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Indian Great Rail Journeys and Sri Lankan Adventures with Travelmarvel

Taj Mahal, Agra

Today, premium tour operator Travelmarvel released their brand new 2019 India and Sri Lanka brochure, highlighting rail journeys throughout India including the illustrious Golden Triangle, with full porterage now included on every tour.

Guests can search for Sri Lankan leopards in Yala National Park, watch the bright colours of India float by as they cruise the Lower Ganges and view the Taj Mahal in all its mesmerising beauty whilst in Agra with premium cruise and tour operator, Travelmarvel. Take advantage of Earlybird specials including ‘fly free’ offers when booking before 30th June 2018.

Start the year with a bang, with G Adventures’ Sale of the Year

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Aspiring 2018 travellers can snap up a New Year bargain without even leaving the house, thanks to leading small-group tour operator G Adventures continuing its popular tradition of offering impressive savings during January.

The tours will be on sale until January 31 and are valid for travel departing before 31 July 2018, giving travellers and agents plenty of time to plan the adventure of a lifetime.

The offer provides the perfect opportunity for travellers wanting to explore more of the world in 2018 to start the year with a bang. Enticing destinations on offer include:

Cuba Libre, 8 days (Havana to Havana), Highlights of Borneo, 13 days  (Kota Kinabalu to Kuching) and Hightlights of Morocco, 15 days (Casablanca to Marrakech).

Explore the Hidden Tibetan Kingdom of Mustang  on an exclusive Pony Trek with World Expeditions

Ride a pony through awe-inspiring, high altitude desert landscapes in the culturally-rich, long forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, near the Nepal-Tibet border, on this outstanding World Expeditions’ trek.

The 17 day Upper Mustang: Hidden Tibetan Kingdom Pony Trek follows established trails along the once-thriving trade route between Nepal and Tibet, through a semi-arid desert with dramatic deep ravines and rock shelves, flanked by snowy peaks.

G Adventures reveals major clue to UMI Destination for 2018

A major clue for this year’s mystery UMI destination has been revealed, with G Adventures revealing the incentive’s official 2018 name is the “UMI in the Islands”.

 Whilst the exact Island that the twelve winning agents will be travelling to is still unknown (for now), the reveal of the name has narrowed the pool considerably. Could lucky agents be travelling to one of the leading operator’s tours in Hawaii, the Maldives, the Philippines or maybe even Thailand? All will be revealed…soon.

Fly FREE to China or Japan with Wendy Wu Tours Plus, just $99 Deposit

Bucket List getting longer? Make your New Years Resolution to explore further with free return economy-class flights to China and Japan when you book one of over 25 different tour itineraries with Wendy Wu Tours.

As well as free flights, Australia’s largest Asia tour specialist is making tours to these ancient lands even more accessible with deposits of just $99 per person.

This is the first time that Wendy Wu Tours has ever offered their travelers to fly free to any of their exotic destinations in Asia, and travelers ideal opportunity to visit the destination.

The fully inclusive Classic tours, as well as Immerse Yourself and Deluxe Tours, have been carefully selected to deliver travellers with the most sought-after experiences of China and Japan, and crafted with Wendy Wu Tours’ 24 years of experience.

You can now earn Qantas Points with Sunlover Holidays

Sunlover Holidays is pleased to announce that you can now earn Qantas Points when booking air and land packages with Sunlover!

On new bookings made since 1 January 2018 Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn 1 Qantas Point^ per $1 spent on Sunlover Holidays combined air and land packages when flying with Qantas or Jetstar. Plus Qantas Frequent Flyers can also earn points on eligible Qantas and Jetstar flights when booked as part of these packages. That means members can earn twice – once on the flight and again on the package!

Walk Japan Announces New Tours

Leading tour operator Walk Japan is delighted to introduce two new walking tours, the Tokaido Trail and the Tohoku Hot Spring Snow Tour, to its stable, offering travellers even more original and intriguing ways to discover the ancient landscapes and beauty of Japan.

Walk Japan is the pioneering operator of seasonal walking tours across Japan, specialising in expertly led small group tours that traverse all four main islands, Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, and visit many others of the archipelago. Authentic and cultural, these tours are for travellers who wish to gain an understanding of Japanese society, customs, history and food while walking at an enjoyable pace. Walk Japan takes visitors into the real Japan on journeys that intrigue geographically, culturally, traditionally and contemporarily.

On The Go Tours’ ultimate calendar guide to your best 2018

To help you plan out an unforgettable 2018, On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally-led group tours and tailor-made holidays to worldwide destinations, have devised the ultimate destination calendar with their most exciting itineraries for 2018.

From trekking to see gorillas in Uganda to partying down the streets of Rio to witnessing a meteor shower in the deserts of Jordan, On the Go Tours has every corner of the world covered and every month filled with off-track adventures and bucket list events.

NEW Peugeot Earlybird Offer for 2018 – save up to $1060

Create the ultimate European self-drive holiday for travellers in 2018. The launch of DriveAway’s Peugeot Earlybird gives clients the most flexible and economical way of getting around Europe. Choose from 10 guaranteed models to collect and return a brand new Peugeot from 28 locations throughout Europe – it’s that easy.

Until Friday the 23rd of March, DriveAway Holidays have 10 FREE Days on petrol vehicles, 7 FREE Days on diesel vehicles and 50% off delivery and return fees.

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