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Experience the spectacular Rio Carnival with Adventure World

Following the announcement of a new electronic visa system for travellers to Brazil, tailor-made specialist Adventure World are also exciting travellers with new dates announced for travel during the spectacular Rio Carnaval season.

Considered the world’s biggest party attracting a million visitors each year, the Carnaval is known for the incredible costumes, dance and music taking over the city for five days. On a five day itinerary, travellers can even be a part of the parade by joining one of the Samba Schools, visit Corcovado for spectacular views from Rio’s most famous landmark, the statue of Christ the Redeemer or head to Sugar Loaf mountain to witness the city in a new light.
Adventure World’s Rio Carnival itinerary departs on 9 February 2018 and is priced from $1277.

Early Birds SAVE on Albatross Tours New Through Bohemia & Saxony Tour

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Book early and save $700 per couple on Albatross Tours superb new tour exploring Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria. The 15-day Through Bohemia & Saxony tour features leisurely two and three night stays in the wonderful Saxony and Bohemia regions.
Highlights include the majestic Bastei Bridge in Saxon Switzerland National Park, gliding down the waterways of the Spree Forest and staying in the heart of medieval Prague.
Escorted by an experienced tour manager the tour package includes 14 nights’ hotel accommodation, 22 meals, sightseeing, excursions, and entrances as per the itinerary, plus more!
Albatross Tours 15-day ‘Through Bohemia & Saxony’ tour is priced from $6,249 per person twin share when booked and deposited by 31 October 2017.

Scenic introduces travellers to affordable luxury in new sale

Scenic is making luxury travel accessible for all Australian travellers following the release of its highly anticipated Luxury Sale.
Available until 15 December 2017, unless sold out, the offers include:
  • Set sail on a 15-day Jewels of Europe cruise from Amsterdam’s famous canals to breathtaking Budapest, priced from $6,745 per person twin share. Fly free on all suites for selected departures or upgrade to business class from $3,995 per person, plus receive a $600 per couple early payment discount and a $500 per couple bonus Luxury Sale discount (included in price).
  • Spend 13 days exploring the South of France during a river cruise from culinary capital Lyon to coastal Marseille, priced from $7,245 per person twin share. Fly free on all suites for selected departures, plus receive a $600 per couple early payment discount and a $500 per couple bonus Luxury Sale discount (included in price).
  • Discover Myanmar’s hidden treasures on a 14 Day Mystical Irrawaddy cruise and tour from fascinating Yangon to cultural Mandalay, priced from $9,985 per person twin share, plus Fly free to Asia and save 30 per cent on a cabin upgrades.

G Adventures Introduces: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

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It’s out with the old and in with the new, as G Adventures announces their ‘YOLO’ style of tours will be rebranded 18-to-Thirtysomethings. 
The name change is a move towards a more functional title to make it clear to travellers the tour style is designed for those aged between 18 and 39 years of age, as well as to align with a growing segment within the business. Since its conception in 2012, the trip style has seen an increased global passenger growth of 85 per cent.
As with YOLO, all of the 185 tours in the 18-to-Thirtysomethings range are affordable, starting from as little as AUD $88.00 per day. These fun-filled, fast-paced tours are designed for younger travellers aged 18-39 looking to travel with people in a similar age demographic. The tours offer locally-owned accommodation, amazing cultural experiences and of course the well-known G Adventures CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) who provide an award-winning service.

Tasmania offers rich experiences for luxury travellers 

Abercrombie & Kent’s private jet departed Tasmania last week with 50 guests and eight staff who were visiting the state as part of the company’s ‘Around the World by Private Jet Tour’.

Tour guests were accompanied by the company’s founder, Mr Geoffrey Kent and are travelling by private jet to carefully selected locations around the globe including Tasmania, their only Australian destination.

Abercrombie & Kent’s itinerary in Tasmania included helicopter tours and wilderness cruises, fine dining, gin tasting and private tours of local attractions including world heritage convict sites, Mona, Shene Estate and a night-time tour of the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

In January 2018, Tasmania will welcome L’Austral, a mega-yacht from the fleet of French cruise company Ponant. The expedition vessel will visit the state as part of its opulent circumnavigation cruise of Australia.

Contiki adds spice to Asia 2018 product with continual growth in India

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Adding a little spice into the mix of things, youth travel operator, Contiki have introduced a new Southern India itinerary following the incredibly popular Eternal India trip through Northern India that launched in 2016. In 2018, Contiki continues to meet millennial demand by introducing another iconic travel experience to the Asia 2018 program. A completely different side to India can now be explored with the launch of the new ‘In-Depth Explorer’ Southern Spice trip where travellers can immerse themselves into a unique culture and explore temples, tea plantations and a tiger reserve – OH MY!
Southern Spice is the perfect trip for those looking to discover the real India and delve into a completely diverse and authentic travel experience. The new 10-day Southern itinerary will take travellers from Chennai through Pondicherry, Kumbakonam, Madurai, Periyar, Kumbakonam, Kerala Backwaters and Cochin.
Travellers can expect a special stay in a Contiki exclusive overnight house boat on the beautiful Kerala Backwaters, as well as exciting No Regrets Experiences to tick off their bucket lists like viewing a Martial Arts Performance in Kalaripayattu and a taking a Rickshaw ride to Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. Whilst included visits to a spice plantation, tea factory, silk weavers home and bronze casting school ensure Contiki travellers are fully enriched by the colourful Indian culture.

Tempo’s UK, Ireland and Central Europe brochure hits shelves

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Tempo Holidays have released their incredible UK, Ireland & Central Europe 2018/19 brochure!

This new look brochure encompasses the best packages of these amazing destinations. With highlights such as Great British Superbreaks, which pulls together accommodation, attractions and transport, both regionally via a rail pass. There is something undeniably romantic about travelling by train around Great Britain and this flexible option allows travellers to go local with flexibility and excellent value.

Also included are Tempo Signature packages featuring comprehensive inclusions, key points of difference, minimum four-star accommodation and special and unique highlights. Plus they are market competitive and excellent value.

Agents go ‘Totally Jordan’

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On The Go Tours, an award-winning tour operator specialising in locally led group tours and tailor-made holidays to over 60 worldwide destinations, recently hosted a group of agents from Flight Centre Travel Group on their ‘Totally Jordan’ eight day tour.
With an increase of Australian travellers choosing Egypt and Jordan tours, On The Go Tours were keen for agents to experience one of their key signature destinations. 2016-17 showed a 40 per cent   tour booking increase on the previous year which encouraged On The Go Tours to take the select group of agents to experience the ‘lesser-known’ Jordan.
The agents from NSW and ACT Flight Centre stores were hosted by On The Go Tours’ Jana Elia and local guide Ogla.
The unique, adventurous eight-day itinerary took the group through the very best parts of Jordan such as; the well-known icon, the once-lost city of Petra, camping Bedouin-style in the vast desert of Wadi Rum and wading in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea.

Aqua Expeditions announces 30 per cent reduced rates on Aqua Mekong in 2018 and 2019

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Aqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, is offering travellers to Southeast Asia an exclusive offer of 30 per cent reduced rates on selected Aqua Mekong voyages in 2018 and 2019.
Guests will experience the green Summer season on Asia’s Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia and experience the vibrant culture, history and cuisines of Southeast Asia aboard the sustainably crafted Aqua Mekong, a five-star floating hotel with 20 designer suites, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Mekong River, a 1:1 staff to guest ratio and twice daily off-board excursions by high-powered skiff.
Aqua Mekong is the only ship on this stretch of the river to offer a fully equipped gym, screening room, outdoor cinema, observation deck and an upper-deck pool. Guests will dine on world-class dishes created by  renowned Australian Chef, David Thompson and board the Mekong’s only private tenders for expert-guided shore excursions to serene Buddhist temples and stilted villages or exploration by bicycle and kayak.

Mayfield unveils its signature national wine and food tourism event

Mayfield will transform into a food and wine lovers’ paradise for its inaugural signature event, the National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival (NCCW&FF) on 21 October, 2017.
World-class cool climate wines and the local produce and cuisine of the Central West will be celebrated at the extravagant festival within the 160 acre European-inspired garden.
Special guest, legendary winemaker Tim Knappstein of Riposte in the Adelaide Hills, will take part in the event which follows the National Cool Climate Wine Show judging at the Bathurst Showground Pavillion.
To complement the Central West wines, visitors can match their preferred drop with food prepared by the regional masters of their craft. The program also features wine panels, live music and roving entertainment, and the ‘Fashions in the Garden’ competition.

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“It’s good business to have”: Contiki boss talks pivoting to domestic and why agents should target youth travellers

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