Wholesaler wrap: Big savings on Intrepid & TTC tours, Contour Tours’ Antarctica early-bird special + more!

It’s Monday, which means piccolo, espresso and ristretto, along with a mighty serving of creamy travel deals in Travel Weekly‘s wholesaler wrap.

Intrepid Travel releases weekly deals for tours of the US

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Save $1,201 on Intrepid Travel’s 12-day Southern Comfort USA trip departing 21 May 2019.

Now $3,604 per person twin-share (was $4,805 per person)

Experience real southern hospitality from New Orleans to Charleston.

On this trip, travellers will begin in Atlanta and embark on a journey across some of America’s most musical and hospitable regions of the Deep South including Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, discover the historical settlements of Savannah and Charleston and delve into the captivating alpine town of Asheville.

A highlight includes entering the iconic home of the ‘King of Rock and Roll’, Elvis Presley in Graceland and getting a glimpse of pop culture.

Inclusions: Accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

For more information, click here or call 1300 458 437.

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Save $1,303 on Intrepid Travel’s 12-day Seattle to San Francisco: Oregon Discovery departing 29 May 2019.

Now $3,912 per person twin-share (was $5,215 per person)

Take a journey to see the parks, lakes and trails of the Pacific Northwest, finishing in San Francisco.

On this trip, travellers will explore Mt Rainier and Olympic National Parks filled with mountains and rivers, walk among the world’s oldest, tallest trees in Redwood National Park and taste Portland’s world-class food and delicious micro-brews.

Highlights include hiking through the dense conifer forest onto high sand dunes, taking in the views of the Pacific Ocean at the terminus of the Tahkenitch Dunes Trail and witnessing the deepest lake in the US while exploring around the southwestern edge of the ancient Crater Lake.

Inclusions: Accommodation, transport, some meals and activities.

For more information, click here or call 1300 458 437.

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Save $401 on Intrepid Travel’s six day Highlights of Vancouver Island departing 1 June 2019.

Now $1,204 per person twin-share (was $1,605 per person)

Travel to the Canadian southwest coast to witness snow-capped mountains and take in the British Columbian air. On this trip, travellers will get a crash course on the Southern Vancouver Island, spend time in one of the best surf and beach towns, Tofino, and enjoy Victoria’s bustling bar and dining scene.

Highlights include touring the hot springs, watching bears on board a boat and getting the opportunity to see whales migrating north to Alaska for the summer or south to Mexico for the winter.

Inclusions: Accommodation, transport, some meals and activities.

For more information, click here or call 1300 458 437.

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Save $731 on Intrepid Travel’s nine day Trekking the Appalachian Trail departing 8 June 2019.

Now $2,194 per person twin-share (was $2,925 per person)

Embark on a journey through the Appalachian trail and venture past America’s busiest cities to see New England’s great outdoors.

On this trip, travellers will hike to the mountain-enclosed Lonesome Lake, explore the Franconia Ridge Trail in the White Mountain National Forest and experience Boston’s history and character.

Highlights include, dinner and drinks at the historic Greenleaf Hut, a backcountry lodge that has served hikers for nearly 100 years, endeavouring through the wilderness in Baxter State Park reaching the summit of Mount Katahdin.

Inclusions: Accommodation, transport, some meals and activities.

For more information, click here or call 1300 458 437.

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Save $941 on Intrepid Travel’s nine day Colorado & Utah Active Adventure Trail departing 31 May 2019.

Now $2,824 per person twin-share (was $3,765 per person)

Travel to Colorado and explore a diverse landscape of desert river canyons and snow-covered Rocky Mountains.

On this trip, travellers will stop at Dead Horse Point for views of the Colorado River, hike Devil’s Garden Trail to see sandstone formations, watch the sunset at Delicate Arch, and explore capital cities, Denver and Salt Lake City.

Highlights include an overnight rafting trip down the Colorado River, mountain biking through Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park, and the opportunity to camp in isolation by rivers and waterfalls.

Inclusions: Accommodation, transport, some meals and activities.

For more information, click here or call 1300 458 437.


Weekly brand deals from The Travel Corporation

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Save five per cent with Trafalgar on select itineraries when you book and pay by 29 August. Your client can lock in these savings on the eight day Simply Italy trip where they will ramble along quiet lanes and grand city avenues admiring the elegant beauty of Rome, Venice, and Florence, starting from $2180* per person, twin share (discount included).

This offer is on sale now until August 29 for departure dates between 3 November 2019 and 9 February 2020. For more information or to book, call 1300 78 78 78 or visit www.trafalgar.com (*conditions apply).

AAT Kings

AAT Kings are passionate about encouraging Australians to discover the beauty of their own backyard and so for a limited time are offering guests the chance to fly free on a selection of their Guided Holidays, including the 7 Day Great Ocean Road & Kangaroo Island Escape, starting from $2,995* per person, twin share (discount included).

This offer is on sale now until 31 July for select departure dates between 7 September and 28 March 2020. For more information or to book, call 1300 556 100 or visit www.aatkings.com (*conditions apply).


Add a three stop Europe hop-on hop-off pass for free when you purchase a full priced, 15-day Ultimate Scandi Baltic Adventure with Busabout, starting from $2399* per person (free 3 Stop Hop-on Hop-off Pass worth $299 included). This offer is on sale now until 17 May for 2019 departure dates only.

For more information or to book, visit www.busabout.com or call 1300 287 226 (*conditions apply).


Enjoy savings of up to $484 on Latin America with Contiki thanks to their Early Payment Discount. Travellers can enjoy this saving on the newly launched 10 day Patagonia Trail trip. Travellers will explore the Chilean and Argentine sides of the Patagonia region, starting from $4,661* per person (discount included).

This offer is on sale now until 19 June for select departures December 2019 and April 2020. For more information or to book, call 1300 266 845 or visit www.contiki.com (*conditions apply).


Uniworld’s let’s fly away air offer provides free air to Europe with the option to upgrade to business class air from just $3,999 per person. Guests can enjoy this offer in collaboration with the eight-day Delightful Danube luxury river cruise, starting from $4,999* per person, twin share (return economy airfares included).

This offer is on sale now until 30 June 2019 for departures on 21 or 28 October 2019. Other dates are available, but prices will vary. For more information or to book, call 1300 780 231 or visit www.uniworld.com (*conditions apply).

U River Cruises

Save up to $750 per person on select U River Cruises! Enjoy these savings on the eight day Germany’s Finest cruise itinerary, starting from $1,749* per person, twin share (including discount).

This offer is on sale now until 31 May 2019 for departure on 11 May 2019. For more information or to book, call 1300 730 010 or visit ubyuniworld.com (*conditions apply).

Insight Vacations

Book now and enjoy a five per cent* early payment discount on autumn, winter, spring departure dates when paid in full by 29 August 2019. Experience Europe’s Christmas markets on Insight’s Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague & Germany, starting from $2,085 per person, twin share (discount included).

This offer is on sale now until 29 August 2019 or sold out for the following departure date: 24 November 2019. Other departure dates available however prices will vary.

For more information or to book, call 1300 727 767 or visit www.insightvacations.com (*conditions apply).

Adventure World Travel

Adventure World Travel are offering Adventure Canada’s All-You-Can-Travel for the 2019 season onboard the Ocean Endeavour. For $75,000, guests have access to any available cabin on any or all of the 9 different voyages. Individual voyages with Adventure Canada retail for approximately $15,000- $25,000 in lead in cabins.

Travellers will experience up to 117 days of adventure, including Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, The Northwest Passage, the High Arctic, Labrador and Newfoundland. Travellers can pick and choose, or stay on multiple back to back sailings. This offer includes any applicable charter flights, and is in the highest cabin category available.

This offer is on sale now until 30 June 2019. For more information or to book, call 1300 363 055 or visit www.adventureworld.com (*conditions apply).


Contours Travel releases new brochure for South American travellers, plus its early bird deal on Antarctic adventures

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Australia’s longest-running travel specialist for Latin America, Contours Travel, has released a new brochure which aims to inspire travellers with itineraries, travel tips, unique experiences and a host of off-the-beaten-track destinations.

The new brochure also includes a new section on Antarctica, with savings of up to $3433 per couple for Antarctic adventures booked by 31 May 2019.

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Packed with sample itineraries to suit all interests and budgets, the 100-page brochure is designed to inspire travellers to design their own dream holiday, which Contours Travel can package for them. As experts in Latin America, Contours also organises itineraries and packages for the clients of travel agents across Australia.

Covering Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and other Latin American countries, the brochure offers descriptions of each country, cultural highlights, travel tips, accommodation choices, maps, stunning photos and special interest options – all hand-picked by Contours’ expert consultants.


Bentours celebrates on-going success with APAC Enterprise Award win

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Bentours, the Scandinavian specialists, has recently been awarded an APAC Australian Enterprise Award for Scandinavian Travel Specialists of the Year 2019.

The APAC award seeks to acknowledge businesses and individuals who have played a pivotal role in the Australian and Pacific Regions, recognising those who have made valuable contributions to the depth of the nation’s economy and/or international status.

Pictured above, from left to right: (back row) Jesse Biddle, Rebecca Stokes, Samuel Manga, Marcus Dunn, Matthew Sierocinski, Adam Celeban, Nicole Serisier, Stacey Atkinson, Shanthini Puvi, Charley O’Neil, Liliana Chen, Maridza Riccioni, Rhea Daniels, Cameron Kennedy; (front row) Alanna Lee, Eliza Gale, Marina Amato, Sarah Field, Ryan Bennett.


Visit the best of Chile and Peru with Eclipse Travel

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Eclipse Travel has announced a small group famil taking in some of the highlights of Chile and Peru in partnership with LATAM this August. The eleven-day itinerary will visit Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Lima and the Atacama Desert offering agents the perfect introduction to South America.

The new itinerary showcases the exciting opportunities available with the new routes offered by LATAM from Lima to Calama, and Santiago to Cusco.

To be in the running, agents simply need to sign up for Eclipse Travel’s trade newsletter and register interest in the famil. All bookings on Eclipse Travel’s South America program made prior to July 15 will increase your chances of joining this spectacular itinerary.

The famil departs Tuesday 20 August, returning Saturday 31 August 2019. A small participation fee is payable by participants which includes flights, accommodation and most meals. Successful applicants will be notified on 16 July 2019.


UTracks releases the quintessential guide to ‘The Camino’

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Australian active European holiday specialist UTracks has updated and expanded its popular guide to the Camino Trails.

This quintessential guide, available in print and online, is an invaluable reference for travellers considering undertaking these iconic journeys on foot or by bike.

Although Spain, France and Portugal are the more widely recognised Camino trails – over 200,000 people each year embark on one of the trails – there is an increasing demand, and improved signposting, for the Swiss and Italian pilgrimages.

The Via Francigena, established by the Romans, commences in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland and, via Saint Bernard Pass and picture-postcard scenery, concludes, some 1100kms later in Rome. The St Frances Way follows the footsteps of St Frances of Assisi through Tuscany and Umbria, vineyards and olive groves to Rome.

The Camino Guide is available online here.


Contiki opens nominations for ’35 Under 35′ awards


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Nominations are now open for the ’35 Under 35′ awards, celebrating young sustainability changemakers.

In the lead up to Earth Month this May, Contiki has announced a stand for positive change with its ’35 Under 35 Changemakers 2019′, championing incredible young people shaping the future.

Contiki’s 35 Under 35 is an annual awards program with a mission to uncover and celebrate the unsung young people pioneering change in the world – and to ultimately crown one as Contiki’s new Sustainability Ambassador.

The major prize of Sustainability Ambassador includes mentorship by a leader in the sustainability industry; a platform to promote their cause and further it’s reach, and a storyteller mission – travelling with Contiki to experience first-hand, contribute to, and tell the story of a sustainability initiative in an incredible travel destination.

To nominate someone for the award, click here.


Australia and New Zealand travel wholesale managers visit Macao

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Six product managers from Australian and New Zealand travel wholesale agencies recently returned home from a successful fact-finding mission in Macao.

The managers were invited by the Macao Government Tourism Office to view all the latest product of the Asian region at the 7th annual Macao International Travel (Industry) Expo (MITE) at The Venetian Macao, this year extended to celebrate the centre’s 20th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region (SAR).

The expo highlighted Macao’s role in facilitating the Belt and Road Initiative and its role, as a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure, in promoting the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to the international travel industry.

Pictured above, from left to right at the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s are:

Jay Soysa (Fathom Asia AIM Holidays), Yogesh Batra (Exotic Holidays), Jacob Iwikau (Scenic Tours), Stephen Cao (Acrossia/Worldway Holidays), Richard Froggatt (MGTO), Yogesh Batra (Exotic Holidays), Kim Robertson (Inter Asia Tours) and Sam Chen (Helen Wong’s Tours).


Latitude 33 unveils ‘Behind the Iron Curtain’ tour

In August 2020, Latitude 33 will host an exclusive 12-night Behind The Iron Curtain tour in Russia, where guests will be immersed in Russia’s cultural treasures, iconic architecture and fascinating history, combining the aristocratic beauty of imperial St. Petersburg and the country’s bustling modern capital, Moscow.

Commencing on Saturday 8 August 2020, Latitude 33’s exclusive Behind The Iron Curtain journey is limited to 20 guests, with prices starting from $15,086 per person, including all accommodation, return international economy class airfares from Australia, return airport transfers in Australia, one way First Class train fare from St. Petersburg to Moscow.

The tour also includes a range of bonus excursions at key stops, and all transfers and baggage handling throughout the tour.


Crooked Compass celebrates fifth birthday


Crooked Compass turns five this month and is offering five per cent off all small group tours booked and deposited by 31 May 2019.

To make a booking, agents can contact Crooked Compass directly on 1300 855 790 or at info@crooked-compass.com, or click here to contact your Evolution Travel Collective BDM for Crooked Compass training and further details.


Cocky Guides makes Victorian tourist sites more accessible for travellers with sight loss

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Cocky Guides have launched two tactile and sensory tours from Melbourne, allowing vision-impaired travellers unique experiences and access to some of Victoria’s most visited regions. The popular supported day trips will initially showcase regional Victoria’s food and wine. During winter, a third day trip to Lake Mountain for snow play will be trialled.

The company specialises in providing unique, multi-sensory adventures for the blind and low-vision community. For over 10 years, leader James (Buck) McFarlane has delivered experiences for Australian travellers, for many of the world’s leading travel brands.

The company aims to be the leading support provider for social and community participation within the blind and low-vision community.

Cocky Guides run regular tactile and sensory group adventures from Melbourne and Sydney. For more information, phone 1300 657 640 or visit cockyguides.com.au.


Bali Tours releases new brochure for 2019 to 2020

Bali Tours has released its new 80-page brochure for 2019 to 2020. The brochure (available here) features sections on Villas in Seminyak, Karangasem, Kintamani Volcano, Canggu, Lombok, Nusa Lembongan, Gili Islands, Yogyakarta & Borobudur, Flores, Mount Bromo, Moyo Island and Sumba Island.

For all enquiries and bookings, please call or email the Bali Tours reservations team on (03) 9686 5366 or 1800 338 004 (toll-free) or email reservations@balitours.com.au.


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