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Monday, 10 September 2018

Intrepid launches new range of South America experience



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



*Subject to availability, conditions apply


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Cruise the Treasures Of The East




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subject to availability. Term and conditions apply.

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

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Library Koh Samui Secret Pool Villas Offer


#traveldeals

The Library in Koh Samui, Thailand is offering special discounts on its Best Available Rates (BAR) for bookings received by 20 October 2018 for guest stays in the stunning new Secret Pool Villas until 20 December 2018.

The Library's Advance Purchase Promotion for stays during this offer period in the Secret Pool Villas includes 20% off BAR for 60 days' advance booking, 15% off BAR for 45 days' advance booking and 10% off BAR for 30 days' advance booking plus round-trip Samui Airport transfers for stays of three or four nights and an additional dinner for two people at either The Page or The Gallery for stays of a minimum five nights.

The spacious 1-bedroom Secret Pool Villas feature a custom-made 3m-wide bed, a dedicated entertainment space, full dining area with pantry, spacious Jacuzzi bathtub, saltwater swimming pool, oversized tandem rain shower and two walk-in closets.

The 2-bedroom Secret Pool Villas offer the exclusivity of a private home, with spacious comfort for hosting two couples travelling together or a group of friends. In addition to an expansive 10-metre long saltwater swimming pool and equally roomy triple king-size beds, these villas also feature a private gym equipped with a treadmill machine and body weights.

A member of Design Hotels, The Library will unveil 2 adults-only villas in September. The Editor, a luxurious villa, will be geared towards the working creative and The Writer, a singular, expansive unit, will feature beach frontage and access, dedicated living and dining spaces, a personal library, private gym, outdoor cinema, upper floor terrace with a spectacular sea view and a saltwater swimming pool.

For The Library bookings contact your travel agent or rsvn@thelibrarysamui.com

www.thelibrarysamui.com

Rayavadee, Krabi - Bonus Night Villa Offer


#traveldeals

Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand has announced a Bonus Night Villa Offer for new bookings of guest stays in the resort's Family Villa 105, Rai ta Lay Villa, Rayavadee Villa and Phranang Villa 404 until 30 September 2018.

This special offer is applicable for 1 + 1, 2 + 2, 3 + 3. 4 + 4 and 5 + 5 paid and bonus nights across all of Rayavadee's stunning villa categories.



The Bonus Night Villa Offer includes private butler service, daily breakfast, an additional bed and third person occupancy.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Rayavadee presents award-winning architecture, fine cuisine, a relaxation spa and a fleet of speedboats for excursions to surrounding islands.

Bookings of the Rayavadee Bonus Night Villa Offer can be made through your travel agent or reservation@rayavadee.com

www.rayavadee.com

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Cycling tours in Japan


Self-guided inn-to-inn along the Noto Peninsula on Honshu



Japan is a land of contrasts, where an appreciation for the modern combines with a reverence for tradition, where skyscrapers sit side-by-side with peaceful ancient shrines. Active holiday specialists Outdoor Travel, based in Bright, Victoria offer cycling holidays which combine the ancient with the modern Japan with a truly unique insight into the Land of the Rising Sun.

The Noto Peninsula on Japan's largest island Honshu is just a few short hours' travel from Tokyo and Osaka.  It has a rugged coastline and picturesque fishing ports and villages. The cycling is mainly on flat coastal plains and quiet mountain roads in an area rarely visited by tourists.

Cycle unguided, at your own pace, stay in traditional family-run lodgings and hot-spring Ryokan inns and sample the traditional Japanese dishes made from fresh, local produce.  Uniquely, modern folding (Brompton) bikes are provided for this tour that you can easily use on public transport to shorten any of the days of cycling.

Dates:             Daily departure from April to November, 2018
Cost from:     $2925 per person twin share. Single room supplement on request

For details call Outdoor Travel on 1800 331 582 or see: https://bit.ly/2ISb2Wz


Monday, 13 August 2018

The Family Pleasure offer at InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort


InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort – special promotions




The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort on Thailand's Koh Samui provides the perfect location to enjoy family holidays this year like never before with extensive activities for children and romance for parents.

The InterContinental Koh Samui provides magical views of the Gulf of Thailand, breathless sunset views, mouth-watering cuisine and award-winning service to its 79 romantic luxury guest rooms, suites and villas.

Featured is the multi-award-winning Baan Thai Spa by HARNN offering a variety of aroma and relaxation therapies and pampering including therapeutic head-to-toe massage.

On offer are free meals for kids and complimentary activities including the Resort's own kids' club Planet Trekkers, featuring activities and entertainment for children aged 4 –12 years.

There are a host of recreation activities to enjoy during your school holiday stay - truly something for everyone:  From snorkelling to Thai boxing, Thai cooking classes to yoga, dolphin watching to walks through the Angthong National Marine Park.  And,

Water Sports Centre offering stand-up-paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling
  • PADI Dive Centre 
  • Fully-equipped fitness centre
  • Yoga and Pilates
  • Thai Chi
  • Fit Ball classes
  • Aerobics
  • Beach volleyball
  • Mini beach soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Mountain biking
  • Thai cooking classes including a visit a local market
  • Cocktail classes
Special promotions have been created for the spring school holidays and are available until December 2018 only online and are subject to availability.  Five islands of Koh Samui tour is now included in the offer for the first 25 guests to book.

The Family Pleasure offer includes a stay at the luxurious Club Napa reserve Three Bedroom Residence Villa or three nights for two adults and two children at the Club Two Bedroom Residence Villa from THB 71,000 (AUD $2868.24).

The package also includes free meals for children designed by our consultants of celebrity chefs in all outlets for the entire stay plus

  • Daily breakfast for the family at Amber, our Award-winning restaurant by Thailand Tatler
  • Complimentary two-hour babysitting by our certified Nannies
  • One 60-minute therapeutic body massage for two adults at our Beach Sala (once per stay)
  • Complimentary daily access to Planet Trekkers, InterContinental Samui's signature Kids Club (for 2 kids)
  • One Junior Master Chef Cooking Class for the children (once per stay)
  • Welcome children's amenities
  • Complimentary WiFi access throughout the Resort

Koh Samui is one of Thailand's most popular island getaways.  The 5-star award winning resort spans nine hectares (22 acres) on the unspoilt west coast of Koh Samui, only one hour by air from Bangkok and a 45-minute drive from the airport.

Surrounded by more than 50 islands the property is a self-contained relaxed paradise that offers sheer tranquillity and romance for parents and a range of activities for the children. The resort is also idyllic for couples and honeymooners as well as weddings and corporate functions.

The resort focusses on water fun with seven swimming pools and a variety of aquatic sports for guests supported by a fully equipped Fitness Center featuring life fitness cardio machines, resistance and free weights.

Further information: http://samui.intercontinental.com

 

InterContinental Koh Samui: A Unique Photographic Opportunity


InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort




Some of the greatest photographic opportunities in the world are on offer at the luxury InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, perched on a mountainside overlooking the Gulf of Thailand on Koh Samui's west coast.

The luxury beachfront resort has been named in the World Travel Awards (WTA) as Asia's Most Romantic Resort and ranked in the New York Times bestseller 1000 Places to See Before You Die with world-class views on offer from almost every room, suite and villa in addition to the signature Air Bar and restaurants.

The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort offers a stunning backdrop for filming, commercial photography, fashion shoots, engagement photos and weddings.

"The resort lends itself to countless creative photographic and artistic opportunities," says the Resort's Jocelyn Whiteside. "It presents one of the most breath-taking vistas you will ever see.  Guest have recorded stunning images during sunset and sunrise, weddings and other events with our numerous locations including our suspended bridge and private pier. We extend an invitation to photographic minded people, organisations and professionals to visit the Resort, enjoy its facilities and services and capture that gem of an image or memorable photo shoot," she said.

The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort is a super luxury resort set on a cliff that descends to a white sandy beach. It is surrounded by 22 acres of lush tropical gardens overlooking magical views of the Gulf of Thailand, nearby Five Islands and Ang Thong National Marine Park. The 79 guest rooms, suites and villas are situated on the former site of Baan Taling Ngam Resort which commands legendary status as Koh Samui's first luxury resort.

Featured are two restaurants, Amber and Flames, which serve Thai, Asian and modern European cuisine; an open-air cocktail lounge, Air Bar, and Club InterContinental, lobby bar and café. The award-winning Baan Thai Spa by HARNN offers an exclusive range of HARNN body and beauty treatments.

The Resort's own kids' club, Planet Trekkers has activities and entertainment for children aged 4 –12 years.

Koh Samui is an hour's flight from Bangkok with direct domestic connections to Phuket and Pattaya. International direct flights with key Asian cities include Hong Kong, Singapore and, Kuala Lumpur.

"The resort would like to offer its luxurious accommodation, facilities and world ranked views to businesses or individuals keen to produce outstanding commercial images and captivating family shots," said Jocelyn Whiteside.  

"Interested parties should contact at e-mail: events@ickohsamui.com for more information on request date and time, a member of our team will contact you shortly to discuss your request".

Further information: samui.intercontinental.com


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Win a trip to Morocco with Peregrine



https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/win-trip-morocco

Friday, 29 June 2018

Win a trip to Queenstown NZ for 2


You and a friend could win a trip to Queenstown!

Just spend $15 or more on any Canadian product for your chance to win

Win a Trip to New York City - you and two friends #travelcompetitions


The prize comprises of a trip for the winner and two (2) friends to New York, US valued at up to $22,000 (ex GST) depending on the winner’s location. The prize must be taken 4/10/2018 – 8/10/2018 inclusive.

Win a Trip for 2 to Chile with flights


#travelcompetitions



Return Economy Class flights on LATAM Airlines for 2 people. 3 nights Alto Atacama All-Inclusive package. 2 nights at the Singular Santiago Hotel including breakfast, transfers and a Santiago city tour. All other outgoings are at the winner’s expense.



Enter here:

http://letstravelmag.com/win-a-trip-to-chile/

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Michael Palin returns to Australia

Lateral Events is delighted that Michael Palin, iconic comedian, actor, writer and television travel presenter, has agreed to tour Australia in December with a new live show. Tickets will be on sale from 29 June at ticketek.com.au.

Monty Python, the Beatles of comedy, epitomized the innate ability to take good ideas and compress them into diamonds.

Think about Monty Python and a myriad of conflicting sketches crash into your mind: The Dead Parrot, Nudge Nudge, Argument Clinic, Hell’s Grannies, The Lumberjack Song, The Killer Joke. Then come the quotes: ‘Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!’, ‘What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow, ‘It’s just a scratch, I’ve had worse’, ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’, ‘He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy’ and so on.

Add Ripping Yarns, A Fish Called Wanda and travel; Around the World in 80 Days, Himalaya, Pole to Pole and Brazil.

Michael Palin will re-live his legendary comedic repertoire before delving into his latest project, a change of pace and focus; documenting the maritime adventures of HMS Erebus.

Erebus was part of a successful 19th-century British expedition to the Antarctic which set out from Hobart, but later met her doom in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada's Arctic. Franklin's disastrous 1845 expedition saw the sinking of both the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror after they became trapped by ice. The entire expedition, comprising 129 men including Franklin, was lost.

Michael Palin will describe what life was like for the officers and crew who froze and starved to death in the Arctic wastes, driven to cannibalism and poisoned by the food that they hoped would sustain them.

“The story of the life and death of HMS Erebus appeals to me on many levels. It combines my love of the sea and ships, my fascination with those who went where no-one had been before, and my conviction that history is made by accident rather than intention,” said Palin.

Register for pre-sale tickets at www.lateralevents.com

TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday 4 December Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
Wednesday 5 December Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Thursday 6 December Southbank Piazza, Brisbane
Tickets from $95.00

Bookings for all shows from 29 June at ticketek.com.au

Monday, 18 June 2018

INTREPID DEALS: Savings of up to $1299 on last minute winter escapes

From Africa to the Amazon, please find below a series of last-minute winter escapes from Intrepid Travel and Peregrine Adventures, with savings of up to $1299 on offer.



INTREPID:

Save $497 on the 18th July 2018 departure of Intrepid Travel’s 12-day North China Getaway.

Was AUD $1,990 per person now AUD $1,493 - a saving of $497 per person twin-share.

Discover the ancient sights and modern delights throughout China’s north travelling from Beijing to Shanghai. Travellers experience an overnight stay at a family run guest house at the Great Wall, seeing this iconic structure without the crowds, journey on two sleeper trains, discover the mountain heights of Huangshan and learn about China’s ancient history through locals, sites and tour guides. This tour explores the crazy contrasts and experiences that make China a truly remarkable destination.

Inclusions: Transport, accommodation and some activities.

For more information please visit www.intrepidtravel.com.au or call 1300 458 437


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Save $648 on the 26th July 2018 departure of Intrepid Travel’s 15-day Best of Cuba Westbound.

Was AUD $2,595 per person now AUD $1,947 - a saving of $648 per person twin-share.

Travel to Cuba to experience its historical streets through to the pristine shores of the Caribbean. This tour includes old-world charm, rich history and exciting nightlife where travellers can witness the difference between city and coastal life, take an informal salsa lesson with locals and practice their Spanish in a language class. This adventure takes travellers to the heart of Cuba where there is no shortage of historic cars, fragrant cigars and rum.

Inclusions: Some meals, transport, some accommodation and some activities.

For more information please visit www.intrepidtravel.com.au or call 1300 458 437


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Save $791 on the 5th August 2018 departure of Intrepid Travel’s nine-day San Francisco to Las Vegas tour.

Was AUD $3,955 per person now AUD $3,164 - a saving of $791 per person twin-share.

Explore the contrast between the steep hills of the country to the bright lights of Las Vegas. This trip takes travellers to the most iconic landmarks on a journey from California to Nevada including hiking and exploring the Yosemite National Park, diverse landscapes of Death Valley, stunning Lake Tahoe and the famous wine region of the Sonoma Valley. Travellers on this trip end their journey enjoying a free day exploring all that the fabulous Las Vegas has to offer.

Inclusions: Some meals, transport, some accommodation and some activities.

For more information please visit www.intrepidtravel.com.au or call 1300 458 437


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Save $888 on the 28th July 2018 departure of Intrepid Travel’s seven-day Kilimanjaro- Marangu Route adventure.

Was AUD $3,555 per person now AUD $2,667 - a saving of $888 per person twin-share.

Travel to Africa and conquer its highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro. Travellers hike on the most direct path to the summit, covering the trail in just five short days with the help of local and experienced guides. On this trip travellers can spot monkeys on their way to Mandara Hut, walk through stunning alpine zones and stay in one of Northern Tanzania’s most historic buildings. Highlighting this tour is the panoramic views from the top of Mt Kilimanjaro which need to be seen to be believed.

Inclusions: Some meals, transport, some accommodation and some activities.

For more information please visit www.intrepidtravel.com.au or call 1300 458 437


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PEREGRINE ADVENTURES:

Save $808 on the 22nd July 2018 departure of Peregrine Adventures eight-day Slovenia and Croatia adventure.

Was AUD $4,040 per person now AUD $3,232 - a saving of $808 per person twin-share.

Explore the beautiful cities, mountains and waterfalls of both Slovenia and Croatia. Upon arrival, travellers will glide through the centre of Venice by boat, gaining a unique perspective of the city from the water. Throughout this tour, travellers will enter the underground world of the Postojna Caves, ride a cable car to the exceptional views of Mt Vogel, soak up the vibrancy of Zadar and enjoy local truffle tasting in Istria.

Inclusions: Some meals, transport, some accommodation and some activities.

For more information please visit www.peregrineadventures.com.au or call 1300 207 354


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Save $1,267 on the 29th July 2018 departure of Peregrine Adventures 16-day Amazon and Inca Adventure.

Was AUD $6,335 per person now AUD $5,068 - a saving of $1,267 per person twin-share.

Delve into the Incan history of Peru and discover the Amazon rainforest’s national treasures. Travellers on this tour enjoy a two night feature stay in an Amazon Lodge where they can stroll the jungle in search for monkeys, parrots, otters and caymans. This trip also takes travellers to the world class culinary destination of Peru, private island of Suasi, catacombs underneath Lima and two visits to Machu Picchu. Finishing this tour travellers take a trip to the highest capital city in the world, La Paz, a modern cosmopolitan city combined with ancient traditions.

Inclusions: Some meals, transport, some accommodation and some activities.

For more information please visit www.peregrineadventures.com.au or call 1300 207 354

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Save $1,299 on the 28th July 2018 departure of Peregrine Adventures 15-day Mexico in Depth adventure.




Was AUD $6,495 per person now AUD $5,196 - a saving of $1,299 per person twin-share.

Discover Maya ruins, Indian communities and colonial towns through one of Mexico's most comprehensive tours. Travellers experience a tour throughout Mexico that is rich in historical and cultural highlights getting up close and personal with the country’s diverse heritage. On this trip travellers enjoy Mexico City’s heady street food, rest up on the white sands of Playa Del Carmen and stay for three nights at Hotel Geneve, a property with over 100 years of history. Whether travellers are history buffs, nature lovers or foodies, this trip has something for everyone.

Inclusions: Some meals, transport, some accommodation and some activities.

For more information please visit www.peregrineadventures.com.au or call 1300 207 354

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Banyan Tree Bintan Winter offer


Save 30% on a luxury getaway to the Indonesian island of Bintan with Banyan Tree Bintan

Indulge in a three-night stay from SGD367 plus tax night per night

Between now and 31 March 2019, Banyan Tree Bintan is offering guests booking to stay for three nights or more a 30% discount off the best available rate. Guests can therefore enjoy a three-night stay for as little as SGD367 plus tax per night.




Banyan Tree Bintan is a hidden gem located on the northwest tip of Bintan island in Indonesia – only 45 minutes by ferry from Singapore and on a secluded bay overlooking the South China Sea. Inspired by the traditional fishing villages on Bintan island, villas are built on stilts to preserve the towering 100-year-old trees lining the hillside. As a result, villas soar above the ground, giving a delightful tree-top experience in the heart of nature. All private villas feature a king-sized four-poster bed, en-suite bathroom and sunken bath as well as a private sundeck and an outdoor relaxation pool overlooking the sea.

Located next door to Banyan Tree Bintan, Angsana Bintan is the young, fun sister to Banyan Tree. For adventure lovers, there is a large selection of land and watersports activities available, including quad bikes, all-terrain vehicles, golf and many more.

Banyan Tree's properties across the world have an impressive range of programs that support conservation, biodiversity, education and social enterprise for local communities. The on-site Conservation Lab at Banyan Tree Bintan nurtures eggs and hatchlings and releases baby hawksbill and green sea turtles (both species are endangered) when they're about four months old. Thanks to education programs, local fisherman now report new nests of eggs, which are brought into the lab's hatchery away from predators.

This offer includes daily breakfast at Treetops restaurant; return transfer by private car between Bintan ferry terminal and Banyan Tree Bintan, 20% off dining at restaurants within Laguna Bintan and 20% off body massages at Banyan Tree Spa Bintan.

For further information, or to book, visit,  www.banyantree.com/en/indonesia/bintan/offers/stay-longer-save-more

Monday, 14 May 2018

Taronga Zoo Sydney shines a light on endangered animals for Vivid Sydney

#visitnsw #sydney




Vivid Sydney's wildest precinct returns as Taronga Zoo Sydney shines an even bolder, brighter spotlight on conservation and endangered wildlife with a family friendly spectacular display of giant animal light sculptures from 25 May to 16 June.

As the Zoo's permanent residents retire for the evening, Lights For the Wild will burst into colourful life to introduce visitors to fierce, friendly and quirky creatures on a journey through fragile habitats, from the ocean, to the jungle and the Australian bush.

Festival favourites, the giant multimedia light sculptures return with old friends including the majestic Sumatran Tiger and giant Bilby joined by a new mob of endearing species, from an epic Goanna to a school of Blue Devil Fish.

Guests will step through a marine world to meet some of NSW's most endangered aquatic species and emerge from the mouth of a Port Jackson Shark as it splashes through the façade of Taronga's heritage entrance. Tread quietly through the Sumatran jungle to encounter endangered yet ferocious animals along the way before stepping into our Taronga Centenary Theatre to behold a multi-award winning animated film, presented here as a 270° cinematic experience. Pause a while and rest beneath a canopy of stars and glowing planet earth as imagined by children, before a final journey through an illuminated Australian bushscape takes everyone all the way home again.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall said, "Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is a unique experience that shines a light on conservation in the most incredible way. Come 25 May visitors will be able to walk among the spellbinding display of magnificent creatures and discover the illuminating stories of these endangered species."

Vivid Sydney Creative Director, Ignatius Jones said, "Taronga Zoo is a much-loved family favourite which brings out the child in all of us. Where else can you take a stroll through a PJ shark's mouth or come face to face with a giant ferocious Sumatran tiger while holding mum or dad's hand!"

What: Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo
Where: Taronga Zoo, Bradley's Head Rd, Mosman. Entry only via the main upper entrance on Bradley's Head Road.
When: Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June
Session start times: 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm (approx. 2 hour experience)
Tickets: Pre-purchase tickets at taronga.org.au/vivid

Mon-Thurs (excluding public holiday):
Adult - $23.95
Child (4-15 years) - $17.95
Concession - $21.56
Under 4 - free

Fri-Sun and Mon 11 June public holiday:
Adult - $26.95
Child (4-15 years) - $18.95
Concession - $24.26
Under 4 – free

Note: Last entry at 8.30pm, zoo closes at 9.30pm.
Taronga Zoo is not for profit. All ticket proceeds go directly back to work in conservation and wildlife care. 




About Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas and now the largest event in Australia. For 23 days - from 25 May to 16 June 2018 – the event places a spotlight on Sydney and reinforces its position as the home of light, creativity, cutting edge music, engaging conversations and the exchange of new ideas. The festival is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency. In 2017 Vivid Sydney attracted a record 2.33 million attendees and injected over $143 million into NSW's visitor economy. For more information visit www.vividsydney.com

Kids Go Free to Kangaroo Island when family travels with SeaLink






Save up to $100 per family when travelling to Kangaroo Island with SeaLink's 'Kids Go Free to Kangaroo Island' deal. The deal offers free return SeaLink ferry travel for up to two kids when travelling with one or two adults and their car. The deal is on sale until 22 September 2018.

Kangaroo Island, Australia's third largest Island, is only a short 45-minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis and with hundreds of kilometres of quiet roads and adventure to discover, it is made for a self-drive family holiday.

Adults and kids alike will love the amazing wildlife, spectacular coastal scenery, beautiful beaches, adventure activities, scenic landscapes and fantastic National Parks.

Raptor Domain is a must see for families. Enjoy the "Birds of Prey" show and meet an array of birds including Jedda, the majestic Wedge Tailed Eagle and Casper the friendly Barn Owl. A quick stop at Clifford's Honey Farm is also essential, not just to see how honey is made but to try their famous Honey ice-cream.

A visit to Little Sahara! will guarantee hours of family fun as everyone enjoys the thrills and spills of sandboarding or tobogganing down the massive white sand dunes and see Australian sea lions in their natural environment as they sleep, play and swim on a guided beach tour at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

Experience the magic of swimming with the dolphins on an Island Explorer Tour with KI Marine Adventures and KI Ocean Safaris. From the tour vessel see dolphins in their natural environment and relaxation areas, as pods of bottle nose dolphins swim by. The more adventurous families can grab a wetsuit and snorkel gear and swim with these beautiful mammals.

The kids will love discovering the 'hidden' beach at Stokes Bay and getting up close and personal with kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and other nocturnal wildlife at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

A holiday to Kangaroo Island is not complete without a visit to Flinders Chase National Park home to nature's wonders, the breathtaking Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch.

A range of family accommodation across the island is available, ranging from holiday homes, cabins and caravan parks to motels and hotels with family apartments. Most accommodation properties offer amazing deals and bonuses during May to August including stay five nights for the price of four, four nights for the price of three and three nights for the price of two.

SeaLink's 'Kids Go Free to Kangaroo Island' deal is on sale from 12 May until 22 September 2018 and valid for travel between 22 May to 22 September 2018.

The deal offers free return ferry travel for up to two kids when travelling with one or two adults and one vehicle.

For ferry, car and accommodation bookings visit: www.sealink.com.au

For Further information and bookings please contact: T: 13 13 01 from within Australia or +61 8 8202 8688 from Overseas, Email: bookings@sealink.com.au or Visit:www.sealink.com.au

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Oz Comic-Con returns to Melbourne


Get Set To Go Geeks Galore

Oz Comic-Con is back in Melbourne June 9-10, at the Convention & Exhibition Centre, providing Victoria’s yearly, ultimate celebration of pop-culture.

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne is an exciting culmination of multi-genre content, from across the spectrum, with a lot of everything, for everyone – appearances by film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors; gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions; creative workshops and master classes; and hard-to-find, exclusive merchandise from vendors that’ll leave convention goers totally geeking out.



Kids can try their hand at comic art, at the kids’ comic artists workshops, or even get into cosplay for the Kids Cosplay Parade. Comic collectors can head over to the comic grading area, and to the main stage for guest panel discussions. Anime fans will have their knowledge tested with trivia, and die-hard cosplayers can kick off their journey to take home the international title, in Melbourne’s Championship of Cosplay heat. Gamers will be getting a work-out too, with Couch Warriors, putting their skills to the test in daily tournaments of new and classic titles. And this is only a preview of what’s on offer!

Jono Whyman, Event Manager of ReedPOP says: “This is the biggest Oz Comic-Con to hit Melbourne. We’re proud to be supporting great, local Victorian businesses and talent at this year’s expo and in Artist Alley. It’s going to be an awesome showcase of all things pop-culture, from original and fan art, to comic books, art prints, novels, jewellery, clothing and homewares. If you’re looking to buy the next closest thing to Thor’s mighty hammer, this is where you’ll find it!”. 



WHEN: June 9th (Saturday) - 10th (Sunday) from 9am - 6pm, daily.
WHERE: The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006.

TICKET INFO: Advance tickets are now on sale – save 24% with General Admission Single Day Passes and 16% with Weekend Passes! General Admission tickets will be $42.50 at the door, children under 12 are free. There’s also a variety of online exclusive tickets on-sale, while allocations last.

For tickets and additional information visit www.ozcomiccon.com
Follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @OzComicCon for guest announcements and show updates.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Discover Bali’s Surfing Hot Spots with Anantara Uluwatu Resort




Bali is world-renowned as a surfing paradise and the hot spots around Uluwatu boast some of the greatest breaks. Combining spectacular surfing with luxury resort pleasures, Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort invites surfers of every level to find their ultimate wave with a special Uluwatu Surf Break package for two persons.

Cascading down Uluwatu's dramatic cliff-side, Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort's contemporary luxury reveals sensational ocean views – providing the perfect sanctuary for discerning surfers. The Uluwatu Surf Break package offers an energising stay of three nights or more, including a gourmet daily breakfast buffet, overlooking rushing surf.

Offering fascinating activities per stay, guests can have remarkable experiences. An unforgettable three-hour surf session includes return transfers to nearby surfing hot spots and surf equipment of a safe soft board, rash shirt, board shorts, safety helmet, certificate and insurance. Delighting both beginners and pros, Uluwatu boasts an incredible range of famous surfing destinations – from the world-renowned Impossible Beach right in front of the resort, to Bingin's perfect barrels, Padang Padang's challenging swells, Nusa Dua's popular breaks, the gentler fun waves of Dreamland and Balangan, and Green Ball's flourishing marine life. Another addition, guests will relish a day of wellness and splurging. A private yoga class can be enjoyed in vibrant gardens, underneath the iconic cliff-edge chapel or in the comfort of the guest's room, before heading out to explore the boutique shopping allures of trendy Seminyak.

Winding down is a sensual pleasure. In the heavenly sanctum of Anantara Spa, one 60-minute Anantara Signature Massage per stay blends revered eastern and western techniques with a healing oil blend to melt muscle tension and enhance vital energy flow. Bringing a night of romantic privacy, one Dining by Design experience per stay spoils guests with sumptuous Asian flavours in a choice of intimate settings.




Escape to some of the world's greatest breaks with the Uluwatu Surf Break package. With rates starting from THB10,534++ per night the package includes:
  • Three-night stay or more in luxury accommodation
  • Surfing for 2-3 hours including return transfers to nearby surf hotspots and surf equipment of a safe soft board, rash shirt, board shorts, safety helmet, certificate and insurance for two people.
  • Seminyak shopping trip (6 hours in total)
  • One romantic Dine By Design for two people
  • One 60 minute Anantara Signature Massage treatment for 2 people
  • Daily breakfast for two people

Valid until 31st December 2018

For reservations and more information, please contact uluwatu@anantara.com or +62 361 8957555

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Win the Best Wine Holiday Ever

 

Are you in need of a holiday and a wine? Chances are, if you're human the answer will be yes.

Vinomofo and Intrepid Travel know the importance of a getaway and a good glass of vino and have joined forces to giveaway the most ultimate prize pack of all time; A trip for two to Northern Spain for an epic wine adventure.

Yep, that's return flights and one specially curated journey through one of Europe's most rewarding food and wine regions. The tour starts in Barcelona and finishes up in Santiago stopping at eight amazing places along the way to eat, drink and get your adventure on.

I bet you're wondering, 'How will I retain all the amazing wine info I'm learning while simultaneously eating and drinking my way through the 10 day journey?' Well fear not, as well as the Intrepid Leader, you'll have the added bonus of a wine specialist from Vinomofo coming along on the trip. That means vino advice, tips and tricks around the clock.

You can enter via: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/vinomofo-spain-competition?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=competition with entries closing on 29th June, 2018.

 


Monday, 7 May 2018

Family cruising with Norwegian Jewel

 


With activities for all ages and a diverse mix of destinations, cruising is the ideal platform to plan a multi-generational family getaway

 With the freedom and flexibility to enjoy an unrivalled choice of dining, entertainment, accommodation and activity options for all ages, Norwegian Cruise Line is a firm favourite with families looking for new, unforgettable experiences.

Norwegian Cruise Line has a range of family-friendly itineraries to choose from for your next holiday, including destinations in Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and more. If you're looking for something closer to home, Norwegian Jewel's forthcoming Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific sailing season is also not to be missed, providing an excellent opportunity to discover the local region and celebrate the festive season with the whole family during the school holidays.

Returning to local waters fresh from a bow-to-stern refurbishment in December, Norwegian Jewel's 16-Day Australia & New Zealand itinerary, departing from Sydney on 20 December 2018, sees her explore the beauty of destinations including Eden, Burnie, Napier and Auckland. Or, if an island getaway is more your speed, Norwegian Jewel's 13-Day South Pacific sailing from Sydney, departing on 5 January 2019 and taking in the sights of Noumea, the Isle of Pines, Cairns and Airlie Beach is just the cruise for you.

Looking to travel a little further afield this Christmas? Why not take in the breathtaking sights of Hawaii from on board Pride of America, the only cruise ship that sails round-trip from Honolulu year-round. With Norwegian's unique 7-day Hawaii itineraries, you can stay overnight in both Maui and Kauai as well as visiting Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii.

"Whether it's to celebrate Christmas or New Year with the whole family, or just to escape the daily grind and re-connect during the school holidays, we're seeing a surge in families taking advantage of a holiday that can include everyone from the grandchildren to great-great-grandparents," explained Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

It's Pie Time you visited NSW Southern Highlands




David Ellis

PIE EATERS unite – June's around the corner and that means it's time again for Australia's biggest celebration of everything pies in NSW's Southern Highlands… that becomes the Southern Pie-lands for all of June.

Based on the towns of Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale and the many picturesque little mountain villages around them, the Southern Highlands have more pie bakeries and pie outlets per capita than any other region in Australia and is arguably the unofficial Pie Capital of the country.

Last year's inaugural Southern Highlands' Pie Time drew thousands of pie-lovers to the Highlands through the month of June who, with enthusiastic locals, chomped their way through just over 100,000 pies – and which helped win Pie Time a major award in the 2017 Qantas Tourism Awards for best Destination Marketing Campaigns.

And last year's Southern Highlands Best Pie Competition has been expanded this year to become the NSW and ACT Best Pie Competition, with five categories of pies both savoury and sweet and with the winning pies being available for visitors to search out and chomp into.

Plus Pie Time's month-long celebrations will culminate in a two-day "Pie Fest" on the weekend of June 23 and 24 that showcases all things pies and their best accompanying wines, beers, ciders and spirits made in the Southern Highlands, and further afield, will this year be held at the vast Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse just outside Bowral to accommodate a greater number of stallholders and activities – and with plenty of visitor parking as last year over 4000 attended the weekend.

Organisers suggest pie-lovers interested in visiting this year's Pie Time book any accommodation needs early, and can do this and get any further information, by phoning Destination Southern Highlands on 1300 657 559 or visiting www.visitsouthernhighlands.com.au

And ask also about Pie Time's Pinot and Pie Tours, Pie Trike Tours and the Pie-cycle for cycling enthusiasts to enjoy their sport and a pie or three along the way.


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[] JUNE – and its Pie Time in NSW's Southern Highlands that's everything pies both savoury and sweet, plus the best of local wines, beers, ciders and spirits to go with them. (Image: Destination Southern Highlands)


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Travel inspiration and tips: Wander Love



Wander Love
April | Hardie Grant Travel
AUD$35.00 | NZ$39.99

Wander Love will help you gear up for your next holiday or travel adventure. Featuring amazing photographs from locations around the world, there’s also practical information and advice including how to pack your bag, how to travel solo and how to barter like a boss. You’ll also find destination guides to cities from six different continents. Be inspired to climb that mountain, learn that language, write that blog – anything that you’ve been wanting to do.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Mantra Hotels Global Sale



Need to book a holiday? From April 30-May 6, Mantra Hotels will launch its Global Sale with huge savings across more than 130 Art Series, Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree properties.



In incredible locations across Australia, New Zealand, Bali and Hawaii, these deals are not to be missed!

With rates from just $109* per night at selected retreats, hotels, resorts and apartments, you are bound to book a bargain.

Below is a sneak peek at some of the fantastic savings on offer, with many of the deals being valid for travel up until 14 December 2018.

Book between April 30-May 6 by visiting www.mantrahotels.com or calling Mantra Hotels 24-hour Reservations Centre on 1300 987 603.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Things To Do In Adelaide At Night



#seesouthaustralia #ATE18

Ghost stories, unique laneway bars, flavours of the world and shopping under the glow of the moon...what more could you want in Adelaide after dark? Pub rock or rooftop cocktails? You got it.

Dine with The Invincibles

The ghosts of sporting legends are your dinner companions when you take a table at the outstanding Hill Of Grace Restaurant. Occupying level three of the Eastern Stand at Adelaide Oval, you'll be looking over hallowed turf. And while you're in the neighbourhood, get along to a night game at one of the finest sports stadiums in Australia.

Go globe-trotting on Gouger St

Tour the world's cuisine on a single street. Gouger heroes include Star of Siam (Thai), Gaucho's (Argentine), Ky Chow (Chinese) and Wasai Japanese Kitchen (Japanese, self-explanatory really). Fancy a cocktail? Head to the Collins Bar at the Hilton Adelaide just around the corner.

Reclaim the pavement on Rundle St

The eating scene on Rundle St is similar to Gouger St, only it spills onto the street and the tempo is upped by shops, bars, pubs and clubs. Featuring the very best in cutting-edge fashion and leading designer labels, Rundle St is also the city's hub for events, street parades and parties.

Love the little laneways

When the liquor licensing laws changed in 2013, the small bar scene said 'thank you very much' and exploded – mostly in the small laneway quarter around Leigh St, Peel St and Gilbert Place. Today the precinct is a pocket rocket of inner city personality and boozy goodness. Do Udaberri, Clever Little Tailor and Hains & Co, then grab something to eat at Bread & Bone or the time-honoured Rigoni's Bistro.

Get the big picture at Windy Point Restaurant

It's a 20-minute cab ride from the city, but the views in this fine diner warrant the effort. The food at Windy Point Restaurant – not to mention panoramic views of the lights of Adelaide – guarantee a sparkling night.

Test the atmospherics at the Adelaide Night Market

Held on Sunday nights in summer, the Adelaide Night Market feels like a party after dark. It transforms the city's North Terrace into a garden filled with street food from around the world, gifts, jewellery, live music and much more.

Mix the rough with the smooth on Hindley Street

This notorious old strip is going through a reinvention where you can still find the good, the bad and the ugly. Do the oh-so-now at Bank Street Social, go old-school at the Woolshed ('seven bars, three levels, one club' plus bull-riding), or head to the old pharmacy that is The Apothecary 1878; one of the most lovely drinking experiences in town.

Give in to the music

From the city that brought you Jimmy Barnes, Doc Neeson, Paul Kelly and the Hilltop Hoods comes a thriving pub music scene. Try The Gov, Fowler's Live, Jive and the Wheatsheaf Hotel for some great local and international live acts.

Stroll the twilight sands of Glenelg

Pick a warm night and walk along the Glenelg foreshore. On weekends, the families are out on the lawns beneath palms and pines, watching the sun sink into the Gulf. Kick off your shoes, feel the heat go out of the sands – then head for the lively restaurant and hotel scene on Moseley Square.

Meet the ghosts

The old Adelaide Gaol: brutal stories and lively ghosts. Enough said. For those with a ghoulish nature, you can also try the walking tours of West Terrace Cemetery. Try a night one...if you dare.

Get high in Adelaide

With its river and parklands at heart, and hills in the distance, Adelaide's rooftops offer a great vantage point. 2KW has reached for the sky, serving cocktails at 30 metres atop a heritage-listed bank building. Views of the Oval, North Terrace and Cathedral are a knockout.


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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Carol Prior's 50 year Love Affair with Exotic Morocco




Carol Prior will be escorting a very personal, fabulous journey through the Morocco, that she has been having a love affair with for nearly 50 years! The wonderful design and architecture of the country, together with the engaging Moroccan hospitality, drew her back again and again.

Our 15 day adventure begins on 20th March, 2019 in Rabat, the capital city on the Atlantic coast; Tangier, where it all began on a trip from Gibraltar, full of history of the cross-culture of North Africa and Spain, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean; then we will wander the ancient labyrinth of alleys in Fes; ride a mule in the high Atlas Mountains or a camel in the Agafay desert culminating in the red city of Marrakech to end on the 3rd April.

The tour will include meeting some of the wonderful people Carol has met over the years, as we visit private homes, gardens and favourite restaurants to dine on traditional and modern Moroccan cuisine and enjoy private cooking classes.

Numbers are limited to 12 people. Morocco is definitely “the flavour of the month” and By Prior Arrangement is the premium Luxury Customised Travel company, specialising in Morocco.

Carol Prior 0415 637 985.

Email: travel@bypriorarrangement.com
























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APT Explores Enchanted South America in 2019




A feast for the senses with an evocative collage of colour, culture, beauty and history, discover a fascinating land full of inspiration as you join APT on a South America adventure in 2019. Take advantage of the online brochure launch Superdeals, including Companion Fly Free specials including taxes.

Traveling with a maximum of just 28 guests, these specialized group sizes will ensure a personalised experience, allowing the chance for more discovery. Led by a team of knowledgeable, English-speaking South American experts, uncover the special moments, colourful characters and rewarding treasures as you embrace the spirit of this remarkable continent.

To experience South America on one of APT's holidays is to develop a close affinity with the continent's stunning landscapes, history and people, in unparalleled comfort, style and safety. Furthermore, you'll stay in South America's leading properties, hand-picked for their distinctive character, unrivalled personal service and spectacular settings. Additionally, with a range of touring styles, APT's Freedom of Choice inclusions and unregimented itineraries, it's easy to feel free and experience a more personalised holiday than ever before.

APT's 22-day South America Inca Journey itinerary includes two rail journeys, visits to some of the continent's most iconic destinations and stops in the bustling cities of Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, this unforgettable adventure starts at $16,795, twin share, including $1,000 air credit per couple.

Start your exploration of South America in the Chilean capital of Santiago, before continuing to the pretty seaside city of Valparasio, explore the barrios of Buenos Aires and take in breathtaking views from Cocovado, the mountain famous for its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Uncover the World Heritage-listed Iguazu National Park and explore the Historic Centre of Lima, before witnessing the glistening salt pools of Maras.

No trip is complete without boarding the Inca Rail train, in first class, to travel through lush forest to Machu Picchu, where a tour awaits the ancient lost city. In Cusco, the Belmond Andean Explorer train hosts a two-night escape, where a journey across giant peaks and wide open spaces of the Andes takes you to Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Incas.

For the more adventurous, APT's 32-day South American Inca Journey with Galapagos & Amazon Cruise will visit all the must-see sights as well as the Galapagos Islands and Amazon. Located in complete isolation from the rest of the world, some 1,000 kilometres from South America, the Galápagos Islands are as spectacular as they are eccentric. Embrace this fragile ecosystem, referred to as a living museum and showcase of evolution, with four nights at Finch Bay Hotel. Afterwards, in Iquitos, board the boutique Delfin II for a unique opportunity to explore the extraordinary landscapes and wildlife of the Amazon waterways in luxury. This adventure starts at $30,995, twin share, including Companion Fly Free including taxes.

For further information on APT's South American itineraries call 1300 196 420, visit www.aptouring.com.au or speak to your local travel agent.

apttravelgroup.com

 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Noosa celebrates 17 years of ‘Beach Culture’




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CULTURE STATEMENT

At first, we were a beach…Australia’s finest, in an environment we carefully guarded. Then, seventeen years ago, we became a community that recognised we could be so much more than a picture postcard.

We embraced the arts. We enticed the world’s finest performers to this special part of the world. We welcomed the dancers, the actors, the musicians, the writers And now they can’t wait to join us every July, at NOOSA alive!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Northern Escape Collection Launched by Morris Group [watch]




The Northern Escape Collection is the latest offering from the Morris Group. Encompassing a selection of luxury lodges in North Queensland’s majestic reef, rainforest and outback regions, the discerning traveller can enjoy secluded landscapes, fine wines around an outback campfire, swimming under an ancient rainforest waterfall and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef.

The collection, complete with its own luxury helicopter company, makes it possible for visitors to discover more than one of its spectacular destinations in a single journey. Flying in state-of-the-art aircraft with highly trained and knowledgeable pilots, guests are taken on a journey to remember, witnessing the vast size and sheer beauty of the region.

All properties are accessible by road, except Orpheus Island Lodge. But why drive, when you can fly?

With breathtaking inflight views, luxury facilities and first-class service, a Northern Escape experience is second to none! Accessible from either Cairns or Townsville, create an exclusive itinerary from our selection of luxury lodges and quintessentially Australian experiences.

www.northernescape.com.au



Tuesday, 6 March 2018

MSC Cruises Northern Europe for 2018




MSC Cruises Northern Europe itineraries take you to the Norwegian Fjords, Baltic Capitals & Iceland.

Weekly departures every Saturday & Sunday with four ships seasonally

Be quick to secure your spot on one of the hottest itineraries for 2018!


Departing Hamburg, Germany on July 29, 2018 MSC Meraviglia takes you on an 11-night journey.  Launched in June 2017, MSC Meraviglia is packed with extraordinary features. Enjoy outstanding dining options and entertainment including the exclusive Cirque du Soliel at Sea. An innovative ocean-view aft lounge, a two-deck "inside promenade" with a 480 square metre LED dome and a spectacular amusement area connected to an outdoor water park, will keep everyone entertained. In the Shetland Islands visit the 17th century town of Lerwick and Scalloway Castle, built by tyrant Patrick Stewart, in 1600 before admiring the peat and heather covered landscapes. Continuing to Iceland you will stop at three ports, Reykjavik for an overnight stay, Isafjordur and Akureyri. From here you will sail to Invergordon in the UK before returning to Hamburg. Priced from $3,099*pp twin share. PLUS your choice of FREE gift- onboard credit, all-inclusive drinks package or WiFi package, if you book by March 15, 2018.

Ranked among the most beautiful destinations in Europe, the Fjords of Norway are a must see on everyone's bucket list. Departing July 14, 2018 MSC Orchestra takes you on a 7-night journey through the fjords from Copenhagen, Denmark. Priced from $2,199*pp twin share for a balcony cabin. PLUS your choice of FREE gift- onboard credit, all-inclusive drinks package or WiFi package, if you book by March 15, 2018.

Departing August 18, 2018, from Kiel, Germany, MSC Preziosa, calls at Bergen, where you will see Sognefjord, the country's longest and deepest fjord and the colourful wooden houses of Bryggen and the fjords of Flaam and Hellesylt/ Geiranger on a 7-night cruise. Priced from $1,427*pp twin share. PLUS your choice of FREE gift- onboard credit, all-inclusive drinks package or WiFi package, if you book by March 15, 2018.

For a longer journey join MSC Magnifica on a 10-night journey through the Norwegian fjords.  Explore the Fjords of Stavanger, Bergen, the pretty town of Olden and Alesund.  Founded in 1793 and destroyed by fire, today Alesund is one of the great art nouveau towns. Ports of call also include Le Havre (Paris) and Hamburg, Germany. Departing Southampton on July 9, 2018 and priced from $2,199*pp twin share.  PLUS your choice of FREE gift- onboard credit, all-inclusive drinks package or WiFi package, if you book by March 15, 2018.

With weekly departures, you can choose a date to suit, but don't delay to secure your cabin for 2018!  Book TODAY by calling 1300 028 502, www.msccruises.com.au or call your local travel agent and don't miss out.  

*Conditions apply. Pick your gift on selected departures only. New bookings only. Onboard credit, based on twin share booking Inside cabin $100pp, Oceanview $150pp, Balcony $200pp. Adult all inclusive drinks package available for first passenger only. All passengers in the cabin must purchase the all-inclusive drinks package. Wifi Streamer package with 340MB up to 4 devices
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Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk Tours celebration package



To celebrate the latest QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards achievements (Silver for Cicada Lodge in the Luxury Accommodation category and Nitmiluk Tours' Bronze for the Qantas Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism), Nitmiluk has released some great new package options with its "All About You" promotion.

Choose from a stay at Cicada Lodge at just $360.00 per room per night, or upgrade to stay 2 nights for $615.00 only per room! The rate includes a welcome drink on arrival, the iconic sunset drinks and canapes on the pool deck and a gourmet Continental Breakfast.

Or stay in the self-contained Nitmiluk Chalets from just $150.00 per room per night for a one bedroom chalet -  stay 2 nights for $260.00 only per room!  Or for $195.00 per room per night in a 2 bedroom chalet, and upgrade to two nights for just $310.00 only per room

All guests booking on  the "All about you" Promo, will be entitled to:
  • 10% discount on our Heli Flight - enjoy the magnificent view of the Gorge with waterfalls in full flow!
  • 10% discount on our Gorge Cruises – experience the magic of Nitmiluk Gorge on a guided cruise
  • 10% discount at the Souvenir Shop – bring a memory back home to your loved ones
  • 10% at the Sugarbag café' – serving superb breakfasts, delicious lunches and snacks

For bookings, contact reservations@nitmiluktours.com.au or call 1300 146 743. Booking dates: 1 March 2018 until 31 March 2018 Stay dates: 1 March 2018 to 30 April 2018. Some block out dates apply.

*Terms and Conditions apply

Monday, 5 March 2018

Half price companion fares on the Belmond Eastern & Oriental


For a limited time only, Rail Plus is offering 50% off companion fares on the Belmond E&O for selected March and April departures and all departures between September and December 2018. That amounts to savings of up to a whopping $2,000!

Journeying between the vibrant and modern cities of Singapore and Bangkok, passengers will not only enjoy the contrasting landscape of this South East Asian peninsula as the train passes through a series of quaint villages, winding rivers and ancient temples, but also indulge in the incredible flavours of this region.



The 3D/2N journey from Singapore to Bangkok will depart on 10 March and 23 April, while the 4D/3N journey from Bangkok to Singapore will depart on 14 March, 6 April and 27 April.

Based on twin share in the Pullman and State Cabins, bookings must be made by 25 April.  The promotional code is EC50. Visit www.railplus.com.au or call 1300 555 003


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

More Departure Dates for Flinders Ranges Outback Tour



Due to high demand Flinders Ranges Odysseys' has released additional 2018 and 2019 departure dates for its popular four day/three-night Flinders Ranges Outback Tour.

The tour discovers the spectacular and rugged scenery of Wilpena Pound and the magnificent Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia.

The Flinders Ranges Outback Tour will now operate more frequently, with additional dates added to the existing fortnightly departures.

2018 departure dates include Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March, Wednesday 4th April and Friday 20th and 27th April, Friday 4th, 18th and 25th May, Sunday 3rd, 17th and 24th June, Sunday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th July, Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th August, Sunday 2nd and 16th September, Sunday 7th, 21st and 28th October and Sunday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th November.

In 2019 the tour will depart on Friday 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th March.




The four-Day Flinders Ranges Outback Tour includes all meals, touring and accommodation. Guests explore the Flinders Ranges in luxury air-conditioned Mercedes Benz vehicles, in small groups of up to eight people, accompanied by a personal local tour guide.

Accommodation is at the award-winning Rawnsley Park Station in luxurious Eco Villas or one-bedroom Holiday Units and at the famous Prairie Hotel at Parachilna.

The tour departs from Adelaide and highlights include touring Wilpena Pound and the southern Flinders Ranges, visiting Kanyaka Station Homestead Ruins, the copper mining town of Blinman, and the Nilpena Station Ediacaran Experience with fossils over 500 million years old.

Dining highlights include a Sunset at the Chace tour, a three-course Lamb Tasting food experience with wines matched to each course and the Prairie Hotel's Signature "Feral" Antipasto Platter.

The four-Day Flinders Ranges Outback Tour starts from A$3184 per person and includes all accommodation, meals, morning pick-up and evening set-down at selected Adelaide CBD hotels, personalised touring, expert commentary from a local driver/guide, all entrance fees and special permits and all activities.

For further information and bookings visit www.flindersrangesodysseys.com.au

T: +61 8 8553 0386  E: kireservations@kiodysseys.com.au

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