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Road & rail wrap: Busabout’s 2020 All Stars Famil, Switzerland Tourism’s guide to wildlife hiking + MORE!

It’s full steam ahead in this short and sweet road and rail wrap that’ll have you chugging and ready to go for the day ahead.

Busabout gives agents the chance to join the 2020 All Stars Famil

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Busabout has announced agents now have the opportunity to hop-on and secure a spot on Busabout’s 2020 All Stars Famil.

Agents are in with a chance to join the other top Busabout sellers from around the world in next year’s top-secret destination. In 2019 the All Stars went to Italy to explore Florence, Rome and the Cinque Terre, followed by an Ibiza finale. Other past destinations have been Greece, Spain, Portugal and Eastern Europe.

To qualify for the worthy trip, agents simply have to keep selling Busabout, Haggis & Shamrocker trips. Agents will earn points for every trip sold from July 1, 2019.

Every Hop-on Hop-off pass earns four points (including Europe, USA & Small Group Adventures), while all other Busabout, Haggis & Shamrocker trips equal a point towards the trip.

To qualify, each selling agent will need to sell a minimum of five Hop-on Hop-off trips and 30 Busabout trips overall.

Switzerland Tourism: How to spot wildlife across the alps while hiking in Switzerland

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Alpine Ibex

Switzerland may have wild landscapes with mountains as well as valleys peppered with glistening lakes, but one thing travellers should keep their eyes peeled for is the wildlife of the Alpine country. While some animals can be seen all year round, others are only out and about during the warmer months.

Here are six Swiss wildlife to look out for, especially while hiking through the alps in the summertime.

Red Deer
Red Deer
  1. Alpine Ibex: Switzerland is home to around 17,000 ibexes. A great way to see one is on an ibex safari at Mount Pilatus, Lucerne
  2. Chamois: A species of goat-antelope that can be found darting across snowfields and up near-vertical cliffs. When looking out for them, say in Zermatt, they enjoy resting in mountain crevices
  3. The Bearded Vulture: There are plenty of places to spot them especially in national parks
  4. Marmots: The chorus of marmots’ whistles can be heard on almost every mountain hike. Look for them around the village of Grindelwald.
  5. Red Kite: The third largest native bird of prey in Switzerland, the Red Kite is easily identifiable by its deeply forked tail. On warm days, they can be observed circling in the sky above meadows, fields and orchards in search of prey. One place to spot them is at the nature park Diemtigtal
  6. Red Deer: Mostly found in the woodlands in the Alps and Jura, these red deer may appear to the naked eye as small dots on the landscape. They are easily spotted in the Swiss National Park.
Swiss Bearded Vulture
Swiss Bearded Vulture

Great Train Journeys to reward agents and clients with $500 of prizes

Two lucky Australian agents booking the highest value Rocky Mountaineer package with Great Train Journeys by 30 September 2019 will not only win themselves a $100 dinner voucher and $150 spa voucher – their clients will also take home that set of vouchers, as well.

The winning agents will be announced on 15 October 2019.

Agents are reminded that Rail Europe’s Great Train Journeys department can tailor make Canada itineraries. Terms and conditions apply.

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