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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Free wellness program with every Inspiring Villas booking

Thai luxury villa rental company Inspiring Villas is offering all guests a free 4 day wellness program valued at $1000 pp with any Phuket villa stay of 7 nights or more before Easter 2019.

Whether you're travelling with your partner, family or a group, Inspiring Villas will arrange in-villa delivery of private yoga and meditation classes, as well as your chef to prepare cold pressed juices of your choice.

Inspiring Villas spokesperson Richard Saul says, "We found that a lot of our guests were staying at a villa and then heading off to a wellness retreat. We thought, 'Why not combine the two?'

"Large wellness retreats are not for everyone - some people find them too intensive - so this is a way of factoring in some wellness while still spending family time together," says Saul.

With villas located in Koh Samui and Phuket, ranging in size all the way up to 50 guests, Inspiring Villas offer Beachfront villas, Seaview villas, Wedding villas and Large Group villas.

The free wellness programs are delivered by experienced yoga teachers at a time that is suitable to you. Offering Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and mindfulness meditation, you can take your class indoors or head outside to the pool deck or beachfront.

The cold pressed juices are formulated for special health outcomes like rejuvenating your skin, hair and nails, liver cleansing, inflammation reduction and metabolic boosting. All ingredients are locally sourced and freshly prepared.

To book your villa stay with a free wellness program visit www.inspiringvillas.com


Monday, 12 November 2018

WIN: Discover seven world wonders with Exodus Travels #travelcompetitions


See the World's Wonders Your Way: Win the Ultimate #My7WorldWonders Experience

1 world. 7 adventures. Infinite wonders. Select your personal 7 World Wonders to create the ultimate global adventure video and enter to win 7 trips with Exodus Travels!

Whether it's the Great Pyramid at Giza or the Grand Canyon, for centuries people around the world have argued about which of the most remarkable places on the planet count as the seven world wonders. Exodus Travels is thrilled to kick-off a once-in-a-lifetime contest offering aspiring travellers the chance to see the world's wonders their way.

Exodus Travels is giving travellers the opportunity to choose their own unique list of wonders; travellers can select their personal seven World Wonders to create the ultimate global adventure and enter to win a life-changing, jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, instagram-worthy travel experience to see them all.

From being captivated by the Northern Lights dancing over Iceland's snow-capped mountains, spotting India's elusive Bengal Tiger in the wilderness, marveling at the mysterious moai of Easter Island to taking in the history of Cambodia while exploring Angkor Wat's lesser-visited temples – one lucky winner will have the chance to win the ultimate adventure to see all seven of their personal World Wonders on seven awe-inspiring trips with Exodus Travels.

The #My7WorldWonders contest runs from 12 November, 2018 until 15 January, 2019 and is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand.

To enter, simply visit https://my7worldwonders.com, complete the online entry form by selecting your seven World Wonders from the video content and hit submit. After entering the contest, each entrant will receive a short, personalized video based on the trips that they have selected. Entrants can share their contest video with others for the chance to receive an additional entry if a new user enters using their unique referral link, with up to 50 bonus entries.

The winners will be randomly selected on 17, January 2019.

Terms & Conditions: The contest is open to all legal residents of Australia and New Zealand who have reached the age of majority in their province/territory of residence at the time of entry.* There will be one winner from Australia and New Zealand.

*For more Terms & Conditions, visit: https://www.exodustravels.com/au/win-my-7-world-wonders-contest

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Discover magazine out now - just in time for summer

The fabulous new issue of Travellers Choice DISCOVER is out now in both print and e-magazine.

click to open e-mag online


Whether you are cruising, flying or looking for great vacation inspiration, you'll find it at your Travellers Choice agent.

Read it here online or visit your local Travellers Choice agent for a take-home hardcopy in good old-fashioned glossy paper.

PLUS you could win $2000 of Qantas credit just for booking your domestic flight with Travellers' Choice



Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Ecruising's Golden Indian Journey & The Far East




From the jungles of India's Ranthambore Tiger Reserve to cosmopolitan Singapore, Ecruising's 28-night Golden Indian Journey & the Far East is a chance to experience some of the Sub-Continent and Southeast Asia's most intriguing destinations.

Kicking off in India's capital, Delhi on 19 November 2019, your first eight days will be spent exploring all the colour, history, culture, cuisine and wildlife of one of the world's most fascinating countries. All the iconic attractions in northern India are included – Old and New Delhi; the impressive Agra Fort and Taj Mahal; the legendary Pink City of Jaipur with its famed Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds; the 500 year old hilltop fortress of Amber; the 16th century historical town of Fatehpur Sikri built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar; and an exciting safari in search of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.

Prepare to be amazed by vibrant bazaars, awe-inspiring monuments, famous landmarks and prime tiger viewing territory, all while receiving Ecruising's customary service and style and some of the country's finest hotels and resorts including Le Meridien in Delhi, Ranthambore's Juna Mahal and The Trident hotels in Jaipur and Agra. Land transport is in comfort via air-conditioned train and vehicles, and there are expert private guides on hand to bring your journey to life every step of the way.

On 26 November, the next exciting phase of your itinerary begins with a flight to Dubai from Delhi where you'll spend two nights in the celebrated Raffles Dubai, a stunning landmark on Dubai's skyline inspired by the great pyramids of Egypt. Here, shopaholics will have an opportunity to indulge in the City's legendary shops and bazaars, while culture buffs can enjoy a half day heritage tour of Old Dubai, before embarking on a 17-night cruise to Singapore on board the spectacular Norwegian Jade.

From the modern marvels of Dubai to the bustling metropolis of Singapore, cruise highlights include stops at the Goan port of Mormugao in India's south and chance to dip into the region's natural beauty with a day of sun, sand and spices, snorkelling off one of the expansive beaches or touring a local spice farm; the Maldives' capital MalĂ©, famous for its mosques and colourful buildings; and the Sri Lankan city of Colombo, with its eclectic cross-section of Buddhist temples, bustling street markets and scenic ocean views. An overnight stay in Phuket in Thailand is a chance to discover the resort city's many facets, from hiking in the breathtaking Ao Phang Nga National Park, lounging beachside or touring its impressive temples, while a day in Georgetown in Malaysia's Penang is an opportunity to savour some of Asia's best street food – the famed Nonya and Peranakan cuisine, and immerse yourself in the city's impressive colonial heritage.

Arriving in Singapore on 15 December, your last two nights will be spent at the charming Fullerton Hotel Singapore, where you can undertake a little last-minute Christmas shopping and indulge in the delicious Hawker food for which the city is rightly famous, before departing on your homeward flight on 17 December 2019.

Departing on 19 November 2019, prices for Ecruising's Golden Indian Journey & The Far East itinerary start from $8,459 per person twin share, including all accommodation, return international economy class airfares from Australia, train fares from Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, all meals on board Norwegian Jade, inland transfers and baggage handling, as well as airport transfers with staff assistance.

Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information about the cruise and Ecruising please visit:

www.ecruising.travel or phone 1300 369 848.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Probus Members: Fantastic travel prizes to be won



$22,000 in prizes to be won in this photo competition. The theme of the Probus South Pacific 2018 - 2019 National Photographic Competition is:

"Probus in Action"

So get your camera out and take a shot at being in the running to win part of the amazing prize pool of more than $22,000

FULL DETAILS

Monday, 15 October 2018

Cruise the Nile in Style

#rivercruising

Refurbished Sun Boat IV unveiled.


A wish list destination for centuries, there never has there been a better time to travel Egypt. An extended period of stability has seen a real resurgence of interest in a country which is buzzing with renewed optimism and visitors are starting to flood back.

But if you need any more persuading, then a Nile cruise aboard the recently unveiled  Sun Boat IV, back on the river after an extensive refurbishment, is guaranteed to tempt. Following the mighty Nile from Aswan to Luxor through the heart of Egypt, the stunningly transformed Sun Boat IV brings new levels of elegance to the Nile with its contemporary-yet-classic design.

With just forty rooms, including two presidential suites and two royal suites, time on the boat is spent in unrivalled luxury. In each cabin, elegance has been elevated with rich teak flooring, Egyptian marble, hand-painted decorative details and other distinctive touches including neutral-toned textiles complementing soft fabrics draped artfully over sumptuous oversized beds. Here, and elsewhere throughout the ship, shades of sandstone echo the colour scheme of the surrounding desert and temples, blending traditional references with a modern sense of style, to create a serene and tranquil environment a world away from traditional river-cruise cabins.

Of course, each cruise is as cultured as it is calming. On board, guests can indulge in exquisite meals prepared by gourmet chefs and discover the secrets to regional specialities such as Kushari, a spicy mix of black lentil, rice, chickpeas with tomato and fried onion, and Mahshi – delicious stuffed vegetables; enjoy a Nubian dance night and a chance to dress up in colourful traditional Egyptian galabeyas; or soak up the sun by the ship's spectacular river-view pool – the perfect place to watch Egypt's ancient sites pass by.

Indeed, gliding down the world's longest waterway, the county's past remains vibrant and alive in its many majestic monuments and relics, threaded along the river banks. Cruises take in some of the best-known highlights including the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Temple of Karnak the Unfinished Obelisk, Philae and Luxor, as well the more remote, but equally spectacular Denderah, Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples, with expert Egyptologists on hand to bring history to life on all shore excursions.


Saturday, 29 September 2018

Choose Cruise Month - up to $800 onboard credit with MSC Cruises


MSC Cruises will be offering up to $800 onboard credit per cabin, during October for Choose Cruise Month. With over 45 itineraries to choose from in the Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords, Baltics, Arabian Peninsula & India, Caribbean & Cuba and great repositioning cruises, it will be hard to say no to this great offer.

Nobody knows the Mediterranean like MSC and during Choose Cruise  Month they are offering a 10-night Mediterranean cruise from $1,239 per person with a bonus $500 onboard credit per cabin (twin share). Mix with celebrities in Portofino, re-trace the steps of history in Rome and Malta and discover the vibrancy of Barcelona and Marseille in France on board MSC Sinfonia.

In Northern Europe, over 7 nights MSC will take you to spectacular fjords, ancient cities and picturesque hamlets aboard state of the art MSC Meraviglia from $1,099 per person with a bonus $400 onboard credit per cabin (twin share).

Fancy a longer cruise? Journey from Rio de Janeiro to Genoa, Italy over 18 nights. Book a balcony cabin from $3,059 per person and receive a bonus $800 onboard credit per cabin (based on twin share).

Just a sample of the itineraries available with MSC Cruises' onboard credit promotion, valid during Choose Cruise Month until October 31.  To BOOK call 1300 028 502, www.msccruises.com.au or call your local travel agent.

*Conditions apply

Monday, 24 September 2018

Tauck Under The Tuscan Sun


Tauck Australia's new Under The Tuscan Sun event is being hosted from 14 to 19 October 2019.

Guests will be taken on an immersive 6-day/5-night journey into Tuscany, celebrating the region's cultural pleasures and hilltop treasures in depth, up close and authentically rich in every way, and including a keynote address from author Frances Mayes, whose best-selling book, 'Under the Tuscan Sun' later became a box office success in the movie of the same name.

This authentic view of Tuscany includes hosted accommodation at Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, born out of a medieval hamlet 800 years old and embraced by vineyards and olive groves. This beautiful property will host a cooking class for guests and conduct insider lectures on the history of Tuscan City States. There is plenty of time at leisure to perhaps immerse in the scenery, refresh and rejuvenate in an indoor pool, steam room and sauna and play a round of golf of 9 and 18-hole courses.

In-depth exploration awaits guests on daily sightseeing tracks including Etruscan Volterra, The Alabaster City and discovering a wealth of architectural treasures on a guided walking tour that showcases the temple walls of the Etruscan Acropolis,  the Medici Fortress, and the artistry of alabaster craftsmen.

In Siena, guests will see the Duomo and Baptistery and learn the history behind the 17 colourful, flag-lined contrade (districts) that are so much a part of the fabric of life here during an exclusive presentation by Dario Castagna in his contrada.

In Chianti Country, guests will spend the day with the Corsini family (whose legacy as one of the oldest families in Florence includes ties to the Vatican) at their Villa Le Corti estate, to sample their wine and olive oil, tour their private villa, listen to stories about the family business, and dine al fresco amidst stunning views of the Chianti Classico region.

There is a guided walking tour of hilltop San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site encircled by 13th-century walls and its iconic towers plus truffle hunting, pasta making, wine pairing and olive oil tasting, and many more optional activities including golf, bicycling and yoga classes. 

Tauck's exclusive welcome reception and dinner will be hosted in a medieval castle showcasing the finest of Tuscan cuisine and wines whilst the farewell dinner on the final evening will be held at the Piaggio Museum.

Tauck Australia's 6-day/5-night Under The Tuscan Sun is priced from $6490 per person twin share.

Bookings are to be directed to your travel agent or Tauck Australia on 1300 732 300 or reservations@tauck.com.au

www.tauck.com.au

Monday, 10 September 2018

Intrepid launches new range of South America experience



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



*Subject to availability, conditions apply


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Cruise the Treasures Of The East




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subject to availability. Term and conditions apply.

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

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