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Scenic unveils best offers for 2020 Alaska, Canada and USA touring program

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Scenic has launched a preview of its 2020 Canada, Alaska and USA touring program, with a range of limited time pre-release offers providing plenty of motivation for travellers to book now, to secure the best offer for travel in 2020.

Launch special offers are available until sold out:

  • Book any journey of 26 days or longer and save $1,500 per couple.
  • Book any journey of 20 to 25 days and save $1,000 per couple.
  • Book any journey of 19 days or less and save $600 per couple.

Group General Manager Sales & Marketing, Australasia, Anthony Laver, said Scenic’s North America program stands in a class of its own and our pre-release best offers are a genuine incentive to get travellers to plan their 2020 holiday now.

Talking Turkey with Fez Travel

The last few years have been hard on Turkish Tourism but finally, travellers are heading back there in droves to discover the many wonders of Turkey and Turkish culture.

Fez Travel is a Turkish operator with a long-standing relationship with Australian and New Zealand travellers and the only local operator to offer guaranteed Gallipoli tours all year round as well as catering to all travellers budgets for ANZAC Day tours from 2-14 days

But Gallipoli is not their only speciality, as their range of experienced guides can also help you discover all other regions including far Eastern Turkey and nearby Greece and the Balkans.

The team at ‘V Travel Network’, specialises in small group tours and independent travel, are pleased to announce their new partnership and GSA agreement with Fez Travel allowing Australian agents easier access and Fez’s extensive range of small group and private tour options.

Inspiring Journeys confirms 100 per cent definite Northern Territory departures for 2019

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Guided holiday operator, Inspiring Journeys encourages agent partners to sell with confidence as they confirm 100% definite departures available across all Northern Territory departures for 2019.

The boutique Inspiring Journeys Northern Territory collection features four trips ranging from 5 to 10 days to the most idyllic, breathtaking and iconic locations in Australia that are now definite through to the end of the year. You can be assured of definite departures, removing all worry of cancellations and providing peace of mind that your clients will enjoy their top end holiday and be able to secure accommodation and flights in advance.

Clients will have the chance to hike to the summit of Gunlom Falls and be  rewarded with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear plunge pool, experience the incredible Ubirr Rock tropical sunset, meet local artist Manuel Pamkal who will teach guests the fine art of Rarrk painting, enjoy a unique wilderness dining experience under the outback Milky Way and wander through Simpsons Gap and dramatic Angkerle (Standley Chasm), which was created over millions of years.

Discover South Korea, China and Japan with Travelmarvel

Hot off the press, Travelmarvel is announcing the launch of their 2020 China, Japan and South Korea brochure. Partnering once again with the award-winning Great Rail Journeys, Travelmarvel showcases journeys by rail and river travel across China and Japan. And for the first time, is excited to extend this partnership into South Korea.

Explore the majesty of China with breathtaking views from the Great Wall of China and a memorable rail journey across the Roof of the World to Tibet. Immerse yourself in Japan’s ancient culture and witness the beauty of cherry blossom season.

And be one of the first of your friends to visit fascinating South Korea. Discovering its unique flavours with kimchi making and a smoky Korean BBQ dinner, and delve into one the country’s most fascinating points of interest, the Demilitarised Zone between north and south. Or, if one country is just not enough for you, Travelmarvel also offers a number of combination tours.

Excited with the new offering, Travelmarvel is celebrating by offering a range of special Earlybird Offers, strictly limited and available when booking. These offers include Fly Free deals on holidays of 22 days or longer and on the Grand Tour of China, as well as an Early Payment Discount, or Travel With Friends and Save. Other holidays across China, Japan and South Korea of 19 days or less offer a saving of up to $2,000 per couple. All offers can also be combined with an Early Payment Discount or Travel with Friends and Save.

You can now switch off from the virtual world with digital detox tours in Latin America

Specialist tour operators The Latin America Travel Company, are offering a range of unique and intrepid tours to switch off from the digital world entirely.

With our world becoming increasingly digitally connected, there is an ever-growing appetite to get away from it all. Indeed, tech-free tourism is a travel trend on the rise, and as destination experts The Latin America Travel company know that South and Central America is the most beautiful place in the world to escape from the digital world and explore the real world.

The Latin America Travel Company’s digital detox tours encompass some of the world’s greatest landscapes and wildlife, including the Inca Trail and the Galapagos Islands, incorporating unique accommodation choices from carbon neutral rainforest lodges to completely remote safari camps.

Intrepid Travel Deals

Save $430 on Intrepid Travel’s nine-day Hanoi to Kunming, departing 3 April 2019.

Now $1,290 per person twin-share – was $1,720 per person twin share- a saving of $430 per person. 

Explore the picturesque southern reaches of China and North Vietnam, a land of oriental wonder mixed with French colonial architecture. On this trip, travellers will follow the Yunnan-Vietnam railway, visiting one of the oldest train stations on the line at Bisezhai Village and enjoy free time in the laid-back ‘Spring City.’ Highlights for travellers include a guided half-day walk through Yuangyang’s rice terrace landscapes where they will meet the Hani people and taking a guided tour through the Jianshui Ancient Town to visit Zhu’s Family Garden, the Confucius Temple and the Tuanshan Village.

Inclusions: Accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

Save $823 on Intrepid travel’s 10-day Peru bike, climb & hike, departing 4 April 2019.

Now $2,472 per person twin-share – was $3,295 per person twin share – a saving of $823 per person. 

Travel to Peru, an ancient land where travellers can retrace the steps of the age-old Inca civilisation and hike through the heartland of the Peruvian Amazon. On this trip, travellers will climb to Urubamba to see the Sacred Valley of the Incas from a hawk’s eye view and cycle through rolling hills reserved for farmers and IIamas. Highlights of this active adventure rip include trekking down the Quarry Trail, cycling through farms and seeing the Sacred Valley of the Incas from above.

Inclusions: Accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

Save $735 on Intrepid travel’s 15-day Classic South India, departing 1 April 2019.

Now $2,205 per person twin-share – was $2,940 per person twin share- a saving of $735 per person. 

Embark on an adventure through Southern India to experience a land rich in culture, distinct landscapes, religion, wildlife and history. On this trip travellers will visit the National Gandhi Museum, relax at the resort in Kumarakom in the Kerala Backwaters and enjoy the beaches at the coastal town, Kovalam. Highlights for travellers include ferry hopping between Kochi and its surrounding islands to discover temples and European-influenced architecture as well as having an Intrepid local leader take them to track wildlife at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Inclusions: Accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

Save $695 on Intrepid travel’s 11-day Sabah Discovery, departing 10 April 2019.

Now $2,005 per person twin-share – was $2,700 per person twin share – a saving of $695 per person. 

Travel to Borneo and explore rainforests, river and wildlife on this 11 day trip.

Travellers will chase a spectacular view by climbing to the top of Mt Kinabalu, enjoy jungle boat cruises to spot birds, pygmy elephants and other Borneo wildlife. Stay overnight in a traditional longhouse in the Sabah Tea Plantation.

Highlights for travellers include reaching the peak of Mt Kinabalu, and visiting the Orangutan sanctuary, the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

Inclusions: Accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

Save $882 on Intrepid travel’s nine-day Botswana Highlights, departing 3 April 2019.

Now $2,648 per person twin-share – was $3,530 per person twin share- a saving of $882 per person. 

Travel to Botswana and endeavour through the world’s largest salt pans and a huge inland delta. On this trip, travellers will be able to take in Victoria Falls, go 4×4 driving through Chobe National Park to see herds of animals and swim at Elephants Sands. Highlights for travellers include taking a canoe ride through the Okavango Delta, being welcomed into the native Xwe Bushmen’s villages and staying at a lodge overlooking an elephant water hole.

Inclusions: accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

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