GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE

VOLUME VIII, NUMBER 4, April 2007

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Welcome to the April 2007 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. This month, we’ve received news of destinations that are slightly off the traditional wheelchair traveler’s path. But intrepid travelers, who find them well worth pursuing, can find contact information in the zine posts that follow.

 

If you’ve ever longed to travel to Africa, see wildlife up-close and visit tribal communities, HandiSenegal may be just the tour service for you.


Turkey
is now reaching out to disabled travelers with two new access ventures, including “Barrier-Free Istanbul, a booklet detailing the possible and impossible venues for us in that ancient city; and Halcyon Days accommodations wants us to consider the more tranquil and less cosmopolitan city of Ovacik, Turkey.


Travelers to Eastern Europe can now add Hungary to their dream list. Long absent from many wheelchair user’s itineraries, Hungary is emerging as another access venue for disabled travelers to consider. Budapest’s Travel for Handicap tour service would like to show us the best of their country.


France
now provides a new helpful booklet for us with their Accessible Brittany Guide.

 

And one of our e-zine readers shares her recent Caribbean cruise experiences aboard the Holland America Noordam.

 

As always, thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel experiences.

 

CONTENTS

 

1. HANDISENEGAL

2. BARRIER-FREE ISTANBUL
3. HALCYON DAYS IN TURKEY

4. HUNGARY: TRAVEL FOR HANDICAPPED

5. ACCESSIBLE BRITTANY GUIDE

6. ACCESS ABOARD THE HOLLAND AMERICA NOORDAM

 

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1. HANDISENEGAL

 

Jean Yves Muelle wrote to share the news of his new travel service, HandiSenegal. Available each year from October-July, guests stay in adapted apartments at the Villa Dior featuring spacious, modern, rooms with a roll-in shower. Accessible excursions to visit wildlife and native villages are available in an adapted Toyota minivan.

 

While the site is featured only in French, the photos are self-explanatory. Any access queries may be directed to Jean Yves Muelle at Villadior@aol.com Visit HandiSenegal at www.sejour-senegal.org 

 

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2. BARRIER-FREE ISTANBUL
 

While Turkey is now welcoming disabled travelers to its ancient city of Istanbul, the following review paints a discouraging picture to anyone with mobility impairments who’s longing to visit many of that ancient city’s top sites. Read more at

http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=106814

 

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3. HALCYON DAYS IN TURKEY

 

Owned and operated by a British family on the premises, Halcyon Days accommodations are a short ride to the beach and the Blue Lagoon setting of a national park.

 

According to Hilary Cussons, the accessible facilities include a remodeled, ramped building with two ground floor wheelchair accessible rooms that include raised toilets and shower seating. Interested travelers may want to check directly with the owner to verify that their facilities are suitable for your disability. To learn more, contact Hilarycussons@aol.com

 

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4. HUNGARY: TRAVEL FOR HANDICAPPED

 

Long absent from the many wheelchair users’ itineraries, Hungary is emerging as another access venue for us to consider in Eastern Europe.


Budapest’s Travel for Handicapped
tour service would like to help show us the best of their country. They organize both individual and group custom tours that promise travelers accessible accommodations, an adapted minibus and memorable visits to such colorful venues as Buda Castle, the Royal Palace, and the Hungarian National Gallery, along with Mayayas Church, St. Michael's Church and more.Vsit their web site at
www.travelforhandicap.com

Or contact Attila Halasz at info@travelforhandicap.com

 

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5. ACCESSIBLE BRITANNY GUIDE

 

Just in time for summer travel, Brittany France provides this much-needed access guide to this region of Northern France. View sample pages of the guide that detail the seaside city of St. Malo and learn more at
http://www.voyage-handicap.fr/index_1.php To receive your own copy of the guide, complete this handy form: http://www.voyage-handicap.fr/contact.php

 

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6. HOLLAND AMERICA NOORDAM ACCESS

 

Reader, Betty Sherman, shared her recent Caribbean cruise aboard the Holland America Noordam.

 

Betty writes:

I have just returned from a 10-day cruise on the Holland America Noordam from New York to five islands in the Caribbean and back.

I traveled alone, had a handicapped cabin and a great time with no problems.

 

I used my power scooter, which is lightweight and comes apart in three pieces. I recharged it every evening to make sure it had full power for the next day.

 

My room was classified as handicapped accessible, so there was enough room. I booked late and maybe there were larger cabins, but the whole cruise was sold out. 


The bathroom had grab bars, a roll-in shower and a seat in the shower.

 

I ate all of my meals in the dining room and everyone was pleasant and interesting. I plan on traveling with Holland America again. The Noordam is a new ship and extremely stable and I did not need my wristbands or ginger for seasickness. I would recommend this cruise to any elderly person traveling alone.

 

The shore director planned the trips ashore for me that were handicapped accessible. I disembarked at five ports: Tortola, Grand Turk and Turk, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and St. Martin. Everyone was pleasant and caring and tried to help me have the best possible trip.

 

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