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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Win a luxury $20,000 European River Cruise including flights


Evergreen Tours is giving away a 15 Day deluxe Splendours of Europe River Cruise for two valued at over $20,000, including flights*!

The lucky winner will enjoy the luxury of space in their Emerald Balcony Suite as they cruise the Rhine and Danube Rivers between Amsterdam and Budapest. There's daily guided touring to 15 cities, towns and villages, an onboard pool and cinema, complimentary bikes, and "You're Invited" to unique cultural events. 41 meals plus wine and beer are also included with your lunch and dinner while cruising.

Enter now for your chance to win! You'll also receive an exclusive $200pp** discount off your next Evergreen holiday.

Good luck!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Azamara Club Cruises 2017 offers





Australians can treat their loved ones this Christmas to an all-inclusive, immersive cruise with Azamara Club Cruises in 2017, thanks to reduced fares and a new free upgrade deal from the boutique cruise company - available for two weeks only.

Guests will receive a Club Oceanview Stateroom for the price of a Club Interior Stateroom on Azamara’s local 2017 voyages when booked before 15 December 2016.

Included in this incredible offer is a 15-night voyage onboard the recently revitalised Azamara Journey, following her maiden arrival to Australia on 19 February 2017. Departing Sydney, guests will cruise to Melbourne, Port Arthur and Hobart for an overnight, before cruising to Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Napier and Tauranga, where they spend another night before reaching their final port, Auckland. Book an Oceanview for the price of an Interior on this fascinating cruise from just AUD$3999 per person.

To make a booking or for further information visit www.azamaraclubcruises.com, phone 1800 754 500 or contact your local travel agent.

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Solstice on sale




Cruises on Australia’s favourite ship* are selling fast, but there’s still time to bag an exotic South Pacific cruise on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Solstice this summer, with fares priced from as low as AU$999 per person on a 7-night South Pacific Sailing, departing Sydney on 13 April 2017. Guests will discover the magic of Lifou in the Loyalty Islands and Noumea in New Caledonia and experience the best of modern luxury on Celebrity Solstice, with her superb dining, exquisite spa offerings and impeccable service.

Or, sun-chasers can board a 9-night South Pacific sailing on 25 March 2017 from just AU$1099 per person. Departing Sydney, the cruise calls at the exotic havens of New Caledonia, Vanuatu and the Loyalty Islands before returning to Sydney.

For more information about Celebrity Cruises or to book a cruise, visit celebritycruises.com.au, call 1800 754 500 or contact your travel agent.

Royal Caribbean’s Local Wow Sale



Give the gift of a cruise holiday this Christmas, with Royal Caribbean’s Local Wow Sale, offering festive savings and upgrades on local sailings in 2017.

Guests who book selected 2017 local sailings between 3 December 2016 and 9 December 2016 will receive up to US$400 onboard credit per stateroom, as well as a massive 50% off the cruise fare of the second guest. They’ll also receive a Balcony Stateroom for the price of an Oceanview Stateroom, making a Royal Caribbean cruise the perfect family gift for savvy shoppers this Christmas.

Watch the family’s eyes light up as they unwrap an unforgettable 12-night South Pacific and New Zealand cruise on Australia’s newest, biggest and most modern ship, Ovation of the Seas, departing Sydney on 28 January 2017. Guests will be whisked to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and New Zealand, while enjoying a myriad of activities onboard including the IFly skydiving simulator, Flowrider surf simulator and the North Star viewing pod, which rises 90m above the ocean. The first guest will pay from just AUD$2849 while the second guest will pay $1409, receiving a balcony stateroom for the price of and US$400 onboard credit as part of the new offer.

Or, treat the family to a 10-night Explorer of the Seas cruise in their Christmas stockings. Departing

Sydney on 22 February 2017, guests call at Isle of Pines and Mare in New Caledonia and Mystery Island and Port Vila in Vanuatu, before returning to Sydney. Guest one will pay just AUD $1599, and the second guest just AUD $799, receiving a balcony stateroom for the price of and US$400 onboard credit as part of the Local Wow sale.

For further information or to book a Royal Caribbean cruise, visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Special Offers from El Questro

El Questro has two fantastic early bird offers, there is no reason not to visit this majestic place in 2017.




Over one million acres, El Questro offers a variety of stylish accommodation with plenty of activities to match. The Homestead is an exclusive retreat situated atop the Chamberlain Gorge - the ideal place to fully appreciate the  beauty of the Kimberley. Emma Gorge Resort offers comfortable accommodation in superior safari style Tented Cabins with all the facilities you would expect from a resort while The Station, located on the banks of Pentecost River, is perfect for travellers who want to be at the centre of the action and close to all of El Questro's activities.

From helicopter rides over the secluded Miri Miri falls to cruises on the beautiful Chamberlain River, you will sure find something adventurous to do no matter where you stay.

SPECIAL OFFER

Homestead

Stay 4 nights and receive 10% off PLUS COMPLIMENTARY Helicopter tour to Miri Miri for 2 people

Hidden in a remote corner of El Questro is Miri Miri Falls. Spring-fed water cascades over a 50-metre fall from the plateau into a deep pool, then into a dense valley of Livistona Palms and Paperbarks. Take a dip in the refreshing pool overlooking the Falls as you enjoy one of El Questro's most secluded attractions. Spend a couple of hours frolicking around this stunning location whilst enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch. Get this unforgettable  "Miri Miri Tour by Helicopter " experience for free and more with this early bird Homestead special!

Book between now and 30 December 2016, enjoy 4 nights at Homestead twin share Garden Room and receive 10% off for travel from 01 April to 03 June 2017 and 03 September to 28 October 2017.

Twin share Garden room priced from $7088 for four nights.

Key inclusions:

-        Helicopter tour to Miri Miri for 2 adults
-        Selected tours
-        All dining and selected alcoholic beverages

Emma Gorge or The Station

Stay 3 nights, pay for 2 includes daily breakfast for two adults

- Book El Questro Emma Gorge between now and 30 December 2016, enjoy 3 nights while paying for 2 for travel from 01 May to 03 June 2017 and 03 September to 29 September 2017.

Minimum three-night stay, twin share discounted-priced from $204 per night including daily breakfast for two adults.

- Book El Questro The Station between now and 30 December 2016, enjoy 3 nights while paying for 2 for travel from 01 April to 03 June 2017 and 03 September to 28 October 2017 (Blackout dates 14 – 17 April 2017).

Minimum three-night stay, twin share The Station Gardenview Room discounted-priced from $226, per night, twin share The Station Riverview Room priced from $272 per nights. Both include daily breakfast for two adults.

Offers subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information visit www.elquestro.com.au or call 1800 837 168

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Tour offer: Complimentary Adelaide Sightseeing

Adelaide Sightseeing Tours are offering a free Adelaide City Highlights tour when two full day Adelaide Sightseeing Tours are booked or 50% off an Adelaide City Highlights tour when one full day Adelaide Sightseeing Tour is booked.

 

Sit back in air-conditioned comfort aboard a luxury coach and discover all that Adelaide has to offer from its famous cellardoors to its quaint German villages and cosmopolitan city, all found in the wide range of Adelaide Sightseeing Tours available.

 

Book the full day Barossa Food & Wine Experience, McLaren Vale Food & Wine Indulgence, Barossa and Hahndorf Highlights, Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale Highlights, One Day Kangaroo Island Experience and Murray River Highlights and receive the Adelaide City Highlights tour for free.

 

Sample some of the Barossa's finest wines and gourmet food on the full day, Barossa Valley Food and Wine Experience. Visit cellar doors including the intimate TeAro Estate, Williamstown where guests will also enjoy morning tea and the award winning Pindarie Cellar Door, Gomersal. Be treated to a delicious 2-course lunch at Lambert Estate, Angaston, take in the views from the lookout at Mengler Hill and stop in at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop to sample her amazing food products.

 

The McLaren Vale Food and Wine Indulgence tour is a fantastic full day tour which explores Adelaide's southern metropolitan coastline and the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region. Sample wines from popular cellar doors including Wirra Wirra Vineyards, d'Arenberg and Hardy's Tintara. Have morning tea at the McLaren Vale Visitors Centre and a delectable 2-course lunch incorporating fresh, local produce at Red Poles.

 

The Barossa and Hahndorf Highlights tour visits the world famous Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre and Saltram Wine Estate to sample some of the Barossa's finest wines. Enjoy a sumptuous 2 course lunch at the South Australian Company Store, then sit back and relax as the tour passes through the picturesque Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Adelaide's oldest German settlement. Here explore the many picturesque cafes, shops and galleries full of local arts, crafts and German produce.

 

Discover Adelaide's Southern Vales and beaches and sample great wine on Adelaide Sightseeing's Victor Harbor & McLaren Vale Highlights day tour. Travel through the glorious Adelaide Hills and into the Fleurieu Peninsula before stopping off at the Scottish town of Strathalbyn for some morning tea. Then head through Goolwa where the Murray River meets the vast Lake Alexandrina and on to Victor Harbor, one of South Australia's most popular seaside towns. Visit the esplanade of Victor Harbor, filled with local craft stores and many cafés.

 

After departing Victor Harbor, pass through Horseshoe Bay, Rosetta Heads and Encounter Bay, steeped in whaling history.  Then travel along the southern coastline and view the rolling vineyards, iron stone cottages, olive and almond groves of the McLaren Vale region. In McLaren Vale there is plenty of time to sample an array of local produce and wine tastings at nearby cellar doors before heading back to Adelaide.

 

The One Day Kangaroo Island Experience Tour shows off the islands highlights including Seal Bay Conservation Park, Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Flinders Chase National Park to see nature's amazing Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Long-Nosed Fur Seals and other Australian native animals including kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies, koalas and echidnas in their natural habitat. The tour also includes a hearty 2-course lunch at Vivonne Bay Lodge Bistro, return scenic SeaLink coach transfers to Cape Jervis and return SeaLink ferry crossing from the mainland to Penneshaw.

 

Sit back and relax on the Murray River Highlights tour and cruise along the historic Murray River aboard the Proud Mary. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch and gain an insight into this unique river system with its magnificent landscapes, spectacular cliffs, weeping willows and huge red river gums. See an array of birds from pelicans and galahs to cockatoos and cormorants.

 

After lunch, take in the spectacular views and stop for a great photo opportunity at the lookout overlooking the township of Mannum. On the return journey to Adelaide, visit Melba's Chocolate Factory for afternoon tea (own expense) and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside.

 

You can't visit South Australia without experiencing Adelaide itself and better yet for free, on an Adelaide Sightseeing tour.

 

The Adelaide City Highlights tour takes in Adelaide's main attractions including Adelaide's cultural boulevard of North Terrace and its university, library, art gallery and museum; St Peter's Cathedral; historic North Adelaide; the famous Adelaide Oval and Haigh's Chocolates for a factory tour and tastings.

 

All Adelaide Sightseeing tours feature expert commentary by a local driver and guide and include pick-up/drop-off from selected Adelaide hotels and Adelaide Central Bus Station.

 

This great offer of a free Adelaide City Highlights tour when two full day Adelaide Sightseeing Tours are booked or 50% off the Adelaide City Highlights Tour when one full day Adelaide Sightseeing Tour is booked is valid until 31 March 2017.

 

For further sale information and bookings visit: www.adelaidesightseeing.com.au

 


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Top Attractions for Cruise Visitors to Helsinki



Most sights and attractions are in the city centre and are within walking distance, in addition getting around town by other means is easy. The Senate Square and the Esplanade Park are filled with concerts and other outdoor events and festivals during the summer Mönchs and the South Harbour is the centre of maritime city life. The Finns are friendly people and lots of them speak good English. Helsinki’s relaxed atmosphere makes it easy for visitors to feel welcome.

Take a walk and get a feel for the city

In Helsinki everything is nearby, Helsinki is a pocket-sized metropolis, which is easy to explore on foot. Whether you want to simply stroll around the city or see the sights on a longer jogging route, you can be sure to find the perfect route for your plans.

Are you a design fan? Different walking routes take you through the well-loved Helsinki Design District.

Combine lunch with a great excursion 

Enjoy some good local cuisine in one of the many Island Restaurants and get to know the maritime Helsinki. The sea fortress Suomenlinna is for example an ideal location. On the granite cliffs on the southern tip or in the beautiful parks, both are ideal for great picnics. Sightseeing cruises with lunch leave from the market square daily.

Admire Helsinki from the rooftops

Look around in all directions. In some places in Helsinki it is possible to have great views across the city rooftops and down to the sea. Up here you can relax and enjoy a nice drink. Visit for example the Olympic Stadium Tower, Finnair Sky Wheel, Hotel Torni’s Ateljee Bar and the rooftop of Verkkokauppa.com.

Friday, 11 November 2016

#travelcompetitions Win a trip to the 2017 Grand Prix





Groote Eylandt Lodge NT named one of the best Corporate Venues in Australia



Named one of the best Corporate Venues in Australia by Qantas Travel Insider*, Groote Eylandt Lodge, managed by Metro Hotels, offers organisations a truly unique corporate retreat experience in a stunning, untouched wilderness area.

Groote Eylandt is known for its pristine natural and marine environment, spectacular scenery, Aboriginal art and culture, and some of the best fishing in the world.

Located in the remote Groote Eylandt archipelago in the Gulf of Carpentaria, this Indigenous business owned by the Aninindilyakwan Aboriginal people combines your business program with world-class fishing, authentic Indigenous art and cultural experiences, and exceptional nature activities.


Groote Eylandt Lodge has released a special 4-night Corporate Retreat for $2,950 per person or $2500 twin share, which includes:

  • Return airfare from Darwin 
  • 4 night’s accommodation 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Two days meeting room hire with morning and afternoon tea
  • One day guided sports fishing adventure
  • Introduction to Anindilyakwa culture
  • All transfers on Groote Eylandt

The Lodge offers quality waterfront accommodation and a well-appointed and equipped conference suite, ideal for board meetings and small group functions, with the capacity to cater for up to 80 people. Full corporate support and equipment is available on site.

With same day connectivity to and from all Australian capitals, delegates can arrive on Monday and leave on Friday, recharged, rejuvenated and ready to reach new targets for the year ahead.



The Lodge’s Seagrass restaurant serves Modern Australian cuisine with ocean views, and can prepare morning tea, lunch and full corporate dinners.

The on-site Sports Fishing Operation provides delegates with one of the most thrilling sports fishing experiences in the world. The 300 square kilometres of prime, virtually unfished water surrounding the lodge is home to some of the most prized species in the world: marlin and sailfish, hard-hitting blue water species, plucky reef fish and the iconic barramundi.

Groote Eylandt has same day connecting flights from all Australian capital cities.

To book, contact (08) 8987 7077, visit www.grooteeylandtlodge.com.au or email reservations@grooteeylandtlodge.com.au.

* http://travelinsider.qantas.com.au/lifestyle/business/9-of-the-best-corporate-venues-in-australia

Enjoy Summer in the sky at Melbourne's Eureka Skydeck



Take the kids out of their comfort zone and high into the sky these Summer School Holidays at Eureka Skydeck.

Rocket 88 levels up in the elevator and enjoy long summer days with priceless views of the city as children pick their favourite landmarks, learn about the world's most liveable city, and be suspended 300 metres above.

Eureka Skydeck has a number of interactive displays on offer, including thirty viewfinders spread out across the space, which direct families to discover places of interest, including the MCG and Flinders Street Station.

Be one of the first to experience Eureka Skydeck's newest interactive attraction, The Heist. The immersive audio game lets you explore Melbourne's best views while guiding your team of master thieves through the diamond heist taking place below you. With your every move sound tracked, your movements drive the action forward.



For those who dare, Eureka Skydeck has the world's only Edge experience: a 3m by 3m transparent glass cube which slides out from the building, suspending guests above the Melbourne skyline. Patrons can also step outside to Eureka Skydeck's Outdoor Terrace and expose themselves to the elements 88 levels up. The Outdoor Terrace is right next to The Edge, so family and friends can view those inside.

The Skydeck Kiosk has you covered with snack food and hot and cold drinks, so there's no need to worry about going hungry high up in the sky. For something more substantial, you can always head down to the Southgate shopping and dining precinct, conveniently located at the base of Eureka Tower.

Hosting visitors over the summer break? Take advantage of the long opening hours and acquaint them with the city.  Eureka Skydeck will be open from 10am – 10pm daily throughout the Christmas School Holiday break, including 10am – 5pm on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

Discounted car parking is available for Skydeck customers in the Eureka Wilson's Carpark.

For a foolproof way to keep the kids entertained these school holidays, look no further than Eureka Skydeck.

The Edge experience will cost patrons between $8.00 - $12.00, plus entry to Skydeck.

About Eureka Skydeck:

Eureka Skydeck is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. Located on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, the observation deck provides patrons with 360 degree floor-to-ceiling views of Melbourne and beyond. During the school holidays guests will also be able to take full advantage of the Outdoor Terrace. Enclosed by a wire grid, the Outdoor Terrace exposes guests to the elements on Level 88. The Terrace is right next to the Edge, so family and friends can view those inside.

For further information about Eureka Skydeck, visit www.eurekaskydeck.melbourne or call 03 9693 8888.

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