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Friday, 18 August 2017

Intrepid's Deal of the Week: Las Vegas to Los Angeles


Intrepid Travel is offering great deals on a range of United States itineraries this week, including 25 per cent savings on a Las Vegas to Los Angeles tour taking in Yosemite National Park.

This nine-day trip leads travellers to some of the United States best attractions, passing through one of the hottest places on earth, Death Valley, before exploring the forests of Sierra Nevada and reaching the famous Pacific Coast. Travellers enjoy the sights and fun of Las Vegas before heading to California's mountain region to explore Yosemite National Park and marvel at the giant granite Half Dome. The tour concludes at the Los Angeles coast, having covered America's most diverse scenery and landscapes.

 The tour departs September 13, 2017 with fares from AU$1638* per person, a saving of AU$547.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Milne Bay Kenu and Kundu Festival



FOURTEEN years in, Milne Bay's Kenu and Kundu Festival is hitting its feisty teen years with a growing confidence - and for good reason.

At home in the provincial capital of Alotau, this annual festival (which translates to Canoe and Drum Festival) celebrates the colour and energies of its region's passionate island cultures.

From the physical celebrations on the Trobriands' 'Islands of Love' at Yam Harvest time, to the palpable inter-island rivalry vibrating from the war canoe races, locals bring their culture from each of the region's 600 islands to add to this amazing experience.

There are performances, races, competitions and mouth-watering fresh local dishes.

But it is Alotau's progressive attitude that really cements this as a stand out cultural festival.

Alongside culture steeped in deep tradition, Alotau also presents the 'next generation' of south-east Papua New Guinea.

Alotau's creatives merge tradition with today in their own creations for the festival. The result is a cultural experience all of its own.

Modern musicians perform hiphop/ reggae hybrids on stage with their five-piece, for example. Alotau's exciting, young screen-printers splash colour and design on bags and shirts throughout the vibrating crowds. And the region's master carvers have spent months in preparation, their creations a mix of what they know and what they want.

Thanks to their own diversity and the region's history with tourism, Milne Bay has an impressive self-awareness.

The annual Kenu + Kundu Festival is one of the few cultural festivals, worldwide, where the past and the future dance so energetically together.

LIMITED SPACE STILL AVAILABLE ON Oceania Expeditions' 2017 OCT 27 - NOV 06 TOUR, FEAT. THE KENU + KUNDU FESTIVAL. Full itinerary here.

For more information or imagery, email Oceania Expeditions: travel@oceaniaexpeditions.com.au / 0437648412

Friday, 28 July 2017

New KI Odysseys luxury Food & Wine Tours


Spend three days indulging every sense and sampling the best of Kangaroo Island fresh produce and wines with Kangaroo Island Odysseys (KIO) new luxury three-day 'Kangaroo Island Food & Wine Tours' starting on selected dates from September 2017.

All seasonal KIO Food & Wine tours are fully inclusive, including return flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island and all Adelaide airport transfers.

Explore the island with a private tour guide in luxury, air-conditioned 4x4 vehicles in small groups of up to 8 guests, with accommodation at the opulent Lifetime Private Retreats or Sea Dragon Lodge.

Specialising in hand crafted luxury accommodation, Life Time Private Retreats, on the North Coast, offers four spectacular holiday houses nestled into a stunning coastal location and surrounded by Kangaroo Islands' natural beauty. Luxury houses include The Sky House, The Cliff House, The Settlers Homestead and Sheoaks.

Sea Dragon Lodge is set on a 250 seafront estate at the eastern end of the island, on the Dudley Peninsula, with a private beach to explore and wildlife at the doorstep. Sea Dragon Lodge features eco-friendly villas and a spacious three-bedroom lodge.

KIO Food & Wine tours have been developed to highlight the best food, wine and nature-based experiences available during each of the four seasons.  All seasonal tours are different with a choice of tours for Summer/Spring, Autumn and Winter.

Tours visit the islands most beautiful beaches like Emu Bay, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay and an array of attractions.

Experience a personalised vineyard and winery tour at 'The Islander Estate Vineyard', Bay of Shoals Wines or Dudley Wines, taste locally distilled Gin and spirits at KI Spirits, sample a variety of delicious cheese and yoghurts at the Island Pure Sheep Dairy, stop in at Island Beehive for a tour and honey tastings, sample KI's freshest oysters at the Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster Farm Shed and enjoy a half day fishing charter.

Dining experiences are ones that will be remembered for a lifetime with Lifetime Private Retreats catering partners, 'Hannaford and Sachs', showcasing Kangaroo Island's best seasonal food in a range of outdoor settings and stunning coastal locations around Snelling Beach Middle River.

Some 'Hannaford and Sachs' experiences include, 'The Beach House Taverna BBQ Banquet', a seafood BBQ dinner cooked over hot coals and featuring some of KI's freshest, most mouth-watering produce.

The 'Shearers Feast', is a night to remember, dining in elegance under the candlelit ambiance and eclectically decorated Hannaford family's 80-year-old shearing shed, built from sugar gum trees and old corrugated iron. The night starts with drinks and a spot of Croquet on the lawn before sitting down to a three-course feast that showcases produce from both the sea and land.

At the Enchanted Fig Tree dine underneath the boughs and leaves of a massive, ancient fig tree planted by the early settlers more than 100 years ago, which now form enchanting rooms with ceilings of swaying leaves and dappled light!  Tables are set up to feature a fig inspired brunch menu, created straight from the pages of a fairy tale book.

Other dining experiences on the tour include Kangaroo Island's unique 'Table Surfing' dinners.  Join local island producers, farmers or home cooks in their own homes or farms for a home-cooked meal just as they would prepare for their friends and family.

For wholesome, fresh and uncomplicated food and farm stories, join local chef and farmer, Tony Nolan, at his 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen and indulge in a three-course gourmet dinner at Sunset Food & Wine.

3 Day Sensations of Kangaroo Island Summer Tour – North Coast visits Emu and Stokes Bay; 'The Islander Estate Vineyard' for a personalised vineyard and winery tour, Island Pure Sheep Dairy for Cheese and yoghurt tastings; KI Spirits for a taste of locally distilled Gin and Island Beehive for a Tour and honey tastings. Enjoy lunch at The Rockpool Café and at Tony Nolan's 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen' and brunch at The Enchanted Fig Tree. Dinners by Hannaford & Sachs include 'The Shearer's Feast' and 'The Beach Taverna BBQ Banquet' and a three-course dinner at Sunset Food & Wine.

3 Day Sensations of Kangaroo Island Summer Tour – North Coast is $2708 per person and includes all activities and meals, return flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers and two-night's accommodation at Lifetime Private Retreats.

Spring 2017 departure dates for the Sensational Summer/Spring tours include Saturday 9th and 23rd September, Friday 13th and 27th October and Saturday 11th and 25th November. 2017 and 2018 Summer tour dates include Friday 8th December 2017, Saturday 20th January and Friday 9th and 23rd February 2018.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – North Coast visits the picturesque beaches at Emu and Vivonne Bays', 'The Islander Estate Vineyard'; KI Spirits; tastings at Island Beehive; morning tea and gallery experience at Rustic Blue Gallery and Café; tastings and a savoury platter at Bay of Shoal Wines and venture out on a half day fishing charter. Meals include 'Where the Wild Things are Breakfast'; lunch at Tony Nolan's 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen' and dinners include the 'Shearers Feast' and 'Table Surfing Dinner' at a local farm.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – North Coast is $2708 per person departing from Adelaide and including return flights to Kangaroo Island, all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Lifetime Private Retreats.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – Dudley Peninsula visits the idyllic beach at Island Beach; KI Spirits; Island Pure Sheep Dairy for cheese and yoghurt sampling; Bay of Shoal Wines for tastings and a savoury platter; try honey at Island Beehive; enjoy a half day fishing charter; indulge in a gourmet lunch and cellar door tastings at Dudley Wines Clifftop Cellar, dinner at Sunset Food and Wine and mouth-watering private breakfasts and dinners at the Sea Dragon Lodge with local Kangaroo Island wine.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – Dudley Peninsula is $2314 per person departing from Adelaide and includes return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide  airport transfers, all activities and meals and two nights' accommodation at Sea Dragon Lodge.

2018 departure dates for the Awesome Autumn tours include Saturday 3rd and 17th March, Friday 13th and 27th April and 12th and 26th May.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - North Coast includes a half day fishing charter; morning and afternoon tea at Emu Bay; a visit to 'The Islander Estate Vineyard'; tasting at Kangaroo Island Spirits; cheese and yogurt tastings at Island Pure Sheep Dairy; tastings and a savoury platter at Bay of Shoal Wines and a tour and tastings at Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster farm.  Join Tony Nolan for lunch at his 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen' and enjoy 'The Fire Feast' dinner by local Chef, Rachel Hannaford and "Table Surfing Dinner" with locals.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - North Coast is $3102 per person departing from Adelaide and includes return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers, all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Lifetime Private Retreats.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - Dudley Peninsula Tours includes a half day fishing charter; visits KI Spirits to taste locally distilled Gin; Island Pure Sheep Dairy for cheese and yogurt tastings; and a tour and tastings at Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster farm. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and tastings at Dudley Wines Clifftop Cellar, and mouth-watering private breakfasts and dinners at the Sea Dragon Lodge with local Kangaroo Island wine.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - Dudley Peninsula is $2,504pp per person departing from Adelaide return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers , all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Sea Dragon Lodge.

Departure dates for the 2018 Wonderful Winter tours include Friday 8th and 22nd June, Saturday 14th and 28th July and Friday 10th and 24th August.

For further information and bookings visit wwwl.kangarooislandodysseys.com.au


 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Free Vancouver Tour with Rocky Mountaineer Booking


Rail Plus reports that while the average age of travellers hopping on the Rocky Mountaineer is decreasing from 65+ to 55+, the number of repeat travellers is increasing.

With more than 65% of first-time travellers surveyed on board wishing they had booked a longer trip, this great train journey, which was once considered a bucket list item, has evolved into a must-see item, with repeat travellers on longer itineraries fast becoming a norm.

In recognising this, Rail Plus is offering travellers a further value-add to the remainder of this year's Rocky Mountaineer itineraries. Bookings made by 30 September 2017 in the GoldLeaf Deluxe, GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service of five or more days will receive a free Vancouver Tour valued at AU$330 per couple.

Depending on the package booked, the city tour options include the Granville Island Market Tour, Vancouver City & Lookout Tour, the Attractions Trolley Tour, the Sea Safari, Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Food Tour.

Prices for five-day itineraries start at AU$2,741. Departures dates are from now until 15 October 2017. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, visit www.railplus.com.au <http://www.railplus.com.au>  or call 1300 555 003.


Monday, 24 July 2017

#Win a Trip for Two with Wendy Wu Tours!

#WinningWithWu #travelcompetitions

WIN A TRIP FOR TWO PLUS ADDITIONAL PRIZES VALUED AT OVER $10,000 WITH WENDY WU TOURS!



The Temples of Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, Mt Fuji or even Everest Base camp: the sunrises of Asia are unmatched and worth getting out of bed early for!

To celebrate the launch of their 2018 Early Bird Specials, Wendy Wu Tours are giving one lucky Aussie and a friend the opportunity to experience some of Asia's most spectacular sunrises and sunsets, sailing down the famous Irrawaddy in Myanmar. This fully inclusive prize includes return flights from an Australian capital city, as well as 7 nights onboard a beautiful Pandaw River ship between Mandalay and Bagan, pre and post accommodation, transfers, all meals and sightseeing, entrance fees – even visas for Australian passport holders.

Second prize is a 3-piece set of Antler Zeolite luggage, valued at over $800, for you to take on your next trip. And third prize is a 2-piece set of stylish Antler Zeolite luggage, worth over $500.

To be in the running to win, simply share your greatest Asia sunrise or sunset photos, with a caption of 75 words or less, on your Facebook page, with the #WinningWithWu.

The very best answer will win, so get your creative juices flowing! Click here to find out more and to see the full details! Entries are open until 22 September 2017.

Friday, 21 July 2017

MSC Cruises Caribbean combo- making it easy.



MSC Cruises offers an incredible cruising experience aboard their luxury fleet, and makes combining cruises a seamless experience for a truly immersive holiday.   As the leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, MSC Cruises offers a range of wide and varied itineraries in this beautiful region, all year-round.  MSC Cruises' popular Grand Mediterranean cruise combines east and west Mediterranean itineraries to discover Italy, France, Spain, Malta, the Greek Islands, Greece and Crete.

With a choice of four Mediterranean itinerary combinations departing every Saturday and two combinations departing every Sunday, from Genoa or Venice, you can enjoy 14 or 21 nights.  MSC Cruises will also look after your transfers from Genoa to Venice (or vice versa) complimentary for two adults and $100pp for additional persons travelling together.  Your luggage will also be transferred direct to your ship, allowing you to explore Genoa for the day before setting sail in the evening!  

Northern Europe with MSC Cruises is sure to tick off your bucket list experiences.  With weekly departures, you can combine Baltic capitals, Norwegian Fjords and Iceland itineraries to explore spectacular glaciers, historical architecture, meet locals in Reykjavik, or simply take in the beauty of the midnight sun at the North Cape.  With a range of flexible embarkations to choose to commence your cruise, MSC Cruises are really good at making it really easy for you at a really great price.  Depart every Saturday from Kiel (Germany) or Copenhagen or every Sunday from Copenhagen or Warnemunde (Berlin).

But, it is not just in the Mediterranean or Northern Europe that affords you this flexibility.  Why not join West and East Caribbean itineraries.  MSC Cruises will have you dancing the tango, exploring cobbled streets and lush rainforests or simply soaking up one of the most beautiful and fascinating destinations in the world over 14 or 21 nights.

Take advantage of MSC Cruises Caribbean combination cruise with 50% off the second passenger.  Departing Miami January 25, 2018 sail the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Martinique for some French flair.  You will then savour the sights of Jamaica, Colombia and Costa Rica in the south of the Caribbean.  Priced from $3,112 for the first passenger and $1725 for the second passenger.

To book your 21 night Caribbean combination special today, call 1300 028 502, www.msccruises.com.au or your local travel agent.  

 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Byroads Sri Lanka Small Group Tour



For centuries a magnet from around the world for its gems, pearls, spices and tea, Sri Lanka boasts as many secrets as treasures, many revealed on a Byroads Travel Secrets of Sri Lanka 13-day tour.

Designed for small groups, this tour – March 15-27, 2018 – begins in the capital Colombo and covers such sought-after sights as the cave temples at Dumbulla and the ancient ruins at Polonnaruwa, not forgetting the spectacular rock citadel at Sigiriya.

Led by Byroads Travel’s Steve Mortimer, who with 30 years’ experience has visited more than 100 countries, the Secrets of Sri Lanka tour passes through the scenic Knuckles Range to the old Sinhalese capital at Kandy.

The breathtaking highlands at Nuwara Eliya, in the heart of the tea growing industry, are also visited along with scenic hill town Ella, the tallest Buddha statue in the world and Ude Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka’s premier elephant reserve.

The tour also covers the much-celebrated south coast and its beaches and resorts, the highlight being Galle, a perennial favourite among many, before returning to Colombo.

The tour, limited to 16 passengers, is priced from USD3695 per person, twin share (about AUD$4860). Return air fares from Australia are extra.

Details: Phone Byroads Travel on (02) 9357 6800 or visit www.byroads.com.au

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Celebrate Summer At The Empire State Building



    -- Free Amenities Offered to Millions of Visitors

The Empire State Building (ESB) today announced additional amenities designed to enhance the visitor's experience.  The binoculars located on the open-air 86th floor Observation Deck are now free of charge for guests' viewing pleasure, alongside the free Empire State Building Observatory Experience and Destination Midtown apps, and free Wi-Fi available at the ESB.

"As we welcome millions of visitors from around the world, we continue to make free additions and modernizations to enhance the visitor experience at the Observatory," said Jean-Yves Ghazi, Senior Vice President of the Empire State Building Observatory.  "We are expanding upon the already all-inclusive experience of visiting our world-famous Observatory by offering this additional amenity."

The powerful, full-circle rotation binoculars allow visitors to magnify the unobstructed views in every direction.  The ESB's 86th floor Observatory is ADA compliant, equipped with lowered viewing walls and binoculars.  Formerly, they required payments with coins.

The Empire State Building Observatory Experience and Destination Midtown apps are available to download for free from either the Apple Store ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/official-empire-state-building/id1071468429?mt=8 ) or Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.esbnyc.fretour).  Visitors may also download them upon arrival via free Wi-Fi.  As guests travel through the building, the Empire State Building Observatory Experience app is designed to ensure visitor engagement for the entirety of their experience.  As guests explore the surrounding neighborhood, the Destination Midtown app provides visitors with an expertly curated itinerary to iconic attractions and hidden gems located in Midtown Manhattan, all within 15 minutes walking distance of the iconic Empire State Building.

To purchase tickets online in advance of visiting ESB, visit http://www.esbnyc.com/buy_tickets.asp.

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the "World's Most Famous Building." With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper's robust broadcasting technology supports major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America's favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world's most beloved attractions as the region's #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, http://weibo.com/empirestatebuilding,  www.youtube
 .com/esbnyc, or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg/.

Source: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Banyan Tree Phuket - Tropical Escape for Families

Nestled in the enclave of Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket offers a hidden paradise that is perfect for family getaways.  At Banyan Tree Phuket, guests can frolic in their generously-appointed Two Bedroom Pool Villas endowed with barbecue pits and a spacious poolside terrace. With an endless array of activities, guests can spend their afternoons biking, taking part in cooking classes, kayaking, visiting a local market or embarking on a cultural tour around Phuket Old Town.



Designed specifically for kids, Banyan Tree's Turtle Club provides non-stop entertainment for the little ones. With an outdoor playground, nap room and dozens of exciting activities — including waterball, treasure hunt, puppet shows, swimming lessons, and zumba for kids, they will definitely experience an action-packed day. Parents can join in the fun or utilise the resort's babysitting service. Mums can pamper themselves at the blissful Banyan Tree Spa while Dads play a round of golf at the award-winning Laguna Golf Phuket course.

As part of Laguna Phuket's integrated resort, guests of Banyan Tree Phuket can explore the tropical parkland of fine restaurants, lagoons, beaches and bars via a complimentary shuttle bus or boat service.



Discover Banyan Tree Phuket's Sense of Family package to enjoy access to the Turtle Kids Club, food and beverage credit per day for 2 adults and 2 children at THB 4,500, savings of 20% on all body massages at Banyan Tree spa and much more.

For reservations and further information, please contact phuket@banyantree.com or call +66 76 372 400.


Monday, 10 July 2017

Silversea's enchanting destinations of Europe - free roundtrip airfares


Experience the history, culture, treasures, and breathtaking scenery of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean with Silversea's incredible Europe Fly Free* offer.  Guests making new bookings until 30 September 2017, on select European 2018 voyages, will be able to take advantage of free economy class roundtrip air fares or for $4,998*pp upgrade to business class, subject to availability.  For guests paying in full before 31 August 2017, an Early Booking Bonus* may also apply.

In 2018, Silversea will embark on 70 voyages through Northern Europe, the British Isles, and the Mediterranean, encompassing over 170 ports and adding nearly 30 new destinations to the ultra-luxury cruise line's itineraries.  Silversea's team of experts enable travellers to fully immerse themselves in the idyllic cities and ports visited, providing gastronomic, architectural, and historical insights.

The fleet of Silversea vessels are specifically designed to allow guests to disembark closer to shore, maximising the amount of time spent exploring.  Guests can expect to explore and discover a myriad of spectacular destinations, or simply sit back, relax, and be mesmerised by the stunning beauty of the passing landscapes.

Silversea's luxurious fleet provides travellers with comfort, style, and intimacy combined with unsurpassed service.  Silversea's vessels visiting Northern Europe and the Mediterranean in 2018 include: Silver Spirit; Silver Wind; Silver Whisper; and the latest addition to their fleet; Silver Muse.

Featured voyage:

·         Grand Voyage 2018 - Departing Venice on 05 June 2018, an extraordinary 42-day circumnavigation aboard Silver Muse, Silversea's newest flagship vessel, will venture to 38 ports across nine countries.  This ultimate European voyage showcases: sunsets in Santorini; the glamourous French Riviera; the bohemian shores of Ibiza; culinary delights of Sorrento; Dubrovnik's cobbled paths; ancient cities of Athens and Rome; ultra-luxurious Monte Carlo; and much more.  Prices are available on request.

Silversea's cruise fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary on board wines and spirits; and one hour of complimentary WiFi per day for each guest or unlimited WiFi for select suite categories, and all gratuities.
 

FEATURED EXCLUSIVE OFFERS:

Mediterranean Fly Free and Northern Europe Fly Free: Valid from 01 July 2017, free roundtrip economy class air fares or a business class upgrade is available for only AU$4,998* per person, on select 2018 European voyages. First Class Air Fare offers now available. Valid on new bookings, made until 30 September 2017* and is subject to availability.

Exclusive Savings Offer: Guests who are not utilising the Europe Fly Free offer will receive an exclusive savings offer of AU$1,300* per guest.

Early Booking Bonus: Valid from 01 July 2017, guests can also save 10% off the voyage fare, if booking and paying in full by 31 August 2017*.


*These special offers are valid on new bookings and are capacity controlled.  They are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 (Australia), or visit www.silversea.com


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Conrad Macao Offers Facebook Fans Chance to Win #TravelBear2017 Getaway Package

#travelcompetitions

Upload a photo of a Conrad Macao Bear at a famous location around the world to your Facebook timeline for a chance to win


Conrad Macao, Cotai Central's(http://www.conradhotels.com/macao) Facebook fans have the chance to win an incredible getaway when they upload a photo of one of the hotel's signature bears at a world famous landmark to their Facebook timeline between 14 July and 31 August, 2017. All photos must have #TravelBear2017 and also tag Conrad Macao Cotai Central's Facebook page to be eligible with the post setting to be public. The best photo will win a two-night stay in the magnificent Presidential Suite, including breakfast, valued at MOP65,000.

Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20170629/1887966-1
An entry with a Conrad signature gold bear and Sydney Opera House in the background - fans can upload a photo of one of the hotel's bears at a world famous landmark with the best photo winning a two-night stay in the property's Presidential Suite.

Over the past four years, Facebook fans have submitted photos of Conrad bears on location around the world including Australia, USA, France, Italy, UK, Thailand, Russia, Japan, Belgium, South Korea, Taiwan and China. Conrad Macao's collection of signature bears have become collectors' items since the hotel first opened in April 2012. In addition to the signature gold bear guests receive when they stay at the hotel, there is also an exclusive collection of four bears produced every year.

"Liquide metal" is the inspiration behind the 2017 collection, which includes a Shining Red Bear created for Chinese New Year, a Glossy Black Bear for Conrad Macao 5th Anniversary back in April, a Polished Pink Bear to support Breast Cancer awareness in October and a Shimmering Silver Bear for Christmas.

"We know our hotel guests are world travellers and that our Conrad bears would make great additions to their destination photos. We encourage all guests and Facebook fans to take pictures with their bears against a famous, iconic backdrop anywhere around the world and upload it to their Facebook timeline. The best photo will have a chance to win an incredible stay here at Conrad Macao," said General Manager of Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, Bede Barry.

Photos will be judged by a team of hotel executives according to their creativity, along with the number of shares and likes each picture receives on Facebook. The lucky winner will be notified by Conrad Macao on their Facebook page by 8 September, 2017.

For more information, explore Conrad Macao's Facebook Page( https://www.facebook.com/#!/ConradMacao).

Terms and conditions:

- Only Conrad Macao bears are eligible to be used in the photo
- Photos must only include the bear and a famous landmark, not people
- Each post must include hashtag #TravelBear2017 and tag Conrad Macao, Cotai Central Facebook Page ((a) Conrad Macao, Cotai Central)
- Post setting has to be "Public"

For a full list of terms and conditions visit HERE( https://www.sandscotaicentral.com/content/dam/macao/sandscotaicentral/master/main/home/hotel-activities/conrad-macao/travel-bear/2017/conrad-macao-travel-bear-2017-tnc.pdf)

Located within Sands Cotai Central and surrounded by luxury international shopping, restaurants, bars and entertainment, Conrad Macao is the perfect location for business or leisure. To stay up to date with Conrad Macao, follow us at facebook.com/conradmacao and instagram.com/conradmacao, or visit Conrad Macao, Cotai Central( http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/macao/conrad-macao-cotai-central-MFMCSCI/index.html) for more information.


Snow or Sun? Choose Your Winter Escape in the New Issue of Vacations & Travel Magazine, Out Now



The new issue of Vacations & Travel magazine is out now and gives some excellent suggestions on where to go for your next USA ski holiday. We head to Sun Valley, Jackson Hole, the volcanic peaks of Oregon and check out Mammoth Lakes in California. For those who want to escape the Australian winter, feel the heat at favourite tropical destinations such as Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

We tie on hiking boots for the best walks in Australia and New Zealand, pay our respects to the fallen in Flanders, see the sights of Beijing and marvel at the beauty of the largest sand island in the world – Fraser Island. Amsterdam entices with its history and museums, Dallas and Fort Worth are a wonderful duo in Texas, Canberra has emerged as the capital of cool and for cruise lovers, we board Silver Discoverer from Bali to Broome and the Wind Spirit in the turquoise waters of French Polynesia.

With 238 pages of essential holiday ideas and information, our team of respected writers travel far and wide presenting informative and beautiful stories on destinations the world over. We also update readers on the latest news in spas, hotels, cruising, travel books, restaurants, galleries and museums, street markets, travel apps and ways to give back through travel in our global village.

This issue also covers the following stories:

- Safari heaven at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
- Pitcairn Island
- Kerala in India
- Bangkok's green spaces

That's 238 pages of essential holiday ideas and information … for just AU$9.95.

PLUS: One lucky Vacations & Travel reader will win a five-night holiday in Vanuatu, flying with Air Vanuatu and staying at the Iririki Island Resort & Spa. To enter, sign up for our newsletter, if you haven't already, at vacationsmag.com

Vacations & Travel is out now at newsagents. For subscriptions visit vacationsmag.com or call Morris Media on +61 2 9555 7477.


Sydney’s Newest Hotel Brand Launches With Opening Of Veriu Broadway



Sydney has welcomed a new hotel brand – Veriu Hotels & Suites – with the opening of the 64-room serviced apartment hotel, Veriu Broadway.

Veriu Broadway is an $18 million conversion of a former warehouse space offering self-contained studios, each over 40 square metres, and one and two bedroom loft style apartments.  Ideally located on Mountain Street, Ultmo, close to the International Convention Centre, the hotel provides 24-hour reception with staff trained as local area guides, plus on-site food & beverage in keeping with the precinct's contemporary café and bar offerings.  

To celebrate the launch of Veriu Broadway the hotel is offering an opening special saving 25% on 2 night stays or 15% on 1 night stays with rates starting from $170* per night.  The opening special is valid for booking until 15 August and valid for travel until 28 September 2017.  Visit www.veriu.com.au for bookings and further information.

With an authentic local experiences paramount to the Veriu ethos, guests will also receive complimentary drinks and snacks from local area operators and local artists are also engaged to incorporate designs based on the genuine character of the building and neighbourhood.

Guests will also be able to discover their surroundings with use of the hotel's complimentary 'explorer bicycles' – a service that will be offered in all future Veriu hotels.  Other complimentary offerings common to all Veriu properties include a welcome drink, complmentary WiFi and in-room tunes via Smart TV technology.

Beyond this, guests are encouraged to move freely through the Veriu hotel network utilising the "Veriu Connect" concept.  This allows any guest to pay a visit to any Veriu hotel, show their room card and enjoy a complimentary drink and ask the concierge about the best places to explore. 

Coinciding with the Veriu opening, a rebrand of properties in Camperdown (28 rooms) and Randwick (35 rooms) will also take place following completion of refurbishments to bring them up to Veriu Hotel standard.

The current network is complemented by a pipeline of hotel developments to take place over the next two years, including Veriu Pyrmont (36 rooms) opening 2018, Veriu Central (110 rooms), opening 2018 and Veriu Green Square (142 rooms) opening early 2019, with further developments in discussion.

In celebration of individuality, Veriu have created a bespoke collection of hotels and suites, each with its own distinct personality and style. All different – and yet all the same in their commitment to providing true and genuine service, a superb location and at the end of the day, a great night's sleep.

* Rate listed is after discount is applied.  Subject to availability, black out dates may apply.



Taste Japan with Wendy Wu Tours


Australian travellers are having a shunkan – that's "moment" in Japanese. Our new short-stay snow sports capital is the perfect place to escape the Aussie winter, and head to warmer climes with decadent dining.

"We've seen huge growth in Japan bookings in 2017, of over 55%, as people flock back to this idyllic country." said Andrew Mulholland, Wendy Wu Tours Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand "In fact, we've seen traveller interest in Japan almost double year on year, a terrific sign that Aussies are rediscovering the historic culture and fresh food of this island nation".
For Wendy Wu Tours, hotspots in demand are Kyoto, Koyasan, Osaka, Hiroshima and Koyasan – telling us that Australian travellers are becoming more familiar with the destination and more specific in the areas they want to travel to. Responding to this demand, the company released a new Trails of Japan tour for 2017, giving visitors the change to meet Snow Monkeys in Yudanaka.

Australian travellers are on the hunt for unique experiences and to embrace our innate love of the great outdoors. This was evident in the unprecedented interest in Japan's cherry blossom season in 2017 – in fact, it tripled from the year before. Mulholland said: "Wendy Wu Tours sends more Australians to view Japan's Cherry Blossoms than any other Australian tour company." With that in mind, 2018 cherry blossom tours are selling fast! Mulholland suggests booking soon to avoid disappointment and to enjoy Easter in Japan in 2018. Sakura-flavoured Easter eggs, anyone?

In the coming years, Japan will be front-and-centre in the mind of Australian travellers. Global eyes will be on the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympics. "As the world wakes up to the wonders of Japan, I'd encourage you to visit in 2018 before the rest of the world does. Experience Japan at its best, before these global sporting events" said Mulholland. "Wendy Wu Tours is also interested in assisting any of our agency partners that are looking to organise groups to these special events."

Ancient Culture Meets Culinary Masterpiece

The cuisine of Japan has permeated the Australian dining table for years. From the upmarket dining experience of Tetsuya's in Sydney, to the ubiquitous Sushi Train in every shopping centre; like too much wasabi on your sashimi, Japanese food is right under our skin.

But there's so much more to Japanese food than what we've come to love. Wendy Wu's resident Japan expert, Angela Papalexandris, gives us the inside scoop, by destination, on the company's most popular tour, the 14-day Discover Japan.




TOKYO PREFECTURE: Days 1 - 4

You may have heard of the famous Tsukiji market in Fukagawa, Tokyo, and for good reason. Inside is a veritable feast of sashimi, ramen and stew. But Tokyo prefecture is more famous for the Fukagawa Don. Packed with juicy short-necked asari clams, unpeeled ginger and eggs, sitting on a bed of rice, you can taste this speciality all over Tokyo, before strolling around the Hamarikyu Gardens.

TAKAYAMA PREFECTURE: Days 5 - 8

Try your hand at traditional Japanese pickled wasabi vegetables in one of Japans largest wasabi farms. The perfect accompaniment to the region's famous Kurikinton. Said to bring you wealth, these little mushy combinations of sweetened chestnut and sweet potato are for those who'd love to live on dessert. You might even pick up your own fresh ingredients at the Miyagama market.

KYOTO PREFECTURE: Days 8-11

Cleanse your palate with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in Kyoto….then absolutely bombard it with a traditional Kaiseki Ryori. A traditional multi-course Japanese dinner, Kaiseki today includes a minimum of an appetizer, sashimi, a one-pot dish, a grilled dish and a final steamed dish – but often includes as many as 15 belly-busting courses.




Fortunately, the following day you'll head to the tranquillity of the Issuien Gardens at Nara, it's beautiful ponds giving you time to reflect on why you will, in future, stick to the requisite 3 course meal.

OSAKA PREFECTURE: Days 11-14

It's all about Okonomiyaki in Osaka. Quite literally translating to "grilled as you like it", this is a savoury pancake cooked with cabbage, seafood, and sometimes even pork, before being covered with Japanese mayonnaise and dried bonito.

After filling up on the delicious pancake, climb the steps to wander through Osaka's Castle, to make room for dinner at Dotonbori, the city's restaurant mecca.

TASTE THE ADVENTURE

Take your tastebuds on a journey through Japan's finest, on the 14-day Discover Japan tour from Wendy Wu Tours. Priced from $10,560 per person twin share, including flights with Cathay Pacific, fully inclusive from SYD/MEL. To whet your appetite for Japan, here's a video from Wendy Wu Tours.

About Wendy Wu Tours.

In 1994, Wendy Wu took her first group to China, and by 1998 Wendy Wu Tours was established and running 10 tours annually. Today, Wendy operates tours to 22 countries in Asia, and has offices in Sydney, London, New York, Shanghai and Xian. The Asia experts, Wendy Wu Tours offers tour styles for all travellers, including Classic, Discovery and Deluxe Collections; as well as Tailor-Made, Private Tours & Special Groups. For more information and to book, visit www.wendywutours.com.au or call 1300 727 998.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Hot deals for winter - Aloft Perth




Winter Staycation at Aloft Perth

Winter is the perfect excuse for sleep ins and cocktails by the fireplace which is why we're offering a special $149 winter staycation at Aloft Perth. The offer includes a one night stay for two along with a signature cocktail and grazing breakfast for each guest to enjoy. We've even added in a 12pm late check out to ensure guests can enjoy every minute of staying and playing at Aloft Perth.

Terms and conditions apply, more information available here.

From AUD 149.

Valid until 31 August 2017.

Winter Sale at Aloft Perth

It's time to enjoy a little fun at Aloft Perth and save up to 25%.

Terms and conditions apply, more information available here.

From AUD 147 including breakfast.

Valid until 2 July 2017 for stays up until 8 October 2017.


Opening Special at Aloft Perth

Experience the buzz of the brand new Aloft Perth with our opening offer. The offer includes overnight accomodation, complimentary wifi and double SPG Starpoints. Not a SPG member yet? Enrol online, it's free.

Terms and conditions apply, more information available here.

From AUD 133.

Valid until 30 November 2017.


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Captain Cook Whale Watching Cruise & Taronga Zoo Combo


Captain Cook Cruises have partnered with Taronga Zoo to offer the ultimate Sydney wildlife package for animal lovers – a Taronga Zoo and Whale Watching Cruise Combo deal operating daily until 01 November 2017.

Start the day on a relaxing rocket ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour to Taronga Zoo, enjoying some of the famous Sydney Harbour sights along the way.

On arrival at Taronga Zoo, catch the Sky Safari Cable car to the top of the park before spending the morning visiting the Zoo's 4,000 animals, including the new Asian elephant male calf. Other Zoo enclosures include the Sumatran Tigers, Koala's, Australian Sea Lions, Chimpanzees, Giraffe's and many more. There are also keeper talks and animal shows to see throughout the morning.

Then departing from Taronga Zoo Wharf, spend the afternoon on the Captain Cook Whale Watching Cruise. This fantastic open-water cruise passes through the Harbour headlands and into the open water where the excitement begins.

Your guide will provide expert commentary on the variety of marine life including Humpbacks, Southern Rights, Orcas and Minke whales, seals, albatross and fairy penguins. Dolphins nearly always accompany the cruise, with some pods numbering up to 100 individuals.

According to Ecological Consultant and Captain Cook Cruises Marine Commentator, David James, 2017 is already proving to be a fantastic whale season.

"The season has only begun and we are already seeing a lot of Whale activity including many juveniles on their first migration, eager to show off for our passengers.

We have been mugged, with whales swimming up to the vessel, and we've seen whales double breaching, arched backs, blows and pectoral slaps. Pods of dolphins, seals and albatrosses have also been spotted." Continues Mr James.

With over 95% whale sighting success, Captain Cook Cruises offers every passenger a whale guarantee; if a whale is not spotted, passengers can cruise again for free.

Whale watching cruises are onboard ocean-going catamaran, "Maggie Cat", fully equipped with two passenger decks, spacious outdoor and indoor viewing areas and an all-weather lounge, ideal for the entire family.  Snacks and soft drinks can also be purchased on-board.

Taronga Zoo and Whale Watching Cruise Combo's are $99 per adult and $55 per child and includes a rocket ferry to Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, entry into the zoo, Sky Safari cable car and a Whale Watching Cruise departing from Taronga Zoo Wharf, returning to Circular Quay.

Rocket ferries to Taronga Zoo depart Circular Quay and Darling Harbour in the morning from 9.15am with services every 30 minutes. The Whale Watching Cruise departs from Taronga Zoo Wharf at 1.40pm and disembarks at Circular Quay at 4.15pm.

For bookings visit www.captaincook.com.au or T: +61-2-9206 1111


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali - 40% off Weekend Stays


The award-winning Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali is pleased to launch a special promotion to indulge weekend travellers. Enjoy 40% off Best Available Rate for weekend stays that include daily breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary neck and shoulder welcome massage and a once daily replenishment of the non-alcoholic mini bar. This offer is valid from now until 31 March 2018.

The resort is a private cliff-edge sanctuary, perched high above the sea level atop the cliffs of Bali's southernmost peninsula with picturesque views of the Indian Ocean. Wake up to stunning views in your own private pool villa, indulge your taste buds in the resort's signature restaurants, be pampered indulgence at Banyan Tree Spa and enjoy Banyan Tree's signature hospitality.

Rediscover the Romance of Travel as you create memorable experiences in Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali. For reservations, contact Banyan Tree Ungasan at +62 361 300 7000 or email reservations-ungasan@banyantree.com

Cruiseco Presents the Ultimate ‘Back to the 80’s’ Musical Cruise






Cruiseco, the leading provider of worldwide cruising options in Australia and New Zealand, is pleased to offer guests the opportunity to join a fantastic new musical experience 'Back to the 80's Cruise 2018'. Guests will depart from Southampton, UK on 6th May 2018, for a seven night round trip voyage aboard 'Navigator of the Seas', enjoying extraordinary musical performances.
Laura Clarke, Manager Special Projects & Group Sales, Cruiseco said, "Our 'Back to the 80's Cruise 2018 itinerary, provides guests with an unforgettable musical holiday, and a step back in time. Featuring performances and shows from some of the biggest names in music the songs that will be performed aboard, really did became the soundtrack to a generation during this amazing decade. We encourage guests who would like to sail to book their spot now, as this is sure to sell very quickly."

Guests will enjoy performances from iconic artists including:

Go West
· Tony Hadley first rose to fame as the lead singer of Spandau Ballet, a successful band in the Romantic Movement with international hits including 'Through the Barricades' and 'Gold'. Hadley is considered one of pop music's greatest vocalists;

· ABC was a pop band in the 1980's whose debut album The Lexicon of Love was a UK number one and featured hit single 'The Look of Love';

· Kim Wilde had her first worldwide hit with 'Kids In America' in 1981, since then her musical career includes 30 million record sales and a hit single with 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' reaching number one in the US;

· Belinda Carlisle began her successful career as lead vocalist for the Go-Go's before embarking on a solo career with international hits such as 'Heaven Is a Place on Earth', 'I Get Weak' and 'Circle in the Sand';

· Go West is an English pop duo lead by vocalist Peter Cox and rhythm guitarist and back-up vocalist Richard Drummie, who are known for their number one hits including 'King Of Wishful Thinking', 'Call Me' and 'We Close Our Eyes';

· Paul Young is a 1980's teen idol, with multiple successful albums and his biggest worldwide hit 'Every Time You Go Away' reaching number one in the US;

· The BABYS are a British rock band who have reformed, featuring original members Tony Brock and Wally Stoker. The band are known for their hits including 'Every Time I Think of You', 'Midnight Rendezvous' and 'Isn't It Time';

· Cutting Crew had a multi-million selling debut album Broadcast and hit single '(I Just) Died in Your Arms' which earned many prestigious awards;

· T'Pau led by Carol Decker is a British pop group with a string of hit singles in the UK including 'Heart and Soul'.

Sailing for seven days, aboard Navigator of the Seas, guests will stop in ports Bilbao, Vigo and Lisbon. The ship can accommodate 3,990 guests and features a three-story dining room, a rock climbing wall, ice skating rink and mini golf course for travellers to enjoy.

Prices start from: AUD$2,875pp* based on twin share for an Interior Stateroom. Fares include: seven nights aboard Navigator of the Seas, main meals, entertainment, and gratuities on board (excludes on board purchases), port charges and government taxes.

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.

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

Monday, 1 May 2017

New package for Sydney urban explorers



Stay and Walk Sydney's historic Tank Stream – city's newest hotel launches package re-tracing Sydney's oldest life-source

The Tank Stream hotel's entry design captures the flow of the original Tank Stream, while (right) the influence of the water source is commemorated in a sculpture at Circular Quay

1 May 2017: Sydney's newest international hotel, The Tank Stream, is offering visitors to Sydney an opportunity to combine contemporary comfort with a new two night accommodation package that includes a historical discovery tour that traces the path of the city's original life-source, the Tank Stream.

When the First Fleet arrived in 1788, it was meant to have established the colony at Botany Bay, but the lack of fresh water saw Captain Arthur Phillip move the fleet around to Sydney Cove, where they discovered a fresh water stream – and the city of Sydney was born.

The stream in those days was open, running from a swamp in Hyde Park, down through waterfalls across Bridge Street then out to what is now Circular Quay. Tanks were established to capture the water, leading to its name, the Tank Stream.




The Tank Stream is now fully covered, but a Tank Stream & Hidden Laneways tour – conducted by small-group tour specialists Go Local Tours – provides visitors the opportunity to retrace its path covering the city's infamous start as a penal colony, the beautiful sandstone architecture, and the colourful stories behind the laneways that lead from Martin Place down to Sydney Harbour.

The Winter Walk The Tank Stream package includes two nights in a Superior Queen Room at the Tank Stream Hotel, complimentary upgrade to next room type (subject to availability), breakfast for two at Le Petit Flot Restaurant, free wifi, in-room movies and mini bar items (non alcoholic), and a Tank Stream & Hidden Laneways Tour for two. The package is available from $479 (double/twin), a saving of 25% off full rates. Bookings via: www.tankstreamhotel.com (Promotional code Winterwalk17). The package is valid till 31 August 2017. Conditions apply.




The 4.5 star Tank Stream Hotel is located above the Tank Stream and is one of Sydney's best located hotels, just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, Hyde Park, The Rocks and Barangaroo, and just a short walk to trains, buses and ferries.

A perfect base for short and longer stays in Sydney, the Tank Stream Hotel is surrounded by many of city's most celebrated restaurants, theatres, entertainment venues and boutiques.

The hotel's restaurant Le Petit Flot offers relaxed contemporary bistro style dining with an emphasis on share plates and local produce, and a laneway cafe provides an ideal spot to catch the vibrancy of the city over a coffee or glass of wine. The hotel can also arrange discounted access to nearby fitness centres and parking.

The Tank Stream Hotel is part of the international St Giles Premier Hotel collection, with the Sydney hotel joining other St Giles' hotels in cities such as London, New York, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.

Further information & reservations: www.tankstreamhotel.com

T: +61 2 8222 1211

reservations@tankstreamhotel.com

97 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000, NSW, Australia


 

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