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Rocky Mountaineer rolls into 2019 with two limited-time promotions

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Rocky Mountaineer, the world’s largest privately-owned luxury tourist train that travels through Western Canada and the Pacific northwest, is kicking off the new year with two promotions for guests booking trips for the 2019 season.

The 2019 Classic Journey offer* saves guests $320 AUD per couple on a four-day/three-night trip on Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf Service This promotion is for new bookings and for a short time only – trips must be booked between 5 and 31 January. *OFFER EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 28!*

The ‘Stay and Play’** offer for guests looking to add value to their booked trip on Rocky Mountaineer can earn $550 towards an extra experience, activity or over-night stay.

The credit, worth up to $550 per couple, can be redeemed when a couple books a 2019 minimum four-night Rocky Mountaineer package before 31 March 2019. The credit can be put towards a variety of luxurious add-ons, including extra hotel nights in Seattle, Vancouver or Calgary, additional Rocky Mountaineer routes as well as once in a lifetime activities and tours.

More info here. 

Heading: Global Journeys and Busabout Strike Up a Partnership in 2019

Busabout have recently formed a new partnership with Global Journeys adding over 75 new tours to their range of guided and small group adventures. The partnership expands Global Journeys portfolio of tours for the youth market.

 

Specialising in delivering guided holidays, river cruises and ocean cruising online since 2009, and with a portfolio of over 5000 trips, Global Journeys gives Busabout a strong platform to reach their target market.

 

Busabout tours are now on sale with Global Journeys and both partners are excited to see this winning partnership flourish in 2019 and beyond.

Roam the beautiful, open countryside of the Yorkshire Dales

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The green English countryside is not only unrivalled in its quaint beauty – it is also among the most accessible, thanks to sprawling national parks and an enshrined ‘right to roam’.

Unlike Australia, the UK has an extensive network of public footpaths which often cross private land. The UK’s Right to Roam law allows walkers unlimited access to many designated open areas. Additionally, 2019 marks 70 years since an Act of Parliament in the UK created national parks to ensure the countryside was preserved and accessible.

The walk is graded medium-hard, with three to seven hours of walking each day. Including seven nights’ accommodation, seven breakfasts, and all luggage transfers – meaning travellers simply carry a day pack – the route costs from £750 per person, twin-share (approximately A$1352 depending on exchange rates).

Rated one of Europe’s leading self-guided walking tour operators, On Foot Holidays offers 32 self-guided walking tours in 12 countries across Europe. Accommodation and information packs are provided for all the routes and optional guides are available on select itineraries. Walkers select their departure dates, luggage is transferred between inns each day and all routes are designed by locals and tested by staff from On Foot Holidays.

Go here for more.

International Rail says Eurail changes will benefit agents 

AUSTRALIAN owned International Rail has welcomed the recent positive changes Eurail has introduced to its passes product range and believes that the brand, agents and their clients will all benefit in the upcoming peak season.

The economic value of the passes has increased with Eurail introducing an up to 37 percent reduction in cost. This comes with another huge benefit which will be popular for Australian travellers, of extending the coverage of Global Passes to now include Great Britain.

The range has been simplified significantly with the elimination of the Eurail Select Pass which previously required agents to determine exactly which countries the clients were travelling in. This makes it much easier for travel agents to sell with only a single country or the full 31 country Eurail Pass available.

And finally, for the mature traveller, we see the introduction of senior pricing which makes it even better value for this growing market.

Ride over the world’s highest motorable pass on Himalayan bike tour

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Adventure seekers can experience the unique thrill of travelling over the towering peaks and through the stunning valleys of the Himalayas, in northern India, on a classic Royal Enfield motorbike with a special offer from Extreme Bike Tours.

Appealing to the more than one million Australians who ride motorbikes, Extreme Bike Tours is offering a special, 10 per cent discount per person on their 2019 and 2020 ‘High Himalaya’ expedition in northern India, when booked before February 28, 2019. Quote the code ‘HIMALAYA10’ when booking.

More info here.

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