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Great Australian Doorstep wins international business award

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Travel TV series The Great Australian Doorstep has taken out a Bronze Stevie Award in the creative and communications media category of the 14th Annual International Business Awards being held in Spain this month.

The long-running program, which has gained an international following for its unique focus on self-drive, camping and caravanning holidays, was honoured in the sub-category of Video Awards – Tourism and Travel in the world’s premier business awards program, which in 2017 received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.

Nicknamed the Stevies the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain on 21 October.

The win is another milestone in a stellar year for The Great Australian Doorstep, which is set to makes its free-to-air debut on Chinese screens after securing a five-year partnership with China Central Television (CCTV) to be broadcast weekly across the Chinese Mainland to a potential viewing audience of more than one billion people.

Gorgeous Greece is on sale

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With more than 3500 islands scattered across the shimmering Aegean Sea & a wealth of historical sites, Greece is the perfect place to unwind, relax and soak up the sun. From October 1 – November 8 2017 travellers can save up to 20 per cent on their next Greek adventure. That is savings of up to $665 per person!

Tempo’s Idyllic Aegean cruise is on sale. This cruise will take you to four Greek islands and to Kusadasi in Turkey, all being top summer destinations in both sides of the Aegean Sea. This cruise includes full board with drinks, three shore excursions in Crete, Santorini & Ephesus as well as daily entertainment.

The Cycladic Explorer Island Hopping is on sale. Wondering around the Greek islands is a lifelong dream for many. On this tour you will visit the stunning islands of Athens, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos and Santorini. This package includes 12 breakfasts, arrival and departure transfers in Athens, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos & Santorini as well as fast ferry tickets from Athens to Mykonos, Mykonos to Paros, Paros to Naxos, Naxos to Santorini and Santorini.

African Wildlife Safaris releases biggest brochure of the year

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South Melbourne-based travel wholesaler African Wildlife Safaris has released their 2018 Africa brochure, whose pages include a newcomer for 2018 – the Seychelles. This fabulous Indian Ocean archipelago is a haven for honeymooners, snorkelers and scuba divers, with its crystalline waters and high-end luxury beach resorts. This supplements the three other gorgeous islands that remain a constant fixture: Mauritius, Madagascar and Zanzibar.

Also featured are a wealth of existing safari camps renowned for their service and locations in Africa’s finest gameviewing areas, as well as completely rebuilt or brand new properties. Examples include the legendary Mombo Camp in Botswana’s lion-rich Moremi Game Reserve and stunning Bisate Lodge, in the heart of Rwandan mountain gorilla territory.

Immensely popular classic safari destinations such as Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe remain central to this comprehensive publication. Of course, so do life-changing experiences such as gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda, scaling Mount Kilimanjaro – “The Roof of Africa”, exhilarating walking safaris in Zambia and touring spiritual Ethiopia.

Unforgettable voyages to book now

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nowboat partnered with the best cruise operators from around the globe to offer these exciting expedition cruises among many others:

  • Does watching pods of whales while cruising the narrow fjords of East Greenland and bays of Spitsbergen sound like a perfect vacation to you? Book your tickets to Iceland and a voyage on the expedition ship to explore the polar regions.
  • Another wintery adventure awaits in Argentina – a unique 12 day expedition to Antarctic Peninsula. During this cruise you with observe the life of penguin colonies, see the picturesque Lemaire Channel, go sea kayaking and camping.
  • Start you day with morning yoga on the deck of the ship, explore tea gardens of Assam and meet the tigers and elephans of the Kaziranga National Park on this 3 days cruise upstream the longest river in India.

Discover Sicily and save with Tempo 

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Sicily is a large Italian island surrounded by turquoise seas. As well as a divine landscape, Sicily also has Greek and Roman ruins, medieval towns and Mount Etna, Europe’s largest volcano. If you love history, you will love Sicily, it is everywhere waiting to be explored.

Tempo Holidays are offering 50 per cent off the second traveller if you book by 25 Nov 2017 for travel in 2018. Travellers can save up to A$735//NZ$785 per couple. Discover Sicily is an eight-day coach tour that includes highlights such as exploring the impressive city of Catania and its famous Roman amphitheatre, visiting Piazza Armerina and admire the Villa Romana del Casale and seeing Selinunte archaeological park to admire the impressive temples and acropolis.

Included in this fabulous package is accommodation in four-star hotels, seven breakfasts, four lunches, seven dinners, bus or minivan with driver/guide, tour escort at disposal for the whole tour (except day seven), guided visits in Palermo, Syracuse, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento and much more.

Last days to book 50th anniversary Gold Collections Croatia Tours

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Both offers expire on October 15.

UNESCO HERITAGE CROATIA

The nine-day Croatia UNESCO Heritage tour will transport you on an unforgettable journey filled with spectacular scenery and historic monuments. The Gold Collection tour introduces you to Croatia’s best UNESCO World Heritage sights. Furthermore, this five-star luxury tour is perfect for people wanting to experience Croatia’s incredible history, natural beauty and amazing architecture. From Zagreb to Dubrovnik, this tour is sure to captivate and inspire you. Combined with GOLD COLLECTION inclusions that include an oyster tasting and lunch in Ston as well as dining experiences in Opatija and Dubrovnik, this  nine-day tour is a unique Croatian tour.

TASTE OF CROATIA

Taste of Croatia is an indulgent gastronomic journey through Croatia. Immerse yourself in history, culture and cuisine travelling through bustling cities and small towns, enjoying museums, palaces, castles and monasteries. Add to this, endless beaches looking out on crystal clear waters, the spectacular Plitvice Lakes and picture postcard vineyards. With so much to see, you will soon see why Croatia is one of the most popular countries in Europe. This eight-day GOLD COLLECTION experience will provide an abundance of opportunities to sample traditional foods, dine at magnificent estates and sample Croatia’s finest wine, olives, truffles and cheeses.  The Taste of Croatia tour is a food lovers dream.

Tempo Latin deals extended for early bird sale

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Tempo Holidays are offering up to 20 per cent off a range of Latin America itineraries for agents and their clients to book until 31 Oct 2017 as part of their early-bird sales promotion.

Travellers can uncover this incredible part of the world with Tempo’s independent package Best of Peru & Boliva. For 11 days travellers will view the incredible ancient ruins and heritage monuments of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, travel through the stunning scenery of the Altiplano and cross Lake Titicaca to La Paz. Travellers will save up to A$510//NZ$545 with prices for this package now starting from A$2890//NZ$3085 per person. Included in this price is 10 nights’ accommodation in three-star hotels, 10 breakfasts and flights from Lima/Cuzco.

Or save up to A$295//NZ$315 per person with Tempo’s package Jungle & Inca Discovery. On this tour, which includes eight nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, Machu Picchu Sanctuary fee and transfers and land transportation, travellers will enjoy nocturnal excursions in the Amazon, get a specialized guided tour of Machu Picchu and be immersed in Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. Prices start from A$2665//NZ$2845 per person.

Latest deals from TTC

National Geographic Endeavour II. Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant, Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Exclusive Agent Rates with Lindblad Expeditions 

Guests can now experience a voyage of true discovery with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic and enjoy exclusive agent savings on selected departures throughout The Galapagos, Costa Rica and Cuba, get in quick to secure your exclusive rate* (available until sold out, limited cabins available). You can save $3,100 per person when you book a 9-night voyage through Galapagos on the NEW National Geographic Endeavour II with Lindblad Expeditions. Priced from $6,250 per person (including agent rate), which includes; a 7 nights cruise and two-night hotel accommodation (twin-share), meals as indicated, return flights from Guayaquil to Galapagos, guided excursions, Galapagos National Park Fee, transfers and more! Available for select departure 24 November 2017 only. For more information and full terms and conditions visit Adventure World at www.adventureworld.com call 1300 363 055 *Conditions apply 

French treasures and culinary capitals

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection continues to offer The Ultimate 2018 Air Offer for guests to FLY FREE return to Europeeconomy class or upgrade to Business Class from $4,599 when they book a 2018 European voyage before 31 October 2017.Travellers can combine this air offer with the 8- day Burgundy & Provence river cruise & tour through the South of France from Avignon to Lyon, considered France’s culinary capital. For the adventurous there’s so much to explore by bicycle and boat, notably a kayak ride on the scenic Gardon River. Including 6-days of captivating escorted excursions, a 7-night river cruise in a Riverview stateroom onboard the S.S Catherine, all meals and beverages unlimited onboard and more! Priced from $4,999 pp twin-share (including economy class airfare) or from $9,599 pp with a Business Class airfare, departing 25 March & 4 November 2018 (other 2018 departures available, price may vary). For more information call 1300 780 231 or visit uniworld.com .

Make your way South 

There’s bucket loads of airfare savings, where Contiki travellers can save either $700, $500 or $300 off their European airfare, when they book select summer 2018/19 adventures. These savings are combinable with the current 10% Early Payment Discount, valid until 14 December 2017. Millennials can save from $343 off the 21-day London to Athens High-Energy trip with an additional saving of $700 off their flights. Making their way to the South, guests will enjoy sipping wine at Contiki’s Château, roaming the gothic quarter of Barcelona, rolling dice in The Rivera, diving through the crystal clear waters of Corfu and arriving in their final destination, vibrant Athens. Priced from $3,702*per person (including discount) and available for travel between 29 April 2018 – 30 August 2018. For more information visit www.contiki.com or phone 1300 266 845. *Conditions Apply

Old world and New 

Your clients can now discover more of their own backyard and take advantage of AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys 10% Early Bird Offer when they book any 2018 Australian guided holiday or Inspiring Journey before 27 November 2017 (subject to availability). Guests can save $1,138 off per couple on AAT Kings 16-day Western Wonderland guide, exploring cosmopolitan Perth, heading inland to Wave Rock, discovering clear waters and ancient forests, tasting Margaret River’s renowned food and wine, and venturing to seaside Fremantle. This package includes an experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide, quality accommodation, travel in luxury coach, airport transfers, and more! Priced from $5,126 per person (including early payment discount) and available on select departures between 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019 (subject to availability). For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit aatkings.com. Conditions Apply *

Fiery Flamenco 

There are only a few weeks left to take advantage of Insight Vacations incredible air deal – fly for just $599* return to Europe when you book any 2018 Europe or Britain escorted journey before 2 November 2017. Guests can combine this air offer with the 15-day Best of Spain and Portugal enchanting journey showcasing the architectural masterpieces, regal history and delicious cuisine of Spain and Portugal, travelling from Madrid through Salamanca, Porto, Lisbon, Seville, Valencia, Barcelona and more! Priced from $5,194 per person twin share (including return flights to Europe) price reflective of departure on 26 &27 October 2018 (other departures available for alternate price, subject to availability). For full terms and conditions visit insightvacations.com or call 1300 727 767.​

Viking Tales 

Secure a Trafalgar guided holiday for you clients along with a fully transparent air deal where guests can Fly for $699 return to Europe and Britain, when they book select 2018 Europe and Britain departures before 2 November 2017 (now including their Autumn, Winter and Spring offerings). Guests can combine this air deal with any of the 97 trips available, including the NEW 9-day Best of Norway itinerary, an epic journey through Norway’s ethereal splendour, hearing tales of Vikings and Olympic triumphs, embracing Scandinavian sophistication through Oslo, Bergen, Geiranger and more. Priced from $3,442 per person, twin share PLUS Fly for $699, reflective of departure dates available between 5-26 May 2018 (Other departures available for alternate price). For more information or a further selection of Trafalgar’s authentic, fun and effortless guided holidays visit www.trafalgar.com or call Trafalgar on 1800 002 006(toll-free).*conditions apply.

Siesta Fiesta 

Travellers can save up to 15% off Busabout‘s European Hop-on Hop-off passes, Adventures, Sailing and Festivals, as well as their Scotland, Ireland and winter offerings when they book before 21 December 2017. It’s time for your clients to taste the tapas, feel the flamenco and sounds of fado music and aromas of late night sangrias on a Siesta Fiesta through Spain and Portugal- where they cansave up to 12% off this NEW experience! Travellers will start off by delving into the flavours, history, and sights of Barcelona, then feel the true passion of Spain in the lively cities of Valencia and Madrid, and finish off with the picturesque town of Lisbon. Priced from $914 per person twin share (including discount) including a Busabout guide and driver, 8 nights’ hostel multi-share accommodation, 8 breakfasts, orientation walks in Barcelona and Madrid, Valencia bike city tour, Lisbon walking tour with a local guide and more! Available on 2018 departures. To book quote promocode EB1.  For more information and a range of other Europe and Asia trips on sale visit http://www.busabout.com/ or call 1300 287 226.

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