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Adventure World Travel unveils North Africa and Middle East Collection

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Adventure World Travel has released its Exodus Travels’ North Africa and Middle East collection.

Featuring 10 small group journeys which vary from cycling in Morocco and Jordan to cruising along the Nile, the trips are led by local experts for a better insight into the destination, providing travellers with stories on the sights, allowing them to soak in the culture they’re in.

In Egypt, the nine-day Nile River Cruise is a perfect option for history-buffs wanting to take in Egypt’s well-preserved monuments and treasures. Travelling upstream, guests can watch local life pass by, whilst also visiting the spectacular Edfu and Kom Ombo temples along the way.

Over in Marrakech, the eight-day Camels & Kasbahs itinerary is perfect for a family adventure, travelling through the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert. Families can enjoy a camel ride in the Draa Valley and take in the colourful souks and palaces of Marrakech, which come alive at night with musicians and acrobats.

Discover Scenic’s Unforgettable Douro River Cruise with Getaway

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Tune into Getaway as David Reyne takes the scenic route to discover the highlights and hidden gems of Portugal’s Douro River as it winds its way through towns that have somehow managed to preserve their distinctive culture and way of life even as the world around them has given way to change.

The 17-day Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon and Madrid starts at $10,870 per person with Scenic’s unprecedented offer for guests that book early, to secure free flights to Europe all year, on all cruises (of 11 days or longer), in all suites, on all rivers in uncompromising all-inclusive luxury. Channel Nine will be screening three half hour episodes featuring this journey, Saturday 16, 23 and 30 June 2018.

Scenic’s 17 day Unforgettable Douro, Lisbon and Madrid itinerary commences with David exploring Lisbon and the home of the famous Portuguese Tarts. From Lisbon, David travels to Porto, and his five-star all-inclusive luxury river cruise on board Scenic Azure, which travels the length of the Douro River through the famed wine regions that produce a variety of wines from the many highly loved varieties of port to fine fortified reds and whites. In charming Porto, David explores the lively port city and all its treasures including its landmark attraction, the Palicio de Balsa, before boarding Scenic Azure and the start of the Unforgettable Douro journey.

Shakti Himalaya Launches Partnership with Ananda in Himalayas

Shakti Himalaya and Ananda in the Himalayas are proud to announce a new partnership, offering a consummate wellbeing combination for mind and body in the Indian Himalayas. The new series of ‘inner journeys to Himalayan wellbeing’ will launch this summer in Ladakh and will continue in the Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019 in Kumaon.

Inner Journeys to Himalayan wellbeing’ starts with seven nights at Shakti Ladakh (available between 1st May – 30th September 2018) where guests reconnect the mind, body and spirit through Tibetan traditions and active experiences in the breathtaking landscapes of Ladakh. Following this, guests continue their wellness journey with seven nights at Ananda in the Himalayas, with an immersive Rebalance wellness programme, designed to rejuvenate post the week of activity.

The Shakti Ladakh and Ananda ‘Inner Journey to Himalayan Wellbeing’ is offered between May and September this year. Following this, the Winter Series will combine Shakti Kumaon Village Walk (available 1st October 2018 to 20th April 2019) with Andanda in the Himalayas. Nestled in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand, the charming, little-known Kumaon offers an unforgettable experience of the Himalayan Alps. Over the course of seven days, you stay at Shakti’s award winning 360-degree Leti mountain retreat, hike along scenic trails through three beautiful villages and meet the warm, gentle locals whose anecdotes linger long after the experience ends.

World Expeditions Launches new Africa brochure

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A demand for increased flexibility, sustained interest in alternatives to the traditional routes and a continued focus on sustainable travel are the major themes of World Expeditions’ new Africa offerings.

The company’s new Africa brochure offers opportunities to trek, climb, cycle, kayak, cruise and explore Africa in virtually any combination in an expanded number of destinations and with a broader choice of accommodation styles, from luxury to rustic.

World Expeditions has recognised that Africa is a bucket list destination and the current trend is for combining experiences such as climbing Kilimanjaro, a Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater safari and some down time in Zanzibar. The company has made these modules very easy to group together and many operate for a minimum of only two.

Increased demand for a wider range of accommodation choices led to the company expanding the style of accommodation on offer, which range from a luxury safari lodge, high end permanent campsite, a riad, homestay, hotel, chalet, mountain hut, camping, Bedouin camp, desert dome tent, permanent safari camp or any combination of these on a custom African adventure.

Uncover a Golden Opportunity with Tempo Holidays

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India is one of the most enchanting destinations in the world with colourful villages, lavish palaces and ancient forts.

Tempo Holidays is celebrating the beauty of India by offering a free value pack worth $400 per couple on their seven-day tour of the Golden Triangle. The value pack includes an additional night’s accommodation, a Light and Sound show at Agra Fort, a visit to Chand Baori’s ancient step wells, and a free full board upgrade.

India’s Golden Triangle is a popular travel circuit which connects the national capital Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in a triangular shape on a map. Highlights of this tour include the Taj Mahal in Agra, visiting the magnificent Red Fort in Delhi, marvelling at the architecture of the Amber Palace, and tasting the sweets from local savoury shops in Jaipur.

To receive this special offer simply book before the 30th of June and travel on selected departure dates until March 2019.

Experience the grandeur of Passion Play 2020 with Globus family of brands

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Globus family of brands is inviting travellers to experience one of the most unique of Europe’s rich traditions, the Oberammergau Passion Play which takes place once a decade in the Alpine German town of Oberammergau. With the 2020 edition fast-approaching, Globus family of brands has introduced three different travel styles and 14 itineraries priced from $2,689 offering travellers supreme reserved seating and accommodation in the heart of Oberammergau.

A theatrical tradition in Oberammergau, Germany since 1634, the uplifting Passion Play is performed only once a decade in this quaint Bavarian village. While two thousand actors, singers and musicians are preparing for their roles in this famous reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ, seats are selling quickly in anticipation of their moving performance. The 42nd edition of the play will premiere on 16 May with performances through till 4 October, 2020 and runs for eight hours, including a three-hour intermission for dinner.

Whether travellers choose a Globus holiday, a Cosmos getaway or an Avalon Waterways river cruise, these special itineraries include accommodation in the heart of Oberammergau at the Romanthik Hotel and a dedicated office in this historic hamlet to help travellers make the most of their stay.

Excite Holidays announces Captain Cook Cruises partnership

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Excite Holidays is thrilled to announce their recent partnership with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji.

Now offering three-night to 11-night cruises on MV Reef Endeavour, a luxury boutique cruise shipcatering to 130 passengers, the partnership will offer agents more variety when booking Fijiangetaways for their clients.

Promising an authentic Fijian experience, the cruise ships dock at a number of picturesqueislands including Taveuni, Fulaga, Komo and Wailagilala, where guests can swim, explore, andimmerse themselves in traditional Fijian culture. There’s even the chance to snorkel theturquoise blue waters of the Great Sea Reef.

The cruise ships are inclusive of all meals and offer a large variety of activities, with the chancefor guests to choose from a range of optional extras such as scuba diving with PADI 5 Star DiveCentre, and spa treatments. There is even a gym and a freshwater swimming pool on board. The boutique nature of the cruise ship promises all guests receive personalised service from themoment they step on board to the moment they disembark – it really is the ultimate way toexperience the islands of Fiji.

Discovery Parks fundraising competition makes Variety kids a winner

Campers have rallied in holiday parks all around Australia doing what they do best – having fun — to raise money for Variety to enable kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to engage with their world. Variety, the national children’s charity, is where families find help for specialist care and equipment, among other things, when they can’t access government funding.

National holiday park network, Discovery Parks, has raised $110,429 for Variety, the Children’s Charity in the 2018 Financial Year with a range of in-park and Adelaide office activities, including dress-ups, competitions, raffles, sausage sizzles, pizza nights, fairs, morning teas and movie nights. Discovery Parks CEO Grant Wilckens said the friendly competition between parks to raise the most money reflected the strong ties they had to their local communities. Many parks invite their local communities to be part of fundraising activities and funds raised are distributed to Variety for use in their local region.

Six-year-old Henry lives with bilateral cerebral palsy in country SA. While he finds movement difficult, it’s difficult for his family to access regular therapy for him. With help from Discovery Parks, Variety funded a hydrotherapy pool to help develop Henry’s gross motor skills.

Natural Focus Safaris launches new India Brochure and Bhutan Online Brochure for 2018 and 2019

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South Melbourne-based travel wholesaler Natural Focus Safaris (NFS) has released their 2018 and 2019 India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka brochure. Back by popular demand are the 18-day Tigers and Southern Delights tour and 17-day Taj, Temples and Tigers tour, both escorted by NFS General Manager Anne-Marie Zambelli, the latter which has sold out very quickly every year it has been on offer (with a maximum of 16 clients).

Apart from these two small group escorted journeys, NFS’ India and the subcontinent tours are designed to be enjoyed on a private basis. As such, within the brochure, you’ll find every element you need to put together the holiday of your dreams, from palatial five-star hotels and luxury sleeper trains to traditional houseboats, jungle lodges and beach resorts.

There are also a range of sample itineraries to inspire, from history-soaked circuits around regal Rajasthan and the famous Golden Triangle to explorations of the stunning Himalayan foothills. Experience age-old Buddhist culture in Bhutan, go on safari in Nepal or unearth the cultural treasures of Sri Lanka.

The 2018 and 2019 Bhutan brochure features an array of diverse sample itineraries that showcase this unique country’s treasures, from the exquisite temples of Thimphu to the endangered black-necked cranes of Phobjikha and Bumthang, Bhutan’s spiritual heartland. For each destination, there are three categories of accommodation to choose from. Mix and match to suit your itinerary, personal style and budget, secure in the knowledge that all have been carefully chosen for cleanliness, location, cuisine and service.

Unearth the real Jurassic World with Grand American Adventures

In 1859, Utah’s first dinosaur discovery uncovered a land 252-million-years-old and the world’s largest collection of dinosaur skeletons. Today, parts of Utah are still reminiscent of the early Jurassic period, with spectacular canyons, rolling sand dunes and isolated mountains.

Small group adventure specialist, Grand American Adventures offers 15 journeys throughout Utah, taking visitors to some of the state’s most iconic national parks, rich in dinosaur heritage.

To celebrate the launch of Jurassic World 2 on 21 June, here is a selection of Grand American Adventures’ departures where visitors can unearth these mighty creatures:

  • Mesozoic Monuments in Moab
  • Bryce’s Grand Staircase
  • Dinosaur Footprints in Zion
  • Track dinosaurs through Canyonlands’ dunes

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