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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji Sale Extended




Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has extended its 'Three Nights Free Sail', until 31 March 2018 with travel valid till 31 March 2019. Book any eleven or seven-night Fiji cruise and save up to AUD$1535.00 per person, twin share.

All 11-night Lau and Kadavu Discovery Cruises, 7-night Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands cruises and 7-night 4 Cultures or Colonial Discovery cruises are aboard the 130-passenger, fully accommodated MV Reef Endeavour small ship cruise vessel.

The newly refurbished ship can visit parts of Fiji larger ships cannot get to, allowing passengers the unique experience of visiting remote villages, churches and schools and taking part in traditional village sevusevu ceremonies and Meke and Lovo feasts.

As well as being immersed in Fijian culture there is plenty of time for relaxing on white sandy beaches, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding in crystal clear waters and snorkelling and glass bottom boating over amazing coral reefs. The ship is equipped with a hydraulic platform ensuring boarding and disembarking the glass bottom boat is easy.

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Experience the underwater world with mind-blowing scuba diving operated by Viti Water Sports, a PADI5 Star Dive Centre. Two or three dives are offered daily and always in different locations.

A complimentary Kids Club is available for children 5 to 9 years and operates between 9.00am and 12noon, 2.00pm to 5.00pm and from 6.00pm and 9.00pm for early dinner and activities.

The 7-night Yasawa Islands and Mamanuca cruise departs Port Denarau every Tuesday and Saturday for the ultimate Southern and Northern Yasawa Island experience.

The 7-nights 4 Cultures Discovery cruise circumnavigates Vanua Levu, Fiji's second largest island and visits four distinctive Fijian cultures including Ellice Islanders (Polynesians), Banabans (Micronesia), Fijians and Indians.

The 7- nights Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise reveals the unique history, art and culture of the Northern Fiji Islands and allows passengers the ultimate experience of 'standing' on the 180th Meridian, the natural dateline.

Seven-night Discovery Cruises depart on selected dates on the first Tuesday of the month throughout 2018 and 2019.

The eleven nights Lau and Kadavu Discovery Cruise departs 6th November 2018 and 5th March 2019 and explores the length of the most easterly islands in the Fiji group, the Lau Islands and Kadavu, a part of Fiji rarely seen by tourists.

Prices for the 'Three nights Free Sail' for the seven-night Fiji cruises start from AUD$2045 per adult twin share, normally AUD$3395 per adult twin share and AUD$640 per child (5-17 years) sharing with an adult, normally AUD$1065 per child sharing with an adult.

Prices for the eleven-night discovery cruise start from AUD$4090 per adult twin share, normally AUD$5625 per adult twin share and AUD$1280 per child (5-17 years) sharing with an adult, normally AUD$1760 per child sharing with an adult.

The 'Three Nights Free' cruise sale is on sale until 31 March 2018 and valid for travel until 31 March 2019. The sale is valid on all room categories including "A" Tabua Suites, "B" and "C" Ocean Staterooms and "D" Porthole Cabins.

Fares include shipboard accommodation, all meals, guided village, school and island tours, snorkelling and glass bottom boat excursions, daily island stopovers and water activities, hikes and Kayak safaris, on board entertainment, kids club (5-9 years), onboard Wi-Fi, 24-hour self-service tea and coffee bar, post cruise transfers to Nadi and Denarau hotels and Nadi airport and use of the ship's facilities including a swimming pool, jacuzzi, mini gym, sun deck, cocktail bar and library.

For further information and bookings visit www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com or contact your local travel agent.

Website: www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com


Tauck 15-day Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise


#rivercruising

Tauck Australia announces Air Credit and Bonus Night on Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise

Tauck Australia is offering a $500 per person air credit and bonus night hotel stay on bookings made by 30 March for Tauck's 15-day Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat northbound and southbound cruises in 2018.

The 15-day Danube, Main and Rhine cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest - and in reverse direction - will take guests on an amazing journey past grand cathedrals, medieval monasteries, castles and vineyards, travelling through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and exploring legendary cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna, Köln, Nürnberg, Bratislava and Budapest.

Tauck's all-inclusive private shore excursions will take in many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic districts of Budapest, Vienna and Bamberg, and the Wachau and Rhine valleys.

In Vienna, there is a choice of visiting Schönbrunn Palace or the Hofburg's Imperial Sisi Museum and guests will attend a grand Imperial Evening in a traditional palace and tour the famed Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. This wonderful journey will also visit Köln Cathedral and Melk Abbey; medieval Regensburg; romantic Rothenburg or Würzburg; Budapest's Heroes' Square and much more.

The cruise is priced from $8590 per person twin share (Category 1 Cabin) and includes:

  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $3080
  • A private Imperial Evening at a traditional palace in Vienna featuring dinner and Viennese performers
  • Choice of bicycle excursions in Rüdesheim & Bamberg
  • In Amsterdam, a guided tour of the famed Rijksmuseum, home to many masterpieces
  • Day exploring Nürnberg, the walled medieval town whose history is forever intertwined with World War II
  • Choice of sightseeing in Vienna – a visit to the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments in the Hofburg or to Schönbrunn Palace
  • Memorable visits to Melk Abbey, Kölner Dom, and Siegfrieds Mechanisches Musikkabinett in Rüdesheim
  • Guided sightseeing in the historic European capitals of Bratislava, Slovakia, and Budapest
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to speciality coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Airport and train station transfers upon arrival and departure
  • All meals included – 41 (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners); select meals in local restaurants, wine with dinner on the riverboat
  • Service charge, taxes, porterage and applicable fuel surcharges
  • $500 per person air credit and bonus hotel night for bookings made by 30 March 2018

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

Monday, 19 February 2018

Mantra's Biggest Ever Global Sale



Mantra Hotels is set to launch its biggest ever Global Sale with massive savings on more than 130 Mantra, Peppers, BreakFree and Art Series Hotels, booked between 13 - 21 February 2018.

With rates starting from $99* per room per night at selected properties, there are deals perfect for couples, families or groups of friends available at hotels across Australia, New Zealand, Bali and Hawaii.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the deals on offer during the sale, featuring a selection of beach getaways, city breaks or country escapes.

To book any of the below or to check out the other fantastic offers available, visitwww.mantrahotels.com or call our 24-hour Reservations Centre on 1300 987 603. Don’t delay – the deals are on sale for the next nine days or until sold out!



QUEENSLAND

Port Douglas: Discover the magic of Port Douglas with a stay at the popular Mantra PortSea. Offering spacious accommodation, a swim-up pool bar and a range of leisure families, the resort is perfect for couples and families alike. Stayfrom $99* per night in a Hotel Room including 2-for-1 continental breakfast (minimum two night stay – total cost $198*). Valid for travel until 22 June, 2018.

Sunshine Coast: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, One Bedroom Apartments start from $149* per night (Sunday to Thursday) (minimum two night stay – total cost $298*). Valid for travel until 21 September, 2018.

Gold Coast: Enjoy the sun, surf and sand of the Gold Coast by staying at Mantra Legends Hotel in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Stay in a Hotel Deluxe Twin Room from $109* per night (Sunday to Thursday) (minimum two night stay – total cost $218*). This deal includes a two-for-one seafood buffet dinner voucher (valid at the hotel’s Fables Restaurant) and a 20% off beverage voucher. Valid for travel until 27 September, 2018.

Brisbane: The Johnson from $149* per night in a Studio Suite including plated breakfast for two and WiFi. Valid for travel until 7 May, 2018.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Kingscliff: Cool off and kick back in the sensational nearby surf and facilities of Mantra on Salt Beach. This is Kingscliff accommodation at its very best. Stay in a Hotel Room from $119* per night (Sunday to Thursday) (minimum two night stay – total cost $238*). This deal includes 2 for 1 buffet breakfast and a 25% off Season restaurant dining voucher, Wi-Fi and parking. Valid for travel until 27 September, 2018.

Sydney: The new Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport offers travellers contemporary and stylish accommodation within a short stroll of their Sydney Airport domestic departure gate. Stay in a Studio King Room from $149* per night (Friday to Sunday) including 1GB of Wi-Fi daily and a 12pm late check-out. Valid for travel from 1 April, 2018 until 27 September, 2018.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Canberra: Mantra MacArthur Hotel was the only hotel to have opened in Canberra in 2017 and is modern, contemporary accommodation centrally located in the heart of the city. Stay in a Studio Room from $119* per night (Thursday to Monday). Valid for travel until 14 September, 2018.

VICTORIA

Melbourne: Enjoy a city escape at Mantra on Jolimont located in the heart of Melbourne’s sport and entertainment precinct. Stay in a 1 Bedroom Apartment from $109* per night (Sunday to Thursday). Valid for travel from until 30 September, 2018.

Melbourne: The Blackman from $170* per night in a Studio Suite Balcony. Valid for travel from 26 March, 2018 until 30 September, 2018.

TASMANIA

Tamar Valley: Enjoy the seaside views of Tamar Valley at Peppers York Cove and experience one of Tasmania’s most sought after tourist destinations. Deluxe Hotel Rooms start from $149* per night. This offer includes a welcome bottle of house wine and a midday checkout. Valid for travel from until 30 September, 2018.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide: Located in Adelaide’s thriving West End, the heart of the city’s thriving arts, dining and entertainment precincts, BreakFree Adelaide has Studio Rooms from $99* per night including WiFi and a 12pm late check-out. Valid for travel from 23 March, 2018 until 31 May, 2018

Adelaide: The Watson from $139* per night in a 1 Bedroom Balcony Suite including Wi-Fi, late check-out and parking. Valid for travel until 30 September, 2018.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth: Mantra on Hay provides a comfortable experience and a perfect retreat when exploring the Perth CBD. Stay in a spacious One Bedroom Apartment from $119* per night. Valid for travel until from 30 March, 2018 until 30 September, 2018.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Darwin: Mantra Pandanas is just minutes from the Smith Street Mall and offers fantastic views over Darwin Harbour and the city. Stay in a Hotel Room City View from $109* per night (Thursday to Monday). Valid for travel until 30 April, 2018.

NEW ZEALAND

Christchurch: Slow down after a busy day and enjoy all that BreakFree on Cashel has to offer, centrally located within the Christchurch culture hub. Stay in a City Urban Double Room from NZ$99* per night, including WiFi. Valid for travel from 1 May, 2018 until 31 August, 2018.

HAWAII

Honolulu: Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra is the perfect location to relax alongside Ala Moana Beach Park and shop-till-you-drop at the neighbouring Ala Moana Shopping Centre, the world’s largest open-air shopping mall. Stay in a City Mountain View Room, Kona Tower from US$149* per night (minimum two night stay – total cost US$298*). Valid for travel until 30 September, 2018.


*Conditions apply, subject to availability. Valid for sale from 13 February, 2018 to 21 February, 2018. Block-out dates may apply. From rates advertised only available at selected properties.



Monday, 12 February 2018

Seabreeze Resort Samoa booking bonuses

 

The exclusively for adults, Seabreeze Resort Samoa has launched some amazing stay/pay deals and bonuses with savings of up to over AU$1000 per couple. Deals are on sale until 31 March 2018 and valid for travel until 30 April 2018 and between 1 November 2018 till 31 March 2019.

Seabreeze deals include; stay a minimum of five nights and receive one night free and a one-way arrival airport transfer for two people; stay a minimum of seven nights and receive one night free and return airport transfer for two people and stay a minimum of ten nights and receive two nights free and return airport transfers for two people.

The stay/pay deals also include regular rate inclusions of a la carte breakfast daily, nightly turndown service, complimentary mini bar replenished daily, use of new smart phones during guests' stay, complimentary food platter in room for arrivals after 9pm and before 7am and complimentary use of glass bottom kayaks and snorkelling equipment.

The award winning Seabreeze Resort is the ultimate in boutique luxury, gently nestled into a private secluded bay on Samoa's famous south-east coast of Upolu.  The resort provides the ideal romantic getaway for honeymooners and couples or those seeking luxury and intimacy.

Seabreeze has become one of the most sought after resorts in Samoa, recently winning Samoa's Leading Hotel for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Travel Awards.

Seabreeze boasts 12 air-conditioned villas, all with ocean, lagoon or reef views including the ultimate Honeymoon Point House. Villas have been designed to provide an ambience of relaxation and tranquillity.

With quality, innovative cuisine and outstanding customer service paramount, Seabreeze Resort offers three dining options including the romantic a la carte Waterfront Bar & Restaurant offering uninterrupted ocean and lagoon views, Cbreeza Pizzeria and Paulini's Pool Bar.

From the time guests wake there is always something to experience - relax by the infinity pool, laze on the beach, or grab a glass kayak or snorkelling equipment and discover the beautiful underwater world in the resorts private lagoon.

Seabreeze has a recipe for relaxation, "when hungry you eat, when thirsty you drink, when tired you sleep and be pampered at every opportunity".  With this motto in mind, guests can be treated to a range of totally indulgent and nurturing massages and facials in the privacy of their own villa.

Stay a minimum of five nights and receive one-night free deal starts from AU$1526 per room, save AU$381 per room and includes one-way airport transfers for two people valued at AU$130.

The stay a minimum of seven nights and receive one-night free deal starts from AU$2,289per room, save AU$381 per room and includes return airport transfers for two people valued at AU$259.

The stay a minimum of ten nights and receive two nights free deal starts from AU$3,052 per room, save AU$762 per room and includes return airport transfers for two people valued at AU$259.

For further information visit Seabreeze Resort, T; 685 7748643, email: bookings@seabreezesamoa.com or visit www.seabreezesamoa.com


Monday, 5 February 2018

Romance on the Harbour this Valentine’s Day

#valentinesday

Celebrate the most romantic day of all, Valentine's Day on 14 February 2018 and be seduced by the spectacular beauty of Sydney at night on one of Captain Cook's Valentine's Day Dinner cruises.

For the ultimate in romance Captain Cook Cruises Gold Penfolds Dinner & Drinks cruise, onboard the prestigious Sydney 2000 offers it all.

Indulge in a six-course degustation menu, Penfolds bin and vintage wines to match each course, priority boarding, cocktail reception, lounge entertainment and an open bar of beer, house spirits and soft drinks.

The Gold Penfolds Dinner & Drinks cruise is priced from $215 per person.

Lovers can dance the night away to a live band and enjoy a scrumptious four-course Valentine's menu on the 7.30pm Valentines Lovers Dinner & Drinks cruise and Captains Dinner Cruise.

The Captains Dinner cruise is priced at $159 per person and the 7.30pm Valentines Lovers Dinner & Drinks cruise is priced at $165 per person and also includes a Glass of Moet, chocolate gift and an open bar of house wines, beer and soft drinks.

The Gold Penfolds Dinner & Drinks cruise and the Captains Dinner cruise departs at 7.00pm from Jetty 6, Circular Quay returning at 9.30pm or at 7.30pm from King Street Wharf No.1, returning at 10.00pm. The 7.30pm Valentines Lovers Dinner & Drinks cruise departs from King Street Wharf No.1 at 7.30pm returning at 10.00pm.

A guaranteed window table is available for $25 per person and bar packages can be upgraded.

5pm dinner cruises and a Long Lunch cruise are also available.

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


Thursday, 1 February 2018

A thousand more reasons to smile in Bhutan, the land of happiness


Australia's leading adventure travel company, World Expeditions, has launched a new tour in Bhutan, at a fraction of the normal price, to take advantage of a once in a lifetime "friendship offer" between Bhutan and Australia.

To mark 15 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Royal Government of Bhutan has announced a one-time "Bhutan – Australia Friendship Offer" to Australian nationals visiting Bhutan in June, July and August, 2018.

During the 'friendship' period, the 'all-inclusive mandatory minimum package rate', which includes accommodation, meals and professional guiding services, will be reduced from US$200 per night per person, which means savings for people, whose chosen style of travel costs less than US$200 per night per person.

To celebrate the friendship offer, World Expeditions has created a seven-day "Western Bhutan Cultural Tour", a relatively short, gentle itinerary that will provide a deep impression of the land, its people and history priced from just $2190*per person (around $1000 less than a comparable trip to Bhutan).

Known as "the land of happiness", the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures its development and progress in terms of a happiness index.

According to World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, one of the most remarkable aspects of the country lies in how completely separated from the outer world it still appears.

"This specially crafted itinerary introduces many of Bhutan's interesting contrasts and defining characteristics," she said.

"Fortress monasteries stand as powerful symbols of the nation's history while simple village communities and ancient temples convey the relaxed atmosphere of modern Bhutan, a nation steeped in tradition. In a situation that is so completely different from the familiar, tiny spontaneous moments become treasured personal memories."

The trip covers the highlights of Western Bhutan: Paro, Thimphu and Punakha Valley including a hike up to the famous Taktshang 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery and includes:

•        Six breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners
•        English speaking local guide
•        Good quality accommodation on a twinshare basis throughout
•        Private internal transfers
•        All airport transfers, sightseeing & sight entry fees as listed
•        Bhutan Government visa and sustainability fees (valued at US$430)


Travellers are still required to book their Bhutan travel through licensed tour operators, such as World Expeditions.  World Expeditions will also offer private departures with customized itineraries during this period.

The Kingdom of Bhutan will also waive the usual surcharges for groups of less than three travellers, of US$40 per person per night and US$30 each for two persons as part of the offer, and airfares and accommodation will also be discounted by the government airline and by partnering hotels.

Full details of the 'friendship' offer here: http://www.tourism.gov.bt/announcements/bhutan-australia-friendship-offer

What's the fine print?

·         This offer is only available to those travelling on Australian passports.
·         This offer is only available from 1 June and travel must be completed by 31 August, 2018.
·         While it is monsoon season in Bhutan at that time, this isn't expected to be too much of an issue as it usually only rains overnight at this time of year.
·         The Bhutan Government's Sustainable Development Fee of US$65 per person per night will remain, as will a one-time visa fee or US$40.

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