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Discover Africa with Evergreen

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Evergreen Tours has launched its 2019 Africa brochure with a market-beating 29-Day Cape Town to Cairo itinerary for just $15,565 per person.

Highlights of the 2019 Program:

  • Evergreens exclusive “You’re Invited” experiences including a visit to a traditional local village in Zimbabwe, learning the daily tribal traditions at a Maasai village inn Amboseli National, and a visit to an Elephant orphanage in South Africa.
  • Handpicked hotel sand lodges in beautiful locations such as the Cathedral Peak Hotel in the foothills of the Drakensberg Ranges, or Kuzuko Lodge in Addo National Park or Elephant Valley Lodge lying within the Kasana Forest Reserve.
  • Three-day cruise on board the boutique Chobe Princess – a three day extra that links seamlessly with the South Africa and Victoria Falls itinerary. The Chobe Princess can navigate the smaller passages of the Chobe River giving guests close encounters with wildlife normally only reserved for private concession game drives.

World Expeditions kicks off its new Positive Impact Travel Initiative with Renewable Energy and Conservation Projects

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Two renewable energy projects – one in Vietnam and the other in China – and two forest conservation projects – one in Tasmania and the other in Zimbabwe – are the first projects to benefit from World Expeditions’ new Positive Impact Travel initiative.

The initiative, in which World Expeditions is purchasing carbon credits to offset emissions, is the newest in the company’s continued drive to ensure its adventure travel offerings support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Travellers taking off on a World Expeditions’ adventure in Asia in 2019 will be the company’s first to have their travel completely offset and, in more good news for travellers, World Expeditions has opted not to pass costs on, and is itself funding the cost of credits.

Fly Singapore Airlines and score two nights FREE accommodation!!

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STA Travel is bringing travellers some epic Singapore offers – so whether you’re there for a stopover or Singapore is your final destination, you can get a few free nights of accommodation to really explore the magical city!! Cheap flights paired with FREE accommodation…sounds like a travellers DREAM!

Booking a flight with Singapore Airlines for next year (Jan – Sept) will this month give you $150 accommodation credit per traveller to put towards accommodation in Singapore!

There’s plenty to explore, see, do and taste, and if you’ve seen “Crazy, Rich Asians” you’ll know that Singapore offers some of the most beautiful sites and skylines you can find. The package includes:

  • $150 accommodation credit per traveller to be spent on minimum two nights
  • Perth return flights from $599
  • Melbourne return flights from $619
  • Brisbane return flights from $619
  • Sydney return flights from $659
  • TRAVEL DATES: 21 Jan 19 – 3 Sept 19

Walk Japan & Japan Travel Company partner with the Oita Prefecture to launch www.discover-oita.com

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Leading tour group company Walk Japan, pioneers of guided walking expeditions across the unique landscape of Japan together with Japan Travel Company, has partnered with the country’s Oita Prefecture to launch the new English version of www.discover-oita.com.

The collaboration is set to encourage travellers to visit this relatively undiscovered part of Japan, with fascinating destinations such as Kunisaki, where Walk Japan is based, a picturesque and verdant peninsula that is a haven of rural life that today belies its history as one of the greatest centres of Buddhism in Japan; Beppu, which has been a seaside resort destination for centuries and boasts more onsen hot springs than anywhere else in Japan as well as a vibrant and thriving cuisine, arts, crafts and music scene; Yufuin is a refined, onsen hot spring town in a spectacular rural setting towered over by Mt. Yufu-dake, an extinct volcano, and here the idyllic paddy fields surrounding and the town’s traditional and elegant architecture is as intriguing as the famous hot springs which include some of the finest in the country.

This engaging, functional and easy to navigate website has been put together by Walk Japan in collaboration with Oita Prefecture to promote the beauty, destinations and unique culture of the region to visiting English-speaking travellers. Additionally, the website provides insider knowledge on what’s on in the area, and how to best plan your visit.

Hot deals from Intrepid

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Save $1,178 on Intrepid’s 21-day Peru Encompassed trip departing 25 November 2018. Visit Peru and discover the incredible country’s highlights from Lima to Cusco. On this trip, travellers will witness Lima’s grand colonial facades and Spanish houses, see the Nazca Lines, explore the ancient foundations in Cusco and get a glimpse of the flora, fauna and wildlife of the Amazon Jungle. Highlights for travellers include trekking the classic Inca Trail and taking a boat tour on Lake Titicaca where they will spend a night with a local family in a traditional island community.

Save $767 on Intrepid’s 15-day Classic South India trip departing 29 November 2018. Discover the best of South India from Chennai to Kovalam. Travellers on this trip will explore the Western Ghats of South India, discover waterfalls, tea plantations and spice markets, venture through the seaside town of Pondicherry and ferry-hop between the islands around Kochi. Highlights for travellers on this tour include tracking footprints in search of wild animals at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and relaxing in the calm Kerala Backwaters at the resort in Kumarakom.

Save $748 on Intrepid’s eight-day New Zealand North Island Discovery trip departing 25 November 2018. Travel to New Zealand’s North Island and discover untold natural beauty and cultural intrigue. On this trip, travellers will explore the lesser visited East of the North Island, visit the Waitomo caves to view glow worms and take a journey on the ‘Forgotten World’ rail. A highlight for travellers includes experiencing the immersive Maori culture by spending a night in a traditional Marae house with a Hangi dinner.

Sun Island Tours releases Croatia, Slovenia & Central Europe Brochure!

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Australia’s leading Mediterranean and Middle Eastern travel experts, Sun Island Tours has released their hotly anticipated 2019 Croatia, Slovenia and Central Europe brochure, which agents will receive via TIFs or can download here.

Enjoying an impressive 40 per cent year-on-year growth on Croatian tours and cruises, this new brochure complements the company’s Croatian cruise brochure, which was released earlier in June.

In recognising and responding to the high demands for more tour departures and tour varieties especially in Croatia, the team at Sun Island Tours has put together the market’s largest Croatian product range in this brochure to feature a whopping 51 cruise itineraries and 44 coach and tour package options. Tour options to Slovenia, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary are also included in the brochure.

Discover amazing South America with Evergreen

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Evergreen Cruises & Tours has released its 2019/2020 South America, Galapagos and Amazon Cruising brochure with 23 itineraries showcasing the rich tapestry of history, culture, nature and cuisine from mainland South America, the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands and the Chilean Fjords.

Itineraries Include:

  • New for 2019 – 18-day Splendours of South America starting from $7,595pp (inclusive of five internal flights).
  • The always popular 20-day Best of South America, which explores the must-see sights of Peru, Argentina and Brazil, starts from just $7,995pp including internal flights (a saving of $600pp from the 2018 season).
  • For an in-depth discovery, the 25-day South America Revealed spends more time at the main attractions of Peru, Argentina and Brazil, and starts from $9,595pp including internal flights (a price decrease of $800pp from the 2018 season).

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