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may 07 2007

Wonder-ful Portugal

More than 20 million people have already voted in the new Seven Wonders of the World international campaign launched by Swiss explorer Bernard Weber back in 1999. (Of the seven ancient wonders, only the pyramids are still standing.) The Statue of Liberty, Easter Island, Sydney Opera House, Christ Redeemer Statue, Stonehenge, and Angkor Wat are among the 21 finalists selected by architectural experts. You have until July 6 to vote for your favorites. The following evening--yes, that would be 7/7/07--the winning landmarks will be announced at a flashy ceremony broadcast live from the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon; the mixed bag of performers and celebrity guests includes Jose Carreras, Chaka Khan, and Neil Armstrong.

Abreu Tours, which specializes in travel to Portugal, has organized various Seven Wonders packages, starting at $431 per person for three nights at the Amazonia Lisboa hotel, based on double occupancy, and a type C ticket to the event. While it may not sound like it, type C ticket holders actually have the best views of the stage. Abreu's package offers savings on both the lodging and on the tickets, which are valued at up to $190 per person, plus booking fees. For more discounted travel to Portugal, check out a recent Real Deal for airfare and a week in Lisbon and Porto from $1,044.

Update (7/3): To vote, visit this website: http://www.new7wonders.com, click on a photo, and follow the instructions for voting.

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