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 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:

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, normally $169 per person.

For further information, bookings and menus visit:

Digital direct link

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:

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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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.


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

Friday 22 November 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hilton Sydney

The famous Hilton Sydney Pastry Team have knocked the competition out of the park again with the release of their handmade Christmas treats at Caffe Cino:
  • From Giant Gingerbread Houses to Marbled Christmas Baubles served with a mini hammer to crack open, Caffe Cino's treats are available now until Christmas Day
  • Available to eat-in at the grand Café on the ground floor of Hilton Sydney or to take away as gifts for friends and family, prices range from $5 to $75

Why not sit back and let somebody else worry about Christmas Lunch this year? Luke Mangan and his team at glass brasserie have you covered for both Christmas Lunch and Dinner for families and couples alike:  
  • Christmas Day Lunch:
    • $195pp for a 4 course tasting menu including delights of caviar, oysters, and a stunning cheese course
    • $55pp for a kids 3 courses choice menu
    • Receive a Christmas pudding to take home and a visit from Santa for little ones
    • 4 course vegan menu is also available at $140pp.
  • Christmas Day Dinner
    • x3 course set menu $120pp or x2 course set menu $105pp
    • Kids x3 course menu at $55 and x2 courses for $45
    • Vegan menu also available; x3 courses for $105, x2 courses for $95
  • Menus and images here: 

Saturday 2 November 2019

Up to 30% off last minute Intrepid Travel trips

For travellers wanting a last-minute adventure, Intrepid Travel have up to 30%* off selected trips to Southern Africa, Nepal, Sri Lanka or Japan departing in November and December. Trips need to be booked by 25 November 2019.

Examples of some of the trips on offer include:

Save $416 on Intrepid Travel’s nine day Kruger & Coast departing 14 December 2019

Now $970 per person twin-share - was $1,385 per person.

Follow Harry and Meghan’s footprints on this African adventure. Search for the Big Five, spending time with friendly locals and relaxing on the unspoilt beaches on this trip through southern Africa.

On this trip, travellers will experience the beauty of Kruger National Park, discover the rugged landscapes on the Elephant Coast, enjoy fresh Mozambican seafood and hike through Hlane Royal National Park. Highlights include spending the night at a traditional Zulu homestay, exploring Cape Town and spotting wildlife while on safari including lions, elephants and more.

Inclusions: An expert local leader, accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

For more information please visit:

or call 1300 458 437.


Save $679 on Intrepid Travel’s 15 day Everest Base Camp Trek departing 21 December 2019

Now $1,586 per person twin-share - was $2,265 per person.

Test your limits on this challenging yet rewarding hike through the Himalayan Mountains to reach Everest Base Camp. On this once in a lifetime trekking trip, travellers will stay at local teahouses, hike alongside alpine lakes and stunning glacial plains and pass storied stupas and pagodas. Highlights include reaching Everest Base Camp, trekking through the Himalayas, meeting locals and learning about Sherpa culture in Nepal.

Inclusions: An expert local leader, accommodation, transport and activities.

For more information please visit

or call 1300 458 437.


Save $672 on Intrepid Travel’s 15 day Delhi to Kathmandu departing 18 November 2019

Now $1,568 per person twin-share - was $2,240 per person.

Travel to India and Nepal to experience impressive landscapes, taste authentic cuisine and marvel at ancient sites like the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Travel in a rickshaw through Old Delhi, observing pilgrims praying along the sacred Ganges River and searching for rhino, deer and monkeys in Chitwan National Park. Highlights include ‘glamping’ in Orchha, learning how to cook like a local and exploring the bustling markets in Kathmandu.

Inclusions: An expert local leader, accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

For more information please visit

or call 1300 458 437.


Save $774 on Intrepid Travel’s 9 day Japan Express departing 21 December 2019

Now $1,806 per person twin-share - was $2,580 per person.

Experience the unforgettable on a journey through Japan; the home of sumo wrestling, karaoke and onsens. On this trip, travellers will ride the famous bullet train, roam through the buzzing Shibuya area, hike through Nikko’s verdant trails and enjoy the chance to taste mouth-watering ramen or sake. Highlights include spending the night in a traditional ryokan and wandering through one of the most photogenic spots in Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.

Inclusions: An expert local leader, accommodation, transport, and activities.

For more information please visit:

or call 1300 458 437.

Save $924 on Intrepid Travel’s 15 day Circle Sri Lanka departing 24 November 2019

Now $2,156 per person twin-share - was $3,080 per person.

Embark on a journey to Sri Lanka to hike alongside tea plantations, roam around ancient ruins and fall in love with the picture-perfect beaches. On this trip, travellers will cycle around the ancient ruins of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, enjoy a lunch with a Tamil tea worker in their home and climb the narrow steps to the top of Sigiriya. Highlights include a meeting pilgrims at the Temple of the Tooth, learning how to cook authentic cuisine and exploring the impressive Dambulla Cave Temples.

Inclusions: An expert local leader, accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

For more information please visit:

or call 1300 458 437.

*Terms and conditions apply. For full details visit:

Wednesday 23 October 2019

The Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok, 5-nights at 45 per cent off

The multi-award-winning 405-room and 197-suites Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok is a hospitality work of art. It has defined the travel experience through gracious Thai hospitality, internationally recognised fine and casual dining, and stylish innovations like the new 1826 Mixology & Rooftop Bar.

To celebrate its leadership role in Bangkok hospitality, guests are being offered a special 5-night stay at the Rembrandt with a 46% discount on room rates. An additional 18% extra discount is available for all our members. The offer is valid from now until further notice. The offer is only available for those booking online:

Rest assured, the Rembrandt provides business and leisure guests with a comfortable stay and affordable luxury in a city that often refuses to sleep. Its friendly, personal service is perhaps only matched by its outstanding location near Bangkok’s central business district, major shopping hubs, city landmarks and vibrant nightlife.

Nestled mid-way on Soi 18, a quiet finger road off Sukhumvit, the Rembrandt is easily accessible by skytrain (BTS Asoke Station) and metro (MRT Sukhumvit Station), a short 7-minute walk from the hotel or via a complimentary 24-hour ‘tuk tuk’ shuttle service to the main road.

From the Rembrandt you can walk to some of the best shopping in Asia – from upscale malls like EmQuartier and Emporium to brand-themed Terminal 2 and bargain shopping at Sukhumvit Arcade and Nana Square and pavement stalls offering souvenirs and knock-off designer wear.

In the streets that crisscross Sukhumvit's path you will find fashionable bars and pubs, trendy and budget-level eateries, mouth-watering hawker food, night clubs, coffee shops and more. Walk further and you will come to ‘Little Arabia’ for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, fashion and style.

The Rembrandt offers a resort-like feel. The rooms are bright, airy and quiet. Your bed and choice of pillow styles are purposely designed for a great night’s sleep. Bathrooms are marble-tiled, roomy and feature tubs with rain shower. Featured are fluffy towels, robes and luxury accessories. Wifi, comms, in-room entertainment and service is at your fingertips.

Two large open-air swimming pools and Pool Bars provide quiet places to relax after a day of sightseeing and shopping. Or for the ultimate relaxation, the Ayurvedic Wellness Center, provides a complete getaway with therapies and packages to make you feel alive. It also works with a Bangkok visitor’s typical schedule, staying open from 9am till 7pm.

To make your evening perfect, the 1826 Mixology & Rooftop Bar provides an interaction with creative mixology of high-end spirits and fusion bites inspired by award-winning Mexican, Indian & Italian restaurants. The feel is completed with truly stunning panoramic views of Bangkok’s skyline enjoyed from an outdoor rooftop and art-driven seating. Acclaimed restaurants at the Rembrandt include the internationally recognised Rang Mahal, one of Thailand’s best for Indian cuisine.

With more than 50 awards, the 26th floor Rang Mahal rooftop and fine dining restaurant includes royalty among its patrons. A variety of set menus are available such as the Premium Set Menu, which starts at A$62 without drinks. For the ultimate experience, book one of the window tables and include Chef Rajan's famous butter chicken - Makhanwalla - or Murgh Tikka Masala. They feature a ghee-rich, tomato-based gravy as well authentic spices, fresh-sweet onion and—perhaps—cream.

The multi award-winning Mexicano Restaurante offers outstanding dining for guests seeking authentic Mexican cuisine with spicy aromatic flavors complemented by garden-fresh local produce, meats and seafood. Try the grill station serving roast rib eye, pork ribs and tacos. A small personal-dishes-from-the-kitchen-menu is also available. All dishes are complemented with the tang of mole and habanero sauces, salmon and smoked chipotle salad, prawn cocktails, seafood, plus wicked desserts, fresh fruits, and much more. Paired with local and international beers, wines, hand-shaken margaritas and 60-premium tequilas, the Mexicano is a fiesta experience for the family.

Da Vinci, the friendly Italian restaurant at the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok provides a delicious taste of Italy – perfect poolside lunching for couples, the family and large groups looking for indoor and outdoor dining in a relaxed setting. It is a classic Italian trattoria providing value-for-money dishes including succulent hot plate pastas, stone-baked pizzas – reportedly the best in town - Italian vegetables and side dishes of homemade raviolis, flatbreads and wet-fresh salads.

The Rembrandt is family focussed. It also features a variety of female-friendly facilities including a private executive floor, the Ayurvedic Wellness Center, a fully equipped fitness centre and large swimming pool. Women are made to feel welcome and comfortable at all of its acclaimed eateries and its Lobby Bar.

The Rembrandt features around the clock security and car parking to ensure guests sleep well and relaxed in luxurious bedrooms and suites with private bathrooms, luxury appointments and complimentary wifi. It’s a living masterpiece.


Thursday 17 October 2019

Win a 15-day Viking Cruise

Enter now for a chance to win a 15-day Into the Midnight Sun ocean cruise for two people. Travelling from London to Bergen witness the spectacular natural beauty of Norway's fjords on board the stunning Viking Sun. Cruise departs 12 July 2020.

Our lucky winners will spend 15 days experiencing the very best of Norway, Scotland and England. Cruising deep-cut fjords along the fabled Norwegian coast. Sailing across the Arctic Circle where the midnight sun shines 24 hours a day. Finally, following the path of the Vikings, from the remote beauty of North Cape, to the windswept Shetland and Orkney Islands of Scotland.

Register now, for your chance to WIN!

Monday 14 October 2019

Family Travel promotion at InterContinental Koh Samui Resort

Reader’s Choice award for 2019 Top Ten Family Resort celebrated with 3-night promotion

The luxurious InterContinental Koh Samui Resort is celebrating its 2019 Reader’s Choice award for Top Ten Family Resort with a promotion that recognises its appeal to families and children.

The Award, made by readers of travel publisher Signature Media, recognises the appeal of the 79 room, suites and villas Resort considered Asia’s Leading Beach Resort and ranked in the New York Times bestseller ‘1000 Places to See
Before You Die’.

To celebrate its Readers Choice award, the Resort is offering guests a special promotion of three perfect nights of Family Pleasure in either the Club Two- Bedroom Residence Villa or Club Napa Reserve Three-Bedroom Residence Villa with one 60-minute therapeutic body massage for two adults at the Beach Sala (once per stay), one Junior Master Chef Cooking Class for the children (once per stay) and welcome children’s amenities.

Children aged 4 –12 years staying with their parents enjoy free children’s meals and complimentary activities from the Resort's own kids' club, Planet Trekkers. The Resort can also provide added-extra baby-siting and nanny services enabling parents to relax and enjoy a romantic break of their own. A host of organised activities are available at the Resort for children of all ages and families to enjoy.

Recreation activities something for everyone: from snorkelling to biking, gentle Thai boxing and Thai cooking classes to yoga to walks through the Angthong National Marine Park, island tours and dolphin watching, swimming pool fun. And,
Water Sports Centre offering stand-up-paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling
  • Fully-equipped fitness centre
  • Yoga and Pilates
  • Thai Chi
  • Fit Ball classes
  • Aerobics
  • Beach volleyball
  • Mini beach soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Mountain biking
  • Cocktail classes
Spoil your partner, family and yourself with private speedboat transfers from Koh Samui Airport, a full day at the Baan Thai Spa by HARNN, private sunset cruise to the enchanting Five Islands on the Resort’s private speedboat, and a private dinner under the stars with your very own chef.

The 5-star luxury InterContinental Koh Samui Resort offer also treats you to sunset cocktails, afternoon tea, sumptuous meals and unforgettable sunsets across breathtaking views of the Gulf of Thailand and offshore islands.

Available for stays from now until 31 March 2020

Packages start from:

3 nights in Club Two Bedroom Residence Villa - from AUD$ 4,080
3 nights in Club Napa Reserve Three Bedroom Villa - from AUD$ 7,000
*Rates are inclusive of taxes and service charges

** Rates are inclusive of Club InterContinental Benefits
***Rates are subject to exchange rate changes

The InterContinental Koh Samui Resort has been recognised in the World Travel Awards (WTA) as Asia's Most Romantic Resort, Asia's Leading Beach Resort, and Thailand's Leading Beach Resort. It provides world-ranked views of the Gulf of Thailand, international cuisine and award-winning service throughout the landscaped Resort. Featured is the multi award-winning Baan Thai Spa by HARNN offering a variety of aroma and relaxation therapies and pampering including therapeutic head-to-toe massage.

Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular island getaways. The 5-star award winning resort spans nine hectares (22 acres) on the unspoilt west coast of Koh Samui, only one hour by air from Bangkok and a 45-minute drive from the airport.

Thursday 3 October 2019

UTracks Releases its Boldest Brochure ever

UTracks, Australia's leading active European holiday specialist today released its boldest brochure ever. The 84 page catalogue is jammed with active tours covering 40 destinations and it's just the starting point. has over 460 active tours in Europe. The 2020 selection includes 35 new tours from England's Thames Path East Walk to Turkey's Lycian Coast Cycle.

UTracks General Manager, Kate Baker says, "the team have been 'burning the midnight oil' finalising the new itineraries for the 2020 brochure".

"Each year, we comb Europe's most remarkable landscapes and cultural hotspots to create a unique collection of guided and self guided walking and cycling holidays that take travellers off the tourist beat," Ms Baker said.

With Poland now the latest 'must visit' destination, an expected favourite in 2020 is UTracks' new 8 day self guided Pieniny and Tatra Mountains walk.

"I'm excited about experiencing this walk next year. The region is visually stunning and filled with many cultural highlights like the picturesque village of Jaworki with its renowned jazz concerts," Ms Baker continued.

"The benefits of staying active while travelling are well documented. Slowing down the travel pace to the spin of a bike wheel or footsteps on a pilgrim trail, allow for an immersive experience and is on trend for 2020," according to Ms Baker.

Whether it's walking the Via Francigena camino trail, scaling high passes in the European Alps, cruising the islands of Croatia, cycling through the vineyards of France or taking the family on a bike & barge trip from Holland to Belgium, there's a UTracks active holiday to suit every traveller.

For more information please visit or call 1300 303 368.

Tuesday 1 October 2019

Biking Plus on French luxury canal cruises

Earn the gourmet food and wine – with the new Biking Plus option

Biking Plus is now available at no extra cost on select barges in Burgundy and Alsace, with bicycles available for you to explore the countryside and local villages with the help of tailored maps and a carefully researched itinerary.

These NEW specially commissioned maps are offered to those passengers seeking a more active canal or small river cruise. They include a suggested cycling routes plus information on nearby places of interest.

The maps are also accessible via a smartphone app.

A bike and a backpack is provided along with everything you may need to explore the surrounding countryside at your own pace. A crew member with a mini-bus can be called for support should the need arise.

The Biking Plus cycling program is arranged each day so that you won't miss any of the organised guided excursions and visits or much of the cruising

Biking Plus is available for Art de Vivre, Anjodi, L'Impressionniste, La Belle Epoque in Burgundy, Renaissance in the Upper Loire region and Panache in Alsace.

Bike helmets are provided.

E-Bikes are available on some barges at an additional cost.

Dates and prices for all cruises in Europe for 2020:

Download the e-brochure for itineraries:


The Active Holiday Company
PO Box 286, Bright, Victoria 3741, Australia
Tel: (03) 57 501 441 Toll free 1800 331 582 Fax (03) 57 501020


Tuesday 24 September 2019

UTracks Early Bird Deals to Europe

It’s that wonderful time of the year – UTracks’ Early Bird Sale has arrived. Save on a huge range of walking, cycling and boat based trips in Europe when booking a 2020 holiday with UTracks, Australia’s leading active travel specialist.

Travellers can save up to 10% on a wide range of UTracks trips for new bookings made between 25 September and 25 October 2019.

From walking in the High Tatra and Pieniny mountains in Poland, to exploring the less trodden Camino trails of Magna Via Francigena in Italy or Spain’s Sanabrés, cruising and biking the Low Countries from Amsterdam to Bruges, taking the kids on a Sweden summer holiday or following the ancient Thames Path in the UK, the Early Bird offer* is available on a plethora of old favourites and new experiences for 2020.

Currently 2020 European holidays are great value for money, with many airlines offering some amazing Early Bird airfares. When these are combined with UTracks’ Active Europe itineraries, travellers are receiving excellent value with inclusions such as accommodation, many meals, luggage transfers on self-guided trips, experienced local guides for guided trips, bikes for cycling trips, and complete back up and support.

Here are just some of the exciting Early Bird Trips on offer:

Via Dinarica: Bosnia to Montengro Walk – NEW for 2020

Walk a section of the Via Dinarica, the long distance walking trail through 8 Balkan countries. Our 7 day Via Dinarica: Bosnia to Montenegro guided walk includes the most breathtaking section of the Via Dinarica, a route filled with hidden natural gems and culture that crosses national parks and countries. Save 10 per cent and pay from $2025 per person if you book between 25 September and 25 October 2019. The trip includes accommodation in a range of hotels and guesthouses, most meals, an English speaking mountain guide, luggage transfers and entrance fees for national parks and sights visited. Read more here:

The Way of St James – Conques to Cahors Walk, France

Experience the most beautiful landscapes of the camino trail to Santiago on The Way of St James – Conques to Cahors. This is an 8 day self guided walk across the Parc Régional des Causses du Quercy in France, sampling delicacies such as Quercy lamb, truffles and local wines en route. Book during the Early Bird period and save 10 per cent, paying just $1134 per person which includes comfortable accommodation (with option to upgrade to charm category), breakfast daily and 6 dinners, route notes, maps, emergency hotline and luggage transfers. Read more:

Treasures of the Baltic by Bike

Our popular Treasures of the Baltic by Bike travels through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Discover the contrasting cultures and natural landscapes by cycling along the Baltic coastline. The 11 day guided cycle trip includes accommodation in 3-4 star hotels, cycle guide, all transfers and some entrance fees plus much more. If booked during the Early Bird period, 25 September to 25 October 2019, pay from $2331 per person twin share. Read more:

The bigger than ever UTracks 2020 brochure will be available at the end of September.

For more information please visit or call 1300 303 368.

Tuesday 10 September 2019 drops prices on Malaysia hotel stays


Malaysia is closer and more affordable than you think, with offering up to 20% off hotels and flights from just $399, now is the time to make some memories in Malaysia.

Fly from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur direct with Air Asia priced from $399 per person including all taxes and charges. Malaysia is on sale with from 16 September 2019 to 14 October 2019, for travel between 16 September and 31 March 2020.

Take advantage of these incredible flight and hotel deals to Malaysia so you can tick this beautiful Southeast Asian country off your list.

From the orangutans in Borneo and the dreamy islands of Langkawi to the beautiful beaches of Penang and the exciting theme parks in Johor, Malaysia has something for everyone. Here are some of the hottest spots you won't want to miss out on in Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. A very modern city, the skyline boasts the famous 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs. The towers also offer a public skybridge and observation deck. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. A mecca for foodies, you can stroll the streets and taste the local cuisine from many street food markets.

Stay at the PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur for 20% off, starting from $85 per room, twin share, per night. Travel dates between 10 September 2019 and 31 March 2020. Explore Batu Caves on a tour from Kuala Lumpur from just $17.52 per person.


Langkawi, also known as the Jewel of Kedah, is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. It is here you will find resorts scattered across pristine white sand beaches and warm enticing waters of the Andaman Sea. It is a popular spot for couples and honeymooners.

Stay at the Tanjung Rhu Resort Langkawi for 20% off, starting from $240 per room, twin share, per night. Travel dates between 10 September 2019 and 31 March 2020. Take a Langkawi Island Hopping Boat Tour with Fishing & BBQ Lunch from $40.46 per person.


Penang is a cocktail of Eastern cultures and has long served as the link between Asia's great kingdoms and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East. The cosmopolitan George Town, Penang Island's main city and an urban centre, delivers old-world Asia mixed with aspects of modern culture. It is also a popular beach destination.

Stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Penang for 20% off, starting from $78 per room, twin share, per night. Travel dates between 10 September 2019 and 31 March 2020. Take the ferry between Langkawi and Penang from $26.97 per person.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia's Sabah state in the northern part of the island of Borneo. Often referred to as KK, it's a coastal city partly surrounded by rainforest. It's known for its bustling markets, modern boardwalk, beaches, waterfront Kota Kinabalu and flora and fauna, including the orangutan.

Stay at the Sabah Beach Villa Kota Kinabalu for 20%, starting from $88 per room, twin share, per night. Travel dates between 10 September 2019 and 31 March 2020. Discover more by visiting the Half-Day Mari Mari Cultural Village from Kota Kinabalu from $48.33 per person.

Between January and May 2019, tourist arrivals into Malaysia recorded a growth of 4.8%, with 10.95 million tourist arrivals, compared to 10.45 million tourist arrivals in the same period last year.

In 2018, with 25.8 million tourists visiting our shores, Malaysia secured 15th place among countries with the highest number of tourist arrivals. Meanwhile, Malaysia ranked No.21 among countries with highest tourism revenue, bringing in RM84.1 billion in tourism revenue in 2018.

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*Statistics recorded by United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in its Barometer Report published in May 2019.

Monday 12 August 2019

A&K Ultimate globe-spanning adventure

Even modern-day adventurers may need to Google some of the destinations featured on the latest newest Private Jet journey from the luxury travel experts at Abercrombie & Kent – Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet.

Friday 2 August 2019

AirAsia new red carpet service in Australia

AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Airline has announced the introduction of a new ‘Red Carpet Service’ at Brisbane International Airport, redefining the low cost travel experience for its Australian guests.

The new service, which includes a dedicated check-in area, priority baggage delivery, complimentary lounge access and express boarding is now available for guests departing Brisbane International Airport.

AirAsia Regional Commercial Head Matana Thienthong said, “AirAsia is already known for its fantastic fares and award-winning service. Today, we are taking that up a notch with the introduction of our ‘Red Carpet Service’, a typical premium perk which includes priority check-in and baggage, exclusive lounge access and boarding privileges.

“As the world’s best low cost airline for the 11th consecutive year, we’re always looking for opportunities to make our guests feel like VIPs. We think that by rolling out the red carpet on our newest Australian route, Brisbane to Bangkok direct, we will be able to do just that.”

AirAsia’s ‘Red Carpet Service’ is now available for pre-booking at for just AUD$75. Children under the age of two are able to access the lounge free of charge when travelling with a full paying adult (limit of two children per adult). Guests may also purchase ‘Red Carpet Service’ at check-in for just AUD$85.

The lounge service is offered in partnership with Plaza Premium Lounge and includes up to three hours of lounge access, complimentary food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and shower facilities. The lounge is open from 5am until midnight and is located in the Departures (Level 4) area of Brisbane International Airport, between Gate 81 and 82.

AirAsia also offers ‘Red Carpet Service’ at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok

For more information, please visit:

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Tourism Authority of Thailand Dares You #WeDareYouThailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching a unique online video sharing campaign that ‘dares’ foreign tourists and expats in Thailand to accept four challenges by creating videos to post on social media and share with friends using the #WeDareYouThailand hashtag.

Each of the four activities will allow participants to discover more about the identity of Thailand through four different types of challenges including Muay Thai (Thai boxing), Thai language, Khon (Thai masked dance drama), and Ruesi Dat Ton (Thai yoga). Those who successfully complete the challenge get the chance to win a trip to Thailand or other exciting prizes.

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “We Dare You’ encourages participants from around the world to accept the challenge set by TAT and explore their inner ‘Thainess‘ in every video that they post.

“The activity promotes a range of ‘Thainess’ elements and experiences through the four unique challenges. We hope that it will help encourage repeat visits among international tourists who appreciate these timeless traditions and cultures of Thailand,” Mr. Yuthasak said.

He added that anyone can join on the ‘We Dare You’ campaign website that includes special privileges, articles and travel information. In addition, there will be other online activities which participants can join on a monthly basis.

The TAT’s ‘We Dare You’ challenge runs from now until 31 July, 2019.

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Europe 2020 Flash Sale

Europe is your oyster!

For those of you currently suffering from severe summer FOMO, scrolling through a social feed full of friends living their best lives in sunny Europe right now, good news friends, that could very well be you next year!

STA Travel has just announced a Europe 2020 Flash Sale and hoo boy your 2020 travel plans just escalated!

Have you found yourself pining for the European summer sun but the cost of flights as held you back? Well pine no more, as STA are offering return flights to Europe from just $969! Or, if you’re curious to check out the motherland before country-hopping through the rest of Europe, take advantage of flights to the UK for a cheeky $999 return!

Can’t decide whether you’d prefer a relaxing and rejuvenating beach vacay or a fast-paced, interactive city escape? You can easily experience it all in the one trip, with 2020 Contiki and Busabout trips at 2019 prices, PLUS up to 20% off!

Tempted by tapas in Spain or intrigued by the Eiffel Tower in France? Tossing up between bathing in the crystalline waters of the Greek Islands or traipsing through the crisp mountain ranges of Italy? Nab a Eurail Global Pass from just $12 per day and treat yourself to it all!

Not big into solo travel but want to start the adventure? Small group adventures with G Adventures are up to 20% off!

Save on accommodation during your journey as well, with up to 25% off hotels, meaning you could score 3 nights from just $95! Madness!

Peep the full list of sales available, only until 15th July 2019!

-       Flights to the UK return from $999 with Malaysia Airlines (layby from $99)
-       Flights to Europe return from $969 with Thai Airways (layby from $99)
-       Contiki & Busabout 2020 trips at 2019 prices, plus up to 20% off
-       G Adventures up to 20% off small group adventures
-       Eurail Global Passes from $12 per day
-       Up to 25% off hotels – 3 nights from $95
-       Book a store appointment online and get $50 off

Keen to start the adventure? Head here for more information:

Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

To book your next adventure, visit an STA Travel store or call 134 782.

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