The Field Museum, a copy of Darwin, Discovering the Tree of Life by Niles Eldredge, an exclusive Field Museum scavenger hunt map and late check out. Rates starting from AUD290 per night, available year round.
* Minutes away from the country’s major historical monuments, The Fairmont Washington DC invites guests to explore the landmarks of the nation’s capital with The Patriot Package. Escorted by the Grayline Trolley, history buffs can create their own tour, choosing which sights to stop at such as the Lincoln, Jefferson and WWII Memorials. The Patriot Package includes overnight accommodation for two in a luxurious guestroom, two Grayline Trolley tickets, welcome amenity prepared by the Chef and daily breakfast for two. Rates starting from AUD330 per night, available year round.
* Epitomising the city’s rich architecture and modern culture, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver provides art-lovers a full lesson in art history with the Gargoyles and Galleries package. Once the space for the Supreme Court, the neighbouring Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest in Western Canada, housing more than 7,900 works. Gargoyles and Galleries offers guests nightly accommodation in the gargoyle-guarded Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and admission for two to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Rates starting from AUD345 per night, available year round.
* Experience two memorable performances in one evening at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel and The 5th Avenue Theatre. Prior to the show, guests enjoy the award-winning service of the Pacific Northwest’s only AAA Five Diamond property, delectable dinner for two and two tickets to one of the theatre’s latest performances. The Fairmont & 5th Avenue Theatre package also includes luxurious accommodation and complimentary overnight parking, making it ideal for out-of-town guests or for locals taking advantage of the finest the city has to offer. Rates starting from AUD530 per night, available year round.
* True to the history and spirit of San Jose, The Fairmont San Jose offers The Tech Museum package for guests looking to learn the secrets of Silicon Valley. The Tech Museum package includes luxury accommodation and two tickets to the world-renowned Tech Museum of Innovations, showcasing the rise and development of Silicon Valley’s digital inventions. Rates starting from AUD170 per night, available year round.
* Discover the beauty, charm and flair of Hamburg via boat and race car during the Deluxe Sightseeing Tour at the Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten. Journey through the city’s intricate river system with an Alster Lake boat ride, floating past the villas, parks and waterfront residences while learning the city’s history. Continue to soak up the spirit of Hamburg with a visit the Prototyp Car Museum, featuring exhibitions of classic racing and sports cars built by the native iconic brand, Porsche. The Deluxe Sightseeing Tour package includes two nights in a luxurious room or suite, daily breakfast, boat tour and tickets to the Prototyp Car Museum. Rates starting from AUD835 for two nights, available year round.
* Get a lesson in art with the masters at The Fairmont Algonquin during the En Plein Air art series. This New Brunswick landmark welcomes participants from around the world for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to paint, learn and create with elite artists including Kevin Macpherson, Joe Anna Arnett, and Betty Car. All guests are welcome to get a glimpse of the creativity and observe the artists on the front lawn, the garden veranda or the rooftop garden as masterpieces are created and unveiled. En Plein Air package includes seven-nights of accommodation, mentored painting sessions and critiques, daily ground transportation to painting sites, daily breakfast and a $20 ArtSmart card from Utrecht. Rates starting from AUD2,360 for seven-nights, available August 17 to September 3, 2008.

*All packages unless noted are subject to availability and holiday restrictions, per room, per night, exclude taxes and are based on double occupancy. Amounts listed are in local currency unless otherwise noted. Packages may be booked by calling 1800 804 456 or at www.fairmont.com.

A leader in the global hospitality industry, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is an extraordinary collection of luxury hotels which includes iconic landmarks like The Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Monte Carlo and New York's The Plaza. Fairmont hotels are one-of-a-kind properties where sophisticated travellers can discover culturally rich experiences that are authentic to the destination. Situated in some of the most exclusive and pristine areas in the world, Fairmont is committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont's portfolio includes 55 distinctive hotels, with plans to develop over 20 new properties in the coming years in destinations as diverse as Beijing, Abu Dhabi and South Africa.

Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with over 85 hotels worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also owns Fairmont and Raffles branded Residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1800 804 456 or visit www.fairmont.com

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