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Friday, April 25, 2014

South America and Antarctica Cruise on board Holland America Line

ms Zaandam

Save $2,458*pp on this 19-night Valparaiso to Buenos Aires cruise on board ms Zaandam which include cruising the Chilean Fjords, Strait of Magellan, the Drake Passage, Cape Horn and the Antarctic Sound.



Beautiful scenes on Antarctic Sound (Allan Hansen - Panoramio)
Book by 15 June and receive: Bon Voyage Sparkling Wine per stateroom, up to US$50 Onboard Credit per stateroom and Pinnacle Grill Lunch per person.

Cruise departs 30 Jan ‘15 departure and priced from $3,948*pp. Conditions apply.

For further enquiries or bookings please contact Travel the World on 1300 857 437 or visit www.traveltheworld.com.au

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Free Five Star Hotel In Istanbul


Istanbul_SilhouetteEUROPEAN holiday specialists Beyond Travel are offering a free night pre-tour in the fabulous five-star Crowne Plaza Harbiye hotel in Istanbul as a bonus on their 14-day Marvellous Turkey tour during July and August.

The 14-day fully escorted package features four and five star hotels, first class coach travel, transfers, comprehensive sightseeing and many meals within the $1935 per person twin share price tag.
The itinerary includes touring Istanbul's Old Town, the Blue Mosque, Spice Market, Topkapi Palace and the 12th Century Hagia St Sophia before moving  on to Gallipoli, the ruins of Troy, the spectacular 2000-year-old  Roman city of Ephesus and the ancient city of Hierapolis.
Other fully guided activities include visits to the thermal pools of Pamukkale, the Greek museum village of Kayakoy before crossing the Taurus Mountains to Anatalya, Konya and Cappadocia and the country's largest caranvanserai on the famed Silk Road.

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Be quick to Bag a Deal to the Cook Islands and half price kids’ airfares


The Cook Islands has released the Bag a Deal sale featuring some of the best value holiday packages to 
CI_189_DK Rarotongathe South Pacific holiday destination yet offered in Australia — with half price children’s airfares generating particularly good deals for families.

Bag a Deals are on sale from today (23 April) until 7 May and available on various travel dates through to December 2014.
The specials are based on sale airfares with Air New Zealand on its direct service from Sydney to Cook Islands (Rarotonga), for travel from 10 May-20 June, 12 July-19 September and 4 October to 12 December. The discounted flights are on sale until 7 May from $269 adults, $121 for children 2-11 years (including taxes) one way, seat only. Terms and conditions apply. Trade can book through your GDS, your preferred travel partner.
Bag one of these great package deals before 7 May 
CI_229_DK Aitutaki LagoonVisit www.sale.cookislands.travel to view the best deals to the main island, beautiful Rarotonga, or its sister islands idyllic Aitutaki and adventurous Atiu - from as little as $899 for six nights at Puaikura Reef Lodges pp twin share.
Families Stay 6 nights for the price of 4 in a three bedroom villa at Edgewater Resort & Spa, Rarotonga. The price for a family of four is $4356 ($1879 pp for adults and $299 pp for children) including return direct flights from Sydney to Rarotonga, breakfasts, free entry to Coconut Kids Club (4-12 years), return airport transfers and late checkout – and two children eat for free.
Luxury Sea Change Villas on Rarotonga is offering six nights in a one bedroom lagoon view villa with private pool from $2249 pp twin share including return direct flights from Sydney to Rarotonga, early check in, two days scooter hire, a lagoon dive, arrival breakfast pack, 100MB of free internet and more.
Muri beach-Craig-Owen-12family03-127-LRRarotonga-Aitutaki Combo Visit both Rarotonga and amazing Aitutaki staying two nights at Sanctuary Rarotonga on the Beach and four nights at Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa from $2325 pp twin share, including return international flights with Air New Zealand, inter-island flights, breakfast daily, airport transfers, paddle board hire, spa treatment for two, bottle of wine.  Ex Melbourne $2599 pp, Brisbane $2625 pp, Adelaide $2775 pp.
Terms and conditions apply.


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Essential Egypt


unnamed (2)Clients can book a great value 8-day adventure exploring Egypt’s highlights six months ahead and save even more with youth travel group Topdeck.

A 5% early booking discount applies to Essential Egypt, which features guided tours of the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, the Valley of the Kings, Luxor and the magnificent Temples of Abu Simbel from just $613 per person plus $209 local payment, a total of $822*.
Starting and ending in Cairo, the trip also includes a visit to the Egyptian Museum which houses over 100,000 relics including the treasures of Tutankhamun, a cruise down the Nile aboard a traditional felucca sailboat, a visit to a Nubian village, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the vibrant Khan el Khalili market.
The trip is led by a local Egyptian Topdeck guide and includes guided tours of all major sites with an Egyptologist, five nights’ in three and four star hotels, two nights on an overnight train in first class between Cairo and Aswan and Luxor and Cairo, seven breakfasts and an arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel.
Group sizes average 12 to 15 with a maximum of 30 people.
*Terms & conditions apply. Advertised price includes 5% early payment discount. Discounts apply to the basic trip price only and not to the local payment and when booked and paid in full six months in advance of trip departure. Local payment based on USD1 =AUD1.1. Local payment must be paid locally in USD. Exchange rate correct at time of brochure printing, subject to currency fluctuations.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ring in 2015 at Hogmanay


unnamed (22)Back-Roads Touring is offering a $112 per person discount on a small group tour taking clients to one of the world’s biggest New Year parties, Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Ring in 2015 on the 4-day Edinburgh’s Hogmanay now from $2133* per person twin share when booked and paid in full by May 31.
Departing December 30, the itinerary features a tour of Dunfermline - once the capital of Scotland, Loch Leven, medieval St Andrews, the magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen’s former floating residence.
On New Year’s Eve, enjoy a festive dinner and then attend the Hogmanay Street Party featuring performances from live bands, ceilidh dancing and one of the world’s greatest fireworks displays. Clients will also stay in a centrally located hotel in Edinburgh and sample delicious local food.
The tour includes three nights’ accommodation, Back-Roads driver/tour leader, mini-coach transport, Scottish cooked breakfast daily, three evening meals, and entrances to Hogmanay Street Party and itinerary sights.
*Terms and conditions apply. Discount must be requested at time of booking and will apply to the basic tour price. All components of the booking must be paid in full by 31 May 2014 to qualify for the 5% earlybird discount.

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The kids stay, play and eat free on your Phuket holiday


Centara Grand Beach Resort PhuketA family holiday on the beach at Karon, in Phuket, is a whole lot more affordable under the Family Fun package offered by Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket.

The five-star resort, which has direct access to the beach, is designed around its own water park, with pools, slides and something for everyone to enjoy.
The Family Fun package is available between now and 31 October 2014 and is priced at Baht 35,500 net for five nights in a Deluxe Ocean Facing room, plus service charge and tax.
The rate is for two adults with up to two children staying in their parents’ room free of charge. Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket - Deluxe Ocean Facing
Daily breakfast is included, and lunch or dinner for the kids is included free any time their parents purchase a meal at the Mare or Cove restaurants, with the choice of a la carte or buffet.
One Thai cookery class and one Thai boxing lesson, or two Thai boxing lessons, are available free to the adults, and two children’s activities per stay are included free.
Also part of the package is a 50 percent discount voucher for a visit to the Splash Jungle Water Park at Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket.
Further information and a booking form can be found at http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/package/family-fun-phuket/
Drawing its design theme from the classic Sino-Portuguese architecture that characterises Phuket Town, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is set directly on the sands at Karon Beach, backed by a green hill, and grouped around its own water park. The award-Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket - Beachcomberwinning Spa Cenvaree is a luxurious treat that has suites for singles and couples.  Phuket International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 46 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom.
A further 21 resorts in Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Qatar, Laos and Oman brings the present total to 67 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 27 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its recently launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travellers. The company’s Kids’ Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens have their own leisure zone. Centara also operates three state-of-the-art convention centres in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket - Waterslideslocated in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an affordable lifestyle brand designed for travellers who predominantly make their bookings via the internet and who want comfort and convenience at affordable prices; the brand is under development with the first property due to open in 2016.                                                                                      
For more information and reservations, please contact tel. +66 076 201 234   or e-mail to cpbr@chr.co.th or websitehttp://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/package/family-fun-phuket/


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Istanbul hotel night included



EUROPEAN holiday specialists Beyond Travel are offering a free night pre-tour in the fabulous five-star Crowne Plaza Harbiye hotel in Istanbul as a bonus on their 14-day Marvellous Turkey tour during July and August.

The 14-day fully escorted package features four and five star hotels, first class coach travel, transfers, comprehensive sightseeing and many meals within the $1935 per person twin share price tag.

The itinerary includes touring Istanbul's Old Town, the Blue Mosque, Spice Market, Topkapi Palace and the 12th Century Hagia St Sophia before moving on to Gallipoli, the ruins of Troy, the spectacular 2000-year-old Roman city of Ephesus and the ancient city of Hierapolis.

Other fully guided activities include visits to the thermal pools of Pamukkale, the Greek museum village of Kayakoy before crossing the Taurus Mountains to Anatalya, Konya and Cappadocia and the country's largest caranvanserai on the famed Silk Road.

For more information visit www.beyondtravel.com.au or call 1300-363-554 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Traders Hotel Shenyang Offers New Weekend Room Package


Managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, Traders Hotel, Shenyang recently unveiled a yearly Weekend Room Package that will be available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through to 31 December 2014.

The Weekend Room Package starts with the price of RMB898 or RMB1808 net per room per night and entitles guests to a host of special hotel privileges and tours of hot scenic spots with family and friends.
The Weekend Room Package offers a memorable city trip with two exquisitely designed tourist routes.  The first route includes the most significant scenes, such as the Benxi Water Cave Scenic Spot.  Guests can  experience uncommon scenery in such a beautiful place.470X232-大床
Family fun enthusiasts will have other choices for Dandong Yalu River Scenic Area.  The hotel offers an exclusive shuttle bus service to the destination for a one-day city trip to save time and create an unforgettable weekend holiday for guests.
  • The hotel also provides more privileges for guests’ enjoyment:
  • Complimentary upgrade to Deluxe Room
  • Daily buffet breakfast up to two
  • Complimentary 30-minute Neck and Shoulder Massage up to two
  • “Buy One, Get One Free” privilege for buffet dinner
  • Complimentary access to Kid’s Garden
  • 15% discount on the public room rate for the same room category on the extended second night stay
  • 15% discount at food and beverage outlets, on massage, laundry and limousine service and at the Business Centre
  • Complimentary car parking per stay
  • Complimentary in-room Wifi and wired broadband Internet access
  • Late check-out until 4 p.m. (subject to room availability)
For more information or reservations, please contact our Reservations

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Sea World Resort Offers the Ultimate Theme Park 'Staycation'


Sea World Resort is offering guests the ultimate 'staycation' with a fantastic opportunity to enjoy all the facilities that the award winning 4.5 star Resort has to offer, plus unlimited theme park fun during the length of their stay.

Guests can save up to 46% with the Red Hot Holiday Sale which includes one nights' accommodation and theme park entry for the length of their stay from only $159 per night, twin share, plus kids are only an extra $20 each per night. There's also a bonus 25% off food and beverage at the Resort, Kids' Club and free Wifi.196597_num718495_600x600
For the length of their stay Guests will receive entry to Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, providing hours of entertainment for the kids. Plus, if guests stay for two nights or more, they'll receive a free Dolphin Discovery presentation at Sea World, exclusive to Resort guests.
Sea World Resort General Manager Bikash Randhawa said this Red Hot special is not to be missed, especially with all of the fantastic facilities on offer including an ultra cool Kids Club, a relaxing Day Spa and the Nickelodeon 'SpongeBob SplashBash' aquatic playground.
“Sea World Resort is home to an amazing Nickelodeon themed aquatic adventure playground for kids which is hugely popular. The colourful 'SpongeBob SplashBash' features special effects including the spectacular dancing water display made up of water jets and LED lights.
“The kids club is a great option for entertaining the kids while Mum and Dad can be pampered in the Day Spa, relax by the pool or enjoy dinner at the award winning Hatsuhana Japanese restaurant, making it the perfect place for the entire family to unwind and play.
“A highlight of this package is the unlimited theme park entry during their stay which provides families with fun filled days, after which they can relax by the pool or enjoy dinner in the family friendly Shoreline buffet restaurant” he said.
Now is the perfect time to visit the theme parks, with all new attractions and more to come. Guests can take on the awesome new Storm Coaster at Sea World, check out the action-packed new Hollywood Stunt Drive 2 show at Movie World, and beat the heat at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast.
Located on the stunning Broadwater, Sea World Resort is the ultimate family theme park holiday destination. For full terms and conditions of the Red Hot Holiday Sale, visit SeaWorldResort.com.au or call 1300 139 677.
*Offer is valid for stays until 13 July 2014 or until sold out. Subject to availability.

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Aurora Expeditions Offer Complimentary Inclusions to Celebrate New Antarctic Gateway


aurora_expeditions-puerto-williams-sunsetTo celebrate their inaugural Antarctic season using the Chilean gateway of Puerto Williams, Aurora Expeditions are offering guests aboard their small ship expeditions all manner of complimentary inclusions.

Aurora passengers currently enjoy all shore excursions, landing fees, gumboot hire and an educational program presented by expert guides as part of the voyage price; however to celebrate the launch of their Chilean gateway, Aurora have added numerous complimentary additions. These include a stylish new polar jacket to wear on the icy continent and take home after the trip and aaurora-expeditions-puerto-williams-1 hardback photo journal to remember the voyage through daily accounts and beautiful photographs, providing the perfect memento of their Antarctic experience.
Passengers joining expeditions via the nature haven of Puerto Williams will also enjoy a complimentary guided tour of the town; before taking in a spectacular scenic flight over the Beagle Channel and granite spires of the Dientes de Navarino Mountains as they make their way to or from Punta Arenas, Chile (see map below)
A selection of itineraries will maintain the traditional Antarctic gateway of Ushuaia as a departure or arrival port, allowing passengers to experience both sides of the Beagle Channel.
aurora-expeditions-navarino-islandAurora Expeditions group size of 54 remains one of the smallest in the region, and their team of experts collectively bring over 150 years of Antarctic expedition travel experience to provide passengers with a unique and personal adventure.
As the pioneers of many adventure activities in Antarctica, Aurora offer a range of activities including scuba diving, polar snorkelling, kayaking, photography, camping and ice climbing.
Free inclusions will also be offered throughout the newly launched 2015-16 Antarctic season, click herefor voyage dates and prices. Prices for the 2014/15 Antarctic season start from US$7,100 per person based on a triple cabin for a 10 day cruise including one night’s accommodation in Punta Arenas.
For more information call Aurora Expeditions on 1800 637 688 or +61 (0) 2 9252 1033.

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