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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 MalĂ©, 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

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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.


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