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Wholesaler Wrap: Chimu Adventures showcases sustainability, UTracks opens bookings for 2020 + MORE!

After City2Surf on Sunday, it’s time to rest those weary quads and flex your brain muscles and grey matter instead. Here’s the perfect warm-up for the day ahead.

Chimu presents ‘Sustainable feature of the month’ 

Chimu Adventures is showcasing the sustainable credentials of properties and experiences with its new initiative, ‘Sustainable feature of the month’.

This month, Chimu is focusing on Tierra Atacama, Chile, which is located in the world’s most arid desert, the Atacama in northern Chile.

UTracks opens bookings for 2020 following “phenomenal” increase in boat-based trips

Atlantis_(2)-Tuscany-original-[65850]With boat-based itineraries consistently ranking among its most popular trips year after year, UTracks has opened bookings for the 2020 season on more than 80 per cent of its bike and boat programs.

The announcement marks the first time UTracks has opened reservations a year in advance. The decision, which will reportedly give travellers more choice and flexibility, was made following a “phenomenal” increase in interest for boat-based trips in summer 2019.

This saw many departures, especially in popular Mediterranean countries such as Croatia and Greece, selling out well before the end of spring 2018, according to UTracks.

STA Travel presents a low-cost 12-day Thailand tour 

STA Travel Vietnam

STA Travel is giving travellers the chance to see Thailand on a 12-day tour for just $1429, with the price including return flights.

The tour moves from Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An, the imperial capital of Hue, Hanoi, and Halong Bay.

Included in the price is accommodation, eight breakfasts, two lunches, activities, transport and the company of a chief experience officer (CEO) throughout.

The Travel Corporation weekly deals

Adventure World Travel -- Zambezi River & Hwange

Adventure World Travel

Zambezi River & Hwange

Travellers can save up to $3,885* per person on Adventure World’s 9-day Zambezi River & Hwange itinerary.

Starting in Zambezi sands then to Camelthorn Lodge in Hwange National Park, on the Elephant Express, where you’re bound to come across an elephant or two.

Prices start from $4,695 per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 15 December 2019 for departures between 1 January and 20 February 2020.

Luxury Gold

Elegance of the Nile

Experience the Elegance of the Nile with Luxury Gold and enjoy a discount of up to $1,800 per couple on January to March 2020 departures.

Prices start from $6,275 per person (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 31 August 2019 or until sold out for select departures from January to March 2020.

Departure dates are subject to change.

Inspiring Journeys

A Journey to the West

Travellers will receive 15 per cent off selected Inspiring Journeys tours when booked before 30 September 2019, with savings on tours like the 7-day ‘A Journey to the West’ itinerary. Prices start from $3,251 per person, twin share (including discount). This offer is on sale now till 30 September 2019 for departure on 19 October 2019.

U River Cruises

Eastern Europe Escape

Travellers have the choice between a 10 per cent discount or a free U Drink Package (valued at $499) when they pay in full at time of booking by 30 September 2019. Guests can use this saving on U River Cruises’ 8-day ‘Eastern Europe Escape Journey’.

Starting from $3,799 per person, twin share (10 per cent early payment savings included OR enjoy a U Drink Package valued at $499).

This offer is on sale now until 30 September 2019 for all sailing dates.

Contiki

Kenyan Highlights

Travellers can receive a 10 per cent discount on select Contiki trips to Africa, like the 7-day ‘Kenyan Highlights’ tour, when booked early.

Travellers can use these savings on the 7-day Kenyan Highlights itinerary. Prices start from $2,344 per person (discount included).

This offer is on sale now until 31 November 2019 for selected departures between 19 January 2020 to 28 March 2021.

Uniworld River Cruises

Parisian Royal Holiday

Don’t miss your chance to set sail this year and save up to $1,500 per person with Uniworld River Cruises’ ‘Last Call’ offer. Guests can enjoy these savings on the 8-day ‘Parisian Royal Holiday’ journey, a celebration of French festivities and royalty.

Starting from $3,299 per person, twin share (including discount of $1,500 per person). This offer is on sale now until 31 August 2019 for departures on 6 & 13 December 2019.

Trafalgar

Treasures of Thailand

Book by 18 December to receive 10 per cent off select Trafalgar trips, including the 11-day ‘Treasures of Thailand’ journey. Prices start from $4340.70 per person, twin share (discount included).

This offer is on sale now until 18 December 2019 for all 2020 departures.

Haggis

Coast to Coast

Secure your 2020 departure at 2019 pricing and save 10 per cent on a Scottish Adventure. Travellers can enjoy these savings on Haggis’ 7-day ‘Coast to Coast journey’, where they will discover some of Scotland’s most remote Islands.

Starting from $1,048 per person (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 31 August 2019 for all 2020 departures.

Beyond Travel joins Click Frenzy

Beyond Travel has joined Click Frenzy to offer a huge range of special offers on more than 50 holidays to Russia, Croatia, Iceland, India and Sri Lanka, with savings of up to $1850 per couple.

All deals are fully commissionable on its sale, which begins 7:00 PM (AEST) August 20, with a special agent preview available by request earlier in the week.

Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours launches new website

Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours has launched a new website, battlefields.com.au.

The new website will provide greater searchability of its 50+ tours, instant live chat during business hours, online tour brochures, and information resources including media articles and podcasts.

Last-minute bookings for several 2019 tours are also still available, including:

  • the 4-day Western Front Explorer Tour (from $1997 per person), with five tours departing in 2019 from 1 October, 8 October, 15 October, 22 October and 8 November; and
  • the 12-day Vietnam Past & Present Tour departing on 24 November 2019 ($3147 per person), which invites travellers to walk in the footsteps of the 50,000 Anzacs who served in the Vietnam War.

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