Get a load of all the latest wholesaler news, deals and incentives in this whopper of a wrap from your mates at Travel Weekly.
Inspiring Journeys new trip to Barossa supports bushfire recovery with #emptyesky initiative
Australia’s leading small group immersive operator, Inspiring Journeys, partnered with Ultimate Winery Experiences to launch the brand new 5-day Flavours of South Australia to showcase the best of the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale wine regions – since its initial launch earlier this year, the itinerary has now been updated to offer guests the opportunity to support bushfire recovery in some of Australia’s most beloved townships, by visiting local producers renowned for their unique flavours.
In collaboration with the #EmptyEsky and ‘buy from the bush’ movement, guests can fill their esky or reusable bag at the decadent Melbas Chocolate factory, or perhaps make time to visit nearby Woodside Cheese Wrights and Chesterfield Whisky Firm.
Next, head to Barristers Block Winery to sample delicious wines or pick up a takeaway tasty charcuterie board that includes cured meats or salmon pate for a picnic that evening. The family-run winery lost 100 per cent of its vineyards in the recent bushfires. Fortunately, their cellar was saved, and guests are invited to support their recovery by filling up with treats – all freight to your home will be covered by Inspiring Journeys as a show of support.
The last Bushfire Recovery stop in the region is the Lobethal Bierhaus, where travellers can take advantage of tastings, or take home their favourites brews.
Abercrombie & Kent releases India & Orient 2020
Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has released its new collection of journeys to India and the Orient.
Sixteen countries are covered with a range of travel styles and focuses. In India, highlights include opulent palaces and desert forts, temples contrasting with colourful markets and rural villages, plus unique wildlife and flavoursome cuisine.
The Orient portfolio includes China and its myriad attractions, the captivating countries of Southeast Asia plus Japan, Mongolia and Central Asia. Journeys are tailored for both individual travellers and those who prefer small groups, with the quintessential luxury expected from A&K standard across the portfolio.
Adventure World Travel launches inaugural Scandinavia brochure
Adventure World Travel has launched its largest brochure dedicated to Scandinavia in the Australian market.
Being true to the Adventure World Travel ethos and brand pillars, the brand-new collection has a focus on wildlife, cultural and active experiences, enabling travellers to fully immerse themselves in the region.
AAT Kings launch new fly free and air credit deals
AAT Kings is offering travellers a seamless and stress-free travel experience with the launch of their newest Air Deals. Guests can either Fly Free or receive up to $800 per couple on selected bestselling First Choice and Best Buys holidays to Tasmania and New Zealand.
Flying with Qantas, Virgin and Air New Zealand, these offers are available to book from now until 30 April 2020 for departures up until 31 March 2021. All bookings made before 31 May will also go into the running to win one of 13 places on the Wilderness Achievers Escape incentive.
The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka supports Vedda community
The team at The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka have released a three-night package enabling Australian travellers to connect with the tribespeople and remote villages of Sri Lanka.
Today, the Vedda have restricted access to their motherland. In creating National Parks, laws implemented against hunting of wildlife have adversely affected the tribes and despite having an allocated area, there are hunting constraints in place, and it is a struggle for the tribe to sustain a living in the limited area.
Opening up to tourism has been of support to the community and has reinvigorated the ancient culture.
TTC work closely with a local partner who is joined by a translator-guide, with the tour being conducted in a very respectful and ethical manner.
The three-day Tribal Experience is $445 per person (based on twin-share) and includes:
- Tribal experience: meeting tribal leader, hunting demonstration, art of collecting wild bees’ honey & fire lighting
- Sumptuous local breakfast being rowed on lake
- Jungle trek
- Village experience with king coconut, herbal tea & freshly made roti
- Rathna waterfall trek
- Sri Lankan picnic lunch on nelum leaf
- Three nights on Full Board at 4* property with infinity pool
Explore’s anti-Valentine’s escapes
If you are travelling alone this Valentine’s, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room and make the most of Explore’s no single supplement offer on trips booked before 27 February 2020.
Explore’s offer runs from now until 27 February 2020, where guests can save up to $2,000 with a free single supplement on selected departures of more than 90 trips. All of Explore’s small group tours are ideal for solo travellers. Whether you’re a seasoned solo traveller or embarking on your first solo adventure, now’s the perfect time to book and get your own room at no extra cost. And you’ll be in great company – over half of all travellers on Explore trips are travelling solo.
Insight Vacations launch Europe & Beyond 2021 re-release
Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold, the award-winning global leaders in premium and luxury escorted journeys, have released their 2021 Europe & Beyond Pre-release Collection earlier than ever before due to client demand.
Insight Vacations’ Pre-Release destinations include Europe, Britain, Ancient Civilisations and USA & Canada. Luxury Gold’s Preview includes Europe and Britain.
Clients can take advantage and save with the Pre-release Price Guarantee by booking and paying in full by 1 September 2020. They can also save 10 per cent with the Early Payment Discount on select itineraries. In addition, past guests can save an extra 5 per cent across certain trips and departures.
INTRO Travel launches new Eco initiative to plant 10 trees for every booking
This month INTRO Travel has launched a new eco initiative to plant 10 trees for every booking taken, at no additional charge to their travellers.
Partnering with Eden Reforestation Projects, donations from INTRO Travel will see trees planted in Nepal, Haiti, Indonesia and several other countries to aid in the offset of the carbon footprint left by travel.
AU deals from Intrepid Travel
Intrepid Travel is currently having a sale of up to 20 per cent off all Australia trips. Examples of savings include:
Save 20 per cent on Intrepid Travel’s three day Great Ocean Road Adventure ex Melbourne departing 26 February 2020
Now $368 per person multi-share – was $460 per person multi-share.
Save 20 per cent on Intrepid Travel’s three day Uluru Adventure departing 27 February 2020
Now $672 per person twin-share – was $840 per person twin-share.
Save 20 per cent on Intrepid Travel’s six day Taste of Tasmania departing 29 February 2020
Now $716 per person multi-share – was $895 per person multi-share.
Save 20 per cent on Intrepid Travel’s 10 day 4WD Darwin to Broome Overland departing 11 April 2020
Now $1,876 per person multi-share- was $2,345 per person multi-share.
TTC’s weekly deals
Fly Free with AAT Kings on select trips such as the 11 day Sensational South journey. Starting from $5,425 per person, twin share (Return economy flights included). This offer is on sale now until 30 April 2020 for select departures between 24 October 2020 and 6 March 2021.
Up to 20 per cent off worldwide trips with Contiki! Starting from $3,512 per person (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 27 February 2020 for departures between 5 – 28 April 2020. Other departure dates are available however prices may vary.
Best of Spain & Portugal
Travel in style in 2021 with 2020 prices and save 10 per cent with Insight Vacations’ Early Payment Discount. Guests can enjoy these savings on the 15 day Best of Spain & Portugal trip. This enchanting journey showcases the architectural masterpieces, regal history and delicious cuisine of Spain and Portugal. Starting from $4,748 per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 1 September 2020 or sold out for select departures from 26 June to 15 August 2021. Other departure dates are available however prices may vary.
Fly return to Europe for $799 with Trafalgar for 2020 trips such as the 11 day Northern Spain. This trip showcases the ultra-modern urban treats of Bilbao and the culinary capital of San Sebastián. Starting from $3,425 per person, twin share (Return economy flights to Europe an additional $799). This offer is on sale now until 27 February 2020 for departures between April and October 2020.
ADVENTURE WORLD TRAVEL
Enjoy one free Everest Scenic Flight valued at $430 when booking any of Adventure World Travel’s Tailor-made Nepal trips of 6 days or more such as the 12-day Handpicked Nepal trip. Starting from $ 2,675 per person, twin share (one free Everest Scenic Flight included per booking). This offer is on sale now until 31 March 2020 for departures until 31 December 2020.
Ultimate Turkey Adventure
Out of Office – Save up to $150 on select Busabout trips such as the 15-day Ultimate Turkey Adventure. Starting from $2,249 per person (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 16 March 2020 for departures until March 2021.
UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISES
Venice & The Gems of Northern Italy
Save up to 30 per cent during Uniworld’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Event. Uniworld’s Parent company, The Travel Corporation, turns 100 in 2020 and are celebrating with up to 30 per cent off selected 2020 cruises such as the 8 day Venice & The Gems of Northern Italy cruise. Starting from $4,409 per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 29 February 2020 for departure on 26 July & 9 August 2020. Other departure dates are available however prices may vary.
U RIVER CRUISES
Dashing Through the Danube
2020 Celebration Event! Save up to 20 per cent
on select 2020 cruises with U River Cruises such as the 8 day Dashing Through the Danube cruise. Starting from $3,199 per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 29 February 2020 for departure on 13 December 2020. Other departure dates are available however prices may vary.