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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


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