Road & rail wrap: Great Train Journeys’ winter special, Railbookers introduces ‘Around the World by Rail’ + more!

Road & rail wrap: Great Train Journeys’ winter special, Railbookers introduces ‘Around the World by Rail’ + more!

Travel Weekly has prepared this week’s road and rail wrap as a short and punchy entrée to ease you out of the week and into the weekend. We’re good like that.

Great Train Journeys winter special: 50 per cent off companion fares on the Blue Train

Until 31 July, agents can pass on to their clients Great Train Journeys’ discount of 50 per cent off companion fares when booking journeys between Cape Town and Pretoria on the Blue Train for departures until the end of July.

With prices starting at $1922 per cabin for two adults, travel on the 3D/2N experience can be booked for either direction and completed by 31 July 2019.

For more information, click here or email


Railbookers introduces ‘Around the World by Rail’

Railbookers today launched its ‘Around the World by Rail‘ holiday, giving travellers the opportunity to discover the most sought-after destinations and experiences all in one trip.

The program is a “once-in-a-lifetime journey”, featuring unforgettable moments and adventures that are rarely seen together in a single itinerary.

This 57-day trip is the ultimate bucket-list itinerary for those interested in traversing across four continents, 15 countries, 20-plus cities and four US national parks, while enjoying some of the greatest train rides along the way.

For more information, click here.


Sydney Airport appoints Australian car rental partner

Sydney Airport has partnered with Australian car rental site DriveNow.

Offering real-time pricing and inventory for Sydney Airport, DriveNow allows users to compare on-site suppliers for the best deals, driving business to the airport’s car rental partners and improving customer experience for their website user.


Australian and NZ travel partners return from Rocky Mountaineer Learning Journey Program

Rocky Mountaineer recently hosted four Australian and New Zealander travel partners on one of four of its Learning Journey Programs, overall hosting close to 400 trade partners.

Learning Journey

Participants on the Learning Journey got to experience both levels of service, GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf, and had the opportunity to connect and build relationships with the trade partners.

Photo caption (pictured right) L-R: Helen Hersom (Rocky Mountaineer), Evelyn Cassar (Mosman Travel), Millie Browne (Rocky Mountaineer), Kelly Gainsford (House of Travel, NZ).

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