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Saturday, 22 December 2018

Family Travel Bumper Summer Issue Out Now



The Summer Issue of Family Travel magazine has arrived. Featuring the best of the best as voted by families around the country, this issue showcases the top destinations, attractions and service providers for travelling families.

Sections and features within this third issue of Family Travel include:

* Plan - focused on bite-size pieces of news and recommendations for getting families out exploring more, Plan covers budgeting advice, reviews of the best accessible playgrounds, plus teen travel tips

* Holidays - bringing the best international destinations into the limelight, Holidays delivers the 'Hot List' featuring the top 19 family experiences for 2019 plus an in-depth look at the increasingly popular Sri Lankan adventure

* Navigate - delivering top tips and recommendations for maximising family getaways, Navigate offers family-friendly hotel recommendations for top destinations such as luxurious Mauritius to idyllic Aussie favourite Depot Beach, plus expert advice on how to capture the best of your holiday memories

* Out & About With Kids - dedicated to the best of Australian travel, including events, holidays, camping trips, and city adventures, Out & About With Kids also covers off the best Aussie island escapes and top hiking tips for families this issue

* Anaheim - the #1 voted international destination for families to visit (per 2018 Family Travel People's Choice Awards) is featured in a sensational 28 page dedicated section. Covering top places to stay, eat and visit, this feature is a goldmine of information for families planning their visit to this favoured Orange County city

Readers are encouraged to share their thoughts on this bumper summer issue by submitting a letter to editorial@boundround.com to go in the running to win a Sony AX33 4K Handycam (valued at $1099)

To read the summer issue of Family Travel magazine visit: https://www.familytravel.com.au/family-travel-3-summer-2018-2019/

The Gold Museum of Girona



Girona: The Dor Museum – Jewellery Museum and Arts Centre has opened in the old castle in Sant Julià de Ramis, very close to the city of Girona, about 1h30 mins from Barcelona. It is devoted to the world of jewellery and the craftspeople making unique jewellery pieces as an expression of human emotion. The first floor displays exhibits related with 20th-century jewellery, while the second floor hosts temporary art exhibitions with works by Josep Maria Subirachs and Apelles Fenosa. The Quim Hereu Centre shows the artist's creative process.

This castle, La Fortalesa de Sant Julià de Ramis, includes facilities for meetings and events, a five-star hotel and a restaurant by the award-winning chef Jordi Cruz.

Source: travmedia.com

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Best Seats on the Harbour this New Year’s Eve


Celebrate New Year's Eve 2018 with Captain Cook Cruises on the most beautiful harbour in the world. Be dazzled by Sydney's famous Harbour fireworks from the best seat in the house - on one of Captain Cook's many New Year's Eve Cruises.

Come aboard Captain Cook Cruises Sydney 2000, John Cadman 2 or Matilda 3 and be one of the privileged few cruising in the Harbour Lights Parade, inside the fireworks exclusion zone.

The Sydney 2000 is Sydney's most prestigious cruise ship and hosts the Club and Show Deck New Year's Eve dinners featuring an indulgent four-course a-la-carte menu, superior wines, all spirits and liqueurs and premium Veuve Clicquot Champagne to toast at midnight.

Promising the night is one to remember, both Club and Show Deck include deluxe seating, a fantastic live band and access to the open top deck with uninterrupted 360-degree firework and Sydney Harbour views.

The Sydney 2000 New Year's Eve Club Deck dinner is priced at $1399 per person and the Show Deck dinner at $1299 per person. Sydney 2000 cruises depart on 31st December 2018 from Circular Quay Wharf 6 at 7.30pm, disembarking at 1.00am.

The John Cadman 2 offers a sumptuous seafood buffet and an open bar of still and sparkling wine, local and imported beers and standard spirits. Dance the night away to a DJ while soaking up the million-dollar views and fireworks.

The John Cadman 2 cruise is $999 per person, with window seating available from $99 per person. It departs on Monday 31st December 2018 from Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf No.1 at 7.00pm, disembarking at 1.00am.

On Matilda 3 bring in the New Year with a party DJ and enjoy premium canapés, a standing buffet featuring a selection of meats, seafood, vegetarian options and desserts, an open bar of still and sparkling wine, local and imported beers and soft drinks and a glass of premium champagne at midnight, while watching the harbours firework display.

The Matilda 3 cruise is priced at $899 per person and departs on Monday 31st December 2018 from Darling Harbour Pier 26 at 7.30pm, disembarking at 1.15am.

For a more casual celebration, pack a picnic and spend New Year's Eve on a Fireworks Cruise aboard Nancy Wake or Maggie Cat.  This five-hour cruise has indoor and outdoor ferry seating and a fully licensed bar on board.

The Nancy Wake and Maggie Cat cruises are $550 per person and depart Darling Harbour, Pier 26, at 7.15pm, disembarking at 1.00am.

For further information visit: www.captaincook.com.au


Take a Princess Alaska and Rocky Mountains Tour


Visit stunning Alaska and the Canadian Rockies with Princess Cruises on this 13-night fly/tour/cruise package from Cruise1st.


After a flight on 5th September 2019 from Australia to Calgary, Canada, the adventure begins with a 7-day pre-cruise tour that starts with a trip to Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour from there is a non-stop adventure packed with historical sites, national parks, glaciers and other breath-taking natural wonders through areas including Lake Louise and the Columbia Icefield, Sun Peaks and Whistler before arriving in Vancouver.

 

In Vancouver, you will embark on Island Princess for your 5-night cruise which captures some of the most breath-taking scenery imaginable as it makes stops at Juneau and Ketchikan, before arriving back into Vancouver ahead of your return flight to Australia.

 

Princess Cruises Island Princess is a compact ship perfect for visiting the icy landscapes of Alaska. There is a nightly program of live music, comedy and shows. Two swimming pools and six whirlpools are complemented by fitness centre and miniature golf course. A splendid selection of dining options is available including Princesses' traditional afternoon tea.

 

The package includes flights to and from Canada, the pre-cruise Rockies tour and the cruise from Vancouver.

 

The package is priced from $3,599* per person twin share from Sydney.

 

For more information call Cruise1st on 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 inside stateroom. Prices and specified hotels subject to change at any time.



Nanuku's white-knuckle Fijian adventures!


If relaxing poolside, cocktail in hand is akin to boredom, Nanuku Auberge Resort has you covered. Not only does it offer said tranquillity, but also an abundance of adrenaline pumping activities for the adventure traveller too!

Located at Pacific Harbour, aka "The Adventure Capital of Fiji", Nanuku Auberge Resort has over 50 land or sea experiences to quench even the thirstiest adrenaline enthusiast. Some examples include:

SURFING FRIGATES REEF

Suitable for experienced surfers, resort guests are escorted via private boat to Frigates world-class reef break for a full-day guided by Nanuku's 'Matai' (Fiji for surf expert). Three to Five day professional surf courses can also be booked with the local Surf Camp.

DIVING CAGE-LESS WITH BULL SHARKS

A once-in-a-lifetime experience; viewing massive cage-less bull sharks up close in their natural habitat. With a team of dive masters to ensure safety, guests descend approximately 100 feet underwater to view as many as 100 sharks feeding so closely, they may even feel the wake from the shark's tails.

TANDEM SKY DIVING

Resort guests can marvel at Fiji's spectacular islands surrounded by pristine blue waters as well as rare aerial views of beautiful fringing coral reefs from as high as 14,000 feet in the air. Guests aged from 7 years and above have enjoyed this safe experience with Nanuku's professionally-certified instructors and crew.

WHITE-WATER RAFTING

Discover some of Fiji's most formidable and phenomenally beautiful terrain along the Upper Navua River. Guests will raft underneath lush emerald rainforests, squeeze through soaring black volcanic walls barely five meters apart and take in not one but up to 70 waterfalls. At a remote village, guests can stop to learn the customs and traditions of true highlanders and take part in a kava ceremony with the village chief.

In addition, Nanuku Auberge Resort offers a myriad of adventures including open-ocean spear-fishing, Raka rugby training, jungle hiking, waterfall hiking, jungle hunting, off-road buggy explorations, heli-goft, jet-skiing, sand-dune boarding, moonlight prawning and so many more.

W: https://nanuku.aubergeresorts.com

Friday, 14 December 2018

Captain Cook's ultimate Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race lunch experience


Experience the excitement of one of the world's greatest ocean races, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Wednesday 26th December 2018. See all the action as the fleet departs Sydney Harbour for Hobart, all while enjoying a delicious lunch on one of Captain Cook Cruises Boxing Day Lunch cruises.

Join prestigious dining vessel MV Sydney 2000, as she cruises from King St Wharf to Parsley Bay where she will anchor between 11.00am and 2.00pm. This picturesque bay is situated between the exclusive Eastern suburbs of Watsons Bay and Nielson Park, and offers amazing viewing of the sailing fleet on their way to 'the heads' of Sydney Harbour.

There are three fantastic Boxing Day lunch cruise options onboard MV Sydney 2000, all with live commentary, televisions on each deck and access to the open top deck offering uninterrupted 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour.

The Sky Deck Boxing Day Lunch is the ultimate Boxing Day experience, offering a four-course premium menu including an open bar of house spirits, superior wines, beers and soft drinks, all on the uppermost dining deck.

The Club Deck and Show Deck Boxing Day Lunch offer a special seafood buffet including, ocean prawns, mussels, smoked salmon, Barramundi, a variety of non-seafood and vegetarian fresh salads and dishes, bread rolls, a cheese board, seasonal fruit, a selection of cakes and tea and coffee.

The Club Deck lunch includes a superior bar of wines, beers and soft drinks and the Show Deck lunch includes a standard bar of house wines, beer and soft drinks.

Boxing Day Lunch cruises depart on Wednesday 26th December 2018 from Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf No.1 at 10.30am, returning at 2.15pm.

The Sky Deck Boxing Day lunch is priced at $229 per adult and $169 per child (4 to 15 years), the Club Deck Boxing Day lunch is priced at $169 per adult and $99 per child (4 to 15 years) and the Show Deck Boxing Day lunch is priced at $159 per adult and $99 per child (4 to 15 years).

Other Captain Cook Cruises Boxing Day cruises include the Boxing Day Race to Bondi and Boxing Day Race Picnic.

For further information and menus visit: www.captaincook.com.au or https://www.captaincook.com.au/sydney-harbour-cruises/whats-on-in-sydney/boxing-day/

 


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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Out Now: New ‘Steam Australia’ book by Tim Fischer



New ‘Steam Australia’ book by Tim Fischer explores the history of locomotives with exclusive images never seen before



What do Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain have in common? They all rode Australia’s steam train network in its heyday—and a new book explores its rich history. In Steam Australia: Locomotives that Galvanised the Nation (NLA Publishing, 1 November, $39.99, ISBN: 9780642279293), author and former deputy prime minister, Tim Fischer, provides a captivating insight into Australia’s locomotive history, illustrated with over 300 images from the National Library of Australia, many of which have never been seen in print before.



Much more than just a listed history, Fischer offers a compelling account of the great tapestry of transport weaved by the steam locomotive in this country. It details how the nation was galvanised by the economic growth steam trains delivered, and shares the stories behind famous named express trains such as Puffing Billy, Robert Gordon Menzies and The Ghan. It also includes a number of fascinating stories such as Albury’s ‘break of gauge’ platform, the Amiens branch line, the ‘garnishee’ order made against the Spirit of Progress, as well as those of important characters such as C.Y. O’Connor and John Whitton.



Deeply visual and well researched, Steam Australia provides a fascinating insight into locomotives and their important part in shaping Australian history.



Tim Fischer entered state parliament in 1971, switched to federal parliament in 1984, and became Nationals leader in 1990 and deputy prime minister in 1996. He was appointed ambassador to the Holy See in 2008, and is now a successful book author. Since travelling to boarding school by steam and diesel trains five decades ago, Tim has maintained a deep interest in transport issues, serving as the transport officer of 1RAR and on many parliamentary committees relating to rail and general transport issues. More recently, he was on the board of FreightLink and also leads rail tours in Australia, Europe, Russia and South Africa.


Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Banyan Tree: 'Best of Bintan 2019' fine dining teamwork


Tree Tops Restaurant at Banyan Tree Bintan have pleasure in hosting the inaugural "Best of Bintan 2019" Culinary Event on Saturday 19 January 2019.



"Best of Bintan 2019" is a collaboration of the six best chefs from several hotels on Bintan Island, who will present a one-time special degustation dinner comprising a six-course tasting menu, showcasing the best signature dishes from around this unspoilt island in the South China Sea, just an hour by ferry from Singapore. The dinner's main aim is to promote Bintan as a truly world-class culinary destination, incorporating authentic flavours of Indonesia, with innovative flair.

The six passionate Chefs, who will be working side by side to serve a selection of gourmet offerings are: Mr. Yudhistira Angga Tirta, Executive Sous Chef Angsana Bintan; Ms. Ni Luh Ratnawati, Pastry Chef Banyan Tree Bintan; Mr. Adli Nizam, Executive Sous Chef Bintan Lagoon; Mr. Wali Amrullah Abbas, Executive Sous Chef Nirwana, Mr. Singgih Kisworo, Executive Sous Chef The Canopy Bintan and Mr. Lambok, Executive Chef The Residence Bintan.

Look forward to a sensational 6-course dinner featuring local favourites from the Riau Island!

For information and bookings, contact us at reservations-bintan@banyantree.com

Pricing:

IDR 650.000++ per person – 6-course degustation menu
IDR 1.000.000++per person – 6 course degustation menu with wine pairing


Celebrate the New Year in Ultimate Luxury at Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary


Discover Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary's bespoke wellness retreat and start the New Year in ultimate bliss.


On the tranquil shores of Phuket's Bang Tao Bay, the boutique, adults-only resort sits secluded and enshrined by exotic gardens. With only 12 unique villas available, guests will find themselves surrounded by peaceful lily ponds, with spacious master bedroom villas adorned in pure Thai silks, setting the scene for the ultimate relaxation.

Designed to provide a sanctuary for the senses, enlivening the soul and relaxing the body and the mind, guests can tailor their very own wellness plan to suit their personal goals and improve their overall wellbeing.

Included as part of the Spa Sanctuary experience, guests can indulge in unlimited in-villa massages and can choose from any of the signature spa treatments including:

·      Authentic Thai acupressure
·      Pampering relaxation massage
·      Revitalizing deep tissue massage
·      Detoxifying complete body cleanse
·      Hydrating facial treatments

There are also unlimited wellbeing activities available every day for guests including yoga and pilates classes held by Banyan Tree's in-house experts, seaside treks and sound meditation classes.

Included in each guest's bespoke package is Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary's wellness menu. Serving up a delicious selection of organic dishes with a focus on clean recipes, each meal is carefully designed to nourish the body and the mind.

Travellers will also have the luxury of choosing from the resort's six restaurants and two bars serving the finest food and beverages, or for a more private experience, in-villa dining is also available.

Waste no more time and kick off 2019 in ultimate bliss with a personalised experience at leading boutique wellness retreat Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary.

For more information please call: +66 76 372 400,
email phuket@banyantree.com or visit Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

'Indulge Your Senses' at InterContinental Koh Samui

         
InterContinental Samui Launches The Ultimate Holiday Package: 'Indulge Your Senses'

Four-night+ getaway promotions at Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort

InterContinental Samui is Indulging your Senses this festive season with the ultimate holiday package. Celebrate with your loved ones at the luxury InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, recently awarded Luxury Wedding Destination: Continent Asia at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Enjoy a ‘Cruisey’ Christmas Day on Sydney Harbour


Spend Christmas Day relaxing on Sydney's magnificent Harbour on a Captain Cook Cruises Christmas Day lunch cruise. With no meals to prepare and no washing up to be done,  the whole family can enjoy a stress-free Christmas.

Held on-board the prestigious, MV Sydney 2000, with three separate dining decks and an open top deck offering 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour, choose from three Christmas Day lunch cruises.

The Sky Deck Christmas lunch is the ultimate Christmas Day experience. Soak up the million-dollar views from the uppermost dining deck while enjoying a five-course premium menu and an open bar of superior spirits, premium wines, beers and soft drinks.

The Club Deck lunch offers a fabulous festive Christmas buffet feast including Virginia baked leg ham, roast turkey, Marinated Beef Sirloin, Sydney rock oysters, king prawns, N.Z Mussels, Barramundi, smoked salmon, a wide selection of salads and vegetables, assorted petit cakes, plum pudding and mince pies. The Club Deck lunch also includes a superior selection of wines, beers and soft drinks.

The Show Deck Christmas buffet lunch offers the same expansive feast as the Club Deck with a standard selection of wines, beers and soft drinks.

The MV Sydney 2000 departs 12 noon on Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December 2018 from No.1 King Street Wharf, returning at 3.00pm.

The Sky Deck Christmas lunch is priced at $259 per adult and $199 per child (4 to 14 years). Guaranteed window seating is an additional $39 per person.

The Club Deck Christmas buffet is priced at $249 per adult and $199 per child. The Show Deck Christmas Buffet is priced at $199 per adult and $155 per child. Guaranteed window seating for Club and Show deck lunches is an additional $25 per person.

For further information and bookings visit: www.captaincook.com.au , Digital Link: https://www.captaincook.com.au/sydney-harbour-cruises/whats-on-in-sydney/christmas-day/

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Free wellness program with every Inspiring Villas booking


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, 12 November 2018

WIN: Discover seven world wonders with Exodus Travels #travelcompetitions


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Discover magazine out now - just in time for summer

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

click to open e-mag online


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

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

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



Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Ecruising's Golden Indian Journey & The Far East




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information about the cruise and Ecruising please visit:

www.ecruising.travel or phone 1300 369 848.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Probus Members: Fantastic travel prizes to be won



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

"Probus in Action"

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

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Monday, 15 October 2018

Cruise the Nile in Style

#rivercruising

Refurbished Sun Boat IV unveiled.


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

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

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

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

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


Saturday, 29 September 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

*Conditions apply

Monday, 24 September 2018

Tauck Under The Tuscan Sun


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.tauck.com.au

Monday, 10 September 2018

Intrepid launches new range of South America experience



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



*Subject to availability, conditions apply


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Cruise the Treasures Of The East



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subject to availability. Term and conditions apply.

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

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

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