Wednesday 24 February 2016

Holland America 3 DAY SALE starts today! $50 deposits, reduced fares, bonus offers and more!

Our Holland America 3 DAY SALE starts today! Pay only $50 per person deposit*, get up to US$450 per stateroom shipboard credit*, receive bonus onboard amenities and enjoy Travel the World's reduced fares. $50 deposits are not available for online bookings so call us on 1300 879 022 for this promotion. All other offers are available online.

If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries, you've come to the right place. Holland America offers more than 500 sailings a year visiting all seven continents!

When you book your Holland America cruise holiday with Travel the World you will also enjoy:
  • Competitive airfares 
  • No credit card fees (Visa/Mastercard)
  • No booking fees
  • The services of dedicated Travel and Cruise Specialists with 30+ years experience
  • Assistance with setting up shipboard accounts and planning of shore excursions via Cruise Personaliser
  • Expert visa and passport advice
  • If your cruise fare drops prior to 121 days before you depart, we will offer to book you on the lower fare, pending availability. Conditions apply*
Some of the cruises on offer:
  • 24-night Venice to Barcelona departing 27 Sep '16 onboard ms Eurodam. Verandah from $4,742*pp twin PLUS US$225 shipboard credit pp, Pinnacle Grill Lunch pp and a bottle of wine per stateroom
  • 36-night Barcelona to Rome departing 04 Sep' 16 aboard ms Oosterdam. Inside from $4,698*pp twin PLUS US$150 shipboard credit pp, Pinnacle Grill Lunch & Canaletto dinner pp, US$25 beverage card pp and a bottle of wine and sparkling wine per stateroom
  • 21-night Amsterdam roundtrip departing 17 Jul '16 aboard ms Koningsdam. Inside from $3,749*pp twin PLUS US$25 shipboard credit pp, Pinnacle Grill Lunch & Canaletto dinner pp and a bottle of wine and sparkling wine per stateroom
Add your airfare from $1,310* pp return to Europe. Many more cruises to New Zealand, South Pacific, Europe and Asia are on offer. Secure your sailing date and stateroom of choice for $50 pp deposit. Call 1300 879 022 to book.
How to book?
Call Val, Sarah or Keryn on 1300 857 437 or email

*Conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Prices shown are per person, twin share in AUD inclusive of all discounts, taxes & fees. Offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. $50 per person deposit only applies to cruises more than 130 days out, not valid for online bookings and is non refundable. US$450 per stateroom onboard credit is valid on 27 Sep departure in a Verandah stateroom. Price drop - lower fare may not include bonus onboard offers - check with your consultant at the time of booking. Can not be combined with any other offer. Airfare based on Sydney to Amsterdam return for 17 Jul '16 cruise departure, operated by Etihad.

Monday 22 February 2016

Danube bike and boat deal for May

Save $500 in May on Danube bike & boat holidays

Book for two people on one of UTRACKS fantastic barge-based cycling holidays along the Danube in May 2016 and the second person will save $500.

The offer applies to bookings on an upper deck or promenade deck two-bed cabin on the “The Danube by Bike & Boat” (departing 8 or 15 May 2016) or “Danube Explorer to Budapest” (departing 14 May 2016). Single person bookings will save $490 on a single use cabin on the upper deck on the 15 May 2016 departure.

Further information at or 1300 303 368.

The Danube by bike & boat

Explore the highlights of the Danube from Passau to Vienna and Bratislava by bike and boat. Travel with a second person and book an upper deck or promenade deck two-bed cabin and the second person will save $500 (deals price is $1440 [Upper deck] or $1500 [promenade deck]). The offer is valid on the 8 or 15 May 2016 trip only. (Single person bookings will save $490 on a single use cabin on the upper deck on the 15 May 2016 departure).

Danube explorer to Budapest

Journey by bike and ship through Austria and Hungary along the mighty Danube. Travel with a second person and save $500 (deals price is $1550) on their trip cost when booking an upper deck two-bed cabin on the 14 May 2016 trip.


*Valid for new bookings made from 19 February 2016.

Sunday 21 February 2016

Air Adventure Australia's 10th Grand Outback Photography Tour with Ewen Bell

Sunset at Uluru, close ups of Tiwi Islanders, aerials of Kings Canyon, Aboriginal stockmen on horseback, a multitude of Top-End wildlife and many quintessential outback characters are just a few of the photo opportunities budding photographers will receive on Air Adventure's annual Outback Photography Tour.

With just a few seats remaining, this unique tour is set to depart 26 May 2016 and is led by multi award-winning photographer Ewen Bell. Over 14 days, photographers of varying ability can combine their passion for photography and travel in remote Australia.

“With a maximum of 8 passengers on tour, I really enjoy spending quality time with each and every member of the group to guide them in developing new skills and the backdrop we provide to do this is like no other” said tour leader and professional photographer Ewen Bell.

This small group of keen photographers take off in Air Adventure's private 'Outback Jet' from Melbourne's Essendon Airport. The tour includes well-known idyllic locations for landscape photography such as Kings Canyon, Uluru and Faraway Bay. It also takes in lesser known, more remote and arguably more scenic locations of Tiwi Islands, Bungle Bungle and Parachilna. The professional tour guides along the way will share their knowledge on the places visited whilst Ewen Bell will assist in capturing the essence of the locations through colours, lines and contrasts.

“It's not just the hours from sunrise to sunset that will offer exceptional photo opportunities. In locations such as Home Valley Station, where there is no artificial light, the night sky is so bright it opens a completely new avenue for images” said Bell.

With the tutoring from Ewen Bell, photographers will find themselves taking night photo's they never imagined possible.

Non photographers are not forgotten on this tour, with a vast array of touring opportunities including barramundi fishing, wetland cruises and a private tour of a million acre cattle station by indigenous guides just to name a few.

This tour is ideal for enthusiasts, amateurs or professionals wishing to further their skills. They can impress followers on Instagram, create a coffee table book that is the envy of friends or just experience the delights of outback Australia.

This 14 day Grand Outback Photography Tour departs: Essendon Airport, Melbourne on 26 May 2016.

Cost: AUD 17,990 per person, twin share, truly all-inclusive. Single accommodation please add AUD 1,200 (single accommodation is limited).

For additional information click here.

For bookings call 1800 033 160, email or visit

ibis Styles Brisbane - All-Inclusive Pre-Opening Special

Be one of the first to experience the new ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street, when the hotel opens on 1 March, by taking advantage of a special all-inclusive pre-opening rate of $135 per night including continental breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Set to be a flagship ibis Styles hotel for the region, the 368-room new-build hotel will be one of the most centrally located in Brisbane's CBD. With rooms boasting uninterrupted views of either the city skyline or Brisbane River and the South Bank cultural precinct, ibis Styles Brisbane adjoins the Myer Centre and Queen Street Mall and is within walking distance to government departments and the Brisbane Casino.

Each room features ibis Styles signature Sweet Beds, vibrant colours and a playful design that extends throughout the public areas including the lobby, restaurant and bar. The premium economy experience extends to providing SmartTV's and media panels in each room, Wi-Fi connectivity throughout, 24 hour reception, guest laundry as well as meeting space with an outdoor terrace.

General Manager of ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street Mat Finch, said “Together with owners Action Hotels, we are excited to soon welcome our first guests to the new ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street. Be one of the first to stay and take advantage of our special all-inclusive pre-opening offer for the best value economy accommodation in Brisbane.”

Ibis Styles forms part of AccorHotels' three-tiered ibis 'mega-brand' portfolio alongside ibis and ibis Budget. Each of the three brands have their own special personality and range of hotel services. Ibis Styles hotels feature individual designs that are vibrant, playful, inclusive of continental breakfast and Wi-Fi access. AccorHotels remains the leader in the economy hotel segment with over 60 hotels in the Australian ibis 'megabrand' brand portfolio.

To take advantage of ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street's special opening offer, visit

Saturday 13 February 2016

Kids free at Niseko plus 15% off luxury apartment tariffs

 Discounted luxury apartment packages in March at Niseko

To take advantage of the consistent snowfalls at Niseko, the most popular collection of snow-covered ski areas on Japan's north island of Hokkaido, and discounted, self-contained apartment packages in March, check out's latest line-up of specials.

Another incentive for families to ski or board Niseko's four interlinked resorts in March is children 12 and under Ski Free and children 14 and under are offered Free rental equipment for each adult rental

With the 15% discount off seven nights at the well-located  four star Alpine Apartments, the cost is reduced to  $1,470 per person. Included in this value-for-money package is a Six Day Niseko All Mountain Ski Pass (valid at all four interlinked resorts), Meet and greet on arrival at Chitose Airport, Return airport transfers to Alpine Apartments and the Services's Niseko-based staff.

Valid between 6-13 March 201. Package cost based on six sharing a luxury three bedroom luxury two bathroom apartment that is located in the heart of Hirafu Village, the family-friendly ski town that has a vast collection of restaurants, bars and coffee shops.

 Note: Kids 12 and under can ski free. A saving of up to $260 per child.

Kids 14 and under get free standard ski/board rental with each adult rental, saving up to $220 per child.

 For more information contact 1300 137 411


Thursday 4 February 2016

North Korea: Experience the world’s most mysterious country

Guided tour: April 29 - May 5, 2016

Summary: A new tour available through Active Travel will take intrepid travellers into the mysterious country of North Korea. Travellers can join in local public holiday celebrations, ride the underground Pyongyang Metro (the deepest in the world) and visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum, where they will hear history from the North's perspective. The seven-day tour will provide a fascinating lesson in culture and history and is priced from A$3850, twin-share. For details, visit or call 1300 783 188.

Full details:

A new seven-day tour available through Australian travel agency, Active Travel, will take intrepid travellers on a truly memorable cultural experience – journeying into North Korea, one of the world's most mysterious countries.

Travellers can join the locals in celebrating International Labor Day, visit the Kumsusan Memorial Palace of the Sun – the mausoleum of former supreme leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, travel on the deepest underground rail system in the world and hear the history of the Korean War from the North's perspective at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum. The unique cultural experience is certain to provide engaging dinner conversation on return.

The tour will begin on April 29, 2016, in Beijing, where guests will then fly to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. There a local guide will show sites such as the Arch of Triumph, which marks the 1945 liberation from Japan, the Mansudae Grand Monument with its huge statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and propaganda murals along the way. The following day, May 1, is International Labor Day and travellers will be able to join in local celebrations, such a folk festival, communal dancing and watching spectacular fireworks displays.

Guests will visit various historical and cultural sites the following day, including the Demilitarised Zone, with its armistice signing hall just metres from the border with South Korea, and the Koryo History Museum, dedicated to Kaesong's past as capital of Korea. The final full day in the country will begin with a visit to Kim Il Sung Square, home to North Korea's famous military parades, and travellers will ascend the Juche Tower for a spectacular view of Pyongyang from above.

The Pyongyang Metro is the deepest underground rail system in the world and guests will visit its elaborate stations decorated with murals, mosaics and chandeliers, and ride with locals for several stops. A visit to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum will take place next, followed by a visit to the USS Pueblo, a spy ship captured and kept as a trophy in 1968. Travellers will then catch a train back to Beijing the following day before flying home.

Including meals, English speaking local guides, admissions as per itinerary, flight from Beijing to Pyongyang and the return train journey, the seven-day tour costs from A$3850, twin-share. A $434 single supplement is also available, and return flights to Beijing from Australia are extra.

For details, visit or call 1300 783 188.

Win a Tassie Road Trip with Spirit of Tasmania


Spirit of Tasmania has announced a 'Tassie road trip' competition for two couples and a group of four friends to win separate three-day self-drive holidays to explore Tasmania's hidden hotspots and must-do activities.

Over three days, the lucky winners will experience the finest produce and activities available in the state, from indulging in Bruny Island fine wine, whisky and cheese to tasting delicious salmon in Deloraine, exploring the spectacular Marakoopa Cave in Mole Creek to adventuring through the Cradle Mountain Canyons and much more. Winners will also experience the excitement of a return journey on board Spirit of Tasmania.

Road trippers ready for an autumn adventure can enter by uploading an original and creative photo of themselves enjoying their favourite holiday moment and explaining why, in 25 words or less, they would like to feature in Spirit of Tasmania's Driving Holiday video campaign.

Winners in each category will be chosen to appear in a 'Tassie road trip' video and a film crew will follow them on their adventure to capture all the fun.

Spirit of Tasmania chief executive officer Bernard Dwyer said the aim of the competition was to encourage “real people” to enjoy a short Tasmania escape, while the footage created would form part of the company's Driving Holidays video campaign.

“The purpose of this competition is to promote Tasmania as the ideal self-drive holiday destination – we're showcasing to travellers how easy it is to take their car on the vessel and explore some of Tassie's best attractions and natural wonders,” he said.

“The footage captured during these three adventures will be made available online and promoted to Spirit of Tasmania's database, and will allow couples and groups of friends to experience the newly refurbished ship and discover Tasmania, through the eyes of real travellers.”

Competition details:
  • a free return journey aboard Spirit of Tasmania
  • free accommodation and activities in Tassie
  • $500 spending money per person
  • a car for the duration of the trip.
Competition entries are now open and close on Sunday 14 February 2016. Entrants must be available to travel on the dates listed below.

Three categories and travelling dates
Category 1: 2 adults aged 50+ (travelling 4-7 March 2016)
Category 2: 2 adults aged 18-50 (travelling 11-14 March 2016)
Category 3: A group of 4 friends aged 18+ (travelling 1-4 April 2016)

Entrants must upload an original and creative photo (max 2.8MB) of themselves that depicts their favourite holiday moment within Australia and describe in 25 words or less why they should be chosen.

Five entrants will be shortlisted from each category. Upon notification, these entrants will be required to submit a short, original and creative video (30 seconds - one minute) introducing themselves and their nominated travelling companion(s), explaining why they would like to feature in the Driving Holidays campaign.

To enter, visit

Tuesday 2 February 2016

Rembrandt Bangkok celebrates Chinese New Year

Are you mischievous, curious, witty, innovative, versatile and successful in business? If so, you may have been born in the Year of the Monkey, the focus for Chinese New Year 2016 that falls on 8 February and is celebrated for 15 days.

To celebrate, the 407-room luxury Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok is hosting a delicious celebration Buffet Dinner by the 4th floor pool on Sunday, 7 February from 6 pm. A highlight will be a giant gala fireworks display.

The Rembrandt chefs are creating an authentic Chinese feast with traditional Chinese and fresh seasonal local delicacies. Salads include mixed mushroom, chicken and tofu and jelly fish. Appetizers include crab and spring rolls, Dim Sum, and Man Toh. For mains, wet-fresh steamed sea bass, stir fried egg noodles and chicken plus braised pork, beef and baked prawns. Steaming soups and a variety of rice dishes and sweets will also be served.

Bangkok is regarded as an ideal location to see the CNY celebrations. The main strip of Bangkok’s China Town is packed with worshipers and fun seekers and the streets decorated with red and gold lanterns, cherry blossoms, balloons and dragons that remain a focus for the celebrations.

Chinatown on the first day is brilliant as it hosts lion dances, dragon dances, drummers and vendors a sign of good luck for the upcoming New Year and end with a magnificent firework display. At the gate of Chinatown, spectacular music, dancing and acrobatic shows take place with acrobat’s death defying spins at the top of 40 feet poles. Temples are colourfully decorated and a general aura of celebration permeates the city.

The Rembrandt Hotel is offering special room rates to catch the atmosphere of Chinese New Year, 2016. See below for booking details.

The Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok
19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Sukhumvit Road, Klong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Phone +66 (0) 2261 7100

Monday 1 February 2016

Free and Discounted Rail Travel in Europe

Rail Europe has released discounts and free travel days on the France and German Rail Passes; Eurostar and Eurail Passes.

Any bookings made by 31 March 2016 on the range of France Rail Pass will not only enjoy a generous 20% discount, but also bonus discounts on city passes and other activities. Also, up to two children (aged 4-11) travel for free with each accompanying adult.

Until 31 March 2016, bookings for the seven flexible or consecutive travel days within one month of the German Rail Pass will receive a 20% discount as well. Travelers should note that reservations are not required on most German trains and that the German Rail Pass now covers travel to other popular destinations in Belgium, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic without additional country passes or tickets. The German Rail Pass also offers free travel for up to two children (aged 6-11) with each accompanying adult.

Until 8 March 2016, Eurostar Standard Premier and Standard tickets will enjoy discounts with one way tickets starting at €44 from UK to Paris, Brussels or Lille, €54 from UK to Lyon and €65 from UK to Avignon or Marseille.

Finally, bookings for Eurail Passes made by 1 April 2016 will receive between one and five free travel days, depending on the type of pass purchased:

-                     Bookings made for the 15 and 22 continuous Global Passes will receive two free travel days, while a month's pass will receive five free travel days.

-                     Bookings made for the five or seven days within a month Global Flexi Pass will receive a free travel day, while bookings for the 10 or 15 days within two months will receive two free travel days.

-                     Bookings made on the two, three or four Country Select Pass will receive an extra travel day.

-                     Bookings made for 3, 4, 5 or 7 days within a month One Country Pass will also receive a day's free travel.

Terms and Conditions apply. Visit for more information.

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