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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Crystal Cruises Features Spectacular Holiday Sailings for 2014 & 2015

We're inviting our nicest guests — and even the naughty ones — to fulfill both their bucket lists and their holiday wish lists with unforgettable luxury cruise experiences for the Christmas and New Year's holidays this year and next.

While experiencing the magic of the season through the eyes of locals in AsiaSouth America and the Caribbean, you can create your own memories in the luxury we have perfected over the last 25 years.

Sailing round-trip from Singapore starting December 21, the itinerary rings in the New Year with Crystal Symphony berthed at Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. The prime positioning allows for a comfortably luxurious "front row" view of the fireworks countdown celebration, specially-illuminated skyscrapers, musical pyrotechnics, and the Symphony of Lights.
Crystal Symphony takes travelers to the heart of two of the world's most dramatic New Year's celebrations with two very different 15-day voyages:

2014, ChinaVietnamCambodia and Singapore
Sailing round-trip from Singapore on December 21, the "China Sea Holiday Spectacular" offers ample opportunity to immerse yourself in these storied destinations, with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City (including Christmas day/night), two nights in Hong Kong (includingNew Year's Eve), and calls in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, from whence travelers can explore Angkor Wat; and Nha Trang, Vietnam, a prime spot for scuba diving and seaside leisure. The itinerary rings in the New Year with Crystal Symphony situated in the proverbial front row of Victoria Harbour, as fireworks flash across Hong Kong's skyline, allowing guests to enjoy the elaborate show from the ship.

2015, BrazilPuerto Rico and surrounding islands
Travelers seeking hot sunshine and even hotter cultural highlights will find both aboard the December 19 "Brazilian Holiday" itinerary, marking our first embarkation in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sailing to Rio de Janeiro, the cruise focuses on Brazil's colorful cities, pristine beaches, coral reefs and famous nightlife. An overnight New Year's Eve stay in Rio allows guests to revel in the fireworks and indulge in flowing champagne at Copacabana Beach for the annual New Year celebration. Afterward, they can spend a day of leisure in Buzios before returning to Rio for the after party on a second overnight call. The voyage also calls in Scarborough (maiden visit), Trinidad and Tobago; Devil's Island, Iles du Salut, French Guiana; and FortalezaRecife and Salvador da BahiaBrazil.

Crystal Serenity's holiday options focus on the warmth of the season, with two round-trip itineraries from Miami:
2014, Caribbean Islands
Think sand castles, not snow angels. Those who are averse to snow and ice will appreciate the warm festivities of the Caribbean saints — St. Lucia, St. Barts and St. Maarten — plus BarbadosCuracao, Turks & Caicos and Tortola, on the December 21 "Caribbean Holiday Escape." Each port boasts historical sites and remnants of its distinct multicultural past, yet all offer guests a taste of the islands' idyllic, relaxed pace of life. Spend New Year's Eve meandering the waterfront promenades of Curacao before returning to the ship for a Six-Star celebration.

2015, CaribbeanSouth America and Mexican Coast
The laid-back island life of Turks & Caicos and Curacao, blended with the spice and heritage of HondurasColombia and Mexico, create an ideal holiday for those whose New Year's resolutions include things like exploring Mayan ruins, mingling with wildlife in a coastal Colombian national park, and snorkeling and scuba diving along the world's largest network of coral reefs. It's all about balance. The December 22 "Haute Caribbean Holidays" allows for exploration of the past in centuries-old cities like Santa Marta andCartagenaColombia, and Roatan Island, Honduras, then welcomes the unknown of the coming year while decking Crystal Serenity's luxurious halls.

Visit Crystal Cruises' blog to learn more about the holiday voyages and festive celebrations scheduled on board:http://blog.crystalcruises.com/gift-spectacular-holiday-sailings-2014-2015/
Crystal Cruises is the world's leading luxury cruise provider, having earned more "World's Best" awards than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Aboard the all-inclusive, ultra-luxurious Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, superior quality and extensive choices. Crystal sails to all seven continents, providing worldwide vacations of five to 100+ days that bridge the best of land and sea.

Until January 2, all-inclusive, value-priced "Book Now" fares start at just $1,730/person.

For more information on Crystal Cruises, call 800-446-6620, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

Likuliku is offering a very special package – Stay 5 Nights & Receive The 6th Night Free

Between 31 March 2015 stay 5 nights and receive the 6th night on us - FREE! 

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This great deal is available over the Christmas and New Year festive season too.

For the festive program and menus please review via the link below.
http://www.likulikulagoon.com/likuliku-dining.cfm

Conditions Apply: Available on all room categories - not available on split categories.  Available over Christmas and New Year.  Available on Stay 7 Pay 6, Stay 8 Pay 7, etc up to Stay 12 Pay 10. BOOKING CODE: S6P5
From AUD$2700pp* for 6 nights including all meals, exclusive amenities, free WiFi and non-motorised watersports. 

Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a multi award-winning, unique haven of relaxed refinement and is Fiji’s only resort with over-water accommodation.  It has won the “Best Overseas Resort” award five years running in Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List and the AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Award for Best Luxury or Unique Accommodation three times.  It was also the only Fiji resort named one of the world’s Top 20 Greatest Escapes by the USA’s prestigious “Islands” magazine in 2012.

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Since opening in 2007, Likuliku has welcomed tens of thousands of guests from all over the world and has also welcomed back over 3500 return guests with some couples on their 14th stay.

Situated in the Mamanuca group of islands in Fiji west, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is located 25km/16miles from Nadi International Airport. Guests can arrive at Likuliku by helicopter, seaplane, private speedboat, or fast catamaran transfer.

There are 45 bures, all air conditioned and offering mesmerising views of the coral lagoon and ocean, with the over-water bures suspended over the magnificent Lagoon’s reef edge. The beating heart of the resort is the Central Facility housing the magnificent Fijian canoe house designed reception, signature restaurant, guest lounge, boutique and main bar. Guests can relax in the horizon-edge pool, rejuvenate in the gym or spa or watch the sun set at Masima Island Bar in the middle of the Lagoon in a very special piece of paradise.

*approx rates only – check daily FOREX rates. Conditions apply.

Whatever the season, Honeymooners staying a minimum of five nights will receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival and a one hour Couples Massage.

Other current specials include free return helicopter, seaplane or private speedboat transfers on 7 night stays+ or for a short break, stay just 3 nights and receive a free 1hr couples massage+.

Conditions apply.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Cosmos Offers $200* Saving With 2015 Asia Tours

Cosmos is offering earlybird savings of $200* per couple across its entire range of 2015 Asian holidays, from the elaborate temples of India to the futuristic cityscapes of Japan.

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The 2015 Cosmos Asia brochure features 11 exotic holidays in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, India and Sri Lanka, priced from as little as $114 per day.
 
Each tour has been designed to offer a rich cultural immersion, taking travellers into the authentic Asia while at the same time enjoying the best possible hotels, guides and expertly arranged activities.
 
From now until December 31, 2014, Cosmos is offering $200* per couple off any 2015 Asia tour.  Plus, travellers can save an additional $100 per couple when they book a second tour, and receive a 2.5 per cent discount for early payments (four months or more before departure).
 
CosmosAsia2015Tours on offer in 2015 include: 
  • NEW Tale of Two Cities – an eight-day journey in Japan, contrasting the modern pace of Tokyo with the ancient tradition of Kyoto and travelling between the two cities by bullet train. From $3162* per person twin share, including earlybird discount. 
  • Thailand Experience – a 13-day itinerary through Thailand, starting in bustling Bangkok before travelling to the River Kwai and then north to the Golden Triangle and Chiang Mai.  From $1387* per person twin share, including earlybird discount.
  • Captivating China – a 14-day adventure among the great landmarks of China, travelling from Beijing to Xi’an, Chengdu and Shanghai with a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River. From $3826* per person twin share, including earlybird discount.
Ranging from seven to 20 days, each tour promises the same value and care that Cosmos has offered in Europe and North America for more than 50 years.  They combine the ease and convenience of guided travel with all the colour and vibrancy of Asia.
For full details and travel agent bookings visit www.globusfamily.com.au/onlinebookings or contact the Globus Family of Brands travel agent support team on 1300 130 134.
*Prices per person, twin share, and subject to availability and conditions. Earlybird saving of $200 per couple available to December 31, 2014, or until sold out.

Tempo Tempts Travellers With 10% of Turkey Tours

Tempo Holidays has 10% off per person on a range of Turkey tours if booked by 31 Dec 2014. Tempo's small group tours have a maximum of 18 passengers and guaranteed departures.

No chain hotels – accommodation ranges from authentic and historically restored buildings to unique cave hotels.


You'll see a 1001 Colours of Turkey on this 10 day small group tour departing from exotic Istanbul. You'll visit the Gallipoli Peninsula, the Roman ruins of Ephesus, be amazed by Cappadocia's fairy chimney landscape and the magical 'white cotton castle' of Pamukkale. From $1,576* per person twin share the tour includes arrival and departure transfers, transportation in an air conditioned vehicle, 9 nights' accommodation, 9 breakfasts,
8 lunches and 5 hotel dinners, an English speaking guide, entrance fees to museums and internal flight from Kayseri-Istanbul and all taxes and service charges.

Explore Turkey's captivating history, on the Legends of Turkey 14 day tour. Discover iconic landscapes and Turkey's beautiful Turquoise Coast on this comprehensive small group tour. Enjoy the stunning fairy chimney landscape of Cappadocia and its superb byzantine churches. Visit the ancient city of Troy and stand in awe on the Gallipoli peninsula. From $2,006* per person twin share, includes arrival and departure transfers, transportation in an air conditioned vehicle, 13 nights' accommodation, 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 6 hotel dinners, an English speaking guide, entrance fees to museums, an internal flight from  Kayseri-Istanbul and all taxes and service charges.


Tempo's Classic Turkey is an 8 day tour that explores Turkey's captivating history and iconic sites. This compact and fulfilling small group tour departs from Istanbul and finishes in Kusadasi, making it the perfect option for joining a cruise or island hopping through Greece. From $1,146* per person twin share this tour also includes arrival and departure transfers, transportation in an air conditioned vehicle, 7 night's accommodation,
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 hotel dinners, English speaking guide, entrance fees to museums and all taxes and service charges.

See Turkey & the Turquoise Coast for 12 days and enjoy Western Turkey's highlights on this comprehensive tour. You'll cruise the Turquoise Coast also known as the Turkish Riviera on a traditional gulet seeing the many hidden coves, islets and stunning coastal mountains of this picturesque country. From $1,891* per person twin share, includes arrival and departure transfers, transportation in an air conditioned vehicle, 7 night's accommodation in superior and boutique hotels, 4 night cruise on a traditional Turkish gulet, 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners, English speaking guide, entrance fees to museums and all taxes and service charges.


Book now to secure places by contacting your travel agent or Tempo Holidays at 1300 558 987 or info@tempoholidays.com  but be quick – sale finishes on 31 Dec 2014.

Turkey is an exciting destination full of history, culture and amazing sites just waiting to be discovered. You'll be totally absorbed by these unique destinations ensuring unforgettable memories.

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*Conditions apply. Prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation. Prices are accurate as at 20 Nov 14 and subject to change without notice. Offers valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offers. All international airfares are excluded. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel.  A non-refundable deposit of $150 per person is required within 7 days of making a booking. Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure ex Australia or New Zealand. Deals and offers are subject to availability and are not combinable with any other offer. 1001 Colours of Turkey (10D/9N) – 10% discount: is valid for sale until 31 Dec 14 and travel from 14 Apr - 06 Oct 15. Advertised price includes 10% discount and valid for departures Tuesday only 14 Apr - 06 Oct 15 (except 21 Apr 15). Book by 31 Dec 14 to receive a 10% discount. Legends of Turkey (14D/13N) – 10% discount: is valid for sale until 31 Dec 14 and travel on 16 Jun; 07 & 21 Jul; 01 & 18 Aug; & 01 Sep 15. Advertised price includes 10% discount. Book by 31 Dec 14 to receive a 10% discount. Classic Turkey (8D/97) – 10% discount: is valid for sale until 31 Dec 14 and travel from 14 Apr - 06 Oct 15. Advertised price includes 10% discount and valid for departures Tuesday only 14 Apr - 06 Oct 15 (except 21 Apr 15). Book by 31 Dec 14 to receive a 10% discount. Turkey & the Turquoise Coast (12D/11N) – 10% discount is valid for sale until 31 Dec 14 & travel on 16 Jun; 07 & 21 Jul; 04 & 18 Aug; 01 Sep 15. Advertised price includes 10% discount. Book by 31 Dec 14 to receive a 10% discount.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Tell your friends to ‘take a hike’ and get together for the popular Twelve Apostle Lodge Walk

image (1)Leading Victorian-based walking operator, Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, is offering a special discount for bookings of four or more friends who take their walks between January and May 2015. 

If bookings are made by December 25, 2014 each group of four walkers will only be charged for three – a saving of around $500 per person.

By day, you and your friends can enjoy exploring one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines and the unique wildlife along the tracks.  By night, you can relax in Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk’s chic purposed built walking lodge and enjoy gourmet food prepared by an on-site chef as well as luxurious foot spas, hot showers, comfortable beds and hot showers.  For larger groups, the lodge can accommodate up to 10 guests.

The ever popular four-day, three night walk runs along Victoria’s South West Coast.  The 56 kilometre track starts from Castle Cove through to Johanna Beach, to Milanesia and Moonlight Head and culminates at the iconic Twelve Apostles with an inclusive scenic helicopter flight over the coast.

Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk caters for all levels of fitness so if there is a member of your group that would rather take it easy, the walk will be tailored to a leisurely pace while for those wanting to stretch themselves, there are some additional tracks to enjoy.

image (2)The price per person for the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk is normally between $1995 and $2195 per person, depending on the time of walk.  This special group offer includes all the same special Twelve Apostle Lodge Walk inclusions such as:
  • Accommodation and all gourmet meals including morning and afternoon teas
  • Return Melbourne transfers to the lodge
  • Walking gear
  • Scenic helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles
  • There is no supplement for single travellers in a single room
When booking online for this special group offer please use the promotion code 124FOR3.
Conditions apply. See on-line for details

For further information on Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, or to make a booking, visit www.twelveapostleslodgewalk.com.auor phone 1300 767 416

Half World Explorer takes you from Britain to Sydney on two-month Explorer of the Seas voyage

As cruise holidays go, this one is simplicity itself, focussing on a grand voyage across half of the world on a magnificent ship, Royal Caribbean’s 3800-passenger, 138,000-ton Explorer of the Seas.


Named ‘Half World Explorer’, the latest offering from Worldwide Cruise Centres (worldwidecruisecentres.com.au) starts with a flight from Sydney to London to spend a couple of nights in the heart of Britain’s capital.

Then, board Explorer of the Seas, one of the finest ships afloat, and sail all the way back to Sydney. Explorer of the Seas was launched in 2000 and is currently based near New York. The voyage from Southampton to Sydney lasts 58 nights (two months), stopping in some fabulous places in Europe, Asia and New Zealand – plus a few ports in Australia as well.

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‘Half World Explorer’ lasts 62 days (almost nine weeks) and costs from A$9899 twin share per person, valid at that rate until 31 January 2015 unless it sells out beforehand. A bonus offer of US$275 in onboard credit per twin/quad cabin applies and the holiday departs Sydney on 29 September 2015.

The voyage promises to be very special. Explorer of the Seas is to be based in Sydney and will be the largest cruise ship ever to be deployed to the Australasian region. This will be the ship’s first voyage from Europe to its new home port.

Here, in a nutshell, are the places you can look forward to visiting as Explorer of the Seas heads from Southampton to Sydney: Vigo, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Cadiz, Spain; Gibraltar, United Kingdom; Barcelona, Spain; Chania, Crete; Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel; Suez Canal; Aqaba, Jordan; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Mormugao, India; Cochin (Kochi), India; Penang, Malaysia; Port Klang (Port Kelang), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Langkawi, Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Perth (Fremantle), Western Australia; Adelaide, South Australia; Melbourne, Victoria; Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound in New Zealand’s South Island, Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Picton and Wellington, New Zealand.

Explorer of the Seas is an exciting destination in itself. Ship highlights include an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade and a rock-climbing wall. This cruise ship is so high-tech, it even features the University of Miami Ocean Lab, a state-of-the-art oceanographic and atmospheric science laboratory.

All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants) are included. So are ships gratuities, so you won’t need to bother with the hassle of onboard tipping.

Before the cruise, enjoy two nights in London staying at The Doubletree by Hilton Westminster Hotel. After breakfast each morning, London is yours to explore. The Houses of Parliament and London Eye are nearby. Catch West End theatre, cross the Millennium Footbridge and view the Tate Gallery.

Some ports Explorer of the Seas will visit, such as Barcelona, Lisbon and Dubai are justly famous. Others are less known but no less fascinating. Spain’s Vigo, located just north of Portugal dates from Roman times and is known for its beaches. Cádiz on Spain’s southern coast may be the oldest inhabited city in the western world; it’s a popular destination for Spaniards but little known to tourists.

Gibraltar, with its troops of Barbary apes, is much fun. Chaniá, second largest city in  Crete, is the site of the ancient Minoan settlement the Greeks called Cydonia. Ashdod in Israel, mentioned 13 times in the Bible, is one of word’s the oldest cities. Aqaba in Jordan, once a sleepy fishing village, now boast five-star hotels. You can see Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia from here.

India’s Goa (Mormugao), once a Portuguese colony and then a hippie hangout, is more hip these days than hippie. Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a spice trading port known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’.

Wonderful places like Penang, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Thailand’s isle of Phuket, are bywords among Aussie travellers. Singapore is similarly favoured.

‘Half World Explorer’ visits three great Australian state capitals: Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. But the holiday doesn’t end there. Cross the Tasman to New Zealand to visit scenically stunning Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound in the South Island. Explorer of the Seas also calls at the university city of Dunedin (try a glass of Emerson’s Bookbinder bitter in Port Chalmers), picturesque Picton and Wellington, the country’s quirky, charming capital.

After New Zealand you’ll soon dock in the final port of call, Sydney, to disembark with a thousand tales to tell.
To find your local Worldwide Cruise Centres agent go to:www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au

Monday, 24 November 2014

Tauck Marks 90th Anniversary with Special Heli-Exploring Departures

Ninety years after Arthur Tauck Sr., helped launch the escorted tour industry, the family-owned and operated company bearing his name will be celebrating the pioneering spirit and traditions of innovation that continue to drive it today.

To mark its 90th anniversary next summer, and for a limited number of departures only, Tauck will once again operate “heli-hiking” (or “Heli-Exploring” as it is now deemed by Tauck) trips in the Canadian Rockies.

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Invented in the 1970s by Arthur Tauck Jr., Tauck’s chairman and son of the company’s founder, heli-exploring brings guests high into the Canadian Rockies via helicopter to experience incredible alpine wonders paired with the comforts and convenience of lodges originally built for helicopter-assisted ski vacations.
 
Tauck will operate six departures of its “Bugaboos Adventure” in July and August of next year. The seven-day itinerary (from $5,990 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare) begins with two nights at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park. On Day 3, guests will board helicopters and be transported to the Bugaboo Lodge high in the Purcell Mountains. During a three-night stay at the lodge guests will explore the surrounding area on guided daily walks in small groups based on guests’ preference for easier or more challenging terrain.
On Day 6 guests will be ferried by helicopter down from the Purcells, exploring Yoho National Park and visiting Emerald Lake while en route to a final night spent at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. Included in the price are all lodging, helicopter and ground transportation, airport transfers, all meals (except for one lunch at Lake Louise), most gratuities, and much more.

THE BIRTH OF HELI-HIKING
Heli-hiking was born in the late 1970s when Arthur Tauck Jr. was enjoying a heli-skiing vacation at an alpine lodge in the Canadian Rockies. Befriending the lodge’s owner, Hans Gmoser, Tauck asked how the lodge and two others owned by Gmoser were utilized in the warmer summer months. To Tauck’s surprise, Gmoser replied that the lodges were mothballed until the following ski season.

Recognizing an opportunity, Tauck proposed a partnership with Gmoser in which Tauck would bring guests of all ages and abilities to the lodges during the summer months, allowing them to experience alpine landscapes and amazing views previously enjoyed only by skilled mountaineers. Tauck’s first heli-hiking trips began operating in 1978 and for 31 years they were rated #1 among all Tauck itineraries for guest satisfaction. At the same time, they also provided Arthur Tauck Jr. with some of the most gratifying moments in an illustrious career spanning more than 50 years in the travel industry.

“As I look back over our 90-year history in the travel business, hosting guests all over the world, one of my greatest pleasures has been seeing and hearing the emotions expressed by guests who went heli-exploring with us in Western Canada’s magnificent mountains,” recalls Tauck. “I am thrilled that we are bringing back this opportunity for our guests in 2015 on ‘Bugaboo Adventure,’ for it truly is an experience of a lifetime that is unequalled anywhere.” 

PIONEERING SPIRIT AND HISTORY OF INNOVATION
Where Tauck’s “Bugaboos Adventure” celebrates the birth of heli-hiking, the first-ever Tauck journey in 1925 was no less creative despite its more humble trappings. That initial Tauck “tour” (a six-day, 1,100 mile, all-inclusive trip that cost $69) was in fact a modified sales trip through New England and south-eastern Canada led by Arthur Tauck Sr., a self-educated and self-employed inventor and travelling salesman.

The decades since have seen a steady stream of Tauck innovations reflecting Arthur Tauck Sr’s pioneering spirit. In the 1950s and 1960s respectively (and after being awarded the first-ever Tour Brokers license by the federal Interstate Commerce Commission), the company was the first to combine private air charters with escorted tours, and it opened the castle-hotels of the Canadian Rockies to group travel at a time when the hotels were owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and reserved essentially for their clients only.

More recently, Tauck has expanded to operate in more than 70 countries and on all seven continents, launching Tauck Bridges trips for families, small-group Culturious journeys for active boomer-age travellers, and a portfolio of European river cruises that have been voted the “world’s best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine in each of the past two years. The company has also formed innovative alliances to provide its guests with deeper and more enriching immersion into various destinations, working with the award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns on a number of domestic itineraries and once-in-a-lifetime events, and partnering with the nature documentarians at BBC Earth on a collection of Tauck Earth Journeys safaris and other itineraries providing unique access to the wonders of the natural world.

TAUCK’S 2015 NORTH AMERICAN PORTFOLIO
Tauck will operate 38 all-inclusive land journeys in North America in the coming year, from an expedition in Manitoba, Canada, coinciding with the annual polar bear migration there, to a five-day exploration of the roots and legacy of jazz music with Ken Burns in New Orleans. Also included are five Tauck Bridges itineraries, a new Earth Journeys exploration of Alaska in partnership with BBC Earth, and a special five-day event exploring the culture and history of New York City.

Celebrate Christmas on the Cliffs of Uluwatu

Travellers can Celebrate Christmas in ultimate luxury on the cliffs of Uluwatu this year with these tempting offers 
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Fast becoming one of Bali’s most sought-after places to stay following Jennifer Hawkins’ wedding in 2013 and many other celebrity guests, the indulgent Semara Uluwatu is an enviable destination for a festive escape where accommodation has been slashed by up 65% for the Christmas and New Year period.

For example, suites for couples have been reduced by 65%, starting from just US$416++ per night until December 20 and again from January 5 to January 29, 2015.

From December 25-27 the luxurious suites are available from US$660++ per night – a reduction of 50%
Suites include daily full breakfast, 20 minute spa treatment, preferred entrance to Finn’s Beach Club, gym, tennis, use of putting green, free Wi-Fi and more.

For larger groups, the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 bedroom Villas present excellent value. Discounts of 40% on all villas from now until December 25 and again from January 5 to February 17, 2015 means five bedroom villas for up to 10 adults start from US$1851++ per night.

From December 26 to January 4, guests can enjoy savings of 20% on 5 and 10 bedroom villas, which start from US$2468++ per night for the five bedroom villa.

Villas include return airport transfers, car and driver for eight hours daily, welcome amenities gift bag, 20 minute spa treatment, entrance to Finn’s Beach Club, gym, tennis, use of putting green, free Wi-Fi and more.

Each of Semara’s seven breathtaking villas offers an exclusive haven of privacy with 30 meters of cliff frontage and private swimming pools overlooking the ocean.

Semara Uluwatu guests enjoy free and VIP access to Finns Beach Club nestled on one the best beaches in Bali offering 180m of pure white sand.

Finn’s is offering a sumptuous Christmas Day buffet lunch featuring salads, cold seafood, carvery, hot selection,  delicious desserts and cool drinks plus gifts from Santa and live music from just US$69++ for adults and US$33++ for children.

Since its opening three years ago, Finns Beach Club located on 180 metres of white sandy beach has established itself as one of Bali’s must see attractions. “ The Best Beach Club on the Island “ is how a recent reviewer from Trip Advisor described Finns. A food lover’s paradise, the resort’s Finns Beach Club has been rated the number one restaurant in Ungasan.

For bookings or further information visit
http://www.semarauluwatu.com/
www.finnsbeachclub.com
++Subject to 10% service and 11% government tax charge

Friday, 21 November 2014

Sail Away in WA with Travelmarvel

Kimberley coast cruising aboard the 25-suite Coral Princess is the hot new addition to Travelmarvel’s popular Western Australia premium touring program in 2015.

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Two departure dates are available across two itineraries, the 23-day Top End and Kimberley Coast Cruise and the 31-day West Coast Discovery and Kimberley Coast Cruise. The ten night cruise aboard the purpose-built catamaran includes highlights such as King Cascades and King George Falls; seeing ancient aboriginal art, exploring secluded coves, a gourmet beach barbecue and a thrilling ride through Horizontal Falls aboard an inflatable Zodiac.

As well cruising the Kimberley coast, Travelmarvel’s land tours for 2015 feature a range of exciting new accommodation and sightseeing.

For example on Travelmarvel’s most popular itineraries, the 16- and 18-day West Coast Adventure and the 16- or 18-day Last Frontier, guests will now enjoy two nights at the Oaks Cable Beach in Broome and the chance to stay at the Kununurra Country Club.

On the 13-or 15-day Western Wildflower Wonderland, as well as the chance to spend two nights at the Abbey Beach Resort, nestled on the shore of Geographe Bay in Bussleton, Travelmarvel has introduced new sightseeing including a tour of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, wine tasting at Palmers Wines, an exclusive tour and tasting at Gabriel Chocolates and the chance to explore Ngligi Caves.

Travelmarvel is offering a range of EarlyBird Specials. For all West Coast AdventureLast Frontier and Western Wildflower Wonderland tours departing April to October 2016, and in March 2016, a ‘Companion Fly Free’ offer is available on all departures from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. Also available is a ‘Solo Traveller’ saving of up to $1,150 per person on select departure dates.

Travelmarvel’s Western Australia 2015/16 brochure is available now. For further information call 1300 196 420, visittravelmarvel.com.au or see your local business development manager.

Crown Hotels' Summer Packages Offer a Sun-Drenched Escape in Both Melbourne and Perth

Guests are invited to celebrate the warmer weather with Crown Hotels' new and luxurious summer packages available across the Melbourne and Perth properties.

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The all-inclusive offerings, starting from $228 per night, are tailored to suit families, friends and couples, with world-class accommodation and all the summer essentials for the ultimate escape.

For those looking to unwind in the sun, Crown Metropol Perth's Ultimate Cabana Package offers a luxurious poolside sunbed experience complete with a bottle of Moet Ice Imperial, fruit platter on arrival, and refreshing Evian face mist to enjoy summer in style.

Families visiting Crown Melbourne can enjoy a school holiday getaway with Crown Metropol's Family Fun package, including entertainment options at Galactic Circus and Village Cinemas, providing hours of fun for kids and parents alike.

Couples looking for a romantic retreat will fall in love with Crown Towers' Crystal Escape package, offering luxurious accommodation with sprawling views of Melbourne's city skyline and access to the exclusive Crystal Club lounge.

Crown Hotels' summer escape packages include:

Melbourne:
Crown Towers – Family Getaway
Crown Metropol
Crown Towers offers families the ultimate luxurious inner city escape with overnight accommodation in a Deluxe King room with interconnecting access to a Deluxe Twin room. With access to award-winning restaurants, shopping and family-friendly entertainment, this package makes the ideal break for the whole family, including complimentary Crown Towers teddy bears for the kids, access to the indoor pool children's club, valet parking and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Price: From $648 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available Sunday to Thursday from 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014) Telephone bookings only via 1800 055 133.
Crown Towers – Family Retreat
Ideal for an intimate family escape, guests can enjoy overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Twin room with valet parking, complimentary access to the indoor pool's children's club at Crown Spa and free Wi-Fi.  Families will also receive complimentary Crown Towers teddy bears to take home as a holiday memento.

Price: From $348 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from Sunday to Thursday, 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Towers – Crystal Escape
Experience the exclusive Crown Towers' Crystal Club lounge with an overnight stay in a Deluxe King room complete with valet parking. Guests will be welcomed via the lounge's private check-in service and invited to indulge in pre-dinner drinks and canapés and a full buffet breakfast the following morning. With valet parking and access to the Crown Spa indoor pool, this package is ideal for rejuvenating and relaxing in private.

Price: From $468 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Metropol – Family Fun
Families can relax and refresh this summer with two nights' accommodation in a Luxe Twin room including valet parking at the luxurious Crown Metropol Melbourne, before an afternoon of entertainment with a family pass to both Village Cinemas and Galactic Circus.

Price: From $548 for two nights. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Metropol – 28 Escape
Crown Metropol gives guests the chance to experience the privileges of 28 Skybar Lounge with overnight accommodation in a Luxe room and valet parking. The lounge offers breathtaking views of the Melbourne skyline and a relaxing atmosphere to unwind and relax. The 28 Escape package includes breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and canapés with complimentary Wi-Fi and access to the waterfall-edge swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy a leisurely 12 noon checkout.

Price: From $318 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Promenade – Summer Saver
For an extended inner city holiday, Crown Promenade Melbourne is offering two nights accommodation with a third night free in a Standard King or Twin room. Located within close proximity to high-end shopping, endless entertainment and restaurants, this package includes complimentary Wi-Fi and valet parking. Children receive complimentary breakfast when dining with an adult throughout the stay.

Price: From $540 for two nights, receive third night free. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)

Perth:
Crown Metropol – Family Escape
Perth's Crown Metropol offers families the ultimate summer holiday with two nights' accommodation in a Luxe Twin room, featuring complimentary sparkling wine and chocolates, and access to the children's hub.  The whole family can relax in luxury with views overlooking the serene Swan River and access to resort's pool, complete with day beds and waterslides to celebrate summer.

Price: From $578 for two nights. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 1 October 2014 – 30 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Metropol – 9 Lounge Hideaway
Guests can indulge with Crown Metropol Perth's exclusive 9 Lounge Hideaway package, offering an overnight stay in a Luxe room with tranquil views of the Swan River, complete with. Guests can enjoy with 9 Lounge access including pre-dinner drinks and canapés and deluxe continental breakfast for the ultimate respite.

Price: From $398 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 1 October 2014 – 30 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Metropol – Cabana Package
Guests can enjoy an overnight stay in a Luxe room at Crown Metropol Perth with a luxurious Cabana package. Complete with an exclusive private cabana featuring oversized sofa, sun loungers and television, this package is ideal for summer rejuvenation. Fresh summer fruit and water is provided on arrival with complimentary Wi-Fi.

Price: From $499 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 13 October 2014 – 1 March 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Metropol – Ultimate Cabana Package
For the ultimate relaxation summer retreat, Crown Metropol Perth welcomes guests to enjoy an overnight stay in a Luxe room with access to a private cabana featuring oversized sofa, sun loungers and television. Guests can unwind with a bottle of Moet Ice Imperial, fruit platter on arrival, sunscreen and refreshing Evian face mist. For added comfort, guests will be provided with Crown Metropol Luxury robes and slippers.

Price: From $595 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 13 October 2014 – 1 March 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Promenade– Summer Essentials
Experience a luxurious summer escape at Crown Promenade Perth with overnight accommodation in a Standard room and complimentary sparkling wine. This package includes a buffet breakfast for two at Market & Co with children eating for free when dining with an adult. Guests can also explore the decadent dining options throughout the hotel, with complimentary Wi-Fi is included.
Price: From $228 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 1 October 2014 – 30 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Promenade – Stay for 2 and save 20% off best available rate of the day
Embrace the summer break and retreat to Crown Promenade Perth with two nights' accommodation in a Standard room, saving 20% on the best available rate for the day. Guests can experience the many dining options and enjoy a night out at the bars and nightclubs available at Crown Perth. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided.

Price: From $316 for two nights. Terms and conditions apply. Available Sunday to Friday from 15 December 2014 – 18 January 2015. (Excluding 31 December 2014)
To book one of the summer packages or for more information please visit www.crownhotels.com.au.

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