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October 8, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

unnamed-11Book by October 21 and Active Travel is offering a saving of up to $1000 per family on a 12-day South African safari, which includes visits to Cape Town, Madikwe Game Reserve and Sun City Resort.

The holiday will allow parents to show their children the wonders of African wildlife, including giraffes, hippos, zebras, antelopes and warthogs.

The trip will include two days with morning and afternoon game drives at Madikwe Game Reserve, enabling families to spot the ‘big five’ — lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos.

Three nights will also be spent at Sun City — a resort nestled in the hills of Pilanesberg National Park, with plenty for the whole family to do, including a golf course, a crocodile sanctuary, petting zoos, cinemas, theatres and a famous water park.

Prices start at $12,995 for a family of two adults and two children under 12 years, including return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth or Canberra to Johannesburg, 11 nights accommodation in family rooms, breakfast daily, and all meals and safari activities while at Madikwe Game Reserve.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit


 Anchor in Thailand, relax and enjoy the beaches.

Cruise1st is offering a nine-night exploration of South-East Asia on a fly-stay-and-cruise holiday priced from $1499 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast ($1299 ex Perth).

The package includes return flights from Australia and a complimentary two-night stay in the heart of Singapore before setting sail on the Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas for port stops in Malaysia and Thailand.

Malaysia’s Port Kelang, Penang and Langkawi are filled with history and locations where travellers can visit butterfly farms and ancestral Chinese clan houses, and swim in the crystal clear waters of the national marine parks.

Anchoring in Thailand, guests will be able to relax and enjoy the beaches and entertainment for which Phuket is famous for, with activities on offer such as snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving and golfing.

Phone 1300 596 345 or visit


 RV La Marguerite … eight days cruising the Mekong.

Travelmarvel is offering a range of early-booking offers on its new Vietnam and Cambodia packages.

Among them is a fly-free deal, plus two free nights accommodation, on all January-to-April departures next year of 12 days or longer.

The 12-day ‘Essential Vietnam & Cambodia’ itinerary, for instance, is priced from $4295 per person twin-share, commencing with two nights at the Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap, where sightseeing includes the chance to explore the World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park.

From Siem Reap, guests embark on an eight-day cruise on the Mekong River aboard the RV La Marguerite, taking in Phnom Penh, floating villages, local temples and a Buddhist blessing.

On arrival in Vietnam guests spend two nights at the Fusion Saigon Suites, the base from which they explore Saigon and the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit


 New Orleans’ French Quarter … buzzing with the sounds of authentic Deep South music on every corner.

TrekAmerica’s new ‘Plus’ tours offer four epic itineraries, including the 22-day ‘Cities + Soul’ adventure in either direction between New York and Los Angeles.

The tour takes in the cityscapes of New York and Washington DC, before heading south to the gems of Ashville, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, buzzing with the sounds of authentic Deep South music on every corner, and of course a visit to Graceland, the place that Elvis called home.

Also included are Texas, Monument Valley — complete with Navajo guided 4×4 jeep tour of the Navajo Reservation — the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles for that essential visit to Hollywood.

Prices start at $4379 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 157 153 or visit


 The Peech … a modern boutique hotel in the picturesque residential Melrose Arch of Johannesburg.

318Africa is offering a stay at The Peech, a modern boutique hotel in the picturesque residential Melrose Arch of Johannesburg as the perfect way to break up a journey from Australia to the many wonderful destinations on the African continent.

A two-night stay at The Peech, with daily breakfast, is priced from $530 per couple.

Book before December 31 and receive complimentary return airport transfers, a bottle of local sparkling wine, and a free room upgrade if there is space available.

The offer is valid for travel before March 31 next year.

Phone 1300 318 318 or visit


The Rockies … one of the world’s greatest tourist experiences.

Travellers have until October 31 to take advantage of Scenic’s early-bird offers on packages to Canada, Alaska and USA.

Guests can gain savings of up to $5740 per couple flying to Western Canada on selected journeys for just $595 per person, including taxes, in April next year or save $4940 per couple flying for $995 per person, including taxes, from May to September.

The 21-day ‘Spectacular Rockies & Alaskan Cruise’ package, for instance, is priced from $12,795 per person twin-share plus flights, including travel overnight on board the Rocky Mountaineer, a visit to Jasper and Banff via Lake Louise, and a seven-night luxury Alaskan cruise on board MS Nieuw Amsterdam from Vancouver to Glacier Bay via the Inside Passage.

Phone 138 128 or visit


 Tomaree Head … spectacular views in all directions.

Escape Trekking Adventures, an outdoor recreation business which also runs high-thrill adventures on the Kokoda Track, to Everest Base Camp and Mt Kilimanjaro, has commenced short walking tours up Tomaree Head at Port Stephens.

Guests are able to feast on one of the most spectacular views in NSW along with a platter of fresh local seafood.

The 161-metre-high peak rears sharply above the bay and ocean beaches at the heads of Port Stephens and offers magnificent vistas in all directions.

The three-kilometre walk takes about 90 minutes and prices are from $20 per adult, $16 per child or $65 for families with two adults and two children under 16 years.

The sunset guided tour with summit-tasting plate included costs $50 per adult or child.


resort, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

 Wilpena Pound Resort … special packages to see the South Australian desert basin come alive.

Wilpena Pound Resort has launched two scenic-flight packages to showcase the stunning views of the inland oasis of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre following higher-than-average water levels this year.

The usually dry South Australian desert basin has been turned into Australia’s largest lake, bringing it to life with huge numbers of waterbirds.

The Lake Eyre two-night package is priced from $1095 and includes a scenic flight over the iconic Wilpena Pound amphitheatre, the rugged, 540-million-year-old Ikara-Flinders Ranges and on to the spectacular lake basin. It also includes two nights in a resort room with a full buffet breakfast daily.

Phone 1800 805 802 or visit

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