Australian polar travel specialist, Active Travel, is offering an international flight saving of $1500 per couple on three 18-night voyages later this year to Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia, South Shetland and South Orkney.
Four days will be spent in Antarctica, visiting scientific research stations and historic huts during daily excursions by the ship’s zodiacs. The opportunity to spend a night camped on the ice may also be possible.
Prices start from US$14,495 per person twin-share.
Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.au.
The Northern Lights … one of nature’s wonders.
Beyond Travel has recently expanded its Scandinavian product range with the introduction of Northern Lights tours in Norway next January, February and March.
The five-day tour begins in Alta, known as the ‘Northern Lights City’. During your stay you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Alta Museum, see the world’s most northern Igloo Hotel the Sorrisniva, see Norway’s Arctic fjords and visit Tromso — a former starting point for many polar expeditions.
It is priced from $1500 per person twin-share, including four nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, an English-speaking tour director, transportation and comprehensive sightseeing.
There are also many optional tours and the chance to upgrade the package to stay at the Snow Hotel.
Phone 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.
BreakFree on Cashel Christchurch … helping restore normality to the city.
BreakFree on Cashel Christchurch has opened its doors in the first stage of a $30 million redevelopment to bring the city’s largest hotel back to life, with the unveiling of 179 rooms and opening of dining outlets.
Opening rates start at competitive $79 per night.
On completion, the remodeled hotel will offer 263 hotel rooms — including unique ‘pod-style’ rooms — the contemporary interactive Café & Bar 165, a breakfast room, guest lounge and a conference room.
The hotel — formerly the All Seasons — closed after the February 2011 earthquakes, and was the largest hotel in the South Island.
The high kick … a real test of balance and strength.
If you’re heading north — very north — in the next couple of months, you may be interested in the annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympic Games which will take place in Fairbanks, Alaska, from July 15-18.
Competitions such as high kick, knuckle hop, ear pull, two-foot high kick and Eskimo stick pull draw native athletes and dancers from around Alaska, other US states, Canada and Greenland.
The games were started in 1961 in response to fears that traditional skills and lifestyle were being lost.
Relaxation time … soaking up the sun on a Fijian sand-spit.
Take a friend for half-price on a three-, four-, seven- or 11-night Fiji Islands cruise with Captain Cook Cruises Fiji when you book by June 30 for departures between September 1 this year and March 31 next.
All cruises are aboard the 130-passenger MV Reef Endeavour, which takes passengers to parts of Fiji larger ships cannot get to, uncovering the remote villages, churches and schools of the real and untouched Fiji.
There is plenty of time for relaxation and appreciating the beautiful marine life while snorkelling over amazing coral reefs, lazing on warm white sandy beaches, basking in crystal clear waters or diving in spectacular blue lagoons.
Prices for a three-night Southern Yasawa Cruise, for instance, start from $934, including all meals, entertainment and excursions.
Phone1300 863 454 or visit www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com.
Floating down the mighty Waiau River, leisurely snapping up some trout.
Family-owned Fiordland Outdoors Company’s ‘Fish Jet’ experience combines two classic Kiwi pursuits — trout fishing and a thrilling jet-boat ride.
Fish from the boat as it floats peacefully down the mighty Waiau River, then hold on for a thrilling, fun-packed jet-boat ride back up the river.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Fiordland National Park, the waterway is largely accessible by boat only and teems with high numbers of rainbow and brown trout.
The half-day expeditions include traditional home-baking, while full-day experiences include a delicious riverside BBQ lunch made from locally-sourced ingredients.
A half-day trip costs $595 for up to four people, a full-day excursion $1195 for up to four people.
A hard but worthy road … climbing Kilimanjaro for charity.
Intrepid Travel is encouraging travellers to sign up to one of its charity treks at Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest or Kokoda this year, raise $1500 for NGOs and be a real force for change.
The eight-day Charity Kilimanjaro Climb, for instance, will begin September and has an associated travel cost of $2215 as well as the $1500 fund-raising target, which will go to the Village Education Project Kilimanjaro.
Kakadu National Park … save $439 for the second traveller.
World Expeditions is offering a $439 discount off the trip cost for the second traveller on its ‘Kakadu Walking Adventure’ when two people book together.
That means that two travellers pay $3951 for the six-day all-inclusive itinerary instead of $4390.
World Expeditions carries exclusive permits to access on foot the special corners of Kakadu National Park to see galleries of rock art.
Accommodation is in comfortable, semi-permanent campsites where delicious meals are prepared by the guides.
The discount applies to bookings made by June 12.
Phone 1300 720 000 or visit www.worldexpeditions.com.
Canadian splendour at its finest … Banff.
Take advantage of Scenic’s 2016 Canada, Alaska and USA pre-release season and get 2015 prices for next year’s product.
Pay, for instance, from $9995 per person twin-share for the 18-day ‘The Canadian Rockies & Alaskan Cruise’.
Combines riding VIA Rail’s The Canadian to Jasper, then on to Banff via Lake Louise, and on to Sun Peaks and Whistler, with a seven-night Alaskan cruise.
Book by June 5.
Phone 138 128 or visit www.scenic.com.au.
Hilton Pattaya … fronting the ocean at one of Thailand’s premier beachfront resort areas.
Save up to 30 per cent on stays at Hilton South-East Asian properties.
Deal requires a minimum three-day stay.
Includes popular city and beach destinations in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Book by June 30 for stays until October 31.
The Napa Valley … the centrepiece of Californian wine.
Enjoy the best of California’s wine country on a three-night self-drive package through TravelManagers Australia.
Pay from $629 per person twin-share, including accommodation at the Napa Winery Inn and three days all-inclusive car hire.
Includes breakfast daily, free wifi and complimentary vehicle upgrade.
Book by June 30 for travel between November 16 this year and March 31 next year.
Solar Springs … a delightful health retreat in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Pay for five nights and stay for seven at Solar Springs Retreat in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Pay from $1110 per person twin-share.
Includes all meals and activities.
Valid for the month of June.
Phone 1800 044 944 or visit www.solarsprings.com.au.