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Wholesaler wrap: G Adventures’ big Antarctica sale, new AAT Kings tours, Wendy Wu to set sail down the Mekong + MORE!

If there’s one thing we love about Mondays, it’s seeing several gobsmackingly good deals on tours around the world. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in this week’s wholesaler wrap.

G Adventures offers 20 per cent saving on Antarctica

G Adventures is offering travellers the opportunity to experience the wonders of Antarctica with a 20 per cent discount on select itineraries. The promotion applies to all cabins on select departures from 22 October, 2019 to 1 March, 2020, when booked before 1 September, 2019.

Discounted trips on offer include:

  • Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica – was priced from $15,799, now $12,639 (save $3,160) on select departures
  • Antarctica Classic in Depth – 13 days – was priced from $12,399, now $9,919 (save $2,480) on select departures
  • Antarctica Classic – 11 days – was priced from $13,999, now $11,199 (save $2,800) on select departures
  • Spirit of Shackleton – 21 days – was priced from $18,599, now $14,879 (save $3,720) on select departures
  • Quest for the Antarctic Circle – 14 days – was priced from $14,199, now $11,359 (save $2,840) on select departures.

Wendy Wu Tours to set sail with new Mekong River cruises

Victoria Mekong deck
Victoria Mekong deck

Wendy Wu Tours is proud to announce its new river cruise ship, the Victoria Mekong, will set sail in December 2019, meaning guests can now explore the beauty of Southeast Asia in deluxe surrounds.

Following an increased demand for deluxe cruising options, the boutique 4-star Victoria Mekong features 33 superior cabins, with private balconies, spa with massage service, bar and restaurant.

Group tours on the Victoria Mekong include international flights, all meals, touring with expert guides and much more.

To celebrate the launch of the Victoria Mekong, bookings made by 31 August (unless sold out prior), will receive a free upgrade from main deck to upper deck on all group tours, as well as savings up to $300 per person for 2020 departures.

Bunnik Tours spices up 2020 tour program with early bird incentives

Bunnik Tours has launched its South and Central America tour program for 2020, with agents now able to offer 15 diverse tours visiting 11 different countries.

As an incentive, agents can offer $500 per person on small group tours, or $1,000 per person on In-Style small group tours for early bird bookings before December 20, 2019.

All tours include flights, all sightseeing, accommodation, many meals and even taxes and tips where appropriate.

AAT Kings announces nine new short breaks in Central Australia

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AAT Kings is excited to announce the launch of nine new short breaks in Central Australia commencing 1 April 2020 for April 2020 to Mar 2021 departures.

The new short breaks have been designed with flexibility in mind – to suit travellers who seek to create their own itinerary, with a built-in ability to customise accommodation levels, level of activity and destination.

Some of the new Short Breaks available include:

  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta Experience (U3L1) – 3 days, from $810 per person, twin share
  • Outback Discovery (A5L) – 5 days, from $1,770 per person, twin share
  • Red Centre Adventure (U4A) – 4 days, from $1,180 per person, twin share.

Contiki drops five new micro-adventures in Asia

Contiki has announced five new ‘micro-adventures’ across India, Nepal, Vietnam and Japan.

From spiritual cities to mountain treks in under two weeks, travellers can now hit up destination highlights like Varanasi in India and Kathmandu in Nepal.

Contiki’s five new adventure trips include:

  1. Delhi to Kathmandu Quest – 9 nights/10 days, price s from $2,847
  2. Nepal Trek & Temples – 4 nights/5 days, prices from $1,055
  3. Nepal Trek Challenge – 6 days/5 nights, prices from $1,745
  4. Northern Vietnam Escape: Sapa & Surrounds – 4 nights/5 days, prices from $1,195
  5. Japan in a Week – 7 nights/8 days, prices from $2,984

The Travel Corporation’s weekly deals

AAT Kings, Tasmanian Wonders
AAT Kings, Tasmanian Wonders

AAT Kings

Tasmanian Wonders/Christmas Holiday Deal

Celebrate the festive season on the 10-day Tasmanian Wonders Guided Holiday with up to $350 per person Air Credit. Starting from $3,525* per person, twin share (Up to $350 per person Air Credit included).

This offer is on sale now until 31 August 2019 for departure on 21 December 2019.

Lindblad Expeditions

A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii

Book now and receive free one-way airfare from Sitka to Seattle on Lindblad Expeditions’ A Remarkable Journey to Alaska, British Columbia & Haida Gwaii journey.

Starting from $14,040* per person, twin share (One-way flights from Sitka to Seattle included). This offer is on sale now until 31 December 2019 for 2 & 3 May 2020 departures.

Other departure dates are available, but prices may vary.

Uniworld

Burgundy & Provence

Uniworld is inviting travellers to save $2,000 per person on the price of luxury Europe cruises, plus up to an additional 10 per cent Early Payment Discount when they in full within three days of booking.

This offer in on sale now until 30 August 2019 for departure on 22 & 29 March 2020.

Trafalgar

South America Revealed

Book and pay by 18 December 2019 to save 10 per cent* off Trafalgar’s 16-day South America Revealed journey.

Starting from $7,028* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 18 December 2019 for all 2020 departures.

U River Cruises

Vienna Vibe

Your choice: save 10 per cent or enjoy a free U Drink Package (valued at $499) when you pay in full at time of booking by 30 September 2019.

Guests can use these savings or enjoy their drink package on the 8-day Vienna Vibe itinerary. Starting from $3,419* per person, twin share (10 per cent early payment savings included OR enjoy a U Drink Package valued at $499).

This offer is on sale now until 30 September for all 2020 sailings dates.

Insight Vacations

Britain & Ireland Discovery

Book now to secure a 2020 holiday with 2019 Preview Pricing guaranteed. Plus, book before 8 September 2019 to take advantage of Insight Vacations’ 10 per cent* Early Payment Discount.

Guests can enjoy these savings on the 22-day Britain & Ireland Discovery epic adventure which illuminates the hidden corners of the British Isles.

Starting from $6,722* per person with discount included. This offer is on sale now until 31 August 2019 or sold out and valid for departure on 15 April 2020. Other departure dates are available, pricing may vary. Departure dates are subject to change. *Conditions Apply.

Haggis

Highland Fling

Secure your 2020 departure at 2019 pricing and save 10 per cent on a Scottish adventure. Travellers can enjoy these savings on Haggis’ five-day Highland Fling.

Starting from $682 per person (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 31 August for all 2020 departures.

Contiki

Adriatic Unearthed

Save on Contiki trips with selected Early Bird Europe 2020 trips at 2019 prices plus an additional 10 per cent off.

Guests can enjoy these savings on the 15-day Adriatic Unearthed (Start Split) journey.

Starting from $3,213* per person (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 3 September 2019 for departure on 13 June 2020.

Utracks releases Via Francigena video to assist agents to sell Italian Camino

UTracks has produced a four-minute informational video on travelling the Via Francigena, to assist agents in selling the Italian pilgrimage walk.

Off the back of its popular Spanish Camino video, Utracks’ new Italian Camino video is an ideal and convenient way for travel agents to quickly understand the experience, from the accommodation and walking distances to the terrain and how the route is navigated.

Beyond Travel’s ‘Magical Croatia’ tour on sale

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Beyond Travel has released a new special on its exclusive ‘Magical Croatia’ cruise tour from its Signature Journeys range, with savings of up to $1,850 per couple for 2020 departures.

Now priced from $4,900 per person twin share on selected July and August departures in 2020, this offer is available until December 31, 2019 unless sold out beforehand.

Exodus Travels welcomes “the rise of the solo traveller”

Exodus Travels is welcoming increasing numbers of solo travellers on their small group journeys.

In 2019, more than 50 per cent of Exodus travellers have reportedly been solo travellers. The most popular trips for solo travellers are spread across the globe and include diverse itineraries from the ‘Highlights of Amalfi Coast’ to ‘Everest Base Camp’ or even ‘Wildlife & Wilderness of Botswana’.

Beyond Travel says St Petersburg will be popular in 2020

Beyond Travel wish to advise agents that there are a number of major sporting and business events occurring in St Petersburg in 2020 during the popular months of June and July.

Agents should be prepared and plan ahead to avoid hotel price rises and lack of availability.

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