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Uncover the secrets of Egypt, Jordan and Israel with Travelmarvel

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Today, premium tour operator Travelmarvel are celebrating the online launch of their 2019/20 Egypt & Jordan featuring Israel brochure, with a range of Earlybird specials including ‘fly free’ and two-for-one airfare offers available when booking before 21 December 2018.

New for 2019, Travelmarvel is excited to introduce an incredible 5-day journey through Israel, a country brimming with sacred religious sites and archaeological treasures. This inspiring journey begins in Jerusalem, where travellers will see the iconic Western Wall, Temple Mount and Dead Sea Scrolls. The itinerary also includes a visit to Bethlehem and two nights in the country’s cosmopolitan heart, Tel Aviv. The tour is available as a combination with Travelmarvel’s 8-day Hidden Jordan or 15-day Treasures of Egypt & the Nile with Hidden Jordan.

Travelmarvel’s popular Treasures of Egypt & the Nile with Hidden Jordan tour explores the historical wonders and vast desert landscapes of Egypt and Jordan. This 15-day trip includes a four-night Nile River cruise aboard the recently refurbished MS Royal Lily and includes stops in the captivating cities of Cairo, Luxor, Amman, Aqaba and Petra. Prices start at $7,995 per person, twin share, including Earlybird savings of $200 per person and fly free offers when booking before 21 December 2018.

Guests will be accompanied by an expert Travelmarvel Tour Director as well as local guides and will stay in four to five-star hotels that have been hand-picked for their central or unique locations. What’s more, they will enjoy a wide range of inclusions like transfers, port charges, tipping, visas, entrance fees, many meals, beer or wine with dinner on board your cruise, and all flights within Egypt and Jordan.

Tauck Australia announces exclusive Under The Tuscan Sun event

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Tauck Australia has announced a fascinating new Under The Tuscan Sun event being hosted from 14 to 19 October 2019.

Guests will be taken on an immersive six-day/five-night journey into Tuscany, celebrating the region’s cultural pleasures and hilltop treasures in depth, up close and authentically rich in every way, and including a keynote address from author Frances Mayes, whose best-selling book, ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ later became a box office success in the movie of the same name.

This authentic view of Tuscany includes hosted accommodation at Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, born out of a medieval hamlet 800 years old and embraced by vineyards and olive groves. This beautiful property will host a cooking class for guests and conduct insider lectures on the history of Tuscan City States. There is plenty of time at leisure to perhaps immerse in the scenery, refresh and rejuvenate in an indoor pool, steam room and sauna and play a round of golf of nine and 18-hole courses.

In-depth exploration awaits guests on daily sightseeing tracks including Etruscan Volterra, The Alabaster City and discovering a wealth of architectural treasures on a guided walking tour that showcases the temple walls of the Etruscan Acropolis, the Medici Fortress, and the artistry of alabaster craftsmen.

G Adventures and National Geographic Expeditions expand their small-group ‘Journeys’ into South America and Europe for 2019

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Kicking off the fourth year of their successful partnership, National Geographic Expeditions and G Adventures announce new destinations and tours for 2019 that go on sale this week. With the additions, the National Geographic Journeys’ line of small-group tours further expands into South America and Europe and introduces a mix of hot spots and off-the-beaten-path adventures that are designed to challenge and enrich curious explorers while meeting a rising demand for the destinations.

Beginning in January, travellers will have the chance to take advantage of Bolivia’s recently-improved tourism infrastructure and experience its stunning landscapes, including the famous Uyuni Salt Flats, while learning about its rich cultural heritage and visiting one of the highest cities on Earth. Also new in South America for 2019, a tour of Peru’s archaeologically and ecologically-wondrous north will have travellers exploring cloud forests, hiking a huge waterfall and peering back into pre-Incan times. An additional combination tour of the northern Chachapoyas region, coupled with a visit to iconic Machu Picchu by train, offers a fantastic 16-day deep-dive into life in Peru.

In Europe, National Geographic Journeys builds on growing international interest in Portugal as a vacation destination with two new tours that are eight or 15 days in length. The first, focusing on Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto, celebrates the country’s rich food, wine and architectural marvels. The second combines one week in Portugal with another in Spain, adding the Moorish masterpiece of Alhambra with time for wandering through charming Seville. In Europe’s Eastern region, a new tour in Hungary and Romania has its launch point in Budapest before moving on to Transylvania, for a fascinating and slightly haunting dose of history, culture, myths and legends at Bran Castle.

Launched in late 2015 with a World Tourism Day celebration, National Geographic Journeys has grown from 70 tours in its initial year to 89 different tours in 55 countries today. Since last fall, a special focus on expanding Journeys tours further into Africa and Asia helped bring new travellers to Tanzania, Botswana, Mongolia and Indonesia.

Tourism New Zealand and GoPro partnership

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Tourism New Zealand and Christchurch Airport’s south collective have partnered with Go pro to launch the brand new HERO7 Black cameras and showcase New Zealand’s South Island.

The innovative initiative will run in parallel to Tourism New Zealand’s South Island Journeys campaign which promotes five #nzmustdo South Island road trips all starting in Christchurch – the gateway to the South Island.

To mark the global launch, a contingent of 22 Australian and New Zealand lifestyle media, GoPro athletes and content creators travelled throughout the South Island to capture their experience using thew world0-first technology.

Trafalgar’s $999 air offer to Europe and Britain is back

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Trafalgar has announced the launch of its client favourite $999 return air offer (including taxes) to Europe and Britain for 2019, available for a strictly limited time. Clients who book one of 95 Trafalgar trips across its 2019 Europe and Britain program before 31st October 2018, can take advantage of these flights from all capital cities – on full-service airlines Cathay Pacific and Qatar.

In line with its commitment to consistently being #AgentsFirst, all the hot destinations are included in this exclusive offer – Croatia, Spain, Ireland, Scandinavia and perennial favourites Italy and Britain to name a few, aiding agents in securing any tentative bookings. Spaces on this limited-time offer are selling fast and clients wanting to secure their dream 2019 holiday at an unbeatable value, need to book in early to guarantee them a slice of The Good Life.

Clients will experience the real Europe and Britain with new trips to best-selling destinations created to meet demand in 2019. Trafalgar’s NEW Best of Croatia and Slovenia will take guests along the walls of ancient capital cities, breathtaking Adriatic seaside retreats and stunning natural icons like Plitvice and Lake Bled. Sun-seeking clients will enjoy the NEW Treasures of Spain and Portugal itinerary through Southern Europe, which boasts a traditional Andalusian Be My Guest dinner experience exclusive to Trafalgar, where some of the best olive oil is produced.

World Expeditions launches new Patagonian trek – on the World’s southern-most island

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Adventure travel specialist, World Expeditions, has cemented its position as the leading remote wilderness trekking specialist with the launch of a new trek alongside pristine alpine lakes, glaciers and the jagged rock pinnacles of the world’s southernmost island.

Described by Lonely Planet as one of Patagonia’s best treks, the six-day Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island offers walkers stunning views of jagged mountain peaks, the Beagle Channel, the Chilean town of Puerto Williams, Nassau Bay, the Wollaston archipelago – and Cape Horn.

The 42km Dientes de Navarino Circuit is a challenging, remote wilderness trek on Navarino Island, during which walkers spend 3 nights camping and 2 nights in lodges. Trekkers carry full-packs, although World Expeditions offers a personal porter service at an additional cost.

Departing Punta Arenas or Ushuaia, the Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island is available between December and March and costs AU$3190 per person, including Punta Arenas – Puerto Willliam return flights, all meals, expert bilingual guides, the use of a gear pack including sleeping bag, insulated sleeping mat and hiking poles, group camping equipment, group medical kit and a porter carrying camping equipment and food (not personal equipment).

Insight Vacations launch incredible $899 air offer to Europe and Britain

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Insight Vacations are thrilled to offer travellers the chance to fly to Europe and Britain from $899 return* (inc. taxes).

Available when booking select 2019 summer itineraries, guests can choose from over 70 trips, including the new Easy Pace Malta itinerary. Guests will have the chance to be immersed in unique experiences and meet amazing locals They will discover the insights and not just the sights of Europe with Insight Vacations.

Available to book from now until 31st October 2018, for travel on selected 2019 Europe & Britain summer trip departures, until sold out.

Luxury Escapes and Nikon partner to celebrate World Tourism Day with first ever Instameet

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Luxury Escapes, Australia’s fastest growing travel company partners with iconic photography brand, Nikon to celebrate World Tourism Day, with an InstaMeet in Melbourne’s CBD.

The InstaMeet – the first of its kind for Luxury Escapes – focuses on the theme of this year’s United Nations World Tourism Day around advances in big data, artificial intelligence and digital platforms within the tourism industry.

Across all digital platforms, Luxury Escapes and Nikon Australia will be posting live content from the event. The brands will leverage a new audience of “micro influencers” through the creation of the intimate InstaMeet. Predominantly tapping into the network of Independent Professionals who love to travel for food and share their experiences with the world.

The group of “micro-influencers”, accompanied by a “macro-influencer” and Nikon Photographer, Georgia McDermott (@georgeats), will explore and promote Melbourne as a tourism destination and increase visitation.

Fantastic savings across Western Australia with Travelmarvel

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Travelmarvel, Australia’s leading premium tour operator, is celebrating the launch of their new Western Australia brochure with a range of Earlybird savings.

Travelmarvel’s 2019 Western Australia brochure has all the inspiration, information and local knowledge you’ll need to encourage your guests to embark on a fantastic immersion into one of Australia’s most beautiful corners. Plus, those who book early will enjoy fantastic prices in 2019. For a limited time, all itineraries featured in the brochure benefit from a range of unmissable Earlybird savings.

For those new to the region, the 18-day West Coast Adventure from Perth to Darwin is an ideal choice, including all the key sights and experiences that Western Australia has to offer. Guests will discover the Pinnacles, Hamelin Pool and the Pilbara’s great gorges. They’ll meet characters in remote mining towns, get up-close to the dolphins of Monkey Mia and soak in the landscapes and culture of the magical Kimberley and Top End. Prices start from $8,395 per person, twin share. Book before 31 March 2019 and save an additional $1,000 per couple.

The South West corner abounds with natural beauty, enthralling history and wonderful wildlife. The 15-day Wonders of the South West journey includes stops at blushing waters of Pink Lake, Wave Rock and a walk through a forest of giant tingle trees. Guests will experience the smiling bottlenose dolphins of Monkey Mia, discover the wine region of Margaret River and look out for the wildflowers that seasonally dot the countryside. Prices start from $5,595 per person, twin share. Book before 31 March 2019 and save an additional $800 per couple.

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