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Friday, 18 August 2017

Intrepid's Deal of the Week: Las Vegas to Los Angeles


Intrepid Travel is offering great deals on a range of United States itineraries this week, including 25 per cent savings on a Las Vegas to Los Angeles tour taking in Yosemite National Park.

This nine-day trip leads travellers to some of the United States best attractions, passing through one of the hottest places on earth, Death Valley, before exploring the forests of Sierra Nevada and reaching the famous Pacific Coast. Travellers enjoy the sights and fun of Las Vegas before heading to California's mountain region to explore Yosemite National Park and marvel at the giant granite Half Dome. The tour concludes at the Los Angeles coast, having covered America's most diverse scenery and landscapes.

 The tour departs September 13, 2017 with fares from AU$1638* per person, a saving of AU$547.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Milne Bay Kenu and Kundu Festival



FOURTEEN years in, Milne Bay's Kenu and Kundu Festival is hitting its feisty teen years with a growing confidence - and for good reason.

At home in the provincial capital of Alotau, this annual festival (which translates to Canoe and Drum Festival) celebrates the colour and energies of its region's passionate island cultures.

From the physical celebrations on the Trobriands' 'Islands of Love' at Yam Harvest time, to the palpable inter-island rivalry vibrating from the war canoe races, locals bring their culture from each of the region's 600 islands to add to this amazing experience.

There are performances, races, competitions and mouth-watering fresh local dishes.

But it is Alotau's progressive attitude that really cements this as a stand out cultural festival.

Alongside culture steeped in deep tradition, Alotau also presents the 'next generation' of south-east Papua New Guinea.

Alotau's creatives merge tradition with today in their own creations for the festival. The result is a cultural experience all of its own.

Modern musicians perform hiphop/ reggae hybrids on stage with their five-piece, for example. Alotau's exciting, young screen-printers splash colour and design on bags and shirts throughout the vibrating crowds. And the region's master carvers have spent months in preparation, their creations a mix of what they know and what they want.

Thanks to their own diversity and the region's history with tourism, Milne Bay has an impressive self-awareness.

The annual Kenu + Kundu Festival is one of the few cultural festivals, worldwide, where the past and the future dance so energetically together.

LIMITED SPACE STILL AVAILABLE ON Oceania Expeditions' 2017 OCT 27 - NOV 06 TOUR, FEAT. THE KENU + KUNDU FESTIVAL. Full itinerary here.

For more information or imagery, email Oceania Expeditions: travel@oceaniaexpeditions.com.au / 0437648412

Friday, 28 July 2017

New KI Odysseys luxury Food & Wine Tours


Spend three days indulging every sense and sampling the best of Kangaroo Island fresh produce and wines with Kangaroo Island Odysseys (KIO) new luxury three-day 'Kangaroo Island Food & Wine Tours' starting on selected dates from September 2017.

All seasonal KIO Food & Wine tours are fully inclusive, including return flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island and all Adelaide airport transfers.

Explore the island with a private tour guide in luxury, air-conditioned 4x4 vehicles in small groups of up to 8 guests, with accommodation at the opulent Lifetime Private Retreats or Sea Dragon Lodge.

Specialising in hand crafted luxury accommodation, Life Time Private Retreats, on the North Coast, offers four spectacular holiday houses nestled into a stunning coastal location and surrounded by Kangaroo Islands' natural beauty. Luxury houses include The Sky House, The Cliff House, The Settlers Homestead and Sheoaks.

Sea Dragon Lodge is set on a 250 seafront estate at the eastern end of the island, on the Dudley Peninsula, with a private beach to explore and wildlife at the doorstep. Sea Dragon Lodge features eco-friendly villas and a spacious three-bedroom lodge.

KIO Food & Wine tours have been developed to highlight the best food, wine and nature-based experiences available during each of the four seasons.  All seasonal tours are different with a choice of tours for Summer/Spring, Autumn and Winter.

Tours visit the islands most beautiful beaches like Emu Bay, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay and an array of attractions.

Experience a personalised vineyard and winery tour at 'The Islander Estate Vineyard', Bay of Shoals Wines or Dudley Wines, taste locally distilled Gin and spirits at KI Spirits, sample a variety of delicious cheese and yoghurts at the Island Pure Sheep Dairy, stop in at Island Beehive for a tour and honey tastings, sample KI's freshest oysters at the Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster Farm Shed and enjoy a half day fishing charter.

Dining experiences are ones that will be remembered for a lifetime with Lifetime Private Retreats catering partners, 'Hannaford and Sachs', showcasing Kangaroo Island's best seasonal food in a range of outdoor settings and stunning coastal locations around Snelling Beach Middle River.

Some 'Hannaford and Sachs' experiences include, 'The Beach House Taverna BBQ Banquet', a seafood BBQ dinner cooked over hot coals and featuring some of KI's freshest, most mouth-watering produce.

The 'Shearers Feast', is a night to remember, dining in elegance under the candlelit ambiance and eclectically decorated Hannaford family's 80-year-old shearing shed, built from sugar gum trees and old corrugated iron. The night starts with drinks and a spot of Croquet on the lawn before sitting down to a three-course feast that showcases produce from both the sea and land.

At the Enchanted Fig Tree dine underneath the boughs and leaves of a massive, ancient fig tree planted by the early settlers more than 100 years ago, which now form enchanting rooms with ceilings of swaying leaves and dappled light!  Tables are set up to feature a fig inspired brunch menu, created straight from the pages of a fairy tale book.

Other dining experiences on the tour include Kangaroo Island's unique 'Table Surfing' dinners.  Join local island producers, farmers or home cooks in their own homes or farms for a home-cooked meal just as they would prepare for their friends and family.

For wholesome, fresh and uncomplicated food and farm stories, join local chef and farmer, Tony Nolan, at his 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen and indulge in a three-course gourmet dinner at Sunset Food & Wine.

3 Day Sensations of Kangaroo Island Summer Tour – North Coast visits Emu and Stokes Bay; 'The Islander Estate Vineyard' for a personalised vineyard and winery tour, Island Pure Sheep Dairy for Cheese and yoghurt tastings; KI Spirits for a taste of locally distilled Gin and Island Beehive for a Tour and honey tastings. Enjoy lunch at The Rockpool Café and at Tony Nolan's 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen' and brunch at The Enchanted Fig Tree. Dinners by Hannaford & Sachs include 'The Shearer's Feast' and 'The Beach Taverna BBQ Banquet' and a three-course dinner at Sunset Food & Wine.

3 Day Sensations of Kangaroo Island Summer Tour – North Coast is $2708 per person and includes all activities and meals, return flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers and two-night's accommodation at Lifetime Private Retreats.

Spring 2017 departure dates for the Sensational Summer/Spring tours include Saturday 9th and 23rd September, Friday 13th and 27th October and Saturday 11th and 25th November. 2017 and 2018 Summer tour dates include Friday 8th December 2017, Saturday 20th January and Friday 9th and 23rd February 2018.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – North Coast visits the picturesque beaches at Emu and Vivonne Bays', 'The Islander Estate Vineyard'; KI Spirits; tastings at Island Beehive; morning tea and gallery experience at Rustic Blue Gallery and Café; tastings and a savoury platter at Bay of Shoal Wines and venture out on a half day fishing charter. Meals include 'Where the Wild Things are Breakfast'; lunch at Tony Nolan's 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen' and dinners include the 'Shearers Feast' and 'Table Surfing Dinner' at a local farm.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – North Coast is $2708 per person departing from Adelaide and including return flights to Kangaroo Island, all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Lifetime Private Retreats.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – Dudley Peninsula visits the idyllic beach at Island Beach; KI Spirits; Island Pure Sheep Dairy for cheese and yoghurt sampling; Bay of Shoal Wines for tastings and a savoury platter; try honey at Island Beehive; enjoy a half day fishing charter; indulge in a gourmet lunch and cellar door tastings at Dudley Wines Clifftop Cellar, dinner at Sunset Food and Wine and mouth-watering private breakfasts and dinners at the Sea Dragon Lodge with local Kangaroo Island wine.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – Dudley Peninsula is $2314 per person departing from Adelaide and includes return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide  airport transfers, all activities and meals and two nights' accommodation at Sea Dragon Lodge.

2018 departure dates for the Awesome Autumn tours include Saturday 3rd and 17th March, Friday 13th and 27th April and 12th and 26th May.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - North Coast includes a half day fishing charter; morning and afternoon tea at Emu Bay; a visit to 'The Islander Estate Vineyard'; tasting at Kangaroo Island Spirits; cheese and yogurt tastings at Island Pure Sheep Dairy; tastings and a savoury platter at Bay of Shoal Wines and a tour and tastings at Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster farm.  Join Tony Nolan for lunch at his 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen' and enjoy 'The Fire Feast' dinner by local Chef, Rachel Hannaford and "Table Surfing Dinner" with locals.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - North Coast is $3102 per person departing from Adelaide and includes return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers, all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Lifetime Private Retreats.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - Dudley Peninsula Tours includes a half day fishing charter; visits KI Spirits to taste locally distilled Gin; Island Pure Sheep Dairy for cheese and yogurt tastings; and a tour and tastings at Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster farm. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and tastings at Dudley Wines Clifftop Cellar, and mouth-watering private breakfasts and dinners at the Sea Dragon Lodge with local Kangaroo Island wine.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - Dudley Peninsula is $2,504pp per person departing from Adelaide return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers , all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Sea Dragon Lodge.

Departure dates for the 2018 Wonderful Winter tours include Friday 8th and 22nd June, Saturday 14th and 28th July and Friday 10th and 24th August.

For further information and bookings visit wwwl.kangarooislandodysseys.com.au


 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Free Vancouver Tour with Rocky Mountaineer Booking


Rail Plus reports that while the average age of travellers hopping on the Rocky Mountaineer is decreasing from 65+ to 55+, the number of repeat travellers is increasing.

With more than 65% of first-time travellers surveyed on board wishing they had booked a longer trip, this great train journey, which was once considered a bucket list item, has evolved into a must-see item, with repeat travellers on longer itineraries fast becoming a norm.

In recognising this, Rail Plus is offering travellers a further value-add to the remainder of this year's Rocky Mountaineer itineraries. Bookings made by 30 September 2017 in the GoldLeaf Deluxe, GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service of five or more days will receive a free Vancouver Tour valued at AU$330 per couple.

Depending on the package booked, the city tour options include the Granville Island Market Tour, Vancouver City & Lookout Tour, the Attractions Trolley Tour, the Sea Safari, Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Food Tour.

Prices for five-day itineraries start at AU$2,741. Departures dates are from now until 15 October 2017. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, visit www.railplus.com.au <http://www.railplus.com.au>  or call 1300 555 003.


Monday, 24 July 2017

#Win a Trip for Two with Wendy Wu Tours!

#WinningWithWu #travelcompetitions

WIN A TRIP FOR TWO PLUS ADDITIONAL PRIZES VALUED AT OVER $10,000 WITH WENDY WU TOURS!



The Temples of Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, Mt Fuji or even Everest Base camp: the sunrises of Asia are unmatched and worth getting out of bed early for!

To celebrate the launch of their 2018 Early Bird Specials, Wendy Wu Tours are giving one lucky Aussie and a friend the opportunity to experience some of Asia's most spectacular sunrises and sunsets, sailing down the famous Irrawaddy in Myanmar. This fully inclusive prize includes return flights from an Australian capital city, as well as 7 nights onboard a beautiful Pandaw River ship between Mandalay and Bagan, pre and post accommodation, transfers, all meals and sightseeing, entrance fees – even visas for Australian passport holders.

Second prize is a 3-piece set of Antler Zeolite luggage, valued at over $800, for you to take on your next trip. And third prize is a 2-piece set of stylish Antler Zeolite luggage, worth over $500.

To be in the running to win, simply share your greatest Asia sunrise or sunset photos, with a caption of 75 words or less, on your Facebook page, with the #WinningWithWu.

The very best answer will win, so get your creative juices flowing! Click here to find out more and to see the full details! Entries are open until 22 September 2017.

Friday, 21 July 2017

MSC Cruises Caribbean combo- making it easy.



MSC Cruises offers an incredible cruising experience aboard their luxury fleet, and makes combining cruises a seamless experience for a truly immersive holiday.   As the leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, MSC Cruises offers a range of wide and varied itineraries in this beautiful region, all year-round.  MSC Cruises' popular Grand Mediterranean cruise combines east and west Mediterranean itineraries to discover Italy, France, Spain, Malta, the Greek Islands, Greece and Crete.

With a choice of four Mediterranean itinerary combinations departing every Saturday and two combinations departing every Sunday, from Genoa or Venice, you can enjoy 14 or 21 nights.  MSC Cruises will also look after your transfers from Genoa to Venice (or vice versa) complimentary for two adults and $100pp for additional persons travelling together.  Your luggage will also be transferred direct to your ship, allowing you to explore Genoa for the day before setting sail in the evening!  

Northern Europe with MSC Cruises is sure to tick off your bucket list experiences.  With weekly departures, you can combine Baltic capitals, Norwegian Fjords and Iceland itineraries to explore spectacular glaciers, historical architecture, meet locals in Reykjavik, or simply take in the beauty of the midnight sun at the North Cape.  With a range of flexible embarkations to choose to commence your cruise, MSC Cruises are really good at making it really easy for you at a really great price.  Depart every Saturday from Kiel (Germany) or Copenhagen or every Sunday from Copenhagen or Warnemunde (Berlin).

But, it is not just in the Mediterranean or Northern Europe that affords you this flexibility.  Why not join West and East Caribbean itineraries.  MSC Cruises will have you dancing the tango, exploring cobbled streets and lush rainforests or simply soaking up one of the most beautiful and fascinating destinations in the world over 14 or 21 nights.

Take advantage of MSC Cruises Caribbean combination cruise with 50% off the second passenger.  Departing Miami January 25, 2018 sail the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Martinique for some French flair.  You will then savour the sights of Jamaica, Colombia and Costa Rica in the south of the Caribbean.  Priced from $3,112 for the first passenger and $1725 for the second passenger.

To book your 21 night Caribbean combination special today, call 1300 028 502, www.msccruises.com.au or your local travel agent.  

 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Byroads Sri Lanka Small Group Tour



For centuries a magnet from around the world for its gems, pearls, spices and tea, Sri Lanka boasts as many secrets as treasures, many revealed on a Byroads Travel Secrets of Sri Lanka 13-day tour.

Designed for small groups, this tour – March 15-27, 2018 – begins in the capital Colombo and covers such sought-after sights as the cave temples at Dumbulla and the ancient ruins at Polonnaruwa, not forgetting the spectacular rock citadel at Sigiriya.

Led by Byroads Travel’s Steve Mortimer, who with 30 years’ experience has visited more than 100 countries, the Secrets of Sri Lanka tour passes through the scenic Knuckles Range to the old Sinhalese capital at Kandy.

The breathtaking highlands at Nuwara Eliya, in the heart of the tea growing industry, are also visited along with scenic hill town Ella, the tallest Buddha statue in the world and Ude Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka’s premier elephant reserve.

The tour also covers the much-celebrated south coast and its beaches and resorts, the highlight being Galle, a perennial favourite among many, before returning to Colombo.

The tour, limited to 16 passengers, is priced from USD3695 per person, twin share (about AUD$4860). Return air fares from Australia are extra.

Details: Phone Byroads Travel on (02) 9357 6800 or visit www.byroads.com.au

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Celebrate Summer At The Empire State Building



    -- Free Amenities Offered to Millions of Visitors

The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced additional amenities designed to enhance the visitor's experience.  The binoculars located on the open-air 86th floor Observation Deck are now free of charge for guests' viewing pleasure, alongside the free Empire State Building Observatory Experience and Destination Midtown apps, and free Wi-Fi available at the ESB.

"As we welcome millions of visitors from around the world, we continue to make free additions and modernizations to enhance the visitor experience at the Observatory," said Jean-Yves Ghazi, Senior Vice President of the Empire State Building Observatory.  "We are expanding upon the already all-inclusive experience of visiting our world-famous Observatory by offering this additional amenity."

The powerful, full-circle rotation binoculars allow visitors to magnify the unobstructed views in every direction.  The ESB's 86th floor Observatory is ADA compliant, equipped with lowered viewing walls and binoculars.  Formerly, they required payments with coins.

The Empire State Building Observatory Experience and Destination Midtown apps are available to download for free from either the Apple Store ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/official-empire-state-building/id1071468429?mt=8 ) or Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.esbnyc.fretour).  Visitors may also download them upon arrival via free Wi-Fi.  As guests travel through the building, the Empire State Building Observatory Experience app is designed to ensure visitor engagement for the entirety of their experience.  As guests explore the surrounding neighborhood, the Destination Midtown app provides visitors with an expertly curated itinerary to iconic attractions and hidden gems located in Midtown Manhattan, all within 15 minutes walking distance of the iconic Empire State Building.

To purchase tickets online in advance of visiting ESB, visit http://www.esbnyc.com/buy_tickets.asp.

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the "World's Most Famous Building." With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting technology supports major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world's most beloved attractions as the region's #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, http://weibo.com/empirestatebuilding,  www.youtube
 .com/esbnyc, or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg/.

Source: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Banyan Tree Phuket - Tropical Escape for Families

Nestled in the enclave of Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket offers a hidden paradise that is perfect for family getaways.  At Banyan Tree Phuket, guests can frolic in their generously-appointed Two Bedroom Pool Villas endowed with barbecue pits and a spacious poolside terrace. With an endless array of activities, guests can spend their afternoons biking, taking part in cooking classes, kayaking, visiting a local market or embarking on a cultural tour around Phuket Old Town.



Designed specifically for kids, Banyan Tree's Turtle Club provides non-stop entertainment for the little ones. With an outdoor playground, nap room and dozens of exciting activities — including waterball, treasure hunt, puppet shows, swimming lessons, and zumba for kids, they will definitely experience an action-packed day. Parents can join in the fun or utilise the resort's babysitting service. Mums can pamper themselves at the blissful Banyan Tree Spa while Dads play a round of golf at the award-winning Laguna Golf Phuket course.

As part of Laguna Phuket's integrated resort, guests of Banyan Tree Phuket can explore the tropical parkland of fine restaurants, lagoons, beaches and bars via a complimentary shuttle bus or boat service.



Discover Banyan Tree Phuket's Sense of Family package to enjoy access to the Turtle Kids Club, food and beverage credit per day for 2 adults and 2 children at THB 4,500, savings of 20% on all body massages at Banyan Tree spa and much more.

For reservations and further information, please contact phuket@banyantree.com or call +66 76 372 400.


Monday, 10 July 2017

Silversea's enchanting destinations of Europe - free roundtrip airfares


Experience the history, culture, treasures, and breathtaking scenery of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean with Silversea's incredible Europe Fly Free* offer.  Guests making new bookings until 30 September 2017, on select European 2018 voyages, will be able to take advantage of free economy class roundtrip air fares or for $4,998*pp upgrade to business class, subject to availability.  For guests paying in full before 31 August 2017, an Early Booking Bonus* may also apply.

In 2018, Silversea will embark on 70 voyages through Northern Europe, the British Isles, and the Mediterranean, encompassing over 170 ports and adding nearly 30 new destinations to the ultra-luxury cruise line's itineraries.  Silversea's team of experts enable travellers to fully immerse themselves in the idyllic cities and ports visited, providing gastronomic, architectural, and historical insights.

The fleet of Silversea vessels are specifically designed to allow guests to disembark closer to shore, maximising the amount of time spent exploring.  Guests can expect to explore and discover a myriad of spectacular destinations, or simply sit back, relax, and be mesmerised by the stunning beauty of the passing landscapes.

Silversea's luxurious fleet provides travellers with comfort, style, and intimacy combined with unsurpassed service.  Silversea's vessels visiting Northern Europe and the Mediterranean in 2018 include: Silver Spirit; Silver Wind; Silver Whisper; and the latest addition to their fleet; Silver Muse.

Featured voyage:

·         Grand Voyage 2018 - Departing Venice on 05 June 2018, an extraordinary 42-day circumnavigation aboard Silver Muse, Silversea's newest flagship vessel, will venture to 38 ports across nine countries.  This ultimate European voyage showcases: sunsets in Santorini; the glamourous French Riviera; the bohemian shores of Ibiza; culinary delights of Sorrento; Dubrovnik's cobbled paths; ancient cities of Athens and Rome; ultra-luxurious Monte Carlo; and much more.  Prices are available on request.

Silversea's cruise fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary on board wines and spirits; and one hour of complimentary WiFi per day for each guest or unlimited WiFi for select suite categories, and all gratuities.
 

FEATURED EXCLUSIVE OFFERS:

Mediterranean Fly Free and Northern Europe Fly Free: Valid from 01 July 2017, free roundtrip economy class air fares or a business class upgrade is available for only AU$4,998* per person, on select 2018 European voyages. First Class Air Fare offers now available. Valid on new bookings, made until 30 September 2017* and is subject to availability.

Exclusive Savings Offer: Guests who are not utilising the Europe Fly Free offer will receive an exclusive savings offer of AU$1,300* per guest.

Early Booking Bonus: Valid from 01 July 2017, guests can also save 10% off the voyage fare, if booking and paying in full by 31 August 2017*.


*These special offers are valid on new bookings and are capacity controlled.  They are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 (Australia), or visit www.silversea.com


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