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September 2011 Contents 4 Your holiday


Our dedicated member section, with RCI news, the latest RCI resort affi liations and details of how to enter our Photo Competition.


16 Winter hotties


Fancy an exhilarating break to shake off the winter blues? The Holiday team has some ‘hot’ holiday ideas to help you on your way!


28 34 28 In the footsteps of


the pharaohs Join us for a trip to discover the fabulous delights of Egypt, which mixes ancient treasures with modern attractions.


34 Spanish gold


We’ve uncovered some real gems by going off the beaten track in the tourist hot spot of Costa Blanca.


43 Holiday offers 20 Member travelogue


RCI member, Joan Kearney shares two decades of RCI travel adventures.


22 An island for all seasons


Tenerife is renowned for sun, sea and sand, but there’s so much more to enjoy, from dramatic natural beauty to café life in quaint villages.


All the latest money-saving offers, including great deals to Florida, 50% off an Extra Holiday, exciting travel options, online booking made easy and much more.


16 We have a winner


This wonderful photo was taken by Arne Petersen, an RCI member from Denmark, and shows his wife Kirsten making a new friend during a safari in Kenya. The picture was the winning entry in the Holiday Photo Competition featured in our March issue; to view the runners up entries visit rci-holiday.com. Find out how to enter our latest contest on page 8 of this issue.


Credits: Helen Foster, Claire Williams, Lorraine Karabin, Kate Karagholi, Nicole Mason, Shelley Burton, Jo Hobbs, Rachael Noam, Leah Howard, Kathryn Whittle, Kara Keating, Katherine Brown, Sonal Patel, Mark Coster, Richard Blaney.


Holiday, The RCI magazine, is published twice a year by RCI Europe. Original articles and contributions may be reproduced or transmitted only with written permission from the Publisher. No responsibility is accepted by RCI Europe for any losses or other consequences resulting from advertisements or other material appearing in this publication. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in Holiday, no responsibility can be accepted for errors or omissions. Information is correct at time of going to press. RCI Europe reserves the right to accept or reduce advertisements at its discretion without assigning any reason for so doing. All others are subject to terms and conditions and limited availability. © RCI Europe 2011. The air holidays and flights shown are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority.


The paper contained within this publication is sourced from chain-of-custody certified suppliers, to ensure sustainable production. Please recycle.


Terms and Conditions: View all entry terms & conditions at www.rcitc2.com. Holiday magazine prize draws/competitions are open to RCI Europe members aged 21 years or older. Closing date for all Prize Draws/Competitions outlined here is 11.59pm (GMT) on 12 October 2011. Winners will be notified by email within 28 days of the relevant closing date. Holiday Magazine Photo Competition: There are Three Prizes: Olympus SZ-30MR® camera worth £299.99. Rosetta Stone(R) TOTALeTM Level 1 language-learning solution worth £139 (available in 20 languages). A set of Duo Headphones worth £19.99. To win one of these fabulous prizes above, email your photograph with brief description to holiday@rci.com by 12 October 2011, stating your name and RCI Member ID. The three Winners will be those who have supplied photographs that in the opinion of the judges best fit the entry criteria, appeal the most to the judges and best fit their perception of a “holiday” photo. The best photo will win the camera, the first runner up will win the Rosetta Stone language-learning solution and the second runner up, the headphones. Page 8 RCI Extra Holiday Prize Draw:There is one Prize of 7 nights accommodation in 2011/2012 (room only). Prize is subject to availability at the point of redemption and will sleep a minimum of 2. Destinations will depend on availability at the point of redemption but will be limited to Tenerife, Hungary, Florida and Spain. Excludes Christmas, New Year and US Thanksgiving. Availability will be limited at peak times - school holidays, Easter and Bank Holidays. Flights, holiday insurance or any other costs associated with travel arrangements or any other personal expenses, taxes and/or charges payable locally in destination are not included. The Winner will be selected at random on 13 October 2011 from all eligible entries. How to Enter: Entrants must answer the following question, the answer to which can be found at rciweeks.co.uk/inside :Q: How many years and months in advance can you deposit your week to maximise your Trading Power? To enter,email us at holiday@rci.com with your answer, name and Member ID.Page 24 Siam Park Tickets Prize Draw: There are two Prizes consisting of 2 tickets for entry into Siam Water Park in Tenerife worth £55. Prize does not include accommodation or any associated travel costs. Tickets are valid until 30 November 2012. Q: What style of buildings will you find in Siam Park? Email your answers to holiday@rci.com by 12 October 2011 stating your name and RCI Member ID. Answer can be found within this magazine. RCI Travel is operated by ICE Europe Limited trading as Our Holiday Centre which is an ABTA and ATOL bonded company (registration number 3793955, registered office: Kettering Parkway, Kettering, Northants NN15 6EY). RCI Europe does not supply any travel services.


Photographs in this issue: 4Corners Images, Alamy, David A Land, ©Disney, FloridaEcoSafaris.com, Getty Images, I Stock, © Ian Berry / Magnum Photos, LenzWorks, Martin Reed, Norman Miller, Mark Henley / Panos Pictures, Photolibrary Group Limited, Ron Toft, Sarah Lee, SeaWorld, Shutterstock, Superstock, © 2010 Universal Orlando Resort [all rights reserved. HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s10)], Vegas Tourism Bureau


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