Wholesaler wrap: Chimu Adventures milestone, AAT Kings deals extended + more!

It’s Monday, and Travel Weekly has just the thing to help you sober up from the NTIAs (and no, it’s not a Bloody Mary): a wholesaler wrap!

Chimu Adventures to celebrate 15th birthday

Latin America and polar specialists Chimu Adventures will celebrate its 15th birthday on 25 July 2019.

In recognition, co-founders Greg Carter and Chad Carey (featured image) have reflected on the inspiration behind the business and the key lessons learnt in 15 years.

In 15 years, the business has fulfilled its mission to have full control over the flexibility, quality and value of its Latin America and polar adventures, while also giving back. It has grown into an $40 million enterprise, employing over 70 staff in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, Germany and on the ground in Latin America. The next year will see Chimu commence its own Antarctic operations aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

Chimu has also helped raise close to a million dollars in funds towards purpose related activities in the past 15 years, through microfinancing projects and donations, among others.

AAT Kings Air Deals extended

Cradle-Mountain AAT KINGS
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

AAT Kings, the Australia and New Zealand Guided Holiday experts, is offering travellers one last chance to book with the extension of their popular Air Deals.

Guests can ‘Fly Free’ on selected bestselling First Choice Guided Holiday itineraries and receive up to $1,000 per couple air credit when booking selected Best Buys Guided Holidays.

Utilising Qantas, Virgin and Air New Zealand, the offer is being extended until end of August 2019, for travel on selected 2019 and 2020 Australia and New Zealand departures, until 31 March 2020 or until sold out.

Guests can book to ‘Fly Free’ on four of AAT Kings’ bestselling First Choice Guided Holidays, including:

Perfect Tasmania, 12 days from $5,585 pp twin share

The island of Tasmania is renowned for its pristine wilderness, abundant wildlife, gourmet food and wine, and friendly locals. On this wide-ranging journey, you’ll visit Hobart’s bustling Salamanca Market. Witness the stunning natural beauty of Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park and indulge your taste buds with fresh Tasmanian artisan cheeses and other delicious treats.

Travellers can also receive up to $1,000 Air Credit per couple across four of AAT Kings Best Buys Guided Holidays including:

Kia Ora New Zealand, 17 days from $5,625pp twin share. $450pp Air Credit

This epic New Zealand journey spans both Islands of this small, proud nation, revealing majestic snow-capped mountains, rugged coastlines, ice-blue lakes and sweeping rural vistas. Stories of the history and traditions of Māori culture and the intrepid settlers of Central Otago emerge as you travel from the stunning Bay of Islands in the north to the vibrant, multicultural city of Queenstown and awesome Milford Sound in the spectacular South Island.

This is your last chance to book these deals with significant savings to be had. These deals are only available until sold out, with Northern Territory and Western Australia deals strictly limited.

Uncover Europe’s secret seasons with Insight Vactions

Insight Vacations is offering travellers flights from $699 return with Qatar Airways when booking to experience Europe’s magical Autumn and Spring seasons.

Available for a limited time when booking select 2019 and 2020 itineraries, travellers can choose from 11 itineraries across two different travel styles – Easy Pace and Country Roads – to uncover Europe’s secret seasons.

Guests can choose to journey across Italy as they visit Renaissance Florence, Capri and Assisi on the 11-day Best of Italy itinerary, or experience the 10-day Best of Morocco. For those wanting to experience Christmas, Insight’s 7-day Magical Switzerland journey encapsulates snow-laden peaks, traditional markets and sparkling lakes for the ultimate Christmas holiday.

Exodus 15% off Sri Lanka, Nepal & India

Exodus Travels is encouraging agents to get their clients to India, Sri Lanka & Nepal by offering 15 per cent off tours travelling through until 30th April 2020.

But hurry: this offer ends 2 August.

UTracks helps launch documentary Camino Skies

Camino documentary

UTracks is joining forces with Antipodean film makers Fergus Grady and Noel Smyth to promote their documentary feature Camino Skies, premiering in Australia on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Off the back of five sold out sessions at the Doc Edge Film Festival and sold out screenings in New Zealand, this is the inspirational true story of six strangers from Australia and New Zealand overcoming grief and joining together to complete the historic Spanish pilgrimage, the 800km Camino de Santiago.

Each Camino Skies movie-goer has the opportunity to experience the journey for themselves with a chance to win a trip for two on an eight day UTracks self-guided ‘Camino – Sarria to Santiago’ tour, worth over $4300.00.

The prize includes seven nights twin share accommodation, daily breakfasts and six dinners, luggage transfers on walking days between hotels and clear maps and directions. As part of the prize package, UTracks will contribute $800 per person toward international flights.

UTracks has also announced a new self-guided walk around the Greek island of Andros.

The UTracks eight day Andros Trail Self Guided Walk allows walkers to choose their own pace each day, through traditionally cultivated land, lush valleys and charming, historical villages. The undulating landscape is dotted with monasteries, waterfalls and ancient stone footpaths, bridges and buildings.

For those travelling in October, Andros will be hosting its second ‘On Foot Festival’, a 15 day walking celebration of the exceptional beauty Andros has to offer.

The self guided Andros Trail Self Guided Walk is priced from $990 per person twin share and departs daily until 24 October 2019.

Inspirational story leads to a new Uzbekistan adventure with World Expeditions

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When the inspiring story of Mina Guli (pictured) aired on ABC’s Australian Story earlier this year, the World Expeditions team was so moved that staff reached out to her with an offer to collaborate on a new adventure: Uzbekistan and the Aral Sea with Mina Guli is the result.

The touring itinerary has been crafted to include a desert camel ride, a day walk in the Chimgan Mountains, a visit to the remote Aral Sea and the “cemetery of ships”, as well as the highlights of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand.  Uzbekistan and the Aral Sea with Mina Guli departs Tashkent on 18 April, 2020 and costs $4,750 per person (twin share).

Extra commission for agents on InsideJapan small-group tours

InsideJapan has announced the dates and prices for its Japan small-group tours for July to December 2020.

To celebrate, the wholesaler is increasing commission to 15 per cent on all small-group tours for a limited time only. This is applicable to any small-group tour departing in 2019-20.

The offer ends on 16 August 2019. Terms and conditions apply.

Roma Experience’s new historic Naples tour

Italy specialists Roma Experience is providing travellers with the unique chance to enjoy a privately guided tour of Naples in a brand-new way.

The exclusive Italian excursion visits both the archaeological museum and the historic centre of Naples. A unique private tour to enjoy during your stay in Italy, this tour is one way to explore both the historic centre of Naples and the archaeological museum accompanied by a private guide.

This exclusive new tour offers holidaymakers the chance to experience the rich history of the beautiful region of Campania in Italy, exploring Naples as well as visiting the archaeological museum to discover the history of Ancient Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum.

Roma Experience’s one-day tour of Naples visits the city’s historic centre and also offers the chance to see the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays reveals three specially-tailored tours

Torre de oro, seville

Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays has revealed three specially-tailored tours visiting Porto, Seville and Marrakech.

Porto: Bites and Sights 

Porto is a delightful city to which many visitors flock each year to join or alight the many wonderful Douro River cruises. Porto is also delicious and, whilst exploring popular modern-day attractions on a Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays tour, one can sample a terrific selection of the tasty and appetising bites.

Seville: Jewish Quarter Tour and Guadalquivir River Cruise

Seville is a culturally rich city with compelling Moorish influences and is home to tapas and dazzling flamenco dancing. Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays will showcase famous landmarks and sites, taking clients on an enthralling tour of the Jewish Quarter and a beautiful cruise traversing the Guadalquivir River.

Marrakech: Traditional Moroccan Cooking

Marrakech is a city abounding in intoxicating aromas and rich tastes. Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays will provide an insight into the secrets of Morocco’s most loved dishes as a local chef guides your clients in creating new meals and acquiring special cooking skills to showcase to loved ones back home.

Industry partners can register for Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays’ agent B2B booking portal by contacting reservations@discovertvl.com.au.


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