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Dear Thomson Families,

It's an odd summer for sure - Boston and Seattle have swapped climates, and some families are still calling to travel in August.  But there's no question we've entered the Dog Days, the time when the dog star Sirius rises and sets with the sun in the Northern Hemisphere. But Jessie still prefers to sleep in. Life feels languid and the end of summer looms. Guess that's why we've sent out our July newsletter a few days into August. Have you made your plans for December yet?

Read on, and happy adventuring!

What's hot in December

We have almost-full groups for Egypt and Peru. Both teens and younger ages are heading to Costa Rica and Panama. Though some dates are sold out, there's limited availability to the Galapagos Islands and on our signature Tanzania Family Safari. Whatever you are dreaming of, we want to help you have the trip of a lifetime. Call now, while you still have options!

Sharper Pricing in 2010

Offering the best value for your money is important to us, and we know our very inclusive adventures are worth every penny. In our 2010 negotiations with many of our local outfitters we've gained savings without having to lower our quality. Now, when a traveling group has 6 or more participants, we will be able to pass along savings from $175 to $350 per person. Call 800-262-6255 for more information or to join a group.

Unique, special, different: Alaska

Our Alaska adventure is such an amazing exploration of the hidden corners of Glacier Bay National Park; we are still the only company to offer this adventure to families. With only 12 people per departure, the boat is small enough to take you places almost no other people have ever been. This adventure is not for everyone, but if you crave a unique view of nature you won't want to miss it. Your guide (who is also the captain of the boat) offers a rich knowledge of Alaska and all of its natural wonders. Read more on CNN.com from family travel writer Eileen Ogintz (from Taking the Kids), who just returned from one of our Alaska adventures.

Unique, special, different: Galapagos Multisport

Okay guys, we are also the only company offering this land-based Galapagos Islands Multi-Sport Adventure for families. Designed and structured for all ages 11 and up (exceptions always apply!), this is a fantastic trip with plenty of action that won't wear you out. With volunteering on a community service project in the Highlands, to camping and kayaking in the Galapagos Islands, you'll be in the thick of the best that Ecuador has to offer. Sign up now to join other families already on board for December and April, with discounts up to $800 per person when the traveling group goes over 10.

Why a Thomson Family Safari?

We know we could not provide an excellent experience without the huge contribution of our local guides, and this is especially true in Tanzania. Don't take our word for it, read what a grandmother from RI, who traveled with her grandsons, had to say:

"First, the country itself is both haunting and extraordinarily beautiful. Although emerging from poverty, the people are joyous and engaged in making you at home. The accommodations, from the lodge to the nyumbas were just as they should be in such a landscape. Then, your itinerary was perfectly balanced: from the safari trucks and finding animals to our school visit, the boma visit, Gibbs farm, the Leakey excavation spot, our balloon trip over the Serengeti... all made the Tanzanian experience deeper and more real.
But it was the care, the involvement and expertise in leading the Safari of our guides, and mentor that made the adventure truly awesome. They, along with the excellent crews at each nyumba, with seemingly effortless attention took care of each and every one of us, making us all comfortable and feeling quite special. They are, to the man, wonderful beyond what I can express."

We join Mrs. Gordon in saluting our guides for their amazing dedication to our families. If you'd like to speak with Mrs. Gordon directly about her experiences, just let us know and we'll put you in touch.

Our RIDDLE - and another Super-smart Genius Award!

A warthog comes upon a giraffe digging a hole.
"Good morning," he said. "How deep is that hole?"
"Try to guess," replied the giraffe. "I am exactly five feet ten inches tall."
"How much deeper are you going?" asked the warthog.
"I'm going twice as deep," said the giraffe "and then my head will be twice as far below ground as it is now above ground."
How deep is the hole now? (Please don't ask why the giraffe is digging a hole in the first place; we don't know!)

Be the FIRST person to answer correctly, and win a Super-smart Genius Award worth $200 off your next Thomson Family Adventure. Please solve this with your brain power, though you are allowed to consult your very clever children. Cheating is not allowed (and I'll know if you do!).

If you haven't taken our Survey before, Click Here to Take Our Survey

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Best Regards,

Moo Bishop
Family Travel Advisor- Alumni Services

For reservations contact Thomson Family Adventures at 800-262-6255

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