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Jaw-dropping Jordan: 20 per cent off tours
With Jordan working its way up travellers’ list of top countries to visit in 2019, STA Travel is going to throw it out there and say you’d be crazy not to indulge in your wanderlust for Arabia this year!
From the lost city of Petra to the tranquillity of the Dead Sea, Jordan combines history and culture to make for an authentic Middle Eastern Experience.
This place is not just a wealth of super aesthetic content for the ‘gram, it’s steeped in so much history you won’t be able to tear yourself away!
Lucky for you, STA Travel is offering 20 per cent off 8-day small group tours, meaning you can bag yourself a trip to this incredible place from just $1170!
Your tour will take you to Petra, an ancient city that is a world-class sight for architecture, with temples, shrines and more literally carved into canyons.
You’ll also journey to Wadi Rum’s Valley of the Moon for adventure filled with desert madness. Whether you opt for a hot air balloon ride, a 4×4 desert jeep excursion, or camel ride, you can end your day in a luxury Bedouin camp where you will enjoy an authentic feast, smoke shisha in the open desert air and warm up by the campfire.
Jordan will have your jaw-dropping constantly, thanks to its incredible beauty and the insanely low price you’ve paid to see it, but only if you get in quick! This offer is only valid until 30 June 2019.
Wendy Wu Tours’ Great Asia Stocktake Sale extended until 30 June!
Wendy Wu Tours by popular demand has extended their current promotion – the Great Asia Stocktake Sale for group tours to China, Japan, Vietnam and India.
The promotion is available across a wide selection of 2019 departures in their Classic, Immerse Yourself and Solo touring collections.
It has been extended until 30th June 2019.
In addition to escorted group tours, Wendy Wu Tours has FIT product for South East Asia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and North Asia as well as a range in South America.
Albatross Tours release 2020 Europe & UK Small Group Tour dates
Albatross Tours has just released its 2020 Europe & UK Small Group Tour dates inviting agents to pre-register their clients to secure their travel dates.
New for 2020 is the stunning ‘Belgium & Holland, Cobblestones and Windmills’ 10-day tour and the ‘Rhine Castles, Moselle Vineyards & Ancient Cologne’ 11-day tour, with the July departures featuring the famed Andre Rieu concert in his home town of Maastricht.
Evergreen releases Canada & Alaska 2020
Featuring a magnificent Canadian Moose on the cover, Evergreen Cruises & Tours has released its 2020 Canada, Alaska and USA brochure with new wilderness and wildlife exclusive departures, great value solo traveller deals, and a range of new You’re Invited included options.
Partnering with Don Enright, one of Canada’s most renowned naturalists and conservationists, Evergreen has designed a custom made itinerary to provide a truly authentic wildlife experience. The 21 Day Natural Wonders of the Rockies provides more time spent in Canada’s spectacular outdoors with dedicated activities and wildlife viewing opportunities, all led by Don Enright who joins the program between Jasper and Victoria on this specially curated tour.
APT toasts new premium wine range aboard Europe River Cruises
APT has announced a new range of premium wines to be served on board its Europe River Cruises. Curated to enhance APT’s all-encompassing dining experiences where everything is all taken care of and all-inspiring.
As each day delivers new destinations to your doorstep, APT ensures its guests can taste their way through the varietals of the Rhône, Rhine, Danube and more, just as much as exploring the culturally rich settings in which they are produced.
New for 2020, APT will include a selection of premium wines with dinner each evening aboard its Aria and Concerto River vessels, allowing guests to enjoy some of France’s best-known wines from Burgundy, Côtes du Rhône and the Loire Valley. From a refined pinot noir to a smooth Chablis, a notable Pouilly-Fumé to a boutique Rhône Grande Réserve, these top-tier wines tell their own tales of the distinguished appellations of their origin.
APT’s best-selling Magnificent Europe river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest is the ideal introduction to Europe’s heartland and wine heritage. This cruise is an outstanding way to experience all the indulgent benefits of an APT Concerto River Ship. The only fleet in Europe to boast APT’s custom-designed Twin Balcony Suites, which allow guests to enjoy the passing views from both inside and out. On this special journey, APT’s Signature Experiences include a visit to Namedy Castle, a cocktail reception and concert at Vienna’s City Palace and the Grand Empress steam train. starting at the special price of $7,095 per person, twin share (for bookings before 30 November 2019).
Collette launches 2020-2021 Preview Brochure featuring savings up to 15 per cent
Global tour operator Collette has announced the launch of its 2020-2021 preview brochure, offering travellers even more options for exploring the globe with additional tours, more guaranteed departures, and up to a 15 per cent discount on selected tours and dates.
The current early bird special of 15 per cent off applies to selected tours and dates booked before 5 July 2019 for the departure period of 1 January 2020 and 30 April 2021.
Savings can be as much as $500 per person and booking early ensures access to the most in-demand departure dates. In addition, Collette’s $250 deposit option makes it easy for travellers to secure this offer now and finalise payment later.
The preview brochure features 62 tours in total, with highlights including Sunny Portugal for the lead-in price of $1,999 (per person twin share, departing 19 February 2020).
Beginning in Lisbon, Portugal’s vibrant capital city, the tour allows guests to discover the sandy white beaches of the Algarve and Faro, charming villages and the architectural gems of the Portuguese Riviera.
Seven exciting new tours have been introduced, including Spotlight on Santa Fe, Croatia and Its Islands, Sicily and Malta, Painted Canyons of the West, Bluegrass Country and Smoky Mountains, and the comprehensive tour Washington DC, Niagara Falls and New York City.
Trafalgar releases 2020 Asia program
Trafalgar is today proud to announce the release of its 2020 Asia itineraries with the addition of nine exciting new trips, building on the customer demand for more itineraries that uncover the real Asia in true Trafalgar style. With the brand now offering a total of 32 trips across 9 countries, each itinerary offers exclusive experiences to meet, dine and celebrate with the friendly locals that bring each destination to life while ticking all their Asia must-sees along the way.
New additions guests can look forward to for 2020 include the Saigon and Bangkok Explorer, an exciting new trip in its City Explorer series, allowing guests to do a deep dive into the sights and cultures of these two epic Asian metropolises. Available as a 9-day stand-alone trip or with the 3-day Phuket extension, this trip allows guests to gain an intimate understanding of each city, exploring it at a more leisurely pace, cutting down on inter-destination travel.
This exciting City Explorer includes experiences such as Be My Guest dining featuring a farm-to-table lunch on an organic farm outside Ho Chi Minh and a trip to the former home of American businessman Jim Thompson who revitalised the Thai silk industry in the 50s and 60s, including a visit to the factory to understand the skill that goes into making these luxurious textiles.
Voyages Ayers Rock Resort celebrates NAIDOC Week
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is delighted to announce a vibrant program of Indigenous activities at Ayers Rock Resort in July to celebrate NAIDOC Week.
Each July NAIDOC Week celebrations take place across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The program begins on Sunday 7th July with an official launch of NAIDOC Week at Ayers Rock Resort’s Town Square. Traditional custodian of the land Leroy Lester will give a welcoming speech, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will be raised during a ceremony and the Mani Mani theatre company will perform an engaging Inma. The 2019 theme of NAIDOC Week is Voice, Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future.
The following weekend, 13th-14th July, guests at Ayers Rock Resort will be able to enjoy a range of entertainment and activities including painting a wooden native Australian Bilby; learning about unique Indigenous ingredients from award-winning Adelaide Chef Andrew Fielke; Solar Observations with the Resort’s Astronomy Team; a session with presenter and Samson and Delilah actor Pascoe Braun; music from Apakatjah combining intricate guitar work with ancient languages; an Art Talk; traditional Torres Strait Islander dancing, and an authentic Anangu entertainment piece based on traditional culture.
Guests will also be able to browse a fascinating selection of market stalls from local and regional Indigenous Artists and Communities including Ernabella Arts – Australia’s oldest, continuously running Indigenous Art Centre, Kaltjiti Arts, Niniku Arts, Walkatjara and Tangyentiere Artists, to name a few.
The program works alongside Ayers Rock Resort’s regular Daily Free Guest Activity schedule which features Bush Tucker Cooking Lessons, Weapons Talks and Garden Walks.
TrekAmerica & Grand American Adventures 4th of July Sale
North American Specialists TrekAmerica (Trek) & Grand American Adventures (GAA) have just announced 10 per cent off their Top 10 Trips to celebrate the upcoming 4th of July holiday – there are a great range of selected tours across both the USA & Canada, departing before 30th September 2019.
Trek & GAA want to share their holiday celebrations globally with this opportunity to enjoy 10% off their 10 most popular small group tours through the buzzing cities, beautiful national parks and jaw-dropping landscapes of the USA & Canada!
Be sure to act quickly, as seats are limited and the sale ends on the 4th of July.
New brochures can be ordered from TIFS.
New tours from 50 Degrees North
The Nordic tour operator, 50 Degrees North, has launched new escorted small group tours to Greenland for summer 2020.
True to 50DN’s philosophy and promise of local expertise, the tours are led by the charismatic Greenland travel expert Lykke Geisler Yakaboylu who spent 20 years of her career working as a consultant for Visit Greenland.
The Greenland Ilulissat Small Group Tour (8-12 people) is a 6-day tour that takes travellers to the west coast of Greenland. It includes 5 nights’ accommodation, mostly in Ilulissat, all breakfasts and dinners, numerous guided walking and boat tours, a 50-minute flightseeing over Disko Bay, a kayaking experience and many other adventures.
The South Greenland Small Group Tour (8-12 people) is a 5-day tour of South Greenland. It includes all accommodation, all meals, numerous private guided tours, a Blue Ice camp hike, a private Qassiarsuk UNESCO site visit, kayaking, and soaking in the Uunartoq hot springs. Two dinners are organized in private homes, including one with the UNESCO Heritage Manager Alibak Hard. The tours can be combined, and both tours fly in and out from Reykjavik, Iceland, and can be combined with an independent Iceland tour.
50 Degrees North has also introduced a new 16-day escorted small group tour to Norway, the heart of their operations. Due to the popularity of their ‘Beautiful Norway and Hurtigruten’ tour, the company has now launched an escorted version of this tour for summer 2020, with a few extra inclusions.
The ‘Norway & Hurtigruten Escorted Small Group Tour’ begins in Oslo in the south and ends in Kirkenes in the far north. In the space of 16 days, a small group of 8-16 travellers gets the chance to experience the entire length of this extraordinary, breathtaking country – in the competent care of a 50DN Scandinavian guide.
Hottest deals from Intrepid Travel
Save $492 on Intrepid Travel’s eight day Portugal Real Food Adventure, featuring Galicia departing 11 July 2019.
Now $2,793 per person twin-share – was $3,285 per person.
Food lovers can take a culinary adventure to Portugal to sample some of its finest cuisines. On this trip, travellers will cook up a Galician feast using Vigo’s finest seafood, taste wine at Douro Valley, a region responsible for introducing the world to port wine and hangout with Lisbon locals while sipping on cherry liqueur. Highlights include learning Alentejo’s best kept cooking secrets while staying at one of the region’s farms and uncovering the flavours of Portugal, featuring African, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences due to centuries of invasion and trade.
Inclusions: Accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.
Save $750 on Intrepid Travel’s 15 day China’s Silk Road departing 22 July 2019.
Now $3,000 per person twin-share – was $3,750 per person.
Take a trip from Beijing to Kashgar along China’s Silk Road the ancient trade route that linked East and West. On this trip, travellers will pass countless generations of nomads and traders, learn about the rapid development happening in western China when travelling through regional centres, uncover the lesser known terracotta warriors in Xi’an’s Hanyangling Mausoleum and explore the famous Mogao Caves, which have been home to Buddhist monks since the fourth century AD. Highlights include riding a camel across the sand dunes in Dunhuang to see the desert oasis, Crescent Lake, discovering the UNESCO listed ancient rainbow-coloured landscape of Zhangye, visiting the frontier town of Kashgar to take in the animal market and experiencing a 100-year-old tea house.
Inclusions: Accommodation, transport and most activities.
Save $777 on Intrepid Travel’s seven day Japan Highlights departing 21 July 2019.
Now $2,333 per person twin-share – was $3,110 per person.
Visit Japan and get a unique understanding of a culture that is rich in rural, modern and historic aspects. On this trip, travellers will try all kinds of Japanese street food, ride the Shinkansen High Speed Bullet Train and enjoy a cruise down the Sumida River in Tokyo, providing the best views of iconic buildings and the Hama Rikyu gardens. Highlights include visiting the Zeniarai Benten Shrine, the famous Buddha statue and journeying to the coastal city of Kamakura to see statues that tell ancient stories, view Mt Fuji from afar and exploring half-hidden temples while hiking through forests.
Inclusions: Accommodation, transport and most activities.
Save $212 on Intrepid Travel’s eight day One Week in Northern Thailand 18-29’s trip departing 07 July 2019.
Now $638 per person twin-share – was $850 per person.
Go on a journey through Northern Thailand to see the best the region has to offer. On this trip, travellers will bike through Sukhothai’s Historical Park, take a guided zip line tour through the jungle canopies of Chiang Mai and embrace a true local experience when boarding the overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Highlights include taking a private minivan to see the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital, meeting primates native to the area and exploring Chiang Rai’s night market, which offers a selection of hill tribe handicrafts.
Inclusions: Accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.
Please note: This trip is for travellers aged between 18-29 years old.
Save $472 on Intrepid Travel’s eight day One Week Sailing Split to Dubrovnik 18-29’s trip departing 20 July 2019.
Now $1,423 per person twin-share – was $1,895 per person.
Set sail throughout the intricate collection of inland rivers, seas and islands that make up the Croatian coastline. On this trip, travellers will wander the length of car-free Lopud in the Elafiti Islands, discover a place yet to be spoiled by tourism – the forests of Mljet – and cross the water from the island of Vis to Cave Bisevo’s blue grotto in a rowing boat. Highlights include sailing along Dubrovnik’s world heritage-listed city walls, stopping off at Odysseus Cave where the king of Ithaca once found refuge after surviving a shipwreck and enjoying Mljet vineyards, olive groves and coves.
Inclusions: Accommodation and transport.
Please note: This trip is for travellers aged between 18-29 years old.
TTC’s weekly deals
Outback Adventure – Fly Free
AAT Kings are passionate about welcoming all Australians and New Zealanders to discover the beauty of their own backyard. That’s why for a limited time only, they are offering guests the chance to Fly FREE on a limited selection of our best-selling Guided Holidays. Guests can use these savings on the 15 day – Outback Adventure journey. Guests will discover the legendary Australian outback on a fascinating northbound journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre and onto tropical Darwin in the Top End exploring the rugged Flinders Ranges, ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and the lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park on the way. This offer is on sale now until 31 July 2019 for departures on 9 July, 20 August, 3 & 17 September 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit www.aatkings.com *Conditions Apply.
TRAFALGAR – family
Gladiator, Gondolas & Gold
Book by 9 September 2019 to receive 10% off selected Trafalgar family trips like the 10 day Gladiators, Gondolas & Gold itinerary. Rome’s savagery, Venice’s decadence and Florence’s romance merge on this Family Experiences tour of Italy. Guests can experience life as a Roman gladiator, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain before creating their own colourful Venetian Carnival mask. Starting from $3,415* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 9 September 2019 for selected departures between 29 May – 18 September 2020. For more information or to book call 1300 78 78 78 or visit www.trafalgar.com *Conditions Apply.
Europe deals hotter than summer: European Highlights
Save up to 15%* off your dream Europe trip with Trafalgar. Your clients can enjoy these savings on the 7 day European Highlights holiday. Guests can delve into the landscapes of Europe, from Amsterdam’s gabled façades and lush Burgundy vineyards, to the sophistication of Paris and the mystical White Cliffs of Dover. Starting from $2,259* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 30 June 2019 for all September 2019 departures. For more information or to book call 1300 78 78 78 or visit www.trafalgar.com *Conditions Apply.
ADVENTURE WORLD TRAVEL
Save 30% on selected departures to Patagonia. Guests can use these savings on any 4 or 5 day Explora Patagonia itinerary. Explora Patagonia is the only lodge at the centre of Torres del Paine National Park, set amongst an exhilarating combination of glaciers, emerald lakes and mountain peaks. A range of daily explorations are available to suit every ability and are led by specialist naturalist guides on this trip. Starting from $4,709* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 31 August 2019 for departures from 1 October to 31 October 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 363 055 or visit www.adventureworld.com *Conditions Apply.
Grand China & The Yangtze
Picture Perfect Savings – Save up to $3,000 per person on select 2019 Uniworld cruises for a limited time. Enjoy these savings on the 18 day Grand China & The Yangtze itinerary. A far-ranging exploration of China’s cultural treasures & natural wonders, from Beijing and Xi’an to Shanghai and Hong Kong, travellers will discover the wondrous contrasts of China just waiting to be uncovered. Starting from $9,099* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale from now until 30 June for departures on 30 August and 6 September 2019. Other dates are available, but prices may vary. For more information or to book call 1300 780 231 or visit www.uniworld.com *Conditions apply.
U RIVER CRUISES
Dashing through the Danube
Save up to $750 per person for a limited time on select U River Cruises departures. Enjoy these savings on the 8 day Dashing through the Danube journey. During the most festive time of year, this U cruise down the Danube will take guests to some of the best and brightest Christmas Markets in Europe cruising from Budapest to Regensburg, stopping at Bratislava, Vienna, Melk & Passau on the way. Starting from $2,249 * per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 30 June for departure on the 13, 20, & 27 December 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 730 010 or visit www.ubyuniworld.com *Conditions apply.
Best of Spain & Portugal.
Insight Vacation’s Preview brochure has launched for 2020 Europe and Britain journeys. Book now to secure your 2020 travel at 2019 pricing. Plus, book before 18 December 2019 to save 10%* per person. Guests can use these savings on the 15 day – Best of Spain & Portugal journey, where they will follow the fortunes of the Spanish, Portuguese and Moorish Kingdoms as evidenced in their grand castles, stupendous religious buildings and incredible works of art. Starting from $4,725* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is for sale from now until 31 August or sold out for departures between 18 April- 16 August 2020. Departure dates are subject to change. Other departure dates are available, but prices may vary. For more information or to book call 1300 727 767 or visit www.insightvacations.com *Conditions Apply.