Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Regal Riverside Hotel Mother’s Day Bird’s Nest Feast

unnamed (3)Show appreciation to your mom with sumptuous bird’s nest themed feast, 15-min free shoulder massage, personalized message card and more at Regal Riverside Hotel.

Action now and book before May 4, 2014 to enjoy up to 30% early bird discount, a complimentary rosy fruit cake or longevity bun!
L’Eau Restaurant
Okinawa Agu Pork, Bird’s Nest and Poolside BBQ Buffet
Original Price:   Lunch Buffet - $288 (adult), $198 (child/senior)
Tea Buffet - $198 (adult), $128 (child/senior)
Dinner Buffet -  1st round (18:00 – 20:00) - $448 (adult), $298 (child/senior)Poolside BBQ
2nd round (20:30 – 22:30) - $398 (adult), $268 (child/senior)
Reservation: 2132 1040
Avanti Pizzeria + Scene Bar
Western Semi Buffet Dinner – Lobster and Bird’s Nest
Original Price: $348 (adult), $278 (child/senior)
Reservation: 2132 1235
Aji Bou Izakaya
Japanese Semi Buffet Dinner – Wagyu Beef and Bird’s Nest
Original Price: $348 (adult), $278 (child/senior)Braised Abalone and Fish Maw
Reservation: 2132 1256
Thai-Viet Semi Buffet Dinner – Seafood and Bird’s Nest
Original Price: $348 (adult), $278 (child/senior)
Reservation: 2132 1151
Regal TerraceDragon Inn*
Cantonese Bird’s Nest, Fish Maw and Abalone Set Dinner 
Original Price: $1,988 to 5,388 (4 persons to 12 persons)
Reservation: 2132 1011‧2132 1153
*30% early bird discount not applicable to Regal Terrace and Dragon Inn, please contact restaurant staff for best available offer
OM Spa Festive Limited Offer
Buy-One-Get-One-Free Full Body Massage
Express your love to your parents by treating them a rejuvenating body massage.  OM Spa offers a special festive 110-minute body massage package at $680.
Prices stated in Hong Kong dollars and subject to 10% service charge based on original price.
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Helen Wong’s Tours Slashes Prices By $400 A Couple

Due to popular demand, Helen Wong’s Tours has extended its 2014 Year of the Horse celebrations by making further $400-a-couple discounts on its group tours to China and Vietnam.

And as a bonus, this offer will be available until the end of August, for travel to China until the end of June 2015, to Vietnam until the end of March, 2015.unnamed (16)
The latest offer means a12-day China Discovery tour has been slashed to a starting price of $3930 per person, twin share, including return air fare from Australia.
The Asian specialist of 27 years has also discounted such popular tours as the 15-day Yangtze Wonders to a starting price of $4750 per person, twin share from Australia.
Meanwhile, the price of the 12-day Glimpse of Vietnam tour has been reduced to begin at an enticing $3260 per person, twin share from Australia.
“We created a similar program ($200 per person discounts) in February which proved a resounding success,” said founder and managing director Helen Wong.
“For such a short period the response was extremely healthy, and we anticipate this new promotion will take that one step further in attracting Australians to China and Vietnam,” she said.
Details: Helen Wong’s Tours on 1300 788328 or

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It's Family Safari Time as Kids Stay Free at Mahali Mzuri

Get the family together and head to Mahali Mzuri for an unbeatable adventure you'll never forget with our Kids stay free offer

Located in the exclusive Olare Motorogi Private Conservancy, Mahali Mzuri offers an exciting safari packed with abundant wildlife where you'll enjoy all the creature comforts, fun activities, delicious meals and more. From guided game drives to relaxing by the outdoor infinity pool, there is something for all the family to enjoy.
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  • Guided game drives to spot animals including wildebeest, elephants, zebra, lions, leopards and cheetah. We can plan full day excursions out in the conservancy and even drives at night to look for predominantly nocturnal game including aardvarks and honey badgers.
  • Fun family activities, from educational board games and wildlife puzzles to 'Bush Olympics'! Children can also get creative with arts and crafts or spend an afternoon drawing the wildlife they can see from the viewing decks. Additionally we have a selection of children books, games, a DVD player and game consoles.
  • Walking safaris to get up close and personal with the game, something that's not possible in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Children must be 12 years or older to go on a safari walk.
  • Outdoor infinity pool where you can enjoy great game viewing straight from the pool… wildlife is never far away at Mahali Mzuri!
  • Dining, from bush BBQs to gourmet family feasts to sun downers, our team will treat you to a wide selection of African and international menus. In the evenings dinner might be served in the main dining tent or out in the bush.Our chefs will be delighted to cook children-friendly menus.
Rates start from US$1,240 per family tent, per night and are based on 2 adults and 1 to 2 children sharing which is asaving up to US$310, per child, per night.
For parents who prefer their own space and would like to book a second tent, we'll offer 50% off our single or double occupancy rates, saving up to US$890 per tent per night for children aged from 8 to 16 years old.

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New tours and cruises from Active Travel

Good Afternoon

‘M’ Day is close at hand: ‘M’ being our moving day into our brand new and larger office in Lonsdale St, Braddon. Our Open Day and Party is 05 May from 4.00 PM, and our intention is to be truly operational by then. Invite for the Party is on its way.

Last month we introduced a beautiful yacht cruise in the remote Mergui Island area of Myanmar and a sailing adventure following the Spice Route through to Borneo. In this issue we are proud to announce we are the Australian agents for a new ship on the Mekong – Mekong Prestige II giving you even more choice of dates and riverboats for your Mekong Cruises.

This months slogan – “Where Active Travel goes, the World follows”. Let us know what this means to you on our Facebook wall here or reply to this email.

Lastly we would like to wish you and your family a happy Easter.

We hope you thoroughly enjoy the long weekend and we look forward to seeing you in our new shop!

Robert Fletcher


NEW TOUR: Textiles & Culture of Northern Thailand & Laos

Next year we have a new, revamped Lao Textile Journey which, after 20 years, will alter the focus to the northern border region of Lao as well as Chiang Mai, where we have excellent private collections to view. Valerie Kirk, who is now in Orissa leading our inaugural tour there, will be our textile expert.

Click here for more info.

NEW TOUR: Iran, the Essence of Persia

Iran has been on our horizons for years and at last we have a group departing in October which will be led by our art historian, Roy Forward in conjunction with the ANU Centre of Continuing Education. On this tour you will experience the splendour of the ancient Persian civilisation and be intrigued by modern day Iran.

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20% off Selected Pandaw Cruises

Pandaw is offering 20% off selected 2014 and 2015 Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam cruises. We are also offering a 10% early bird discount on our new 7 night Burma cruise – Ancient Arakan along the Kaladan River for October 2015 departures onwards. To receive this early bird discount you must book and deposit by 6 December 2014.

Click here for more info.

Our Brand New Riverboat on the Mekong

We are pleased to be the Australian agent for a new luxury riverboat on the Mekong, the Mekong Prestige II. This state-of-the art riverboat has large cabins, all with private balconies, luxurious furnishings and a whirlpool Jacuzzi on the sundeck. This new boat will be cruising between Siem Reap and Saigon from October 2014.

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2 Places left on Tuscany, Umbria & Cinque Terre Tour

We have just two places left on our Tuscany, Umbria & Cinque Terre tour departing this September. Don’t miss out on the chance to walk this beautiful region of Italy characterised by quaint hilltop villages and fabulous food and wine. You are in great hands on this tour with experienced walking tour leader Dave Best.

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Montréal’s sweet summer surprises

Fabergé – Jeweller to the Czars
Carl Fabergé, jeweler to two Russian czars, crafted countless precious objects and exquisite jewelry for the royal family. From June 14 to October 5, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts showcases the biggest exhibition outside of Russia: 240 objects—including four of the famed Easter eggs—designed for the Romanovs. A Canadian exclusive.

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Montreal’s Digital Spring
From March 21 to June 21, the first edition of Montréal’s Digital Spring showcases a bounty of boundary pushing, cross-discipline creations that include interactive spaces, architectural installations, visual and sound performances and much more for the imagination. It’s an excellent opportunity to see why Montréal shines as the capital of digital creativity.

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Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada
June 6 to 8, 2014
The world's motor racing giants meet up on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

Just For Laughs Festival
July 12 to 26, 2014
Comedy's funniest men and women converge here and crack up audiences.

Osheaga, Music and Arts Festival
August 1 to 3, 2014
The city's must-see summer music ans arts get-together, on and off the island.

Ice Hockey Junior World Championship
December 26, 2014 to January 5, 2015

Montreal’s new digs – ALT Griffintown now open
Eco-responsible and intelligently designed, the ALT Griffintown—from Québec’s Groupe Germain Hospitalité—treats guests to 154 ultra-comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, spa-style showers and baths, goose down duvets… the works! All this, on 18 spacious floors flooded with natural light, at the same year-round rates.

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A hat trick of entertainment
Three’s a crowd? Not in Montréal. This summer, the city celebrates a trio of fun: jazz, circus and fireworks. That’s right, it’s the the 35th anniversary of the Festival international de jazz de Montréal, the 30th anniversary of L’International des feux Loto-Québec and the 5th anniversary of Montréal COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE.

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The festivals of Venice and a river cruise with European Waterways – the perfect combination

Lovers of the beautiful city of Venice will know that its festivals are world-famous and this year is no exception with events such as Festa del Redentore running on 19 and 20 July and the Venice International Film Festival starting late August. 

The Festa del Redentore happens near St Mark’s Square each year, where people from all over walk across the Grand Canal on a floating bridge of barges for good luck, followed by an amazing fireworks display over the lagoon. Later in summer, the Venice International Film Festival kicks off, an 11 day event in August that takes place along the sea-facing Lido Esplanade. unnamed (19)
But what to do before and after these festivities? The answer - cruise across the Venetian Lagoon past colourful islands and through the Po Valley aboard La Bella Vita, a stylish 20 passenger river cruiser. There will be tours of Chioggia, Ferrara and the Renaissance gem of Mantua along the way, and delicious Italian food prepared by the talented onboard chef – accompanied of course by fine Italian wines.
Rates for La Bella Vita’s 6-night European summer cruises start at €2,690 per person, and include all meals, wines, an open bar, numerous other daily escorted excursions, local transfers and admissions. Rates are based on double occupancy.
For more information and to see the full range of specials this season, visit: www.gobarging.comor contact  or call toll free 1800 828 050.
Follow European Waterways on Facebook and Twitter and view their YouTube channel.
For further media information please contact Bianca Alosi at PEPR Publicity or call (02) 9380 8080.

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Adventure Associates High Arctic 2014

unnamed (20)An in-depth exploration of Svalbard with Henrik Løvendahl

Adventure Associates is offering a rare 9-day expedition of the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, the wildlife capital of the High Arctic, on board the historic 12-passenger ice-strengthened Swedish vessel M/S Malmö.
The M/S Malmö is a classic vessel built in 1943 for the Swedish National Maritime Administration and has been heritage listed since 2004. With just 12 passengers, it is more like travelling on a private yacht and offers an entirely different experience and perspective to that of larger and more conventional vessels. The compact size of the ship and the small number of passengers allows for a great degree of flexibility and wildlife viewing.
This special voyage is designed to offer travellers a quality exploratory wildlife program, aiming to spend as much time ashore as possible. The voyage will focus on the fjords and islands of North Spitsbergen, which offer abundant bird life and the chance to encounter polar bears and reindeer.
Prices for the Svalbard Explorer Voyage start from $9490 per person twin-share. This once-only voyage departs on 29 July 2014.
Danish-born Henrik Løvendahl is a highly qualified expedition leader and dive guide having worked in both the Arctic and Antarctic for the past 20 years. Henrik has also led trekking and mountaineering trips in the Himalayas and recently spent a winter in Svalbard working as a dog handler and dog sled guide.  His love of the ocean and the extremes of the planet has resulted in a wealth of knowledge about the landscapes, ice, wildlife and history of these special places that he delights in sharing with guests.
For further information and bookings phone (02) 8916 3000 or visit

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Back to work blues? Plan your next escape with AirAsia!

Beat the back to work blues and book your next escape to your favourite Asian destinations for less with AirAsia.
004 A330-300 AirAsia X

The world’s best low cost carrier has super low fares to a host of hot getaways including Singapore, Bangkok and Busanavailable for booking from 28 April to 4 May and travel between 18 August and 30 April 2015. 
From Perth, fly one way to Bali from $129*; Kuala Lumpur from $179*; Bangkok from $219*; Hong Kong from $259*; andOsaka and Busan from $239*.
Sydneysiders can jet off to Kuala Lumpur from $199*; Bangkok from $239*; Nagoya from $249*; Hong Kong from $279*; andBusan from $259* one way.
From Adelaide, explore Kuala Lumpur from just $179*; Singapore and Bangkok from $219*; and Osaka and Busan from$239* one way.
Take off one way from the Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur from $179*; Bangkok from $219*; Nagoya from $229*; Hong Kongfrom $259*; and Busan from $239*.
Great fares are available from Melbourne including Kuala Lumpur from $199*; Bangkok from $239*; Nagoya from $249*; Hong Kong from $279*; and Busan from $259* one way.
And from Darwin, fly to the island paradise of Bali from just $112* one way.
“The long weekends might be over but that holiday feeling doesn’t have to end,” AirAsia X Head of International Marketing Stuart Myerscough said.
“Beat those back to work blues by locking in your next exciting getaway to one or more of your favourite Asian destinations for less.
“With fares like these, and a long travel period offering more choice when you go, everyone can afford to escape with AirAsia.”
AirAsia and its long-haul affiliate AirAsia X provide Australians with low cost fares and access to over 80 destinations across 23 countries.
AirAsia X was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat and the World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Class titles at the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards. The AirAsia Group also received its fifth consecutive year title as the World’s Best and Asia’s Best Low Cost Airline at the awards.
For bookings or further information visit Flights and fares are subject to availability.
Travellers can also log onto AirAsia’s one-stop travel portal at which offers more than 80,000 three-star, five-star and boutique hotels to choose from.
* Flights and fares are subject to availability. Availability of connecting flights are subject to timings of the individual flights. Seats are limited and not available on all flights/days or at peak periods. Fares include airport taxes & surcharges. Processing fee is applicable for online bookings made by credit, debit or charge card. Fees apply for checked baggage except on Premium Flat Bed fares. Other terms and conditions apply. Booking period 28 April – 4 May 2014, or until sold out. Travel period 18 August 2014 – 30 April 2015. Lowest possible sale fares are one-way online at Next best possible fare available via phone with additional $25 service fee. All amounts are in Australian dollars unless stated otherwise.

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Monday, 28 April 2014

The Swiss Deluxe Getaways Package

unnamed (11)The Swiss Deluxe Getaways Package includes four nights accommodation in a spacious deluxe suite, with a delicious buffet breakfast make breakfast singular at The Café Restaurant, and an elephant trekking & full day adventure for two people

Phuket is a luscious land of sandy beaches and epic rainforest.  It is the largest island in Thailand, located in the southern tip of the Andaman Sea and renowned for its heavenly beaches and mountains.
The idyllic island retreat Swissôtel Resort Phuket, is a short stroll from the vibrant town of Phuket and right by Kamala Beach.  It offers 180 luxurious one to three-bedroom exclusive suites, each with a separate bedroom, living room and private balcony.  A destination in itself, the resort is a 30-minute drive southwest of Phuket International Airport, and an ideal base from which to explore Phuket.
Swissôtel Resort Phuket is offering the ultimate resort retreat for friends, families, small groups and couples seeking relaxing beach holidays.  The Swiss Deluxe Getaways Package includes four nights accommodation in a deluxe suite, with daily buffet breakfasts at The Café Restaurant and an elephant trekking and full day adventure for two people.
unnamed (12)The Exclusive offer includes the following:
  • 4 nights accommodation in a one bedroom deluxe suite
  • Daily buffet breakfast at The Café Restaurant for two people
  • Round trip airport transfer by private car
  • Welcome Thai herb drink upon arrival
  • Welcome fresh fruit in room on arrival day
  • One 45 minutes "YOGA" class for each guest, based on 2 people in a deluxe suite
  • One time per stay Elephant Trekking & Full day adventure for 2 person
  • 10% discount food & beverage at the Café restaurant
  • Free extra bed for child under 12 year old include breakfast (maximum 1 bed per room)
  • Free a cocktail/mocktail at Sand Box for 2 people
  • Free Wi-Fi in room and public area
  • Free shuttle bus service to Patong Beach as per resort schedule
Swiss Deluxe Getaways Package is around AU$487,00. (Please note that prices may vary slightly due to the exchange rate)

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Luxurious River Cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia on the Brand New Mekong Prestige II

Luxurious Mekong River cruises between Vietnam and Cambodia aboard the new cruiser, Mekong Prestige II, are available from Australian tour company, Active Travel.

Seven-night cruises from Saigon to Siem Reap, or vice versa, are available from October, 2014, to April, 2015, with fares including local beer and wine with meals, onboard gratuities and daily shore excursions featuring temples, rickshaw and ox-drawn carriage rides, remote silk weaving towns and floating villages.
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Mekong Prestige II
Launched in late 2013, the Mekong Prestige II accommodates 64 passengers and boasts a sundeck with whirlpool, restaurant, lounge and fitness room, with all cabins offering French balconies.
Active Travel, which specialises in Asian river cruises, has 28 all-inclusive departures available aboard the Mekong Prestige II from October this year to April next year, with fares starting at US$1790 per person, twin-share. Flights are extra and can be booked through Active Travel.
Australians who make a booking before May 31, 2014, can choose a bonus cabin upgrade to the next category or a 10 per cent discount on the fare.
For details, visit or call 1300 783 188.
Formed in 1982 by Australian adventure lovers, Robert Fletcher and Christine Pearson, with the aim of helping travellers ‘actively engage with and experience a destination and its culture’, Active Travel is a family-owned travel agency and tour company offering more than 100 tours, adventures, river cruises and polar expeditions on all the seven continents.

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$599 to New Caledonia Aircalin’s Melbourne Launch Fare Offer 2

With the inaugural non-stop flight from Melbourne to New Caledonia just around the corner on the 6th June, Aircalin has decided to produce another offer for those who missed out on the initial deal.

This new Launch Special 2, will be on sale from Tuesday 29th April at the conclusion of Offer 1 and will be saleable through to 01st June, 2014.
Aircalin’s National Sales Manager Brett Walsh comments, “The great news with this new offer is that Aircalin has extended the travel period all the way through to the 16th December with no blackout periods or seasonality. This means that New Caledonia is a great value destination to travel throughout the year including the Australian Winter and Spring School Holidays in less than 4 hours!”
The return fare is an amazingly low $599 gross which includes all taxes and fuel levies and booked in W-class.
Initially, Aircalin will be offering direct services departing Melbourne every Tuesday and Friday and will increase to 3 flights per week from late October.
The special fare “Take a Break” for departures from Sydney and Brisbane is still saleable until 5th May for travel through to the 16th December.
As always, Aircalin has made a commitment to ensuring that sufficient inventory is available. W-class seats have been protected in the GDS for sales from Australia only and generous quantities have been placed on every flight.

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Friday, 25 April 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

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Thursday, 24 April 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 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, 23 April 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
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 or website

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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 or call 1300-363-554 

Tuesday, 22 April 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 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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