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Wednesday, 18 December 2019

G Adventures’ Great Adventure Sale - save up to 25 percent



Sale runs from December 25, 2019 through to January 31, 2020

For those travellers looking to start the new decade with the gift of travel - and just in time for Boxing Day! - G Adventures is offering discounts of up to 25 percent on some of its greatest adventures. The Great Adventure Sale features more than 350 itineraries and will run from 12.01am AEDT on December 25 through to 11.59pm AEDT on January 31, 2020 for trips departing before October 31, 2020.

Adrian Piotto, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand for G Adventures, says travel and life-changing experiences are becoming more of a priority, and this sale enables people to save at the same time they fulfil their New Year’s resolution to travel more.

“It’s well known that Australians don’t use all their annual leave, in fact the latest data from Roy Morgan suggests Australian workers have over 146 million days’ worth of annual leave accrued in total. We want to help people start the new decade on the right foot when it comes to stepping out to explore the world by making travel more affordable to book. And when they travel with G Adventures they will not only explore the world, but also meet like-minded travellers and make a difference to local people and their communities in the places they travel to,” says Piotto.

During The Great Adventure Sale, more than 350 itineraries on six continents will be marked down, adding up to more than 9608 departure options to join an immersive, life-changing adventure before October 31, 2020. Of these, more than 120 itineraries feature a discount of 20 percent of more.

Departures and options are subject to availability, and travellers are encouraged to take advantage of the deals as soon as they go live.

Destinations with the deepest discount of 25 percent include Madagascar and China, with 20% savings on itineraries in Italy, Tanzania and Iceland. Sample itineraries include:

Northern Madagascar Explorer - Save 25% - was priced from $1,849pp*, now priced from $1,387pp for an eight-day trip from Antsirinana to Nosy Be.

Classic Xi’an to Beijing Adventure - Save 25% - was priced from $1,299pp now priced from $974pp for an eight-day trip from Xi’an to Beijing.

Wellness Italy - Save 20% - was priced from $2,799pp now priced from $2,239pp for a seven-day trip from Rome to Florence.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek (Machame Route) - Save 20% - was priced from $4,119pp now priced from $3,295pp for a nine-day trip from Moshi return.

Wellness Iceland - Save 20% - was priced from $3,799pp now priced from $3,039pp for a seven-day trip from Reykjavík return.

Travellers can visit https://www.gadventures.com.au/travel-deals/ on December 25 when deals go live or consult their local travel agent for more details, and full terms and conditions.


*Prices do not include flights, please see links above for trip inclusions and to see which select dates are on sale. Departures and options are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Boxing Day Buddy sale: Bring a friend for 50% off with Gate 1 Travel


Christmas is over so what now? Time to book a Gate 1 Travel Australia holiday!

From 23 - 30 December, Gate 1 Travel Australia is giving you the chance to nominate a travel buddy and book any of its tours or cruises for 50% off for your friend. 

Prefer to travel alone? Solo travellers are taken care of with a 25% off discount off

To get 50% off for your friend, simply quote promo code DLBX50A at the time of booking. 

Need some inspiration? Here are some of the hottest destinations for 2020:

  1. Uzbekistan

Visit Tashkent to see the oldest copy of the Koran in the world, explore UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the walled city of Khiva and sleep in a yurt in the desert. Tour Samarkand, the most romantic of the Silk Road cities.

2. Morocco
Admire the 12th century Koutoubia Minaret, used as the prototype for Seville's La Giralda Tower, visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and join a family in Fez for a home hosted dinner. Explore Ait Benhaddou, an ancient desert village on an old caravan route.
View the exterior of Hassan II Mosque, build to commemorate the former king's 60th birthday

3. Georgia and Armenia
Take in a tour and a concert at the medieval Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, learn how to prepare traditional Armenian Lavash bread, taste brandy at a 19th Century distillery, and view biblical Mt. Ararat from the 4th century pilgrimage site at the Khor Virap Monastery. Visit Gori, one of the oldest cities in Georgia and Stalin's birthplace and enjoy lunch and tastings at top-class wineries where wine is made in traditional earthenware pots.

Terms and Conditions:
Promotion code must be supplied at the time of making a new reservation to obtain the discount. Valid on new bookings for travel in 2019 & 2020. Can be used in conjunction with advance 'Book By' rates, but not combinable with other offers or travel credits. Discount is valid for all Spain and Portugal tours. Passengers sharing one room must book on the same reservation number. If booking online, the discount will be applied after entering the promotion code during the reservation process.


Wednesday, 11 December 2019

The 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 Thursday 26th December 2019. Celebrating its 75th year, see all the action as the largest fleet for 25 years departs Sydney Harbour, while enjoying a mouth-watering lunch on one of Captain Cook Cruises Boxing Day Lunch cruises.

Join the 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. With over 170 yachts entering this year’s blue water classic, and owners and crews coming from far and wide, be amongst the spectacular shotgun start and view the sailing fleet on their way to ‘the heads’ of Sydney Harbour.

There are three fantastic Boxing Day lunch cruises to choose from including the Sky Deck Lunch, Club Deck Lunch and Show Deck Lunch. All lunches feature live commentary, onboard television coverage and access to the Sydney 2000’s open top deck offering uninterrupted 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour.

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


The Sky Deck Boxing Day lunch is priced at $229 per adult and $169 per child (4 to 15 years).

The Club Deck and Show Deck Boxing Day Lunch offer a special seafood buffet including a variety of non-seafood and vegetarian dishes, fresh salads, a cheese board, a selection of desserts and tea and coffee.

The Club Deck lunch includes an open bar of superior wines, beers and soft drinks and is priced at $179 per adult and $99 per child (4 to 15 years). The Show Deck lunch includes a standard bar of house wines, beer and soft drinks and is priced at $169 per adult and $99 per child (4 to 15 years).

Boxing Day Lunch cruises depart on Thursday 26th December 2019 from Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf No.1 at 10.30am, returning at 2.15pm.

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: https://www.captaincook.com.au/sydney-harbour-cruises/whats-on-in-sydney/boxing-day/

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

New 2020 Exquisite Gold Lunch Cruise Series Launched on Sydney Harbour


Captain Cook Cruises has taken its most popular Gold Lunches from 2019 and put together the most exquisite Gold Lunch cruise series for 2020. Showcasing Australia's finest food, wine and liquor, each cruise offers a mouth-watering six course menu, paired with sophisticated wines and beautiful harbour views. Gold Lunch cruises operate once a month from February to December 2020.

Gold Lunch cruises HARBOUR SPICE, PADDOCK & CLAW, AQUA FIZZ, CUT ABOVE and VINO BOTTE make up the ten cruises held onboard flagship vessel, MV Sydney 2000, in this exceptional 2020 lunch series, including a mix of Thursday, Friday and Sunday departures.

HARBOUR SPICE pairs Asian cuisine favourites with Ales and Wines and departs Sunday 23 February 2020.

PADDOCK & CLAW celebrates Australian Beef and Shellfish paired with cocktails and wine and departs Friday 20 March and 7 August 2020.

AQUA FIZZ combines scrumptious Seafood and Sparkling Wines and departs Sunday 05 April and 13 September and Thursday 3 December 2020.

CUT ABOVE partners the finest Australian beef and wine and will be held on Friday 1 May and 16 October 2020.

VINO BOTTE takes the best rustic Italian food & pairs it with the best wines and departs Sunday 28 June and 15 November 2020.

On every Gold Lunch cruise, premium food and beverage suppliers from across Australia share secrets of their success. The 2020 series will include presentations from a variety of Australia's top wineries including Tyrrells, Vasse Felix and Brokenwood, plus prestige suppliers including Andrews Meat, the company behind Tajima Wagyu Beef brand, and M&G Seafoods with a portfolio including Australia's award winning seafood producers Huon Aquaculture and Humpty Doo Barramundi.

2020 Gold Lunch Series cruises depart 12 noon from King St Wharf No.1, returning at 3.30pm and an 'Early Bird' special of only $129 per person is available online at www.captaincook.com.au, normally $169 per person.

For further information, bookings and menus visit: www.captaincook.com.au

Digital direct link https://www.captaincook.com.au/sydney-harbour-cruises/lunch-cruises/gold-lunch-series/

Monday, 9 December 2019

Enjoy a ‘Cruisey’ Christmas Day with Captain Cook Cruises


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 super-cruiser, 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 including Christmas Sky Deck Lunch, Christmas Club Deck Lunch and Christmas Show Deck Lunch.

The Christmas Sky Deck 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 spirits, superior wines, beers and soft drinks. 

The Christmas Sky Deck Lunch is priced at $259 per adult and $199 per child (4 to 14 years). Guaranteed window seating is an additional $35 per person.

The Christmas Club Deck lunch offers a fabulous festive Christmas buffet feast including Virginia baked leg ham, roast turkey, marinated beef sirloin, oysters, prawns, barramundi, 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 Christmas Show Deck Lunch offers the same expansive feast as the Club Deck with a standard selection of wines, beers and soft drinks.

The Christmas Club Deck Lunch is priced at $249 per adult and $189 per child. The Christmas Show Deck Lunch is priced at $199 per adult and $155 per child. Guaranteed window seating for Club and Show deck lunches is an additional $35 per person.

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

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

Friday, 29 November 2019

Banyan Tree Bangkok launches deluxe dining-cruise service along ‘River of Kings’


Saffron Cruise blends hotel’s award-winning cuisine with romantic riverine scenery in this unique adventure-in-elegance excursion.

Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel announces the launch of Saffron Cruise, a new riverboat cruise service aimed at discerning diners and culture aficionados with an appreciation for Thailand’s artistic heritage and the timeless splendour of the Chao Phraya River. The waterborne dining experience is one of both the modern and traditional influences, with styling touches, cuisine and entertainment that celebrate Thailand’s rich cultural heritage.

The 38 metre-long vessel features a show-kitchen restaurant and bar on the open-air main deck for alfresco daytime and evening dining, with air conditioning available when conditions require. The rooftop Moon Deck features a stool-sit bar and lounge plus a scenic Sky Bridge for viewing the river’s gently rippling waters and spectacular sunsets. Authentic Thai dishes that are masterfully prepared and creatively presented come from the kitchens of Banyan Tree’s celebrated signature Thai restaurant Saffron.

The cruise takes guests along the Chao Phraya and its heritage-rich list of popular riverside cultural sites and attractions, including Wat Arun/Temple of Dawn, The Grand Palace, Asiatique, vintage Royal Barge Museum, plus many other fascinating facets of Bangkok as viewed from this unique, floating perspective. On-board ambience includes live entertainment and cultural performance. Additionally, Saffron Cruise is the only leisure river cruise service that offers MICE hosting, including business and trade group meetings and company incentive events. Private charter packages include cooking classes, tailored spa treatments from the multiple award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, engagement and wedding ceremonies, cultural/scenic tours and more.

Daily sunset cruise inclusive of one standard drink at the Moon Deck, priced at THB550net per person

Asiatique Embarkation 5.00pm Disembarkation 6.00pm

ICON Siam Pier 2 Embarkation 5.30pm Disembarkation 6.45pm

Daily dinner cruise inclusive of 5-course Thai set menu, one cocktail at Moon Deck, priced at THB3,200 net per person

ICON Siam Pier 4 Embarkation 7.00pm Disembarkation 10.00pm

*Complimentary return van transfers hotel-pier-hotel, leaving from hotel lobby at 5.30PM.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Fun Facts, Myths & Legends, and Animals Galore from #LonelyPlanet Kids



Lonely Planet Kids' four new releases this month are all suitable for ages 9 to 12, and feature thousands of fun facts, 21 timeless tales, and many amazing animals.

The Big World of Fun Facts

Jump-start your curiosity with The Big World of Fun Facts. What nation is ruled by a dentist-turned-dictator? Where do villagers prepare elaborate banquets for monkeys? How do Cambodians like to cook tarantulas? Why do Danish people throw plates on New Year’s Eve? Discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions. Travel from the isolated nation of North Korea to Africa’s Serengeti Plain to the mountain villages of South America. It’s a wild and wacky world out there, so get the facts.

230mm x 305mm, 208pp, hardback; AU$29.99

Myths & Legends of the World

Travel through time and place with 21 dazzling stories. Meet gods and goddesses, move among talking fish and clever spiders, and discover different versions of how the world began. Boldly written and beautifully illustrated, this book features vibrant myths and epic legends told all around the world. From Africa, the Americas, Oceania, Asia, Europe, and the Arctic, discover rich histories from every corner of the globe.

237mm x 275mm, 192pp, hardback; AU29.99

Animal Atlas

Amazing facts, fold-out maps and life-size surprises – this is a global safari in a book. Travel through continents and across oceans to meet the incredible animals that share our planet. Beautiful illustrations, dynamic photos and fact-packed text reveal the lives, habitats and behaviour of these amazing creatures, from blue whales to butterflies, pandas to penguins, and scorpions to sharks.

254mm x 275mm, 32pp, hardback; AU$29.99


Wild in the City

A guide to urban animals around the world. Discover the secret lives of more than 30 extraordinary creatures that share our cities. From red foxes sneaking rides on London buses to leopards prowling the backstreets of Mumbai, this book explores the clever ways animals have adapted to the urban environment and gives tips on how we can help protect our wild neighbours.

245mm x 305mm, 112pp, hardback; AU$24.99

Nesuto Apartment-Hotels Deals Summer Deals – save up to 30% at any Nesuto


Nesuto offers guests more space including functional kitchens and laundry facilities in every apartment.

Each property reflects its local neighbourhood and is designed to encourage guests to explore the local area.

To celebrate summer, Nesuto is launching Summer Deals with the following inclusions:

 

Up to 30% off on all two-night bookings at any Nesuto

  • 20% off all 2-night bookings at any of the 11 Nesuto properties in Australia and NZ
  • Enjoy an additional 10% discount when joining Nesuto as a member on www.nesuto.com
  • Complimentary early check-in and late check-out
  • Wi-Fi
  • 10% discount dining at hotel restaurant
  • Availability: 1st December 2019 –2nd March 2020

Book direct at www.nesuto.com or Tel: +61 2 8837 8000

 

Up to 20% off on all one-night bookings at any Nesuto

  • 10% off all one-night bookings at any of the 11 Nesuto properties in Australia and NZ
  • Enjoy an additional 10% discount when joining Nesuto as a member on www.nesuto.com
  • Complimentary early check-in and late check-out
  • Wi-Fi
  • Continental breakfast for $1
  • 10% discount dining at hotel restaurant
  • Available dates: 1st December 2019 –2nd March 2020

Book direct at www.nesuto.com or Tel: +61 2 8837 8000


Nesuto Apartment-Hotels provide guests with the freedom of apartment living including the benefits of hotel service. The Nesuto portfolio features public spaces with character and thoughtfully created guest apartments. Dedicated guest relations teams ensure stays are comfortable, personalised and memorable. The group has a footprint of 1.500 keys in 23 properties over 8 Australia and New Zealand locations.

  

Monday, 25 November 2019

Penny Watson's Slow Travel

It can be challenging to travel in the modern world, easily lured by the temptations of fast planes, cheap airlines, last-minute tickets, quick fix travel apps and overzealous tour operators. Slow Travel is the antithesis of these overcrowded tourist hot spots and tired checklist experiences; rather, it emerges from our longing to seek connection with ourselves and our lives in more intense and meaningful ways.

Penny Watson's Slow Travel is a beautifully designed and practical compendium of places, activities, tours and experiences that will inspire you to get on the road in your own time and on your own terms. Watson explores slow travel as a physical and philosophical endeavour, taking readers off the beaten track and through nature, and unveils journeys that will nurture talent and ignite the inner-self.

Inside you'll discover incredible walks and epic hikes that will take you to mountain peaks, through jungles and across deserts under starlit skies. You will find islands, boltholes and remotes escapes alongside ways and means of finding calm in big bustling cities. You could decide to cruise slowmo down Egypt's Nile on a 19th-century steamship, visit ancient dzongs and temples in Bhutan or learn the art of pizza-making in Italy. In this fast-paced world, it's worth adjusting your vacation time to a pace we can all strive to keep up with.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning writer, journalist and author Penny Watson has travelled the world, written feature articles for countless magazines and newspapers, and researched a number of guidebooks including Hong Kong Precincts and London Pocket Precincts. As her career has evolved so has Penny's yearning for slow travel. This book, and one of her upcoming titles, Ultimate Campsites: Australia, are a direct response to this need. She is a member of both the British Guild of Travel Writers, and Australian Society of Travel Writers. She currently resides in Melbourne.

Sunday, 24 November 2019

G Adventures one-week Cyber Sale #traveldeals

Giant Tortoises Galapagos


Save up to 35 per cent on over 7,400 departures from November 27 - December 05, 2019

Leading small-group adventure operator, G Adventures, today announces a Cyber Sale for the week leading up to and Cyber Monday. With savings of up to 35 per cent on thousands of trips departing between December 3, 2019 and April 30, 2020, the sale begins at 9am AEST on November 27, 2019 and runs until midnight on December 5, 2019 AEST.

“We’re pleased to offer travellers some extra savings on their year end or 2020 holiday,” says Adrian Piotto, G Adventures’ Managing Director for G Adventures Australia and New Zealand.

“This is an extremely wishlist-worthy sale. Whether your dream has been to hike the Inca Trail, explore the Galapagos Islands, cruise down the Mekong River, or witness the mesmerizing wildlife of South Africa, we’ve got an adventure for you at a great price.”

During the Cyber Sale, 600 itineraries across six continents will be marked down, adding up to more than 7,400 opportunities to join an immersive, life-changing adventure before April 30, 2020. Of those, over 400 trips will feature a 30 to 35 per cent discount.

Departures and options are subject to availability, and travellers are encouraged to take advantage of the deals as soon as they go live.

Destinations with the deepest discount of 35 per cent off will be the Galapagos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Peru, Australia and New Zealand. Sample itineraries include:

Machu Picchu in Style, seven days, was AUD$1999 now from AUD$1299pp
Trek Hidden Costa Rica, 12 days, was from AUD$2349 now from AUD$1527pp
Backroads of Central America, 18 days, was AUD$2049 now from AUD$1332pp
Galapagos - North & Central Islands Aboard the Eden, seven days was from AUD$4039 now from AUD$2625pp (twin cabin)
Galapagos - South Islands Aboard the Xavier III, seven days was from AUD$3979 now from AUD$2586pp (Lower deck doube cabin)
Mekong River Encompassed, 10 days was from AUD$3079 now from AUD$2001pp (Main deck twin cabin)
Southern Africa Southbound, 21 days was from AUD$3429 now from AUD$2229pp
Burgundy River Cruise Adventure, eight days was AUD $3499 now from AUD$2274pp (Main deck twin cabin)
Hawaii Adventure, eight days was from AUD$3849 now from AUD$2502pp

Travellers can visit www.gadventures.com/subscriptions/newsletter to sign up for an email to notify them when deals go live on the tour operator’s homepage at www.gadventures.com on November 27. Alternatively, they can call 1300 180 969 or consult their local travel agent for full details, terms and conditions.

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