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Monday, 10 September 2018

Intrepid launches new range of South America experience



Intrepid's New South America Program Offers Adventurous Alternatives to the World's Most Saturated Tourist Experiences

Travellers now have an alternative to trek the 'other Inca Trail', try an alternative pilgrimage to the Camino or swap Everest for the Southern Hemisphere's highest mountain, with Intrepid Travel's new range of South America experiences that follow a less-trodden path without overtourism.

Tourists equate to 14 per cent of the population in Peru, and Intrepid wants to disperse the tourist dollar into more communities while taking travellers even further off-the-beaten-path.

"Intrepid recorded growth of 68% to South America this year from Australian travellers and according to our Adventure Travel Index the number one thing that Australians want on an adventure is to go to places less visited by mainstream tourists. We'll be putting the adventure in adventure travel as we take our very first groups to the Glacier of Tears, the summit of Mt Bonete and the Choquequirao Inca site in 2019," Intrepid Travel South America product manager Martin Ruffo said.

"While Mt Everest and Machu Picchu are always going to be high on the traditional bucket list, there are alternatives which are less trodden, just as beautiful and sometimes even more special," Ruffo added.

These 'not hot' spots are featured in the travel company's 2019 South America trips, on sale now:

  • Switch the Lost City: Offering a less-trodden and less touristy alternative to the Inca Trail, Intrepid is offering a trek to Peru's other Lost City, Choquequirao, which is believed to be up to three times larger than Machu Picchu and home to some of the best preserved Inca ruins. The road to Choquequirao takes travellers deep into the wilds of the Peruvian Andes, along steep trails that zig-zag through dense cloud forest, dusty desert and scenic passes with views of dramatic landscapes and snow-capped peaks. With only a handful of people making the journey each day, visitors often have the place to themselves. Because a trip to Peru wouldn't be complete without Machu Picchu, this trip also includes a guided tour of the famous Inca city and time to explore historic Cusco. The 13-day tour includes eight days of hiking and is priced from $2470*.
  • Switch Base Camp: Instead of Everest Base Camp, Intrepid is offering a hike to the base camp of Aconcagua, the Southern Hemisphere's highest mountain. Walking through glacial valleys and over rugged Andean peaks on a seven-day trek that reaches the 5000m-high summit of Mt Bonete, this Argentinian experience has everything that Everest does, plus the added bonus of starting and finishing in the Mendoza wine region offering ample opportunity to sample malbec. The 10-day tour is priced from $3412*.
  • Switch the Pilgrimage: The Valley of Tears mightn't be as well-known as the Camino trail but it has one hell of a story. Intrepid is offering a four-day trek through the rugged Andes to the site of one of the most famous plane crashes in history. The story of the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 and the lengths survivors went to survive, including cannibalism, was told in the '90s movie 'Alive'. The eight-day tour is priced from $2735*.

For more information or to book visit:  https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au



*Subject to availability, conditions apply


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Cruise the Treasures Of The East




In March 2019, Ecruising invites travellers to discover some of the most spectacular natural and historical wonders of Eastern Asia on its Terracotta Warriors, Giant Pandas and Oriental Treasures journey.

As part of the sensational 23-night itinerary, guests will embark upon an escorted 8-night land tour from Beijing to Shanghai, including stopovers in Xi'an and Chengdu, before boarding Celebrity's Millennium cruise ship in Shanghai where they'll set sail on a 14-night cruise to Tokyo, Japan.

In each destination, guests will experience some of the Orient's most iconic sights and treasures, from face-to-face encounters with giant pandas to a visit to the celebrated Terracotta Warriors, one of the world's greatest archaeological finds.

On arrival in Beijing on 22 March, guests will spend one night in the luxurious Beijing Penta Hotel, before travelling aboard a high-speed train to Xi'an for a 2-night stay. Here, they will be fully immersed in China's culture. Day one includes a stroll through the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of China's holiest Buddhist sites, along with a mandarin lesson and a calligraphy session at the famed Tang Dynasty Museum, while the second day features an escorted tour of the Terracotta Warriors, followed by a visit to the ancient Xi'an City Wall.

On 25 March, guests will make their way to Chengdu via train for a 2-night stay at the Buddha Zen Hotel. Upon arrival, guests will be escorted to Du Fu's Thatched Cottage, now a museum commemorating the famous Tang Dynasty Chinese poet. In the afternoon, travellers can explore Chengdu's Kuanzhai Xiangzi district, an intriguing maze of alleys blending ancient culture with international flair, filled with restaurants and street vendors selling local Sichuan cuisine.

Of course, Chengdu is most famous for being China's panda capital, and day two in the city includes a visit to the renowned Dujiangyan Panda Base. Here travellers can see endangered giant pandas first hand and learn about China's research and conservation efforts to protect its most famous mammals. After lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, guests will continue on to the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On 27 March, guests will fly to Shanghai for a 3-night stay where they will be transferred on arrival to the Shanghai Central Hotel, followed by an afternoon exploring China's most cosmopolitan city at their leisure. The next morning they will pay a visit to the Shanghai Museum, containing over 120,000 pieces and hailed as one of the world's finest collections of ancient Chinese art and antiques, followed by stroll along the famed Bund and Nanjing Road. The afternoon is a chance for guests to immerse themselves in Shanghai's more contemporary history, with an escorted walk through the charming tree-lined streets and Art Deco architecture of the city's former French Concession.

The last morning in Shanghai is chance to explore its Old Town district, with its bustling narrow alleys and noodle houses, including a stopover at the picturesque Yuyuan Garden, while the afternoon includes a visit to Shanghai's M50 Art Community, a thriving artists quarter on the banks of Suzhou Creek.

On 30 March, guests will board  Celebrity's Millennium, setting sail across the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea to Tokyo. Along the way they will explore Seoul, Jeju Island and Beijing, before the cruise heads eastwards towards Japan. After one last stop in Kobe and a visit to Mt Fuji, the journey concludes in Tokyo on 13 April, where guests will spend one night before flying home the following day.

Prices for Ecruising's Terracotta Warriors, Giant Pandas and Oriental Treasures itinerary start from A$6,519 per person twin share, departing on 22 March 2019.

Subject to availability. Term and conditions apply.

For more information about the cruise and Ecruising please visit: www.ecruising.travel or phone 1300 369 848.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Library Koh Samui Secret Pool Villas Offer


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The Library in Koh Samui, Thailand is offering special discounts on its Best Available Rates (BAR) for bookings received by 20 October 2018 for guest stays in the stunning new Secret Pool Villas until 20 December 2018.

The Library's Advance Purchase Promotion for stays during this offer period in the Secret Pool Villas includes 20% off BAR for 60 days' advance booking, 15% off BAR for 45 days' advance booking and 10% off BAR for 30 days' advance booking plus round-trip Samui Airport transfers for stays of three or four nights and an additional dinner for two people at either The Page or The Gallery for stays of a minimum five nights.

The spacious 1-bedroom Secret Pool Villas feature a custom-made 3m-wide bed, a dedicated entertainment space, full dining area with pantry, spacious Jacuzzi bathtub, saltwater swimming pool, oversized tandem rain shower and two walk-in closets.

The 2-bedroom Secret Pool Villas offer the exclusivity of a private home, with spacious comfort for hosting two couples travelling together or a group of friends. In addition to an expansive 10-metre long saltwater swimming pool and equally roomy triple king-size beds, these villas also feature a private gym equipped with a treadmill machine and body weights.

A member of Design Hotels, The Library will unveil 2 adults-only villas in September. The Editor, a luxurious villa, will be geared towards the working creative and The Writer, a singular, expansive unit, will feature beach frontage and access, dedicated living and dining spaces, a personal library, private gym, outdoor cinema, upper floor terrace with a spectacular sea view and a saltwater swimming pool.

For The Library bookings contact your travel agent or rsvn@thelibrarysamui.com

www.thelibrarysamui.com

Rayavadee, Krabi - Bonus Night Villa Offer


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Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand has announced a Bonus Night Villa Offer for new bookings of guest stays in the resort's Family Villa 105, Rai ta Lay Villa, Rayavadee Villa and Phranang Villa 404 until 30 September 2018.

This special offer is applicable for 1 + 1, 2 + 2, 3 + 3. 4 + 4 and 5 + 5 paid and bonus nights across all of Rayavadee's stunning villa categories.



The Bonus Night Villa Offer includes private butler service, daily breakfast, an additional bed and third person occupancy.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Rayavadee presents award-winning architecture, fine cuisine, a relaxation spa and a fleet of speedboats for excursions to surrounding islands.

Bookings of the Rayavadee Bonus Night Villa Offer can be made through your travel agent or reservation@rayavadee.com

www.rayavadee.com

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Cycling tours in Japan


Self-guided inn-to-inn along the Noto Peninsula on Honshu



Japan is a land of contrasts, where an appreciation for the modern combines with a reverence for tradition, where skyscrapers sit side-by-side with peaceful ancient shrines. Active holiday specialists Outdoor Travel, based in Bright, Victoria offer cycling holidays which combine the ancient with the modern Japan with a truly unique insight into the Land of the Rising Sun.

The Noto Peninsula on Japan's largest island Honshu is just a few short hours' travel from Tokyo and Osaka.  It has a rugged coastline and picturesque fishing ports and villages. The cycling is mainly on flat coastal plains and quiet mountain roads in an area rarely visited by tourists.

Cycle unguided, at your own pace, stay in traditional family-run lodgings and hot-spring Ryokan inns and sample the traditional Japanese dishes made from fresh, local produce.  Uniquely, modern folding (Brompton) bikes are provided for this tour that you can easily use on public transport to shorten any of the days of cycling.

Dates:             Daily departure from April to November, 2018
Cost from:     $2925 per person twin share. Single room supplement on request

For details call Outdoor Travel on 1800 331 582 or see: https://bit.ly/2ISb2Wz


Monday, 13 August 2018

The Family Pleasure offer at InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort


InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort – special promotions




The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort on Thailand's Koh Samui provides the perfect location to enjoy family holidays this year like never before with extensive activities for children and romance for parents.

The InterContinental Koh Samui provides magical views of the Gulf of Thailand, breathless sunset views, mouth-watering cuisine and award-winning service to its 79 romantic luxury guest rooms, suites and villas.

Featured is the multi-award-winning Baan Thai Spa by HARNN offering a variety of aroma and relaxation therapies and pampering including therapeutic head-to-toe massage.

On offer are free meals for kids and complimentary activities including the Resort's own kids' club Planet Trekkers, featuring activities and entertainment for children aged 4 –12 years.

There are a host of recreation activities to enjoy during your school holiday stay - truly something for everyone:  From snorkelling to Thai boxing, Thai cooking classes to yoga, dolphin watching to walks through the Angthong National Marine Park.  And,

Water Sports Centre offering stand-up-paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling
  • PADI Dive Centre 
  • Fully-equipped fitness centre
  • Yoga and Pilates
  • Thai Chi
  • Fit Ball classes
  • Aerobics
  • Beach volleyball
  • Mini beach soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Mountain biking
  • Thai cooking classes including a visit a local market
  • Cocktail classes
Special promotions have been created for the spring school holidays and are available until December 2018 only online and are subject to availability.  Five islands of Koh Samui tour is now included in the offer for the first 25 guests to book.

The Family Pleasure offer includes a stay at the luxurious Club Napa reserve Three Bedroom Residence Villa or three nights for two adults and two children at the Club Two Bedroom Residence Villa from THB 71,000 (AUD $2868.24).

The package also includes free meals for children designed by our consultants of celebrity chefs in all outlets for the entire stay plus

  • Daily breakfast for the family at Amber, our Award-winning restaurant by Thailand Tatler
  • Complimentary two-hour babysitting by our certified Nannies
  • One 60-minute therapeutic body massage for two adults at our Beach Sala (once per stay)
  • Complimentary daily access to Planet Trekkers, InterContinental Samui's signature Kids Club (for 2 kids)
  • One Junior Master Chef Cooking Class for the children (once per stay)
  • Welcome children's amenities
  • Complimentary WiFi access throughout the Resort

Koh Samui is one of Thailand's most popular island getaways.  The 5-star award winning resort spans nine hectares (22 acres) on the unspoilt west coast of Koh Samui, only one hour by air from Bangkok and a 45-minute drive from the airport.

Surrounded by more than 50 islands the property is a self-contained relaxed paradise that offers sheer tranquillity and romance for parents and a range of activities for the children. The resort is also idyllic for couples and honeymooners as well as weddings and corporate functions.

The resort focusses on water fun with seven swimming pools and a variety of aquatic sports for guests supported by a fully equipped Fitness Center featuring life fitness cardio machines, resistance and free weights.

Further information: http://samui.intercontinental.com

 

InterContinental Koh Samui: A Unique Photographic Opportunity


InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort




Some of the greatest photographic opportunities in the world are on offer at the luxury InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, perched on a mountainside overlooking the Gulf of Thailand on Koh Samui's west coast.

The luxury beachfront resort has been named in the World Travel Awards (WTA) as Asia's Most Romantic Resort and ranked in the New York Times bestseller 1000 Places to See Before You Die with world-class views on offer from almost every room, suite and villa in addition to the signature Air Bar and restaurants.

The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort offers a stunning backdrop for filming, commercial photography, fashion shoots, engagement photos and weddings.

"The resort lends itself to countless creative photographic and artistic opportunities," says the Resort's Jocelyn Whiteside. "It presents one of the most breath-taking vistas you will ever see.  Guest have recorded stunning images during sunset and sunrise, weddings and other events with our numerous locations including our suspended bridge and private pier. We extend an invitation to photographic minded people, organisations and professionals to visit the Resort, enjoy its facilities and services and capture that gem of an image or memorable photo shoot," she said.

The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort is a super luxury resort set on a cliff that descends to a white sandy beach. It is surrounded by 22 acres of lush tropical gardens overlooking magical views of the Gulf of Thailand, nearby Five Islands and Ang Thong National Marine Park. The 79 guest rooms, suites and villas are situated on the former site of Baan Taling Ngam Resort which commands legendary status as Koh Samui's first luxury resort.

Featured are two restaurants, Amber and Flames, which serve Thai, Asian and modern European cuisine; an open-air cocktail lounge, Air Bar, and Club InterContinental, lobby bar and café. The award-winning Baan Thai Spa by HARNN offers an exclusive range of HARNN body and beauty treatments.

The Resort's own kids' club, Planet Trekkers has activities and entertainment for children aged 4 –12 years.

Koh Samui is an hour's flight from Bangkok with direct domestic connections to Phuket and Pattaya. International direct flights with key Asian cities include Hong Kong, Singapore and, Kuala Lumpur.

"The resort would like to offer its luxurious accommodation, facilities and world ranked views to businesses or individuals keen to produce outstanding commercial images and captivating family shots," said Jocelyn Whiteside.  

"Interested parties should contact at e-mail: events@ickohsamui.com for more information on request date and time, a member of our team will contact you shortly to discuss your request".

Further information: samui.intercontinental.com


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Win a trip to Morocco with Peregrine



https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/win-trip-morocco

Friday, 29 June 2018

Win a trip to Queenstown NZ for 2


You and a friend could win a trip to Queenstown!

Just spend $15 or more on any Canadian product for your chance to win

Win a Trip to New York City - you and two friends #travelcompetitions


The prize comprises of a trip for the winner and two (2) friends to New York, US valued at up to $22,000 (ex GST) depending on the winner’s location. The prize must be taken 4/10/2018 – 8/10/2018 inclusive.

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