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July 9, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

347ce5a7-d1e0-463a-b507-f4f8928ef76bTravelmarvel is offering free return flights to China on a selection of 2017 departures for its China packages.

The 13-day ‘Imperial China’ itinerary, for instance, is priced from $4795 per person twin-share ex Australia, including three nights in Beijing, a four-night Yangtze River cruise, two nights in Xi’an, a night in the water town of Wuzhen and two nights in Shanghai.

Included are China’s big-four iconic sights: a cable-car ride to the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, the giant pandas at Chongqing Zoo, as well as the Yangtze cruise.

Culinary highlights on the trip include a Peking Duck banquet in Beijing, a local dumpling banquet and Tang Dynasty show, along with the chance to explore street food stalls in the Muslim quarter in Xi’an, and partaking in a traditional tea ceremony in Shanghai’s Yu Yuan Gardens.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit


 The Conflict Islands … one of P&O Cruises’ most remote destinations.

Discover one of P&O Cruises’ most remote destinations on an 11-night ‘New Guinea Islands Unearthed’ cruise, which includes a visit to the Conflict Islands as well as Alotau Island and Kiriwina Island.

The Pacific Jewel sails round-trip from Sydney on August 26, with fares from $749 per person quad-share – a discount of more than 40 per cent on the launch fare.

The fare includes accommodation, main meals onboard, entertainment and most onboard activities.

Phone 132 494 or visit


 Learning about marine life … coming face to face with a turtle.

Take the whole family on a cultural voyage of discovery and fun with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji’s kids-eat-play-and-cruise-for-free deal, which is valid on all three-, four- and seven-night Yasawa Islands and remote north of Fiji cruises between August 1 March 31 next year.

Passengers will visit remote Fijian villages and schools, and get to meet and play with local children and experience a Fijian church service and traditional village sevusevu ceremony, meke and lovo feast.

As well as being immersed in Fijian culture, kids and parents will have the opportunity to go kayaking and snorkelling over coral reefs and learning about marine life on a glass-bottom boat ride.

The deal is on sale until August 31 and valid for every child aged 5-17 years travelling with an adult.

Fares in a family cabin for two adults and two children start from $2316 for the three-night cruise.

Phone 1300 863 454 or visit

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 Eurail Pass … a relaxed way to travel the German countryside.

Melbourne-based International Rail has just released a selection of free travel days when a Eurail Pass is purchased before September 30.

The popular Eurail Global Continuous Pass is available for 15-day, 22-day or one-month durations, with customers receiving two, three and five days of free travel respectively.

Receive up to two days extra free travel on the Eurail Global Flexi Pass, which allows unlimited travel on national rail networks, including high-speed and local trains throughout 28 European countries.

For example, the 15-day first-class Global Flexi Pass, with two free days of travel, is priced from $716 per person.

Phone 1300 387 245 or visit

Kyoto, Japan at Heian Shrine's pond in the spring season.

 Blossom-dense gardens in Kyoto … a Japanese highlight.

Fairytale cherry blossoms will be a highlight of a new 17-night land-and-sea tour hosted by Cruise Express in Japan next April, with an earlybird saving of $500 per person available for bookings made by August 1.

The ‘Springtime in Japan’ cruise-tour is priced from $8490 per person twin-share, including return flights to Japan, a six-night overland tour, a nine-night cruise circumnavigating Japan’s main island of Honshu, and three nights in Kyoto, once Japan’s imperial capital, a bullet-train trip between Tokyo and Kyoto, a cruise on Lake Ashi at the base of iconic Mt Fuji and a spectacular cable car ride on the Hakone Ropeway over volcanic vents and hot springs.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit


 Crown Lanta Resort and Spa … offering 50 per cent discounts.

Crown Lanta Resort and Spa, on Thailand’s Andaman Sea, is offering 50 per cent discounts on four- and eight-night stays in its Ocean Sunset Villas.

The deal provides four-night stays for about $725 per room and eight-night stays for about $1450 per room, including return transfers to the resort from Krabi airport, and is valid until October 31.

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 Sea World Resort & Water Park … special winter deals.

Sea World Resort & Water Park on the Gold Coast is offering packages with stays starting from $179 per night twin-share, including unlimited entry to Sea World, Warner Bros Movie World and Wet ’n’ Wild Gold Coast, plus one free entry to Paradise Country.

The deal covers a range of new attractions, including Nickelodeon Land and Creatures of the Deep at Sea World, Junior Driving School at Warner Bros Movie World and Wet ’n’ Wild Junior at Wet ’n’ Wild Gold Coast.

The offer is valid from 17 July to16 September.

Phone 1300 139 677 or visit


 Tadrai Island Resort … Fijian luxury.

Take luxury to new heights with a five-night stay in a deluxe villa with your private plunge pool at the adults-only Tadrai Island Resort in Fiji for $5999 per couple instead of the normal price of up to $11,620.

The package includes VIP helicopter transfers, daily breakfasts, lunch and dinners, all alcoholic beverages and daily spa treatments.

The offer is available until July 16 and valid for travel until June next year.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit

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