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Monday, 26 June 2017

Explore South America and Rio Carnival with Exclusive Pricing



Explore some of South America's best attractions and take in the world's biggest and most famous carnival in Rio De Janeiro with this exclusively priced 18-night fly/stay/cruise package from Cruise1st.

Departing Sydney on 2nd February 2018 you will fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina where you will enjoy a two-night pre-cruise stay with time to explore this vibrant and richly cosmopolitan city.

On 4th February 2018 you will embark on Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Infinity for a 14-night cruise from Buenos Aires including port stops in Sao Paulo, Ilhabela, Buzios and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Punta del Este and Montevideo in Uruguay before returning to Buenos Aires.

Your port stop in Rio includes 3 days to experience the famous annual Rio Carnival with celebrations on virtually every corner. It's the best opportunity to learn about the true culture of Brazil and sing, dance and party whilst doing so.

Celebrity Infinity blends style and sophistication with a host of innovative features and has a first-class reputation amongst discerning cruisers. Offering a vast array of entertainment and dining, this ship is perfect for those who want all the amenities with a touch of class.

Departures from Sydney including return flights are exclusively priced to Cruise1st from just $4,299* per person twin share in an interior twin share stateroom.

For more information call 1300 596 345 or visit www.cruise1st.com.au.


*Terms & conditions apply. Subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. Prices are per person, twin share based on an interior twin share stateroom. Prices and specified hotels subject to change at any time.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Myanmar savings on Cruiseco Explorer’s extended itinerary

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Unlock $2,000 savings on Cruiseco Explorer's extended Myanmar itinerary

Cruiseco, the leading provider of worldwide cruising options in Australia and New Zealand, is delighted to offer travellers a saving of over AUD$2,000* per person on a 17 night fly, cruise and stay holiday package. This unique tour includes return Economy airfares from Australia via Bangkok to Yangon, before travelling to Prome to set sail on a 14 night luxury river cruise on 14th September 2017. Guests will sail the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers to Schwegu, before culminating in Mandalay. This spectacular cruise allows guests to experience the enchanting wonders of Myanmar like never before.

Laura Clarke, Manager Special Projects & Group Sales, Cruiseco said:

"This sensational cruise features the only itinerary in the 2017/2018 season that enables guests to travel along the Irrawaddy River and includes exploring ports along the Chindwin River. Travellers will uncover beautiful architecture, friendly locals and the authentic history and culture of this largely undiscovered part of the world. Guests will sail between Yangon and Mandalay stopping in ports along the Chindwin and Upper Irrawaddy Rivers."

Highlights of this magical holiday experience include visits to: Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda featuring one of the largest Buddhist statues in Myanmar; a number of temples in Bagan such as Shwezigon, Ananda, Dhammayangyi and Thatbyinnyu; the Shwebadaung caves; the colonial town of Katha, the setting for George Orwell's novel 'Burmese Days'; and Mandalay Hill with a summit 240m high. In addition travellers will sail through the grand walls of the Second Defile on the Irrawaddy.

Cruiseco Explorer is designed to accommodate only 56 guests, which will allow travellers to enjoy an intimate, spacious and luxurious river cruise. The cabins feature polished timber floors and French windows or private balconies, so guests will be able to relax and enjoy the impeccable scenery along the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers.

"Accompanying guests on this magical holiday are specialist guides with a wealth of knowledge of this once forbidden land. Travellers will also be able to choose to enrich their holiday by adding on extension packages of three or four nights as part of our offerings" added Clarke.

Prices, start from AUD$5,999* per person, based on twin share for Main Deck Cabin. This offer includes a saving of AUD$2,100* per person and is valid for a limited time only.

Fares include: return economy airfares from Australia; luxury cruise aboard Cruiseco Explorer, including on board gratuities, soft drinks, local beers, wine, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary; deluxe hotel accommodation, one night at the Mandalay Hill Resort in Mandalay, and two nights at the five-star Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon; extensive sightseeing with expert local guides; and all transfers.

To find out more or to make a booking, visit www.cruising.com.au or call (02) 9492 8520.

*Prices are subject to availability and change. Terms and conditions apply.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Wendy Wu Tours Saves Travellers more than $110,000.


Australia is a country famous for its "Big" things. There's the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple, and even the Big Prawn. But Asia has its own set of "Big's", and with Wendy Wu's Big Asia Sale, there's never been a better time to see them.

Happily, the extension of Wendy Wu's Big Asia Sale gives travellers the opportunity to visit many of these Big Destinations, with Big Deals to be had, including savings of up to $500p.p. In fact, Australian travellers have already saved over $110,000 with this sale, which started on 9 April 2017, and was today extended for bookings to 6 July 2017.

With a huge 74 tours available in the sale, it's proving hugely popular, and places are filling fast. So, channel a Bullet Train and act quickly to secure your clients' spot.

So, without further ado, Asia's top "Bigs" from Wendy Wu Tours:

5. The Biggest River in Asia

The mighty Yangtze holds the title of Asia's longest river, and is the third longest in the world, at 3915 miles. Flowing from its source amongst the cloud-piercing mountains of the Tibetan plateau to its mouth in the East China Sea, near Shanghai, it's the lifeblood of the people who live on its banks. Jaw dropping karst scenery awaits for those who travel its banks. See the Yangtze, along with the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, and Giant Pandas on the 14-day Majestic Yangtze tour, including a 4-night Yangtze River cruise, from $4,260 per person twin share all inclusive. Save $500 per person.

4. Highest Mountain in the World

Towering Mount Everest peaks 8,848 metres above sea level, and creates the international border between Tibet and Nepal at its summit. Its first official ascent was in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. A typical hike to base camp takes about 10 days up – but on the 21-day Himalayan Adventure Tour, you'll drive to this majestic spot, inhale the views, and retreat to the warmth of your vehicle. Bliss, without the blisters. Priced from $7,780 per person twin share all inclusive. Save $500 per person.

3. The World's Biggest City

Buzzing brighter than a mosquito around the porch light, Tokyo is a city on steroids, awash with colour and energy. A staggering 33 million people live in Tokyo, and the city hosts more millionaires than any other city! Be mesmerised by Tokyo drink sake in Takayama, and take tea in Kyoto on the 14-day Discover Japan tour, also visiting Mt Fuji, Kanazawa and Osaka. From $10,560 per person twin share all inclusive. Save $200 per person.

2. World's Most Populous Country

At a huge 1,388 billion people, China takes the cake as the world's most populous country in 2017. Hot in its heels, India awaits at 1,34 billion. But for a country as large as China, there's a huge amount of countryside to explore, with a huge 94% of its population on the east coast. Head into the less densely populated areas of Yunnan, Tibet, and the Silk Road city of Kashgar in Xinjian, and a different China emerges. Culturally diverse, with up to 55 distinct minority cultures, these outer areas offer visitors staggering beauty, a rich tradition and a welcoming inquisitive nature.  Explore China's diverse population on the 27-day Silk Road Explorer, from $6,980 per person twin share. Save $500 per person.

1.       World's Most Daily Train Passengers.

Travelling India by train is an experience in itself, with 65,000 km's of tracks and 8 billion passengers transported across 19,000 trains. Every. Single. Day. A kaleidoscope of colour and spices, the ancient forts of Agra and bustling bazaars of old Delhi await to be explored on the 19-day Essence of India tour, that includes a journey on the Shatabdi Express train en route to the Khajuraho Temples. Priced from $10,050 per person twin share all inclusive.  Save $300 per person.

Notable Mention

Of course, there's one other "Big" we neglected to include, mainly because it's just so obvious. The Longest Wall in the World - the Great Wall of China - is an astonishing 3460km long, and can be seen and/or hiked on many of the China tours in this sale.

As with all Wendy Wu Tours, these great value packages are seamless, including air from any Australian capital city, transfers, accommodation, visas, meals and touring – as well as a dedicated National Escort or Guide.

The Big Asia Sale invites travellers to choose from 74 tours, and over 16 destinations. But hurry, availability is going fast! Book by July 6, 2017.

For more information or to book visit www.wendywutours.com.au or call 1800 815 740.

Big Asia Sale Terms and conditions: Valid for sale until 6 July unless sold out prior. Prices are per person and based on twin share. Prices listed include saving. Single supplements apply. Savings valid on selected flight inclusive group tours departing from May to December 2017 and is available from selected Australian cities. Valid for new bookings only. Subject to availability of airline, special Economy Class fare and specific airfare class.


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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Thai Pavilion Off-Peak Season Offer from Chiva-Som


Pioneering Thai health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som has announced an all-inclusive accommodation offer across its exclusive range of Specialty Retreats.



The offer applies to guests staying a minimum 3 nights at the resort, which is situated within seven acres of tropical gardens in the Royal city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, 185 km south of Bangkok, from 1 June to 30 September 2017.

The Thai Pavilion Off-Peak Season Offer is priced from AUD2648 per person twin share and from AUD3531 per person single occupancy –representing a reduction of AUD589 on normal rates inclusive of:

· Individual health and wellness consultation
· 3 wellness cuisine meals per night
· Optional skin consultation
· Optional physical analysis
· Daily fitness and leisure activities (8 classes daily)
· Unlimited use us Water Therapy Suites (Steam, Sauna, Jacuzzi)
· One daily treatment per night of stay selecting from Thai Massage, Invigorating Massage, Relaxing Foot Massage, Oriental Scalp Massage, Chiva-Som Skin Haven Body Polish)

The Speciality Retreats vary in minimum of nights required for stay at Chiva Som and are tailored to address guests’ goals and objectives, current state of health and ability to achieve those goals.

The Chiva-Som advisor will assist guests in achieving the most out of their stay by devising a personal programme of treatments and services. The retreats include A Taste of Chiva-Som, Optimal Performance, Spa Wellbeing, Yoga For Life, Fitness, Natural Renewal, Weight Management, Cell Vitality, Cranial Relief, Emotional Wellbeing, Tension Release and Sustainable Slimming.

Chiva-Som, the ‘Haven of Life’, is at the forefront of health and wellbeing and accommodates guests in 54 stylish rooms with Thai Pavilions exuding traditional charm and newly renovated Ocean rooms and suites providing spectacular views of the Gulf of Thailand.

The resort features 70 treatment rooms at Niranlada Medi-Spa, a kinesis studio, gym, watsu pool, flotation pool, large outdoor swimming pool, bathing pavilion with kneipp bath, sauna, steam, Jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool. Spa cuisine presents organically-grown fruits and vegetables from the Chiva-Som garden and guests can enjoy the elegance of fine dining in the Emerald Room or relax outdoors at the Taste of Siam restaurant by the sea.

For bookings, contact a Chiva-Som Specialist on 1300 857 437 or email travel@traveltheworld.com.au


Monday, 29 May 2017

Eureka Skydeck's Giant Ice Slide - School Holiday Fun




Southbank will once again be transformed into an action-packed winter playground when Eureka Skydeck present the return of the Melbourne Ice Slide for kids, parents and the whole of Melbourne to enjoy.

Welcoming more than 11,000 sliders last year, the giant icy slip-slide has become a must-see and do activity for Melbourne locals and visitors and is this year set to be bigger and better than ever.

From July 1 – July 16, the Southbank waterfront activation will feature a mammoth 36-metre long, four-metre high ice slide complete with imported Canadian inflatable ice tubes and specially designed lanes of two for punters to glide down on.

Taking three days to erect using a fine misting system at -12 degrees, Melbourne's first and only giant ice slide is the perfect way to soak up the winter atmosphere.

Open daily from 10am until late, with prices starting at $12 for three ice slides or $20 for six slides, kids will be vying for a turn to race down the mega ice slide these school holidays.

To add to the winter fun, all patrons of the giant ice slide will be offered discounted admission at both Eureka Skydeck and Federation Square's riverside ice rink.

A portion of the funds will go to not-for-profit organisation Variety: The Children's Charity. For more information visit www.eurekaskydeck.melbourne.

Tickets must be purchased in person from the box office on the Southbank spillway, once the attractions open.

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


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Kids Free at Falls Creek ski lodge


Family-friendly Trackers Mountain Lodge, located in the heart of Falls Creek Alpine Resort, is offering sensational savings for families

They are invited to bring their Kids to stay at this very popular ski in - ski out ski lodge for Free and get 50% off ski lift passes.

This offer is valid between the resort's official opening on Queen's Birthday (June 10) until June 22 and from September 22 until the alpine resort closes its ski lifts.

Parents can introduce their children to a snow adventure at a fraction of the price to peak season.

The value-for-money snow holiday offered by Trackers Mountain Lodge costs from $1,599 per family (same package $4,598 in peak season). The package includes quad share accommodation in a standard room for two adults two children, continental breakfasts, plus 4-day full day ski school programs for two children.

For more details contact Trackers Mountain Lodge 03 5758 3346

e-mail info@trackers.com.au

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Paine Field Aviation Day this Saturday May 20



This Saturday, May 20, 2017, Historic Flight Foundation, the Washington Pilots Association, Paine Field Airport, and the Flying Heritage Combat Armor Museum will host the 22nd Annual Paine Field Aviation Day from 10am - 5pm. Or arrive at 8 a.m. for the 5K/10K airside run/walk followed by a delicious pancake breakfast courtesy of Kiwanis. Experience interactive displays, flight simulators, robotics and modeling. Walk among static aircraft, vintage military vehicles, classic cars, and contemporary aircraft courtesy of the U.S. Navy. Vintage aircraft rides will be available throughout the day. At least one lucky patron will win a free ride in a B-25 Mitchell bomber. Warbirds fly at noon!

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, aviation historian David Lednicer will present “The Remarkable History of the B-25 Mitchell” at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Two B-25s will fly.

Contact:
10719 Bernie Webber Drive
Mukilteo, WA 98275
(425) 348-3200
visitorservices@historicflight.org
www.historicflight.org



Monday, 8 May 2017

Shake up winter and escape with Cebu Pacific Air!



Tick off bucket list essentials and explore all corners of the Philippines with multi-destination seat sale!

Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines' largest carrier, is pleased to announce a seat sale to help savvy travellers escape the cooler winter months. The seat sale, on now until Saturday, May 13th 2017, enables passengers to experience the Philippines' many world-renowned destinations— thanks to the carrier's seamless domestic connectivity.

For travel between 15 June 2017 and 30 September 2017, the sale underlines Cebu Pacific's commitment to providing its valued guests the opportunity to witness breathtaking views without having put a dent on their savings. For as low as $299, Australian travellers may fly direct to Manila, the Philippines' capital, and hop to other exotic destinations in the country.

"Our seat sales enable us to open up an avenue for the Australians to explore the iconic destinations of the Philippines without having to pay a hefty price tag. We believe that through these, Cebu Pacific is able to provide stress-free holiday options across our most extensive domestic route network, making it now more possible for everyone to see for themselves the treasured gems of the Philippines," says Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing and Distribution of Cebu Pacific.

The Cebu Pacific Air seat sale includes one-way airfares from Sydney to Manila, plus onward connections to Cebu, Puerto Princesa (gateway to El Nido), Kalibo/Caticlan (gateway to Boracay), Tagbilaran (Bohol), Dumaguete, Bacolod, Cagayan, de Oro, General Santos, Davao, Iloilo and Tacloban.

Whether it's discovering the cultural and heritage sites of Cebu or immersing in the pristine waters of Boracay and Palawan, the choices are endless with Cebu Pacific for anyone wanting to visit these three destinations—listed as among the best islands in the world by Conde Nast travel magazine.

The seat sale tickets can be booked directly by visiting www.cebupacificair.com. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB's official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages.

 

Friday, 5 May 2017

Helen Wongs Tours and Qantas Bargain Escapes program




Book one of the tours prior to June 1 and save $100 a couple. Book a 2018 tour before the end of 2017 and save $200 a couple.

In celebrating its 30th anniversary, Helen Wong's Tours has partnered with Qantas to launch an exciting, newly-branded program of guided tours with a host of benefits designed for bargain hunters.

The long-time Asian holiday specialist has unveiled a 2017-2018 Bargain Escapes program which focuses on China and Japan, combining guided sightseeing with ample free time for travellers to shop, dine and cover other sites - at their leisure.




Prices start from $1299 per person, twin share for a seven-day A Taste of China tour, including return Qantas air fares from Australia.

As a bonus, travellers who book and pay in full before June 1, 2017 for one of the new tours in 2017 will save $100 per couple.

Book and pay in full by the end of 2017 for one of the 2018 tours and customers will save $200 per couple.

"This new brand has been added to our portfolio to meet the increasing demand from past customers requesting new products," said founder and managing director Helen Wong.

"We have also received many enquiries for short-term holidays which offer an amazing deal to cater for all ages and budgets and more free time to explore on their own," she said.

Among the benefits of booking a new Helen Wong's Tours Bargain Escapes tour are:

·         All departures are guaranteed;
·         Prices are guaranteed once a customer pays a deposit;
·         No seasonal surcharges;
·         Chance to earn additional Qantas Frequent Flyer Points;
·         Early bird price guarantee for bookings and deposits for 2018.

In additional to A Taste of China series of tours, Helen Wong's Tours' Bargain Escapes include a nine-day China Delights itinerary (from $1699pp twin share), 11-day Highlights of Japan (from $2999 per person, twin share) and 13-day Best of Japan (from $4799 per person twin share).

Each tour focuses on combining three-to-four star hotel stays with guided sightseeing and ample free time to shop, dine and cover other sites - at the travellers' leisure.

Details: Helen Wong's Tours, phone 1300 788328, www.helenwongstours.com

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

"50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind" from Lonely Planet


Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu & Uluru feature in Lonely Planet's 50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind



Think you know the great outdoors? Lonely Planet's 50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind, published this month, will make you think again.

Walk over a bridge formed of living tree roots in India. Take a boat cruise through New Zealand's dark caves magically lit with thousands of glowworms. Marvel at the sheer scale and beauty of the USA's Grand Canyon.

Discover just how extraordinary the world really is as Lonely Planet tours 50 of the globe's most mind-boggling wild and wonderful places – including three in Australia:

The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

"The staggering statistics tell a story in themselves – this is the world's largest single structure made from living organisms; so huge, in fact, that it can be detected from space. It is made up of over 2900 reefs and 900 islands that stretch for over 2300km. But all you'll really notice, once you dive down, is the rainbow of marine life that crowds around you. It's a tropical fish play centre with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and even the elusive and enigmatic dugong thrown in for good measure … Global warming and the resulting rise in temperature of the earth's oceans has caused widespread bleaching of the rare coral, thus destroying the essential habitat of the reef's marine life. The reef needs its environmental warriors as well as its tourist trade to ensure its survival."

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

"A 20,000sq km-sized slice of one of the earth's most geologically dramatic and biologically diverse wildernesses. The park supports four major river systems; has six different landforms, including estuaries, floodplains, stone country and the southern hills. There are over 280 different bird species, around 60 species of mammals, more than 10,000 insect species, and lots and lots of crocodiles … It is believed that Aboriginal people have inhabited the Kakadu region for more than 40,000 years, forging a deeply spiritual relationship with the region. There are more than 5000 Aboriginal art sites throughout the park, with some hosting rock art paintings over 20,000 years old, one of the longest historical records of any people in the world."

Uluru, Northern Territory

"In a nation not short of natural wonders, the immense spectacle that awaits you in Australia's vast red centre is truly breathtaking. The solitary grandeur of the rock is worthy of every superlative you can think to throw at it; and even then no description can really prepare you for the sight of over 3.5km of solid stone in real life … The Pitjantjatjara tribe have called the area home for many thousands of years and there are many sacred sites around the base of the rock that have deep cultural and spiritual meaning. Learn more about the Dreamtime legends surrounding the rock at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and take a tour of ancient cave paintings with Aboriginal guides."

ABOUT THE BOOK
Lonely Planet's 50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind
Published 4 May 2017
128pp, full colour; 120 x 178mm, flexi
RRP: AUD $14.9

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