Amazing East Africa Safari

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12 days covering Kenya and Tanzania for the 18-29 age group

Geckos Adventures specially cater to the 18-29 year old age group and focus on cost effective trips worldwide. This trip cover the highlights of Kenya and Tanzania on a small group safari. Prices start from $2448 per person, with numerous departures available in 2017.

Included Activities:
Meals
11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport
Overland Vehicle

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (8 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights)

Loita Hills – Village Visit
Masai Mara National Reserve – Game drive
Serengeti National Park – Game drive
Mto Wa Mbu – Market Visit

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

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Weird and bizarre festivals in the USA

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On your next trip to the USA, why not see if you can plan around one of many crazy festivals that take place in this country. Something for everyone out of these pearlers!

1. Roadkill cook off – Marlinton, West Virginia – September 29-30

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Ever driven past some roadkill and had the urge to eat it? Well, every year in Marlinton, you can. This roadkill cook off festival allows locals and visitors to enjoy a day of tasting strange cuisine e.g squirrels, opossum, raccoons and groundhogs, shopping for local crafts, tasting local wines, and enjoying live entertainment. The only rule is the kill must be freshly dead warm and no gutting on site.

2. Testicle Festival – Clinton, Montana – 2-6 August

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Held from August 2-6 in Clinton, locals gather to celebrate…well, testicles. The Testy Fest includes several different events, the main one being the ball-eating contest. You are given four minutes to see how many bull testicles you can consume. Male and female nudity is encouraged; bull riding and wet T-shirts are the norm. They also have an Undie 500 race which is pretty much what it sounds like — people racing in their underwear.

3. State Cow Chip Throw and Festival – Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin – September 2-3

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For those of you that don’t know, cow chips are dry, odourless pieces of cow dung. Yay! This festival, held every year in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, includes a cow chip parade, a cow chip-throwing contest, crafts, food, and of course, beer! The current cow chip-throwing record stands at 248 feet.

4. Keep Austin Weird Festival – Austin, Texas – June 24

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This is a city that celebrates weirdness – it’s their city motto. Participate in the slowest 5 km fun run on the planet with tempting stops en route to taste ice cream, whiskey, pies, cakes and do the limbo. They have big toe wrestling and armadillo races + smelly chambers? (not sure what this is…)

5. San Fermin Festival – New Orleans, Lousiana – July

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This festival, held each year in New Orleans, is based off the traditional San Fermin running of the bulls racing festival in Spain. However, this festival doesn’t have any bulls chasing after you, they have roller derby girls. The girls chase runners and if they catch up to you, they are then allowed to whack you with a foam wiffle ball bat. The festival, in typical New Orleans fashion, begins with a party and ends with a party.

6. Tarantula Awareness Festival – Coarsegold, California – October 24

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Held on October 24 each year in Coarsegold, Califorina, locals gather for a day of tarantula-themed fun and learning. All kinds of arachnid displays, tarantula races, and contests for everyone covering hairiest legs contest for men and women 16-99 yrs, tarantula poems, screaming, dress up costumes and bubble gum blowing.

7. The Wayne Chicken Show – Wayne, Nebraska – July 7-9

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This Nebraska festival was hatched (sorry) in 1981 and has grown into an enormous, lighthearted celebration of all things chicken. It begins with All Hen’s Eve (Henoween) and includes chicken humour, chicken games like a cluck off and rooster crowing, chicken costumes, chicken dancing, hard boiled egg eating contest and naturally finishes with a chicken dinner.

8. The Juke Joint Festival – Clarksdale, Mississippi – April 19-23

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This is a great authentic blues music festival held in the clubs and streets of Clarksdale. It’s famous for Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads. Nowadays it is a sleepy backwater and this festival covers mainly music, adding a pig race and monkeys riding dogs just for fun. Something for everyone.

9. The Frog Festival – Rayne, Louisiana – May 11-13

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Rayne is a small town in the swamps of Louisiana claiming to be the frog capital of the world. They celebrate all things frog with beauty pageants (got to love them), frog racing and jumping, Bullfrogs in costume, frog eating contests, parades, cajun and zydeco music + lots of fun.

10. Frozen Dead Guy Days – Nederland, Colorado – March 10-12

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Held from March 10-12 in homage to a dead guy ‘Bredo Morstol’, who is frozen in a state of suspended animation in a shed above the town. Lots of frosty hilarity occurs with a parade of hearses, coffin races, frozen t-shirt contests, costumed polar plunging and frozen salmon tossing. Plenty of music and warm nights as well.

If you’re interested in attending one or more of these bizarre US festivals, get in touch with us on 03 9600 1482 or email contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

USA Music Tour 2017

Total Tennessee and Blue Ridge Mountain / Appalachian Experience

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A 16-day, fully escorted tour for music lovers, including Memphis – the cradle of Rock ‘n Roll, the Americana festival and other attractions in Nashville, recording studios in Alabama, Elvis Presley birthplace, Loretta Lynn’s ranch, Tennessee distillery whiskey tasting and…time for shopping.

Tour dates – 11 September to 26 September 2017

A five day add-on, again fully escorted, to the Blue Ridge Mountains/Appalachians including the town known as the Birthplace of Country Music, The Crooked Road Heritage Trail deep in The Appalachian Mountains, music centres that showcase the unique character of this magical place, live radio, jamming and dancing, and home of the first family of country music, The Carter Family.

Add-on experience dates – 27 September to 1 October 2017

First-come basis, six places available. Tour and Experience both start and end in Nashville.

The escort Rob Dickens is a music writer and frequent visitor to the USA, covering festivals and music heritage sites. He is editor of the Listening Through The Lens website and is ready to share his experiences of the stopovers on the Tour and Experience.

For pricing and to express interest, please contact us or the escort, Rob Dickens at robdickens101@gmail.com

Rockies explorer & Alaska inside passage cruise

Start Victoria on 23 Aug 2017 and finish Vancouver 9 Sep 2017.

Special limited offer partner fly free including taxes. Cost $7195 p/p twin share.

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Full Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive Victoria
Welcome to Canada! You will be met at Victoria International Airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Two Night Stay: Chateau Victoria
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 Victoria – Butchart Gardens
This morning visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 22 hectare showplace of magnificent, colourful gardens. Learn about the history and flora while exploring the gardens. Afterwards enjoy an orientation tour of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Beacon Hill and residential areas. There is free time to explore Victoria or allow Evergreen to assist you in discovering more about this historic region.

Discover More: Discover Victoria, go whale watching, or take a culinary dinner tour (additional cost)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Georgia Strait – Whistler
Opportunity to view this spectacular landscape from the air with a one hour floatplane flight over the Georgia Strait to the alpine resort of Whistler (seasonal, must be pre-booked, additional cost).

After breakfast drive north along Vancouver Island to Nanaimo. Board the BC Ferry and travel through Georgia Strait to HorseshoeBay. Journey inland along the Sea to Sky Highway as the road follows the rugged coastline with views of Horseshoe Bay on your left and forested parks and mountains on your right. You will have the chance to stop at the awesome Shannon Falls before arriving at the charming alpine resort of Whistler Village. This evening you are free to explore the village’s cobbled pathways and plazas.
Overnight Stay: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

Discover More: Undertake a bear viewing tour with a local expert (seasonal option), or have dinner with a twist on a tasting tour (both additional cost)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Whistler – Sun Peaks
Travel through the historic farming village of Pemberton, along the scenic Duffy Lake Road lined with thick forest, into the town of Lillooet. In the afternoon we head into the mountains to the picturesque ski resort village of Sun Peaks. You’re Invited: This evening our highlight dinner involves an authentic Fur Traders presentation and feast.
Overnight Stay: Coast Sundance Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Sun Peaks – Banff
Today you will be rewarded with astounding views as you reach the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies. Travel through British Columbia and into Alberta, enjoying glimpses of the soaring mountains as you make your way through the three spectacular national parks of Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Yoho. Travel from primeval forests to Ice Age glaciers, waterfalls and mountain peaks. Late this afternoon we arrive into Banff National Park.
Two Night Stay: Elk + Avenue Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Banff at Leisure
This morning you will have breakfast with one of the best views Canada has to offer. Take the Banff Gondola to the top of SulphurMountain where you will witness inspiring views and enjoy a sumptuous buffet. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy Banff and its many sights and attractions.

Discover More: Spend time with magnificent wolfdogs, take a breath-taking helicopter flight, enjoy an outback dinner and wagon ride, or relax on a float trip along the river.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Banff – Emerald Lake
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour including Bow River, the Hoodoos and Bow Falls. On the way to Emerald Lake see the ‘Diamond in the Wilderness’, Lake Louise and the spectacular Natural Bridge which has been carved by Kicking Horse River. Emerald Lake is so called due to the vibrant turquoise colour of its waters which is surrounded by majestic peaks. This afternoon you have free time to explore this beautiful lake or relax and take in the amazing scenery.
Overnight Stay: Emerald Lake Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Glacier ‘Ice Explorer’ – Jasper
This morning we travel north along the Icefields Parkway, acclaimed as one of the most spectacular journeys in the world. Enjoy breath-taking mountain scenery as you pass rugged peaks and glaciers fringed by thick forest and shimmering lakes. We make a stop at the Columbia Icefield, North America’s largest sub-polar ice pack, where you’ll climb aboard the ‘Ice Explorer’ for a once-in-a-lifetime journey onto the mighty 300 metre thick Athabasca Glacier. The day’s end finds us in Jasper National Park, an alpine wonderland of pristine wilderness and an abundance of wildlife where you will be taken through the park to the beautifully carved Maligne Canyon. You’re Invited: This evening we journey to the foothills of Pyramid Mountain and experience an authentic Canadian Rockies Western style dinner.

Overnight Stay: Lobstick Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Jasper – Kamloops
Make our way out of the beautiful Jasper National Park and enjoy views of the towering 3954 metre Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Weave through thick forests, winding rivers and jewelled lakes before arriving at your riverside inn.

Overnight Stay: South Thompson Inn
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Kamloops – Vancouver
Travel through lush countryside before reaching the peaks and valleys of the coastal mountain range. Follow the fertile Fraser Valleyand pass an abundance of rural scenery before arriving in the exciting city of Vancouver.

Overnight Stay: Sheraton Wall Centre
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 Vancouver – 7 Night Alaskan Cruise
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver including Stanley Park, the waterfront, Gastown and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Make your way across this spectacular suspension bridge, 70 metres above the Capilano River, and join the award winning Treetops Adventure along a series of elevated walkways. This afternoon we return to Canada Place Pier to board your luxurious cruise ship. Check into your comfortable Outside Stateroom (upgrade to Balcony Stateroom additional expense) on the luxurious Holland America Cruise Ship ms Nieuw Amsterdam and settle-in for an unforgettable 7 night voyage through the famed Inside Passage.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 Cruising the Inside Passage
Spend the day cruising the Inside Passage, one of the world’s most spectacular waterways passing forests of spruce and hemlock, mountains, islands and inlets.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Tracy Arm Fjord – Juneau
This morning we cruise into the spectacular Tracy Arm, a narrow, 56 kilometre long fjord, another of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings. The panorama of 7,000-foot mountain peaks and nearly vertical rock cliffs is astounding. Tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are the twin Sawyer Glaciers, calving icebergs into the jade-coloured inland sea. In the afternoon arrive into Alaska’s scenic capital city, Juneau.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Skagway
Established in 1897 as a trading post for prospectors headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was an untamed, violent town controlled by organised criminals. Today, of course, the town is civilised, though its colourful past is carefully preserved in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. For a truly memorable excursion, take an optional ride on the narrow gauge White Passand Yukon Railroad (shore excursions are at own expense).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Glacier Bay National Park
Early this morning your cruise ship enters the iceberg-strewn waters of Glacier Bay National Park, where thirteen spectacular glaciers flow from surrounding mountains into the waters of the bay. A National Park Service Ranger will help you spot wildlife, while pointing out sights and explaining glacial activity. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to see a pinnacle of ice ‘calve’ or break away from the face of the glacier, and with a thunderous boom land in the bay.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Ketchikan
Welcome to the salmon capital of the world! Part of the town is built along a steep hillside and part is built on pilings over the water, where bald eagles watch from waterside perches. An outstanding collection of totem poles makes the town an essential stop for anyone interested in native art.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 The Inside Passage
Today is a day of relaxation. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by as you travel south through the Inside Passage.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Depart Vancouver
Disembark early this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport to board your homeward flight (book flight after 2pm) or consider taking in more of Vancouver with some post tour accommodation (enquire for details, additional cost).
Meals included: Breakfast

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

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Tour along the Ho Chi Minh Trail

24 days inclusive tour with airfares/taxes departing Melbourne, most meals, all accommodation, touring with guides and entrance fees, visa fees, tipping (paid locally)

Limited departures from 22 April 2017 to 17 Nov 2017, and prices from $6480 p/p twin share.

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This tour is a discovery tour and takes you to a number of off the beaten track places in both Vietnam and Laos along the Ho Chi Minh trail which was used by the Nth Vietnamese and the Viet Cong as a means of evading their enemies. Hike Sapa’s Rice terraces and the Secret Route, and explore the Plain of Jars and a number of remote mountain locations in Laos.

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Full Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi for your overnight stay. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (D)

Days 2-3: Cruise Halong Bay
Drive to Halong Bay and cruise around the spectacular limestone karst formations, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, take a rowboat to discover some of the bay’s many caves and partake in a traditional Vietnamese cooking demonstration back on board. (B,L,D) The next day rise early and practice Tai Chi as the sun rises. Transfer back to Hanoi. (B,D)

Day 4: Discover Hanoi
Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature before weaving through a labyrinth of back alleys well off the tourist trail. Later enjoy a traditional Water Puppet show before taking a culinary adventure to sample street food in the Old Quarter. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Hanoi to Sapa
Today tour the Army Museum, Hoa Lo Prison and B52 Victory Museum. Enjoy a talk by a local historian before dinner. Transfer to the railway station for your overnight train to Sapa. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Sapa Minority Villages
Arrive this morning in Sapa. Walk to the busy villages of Cat Cat and Lao Chai, where you can learn the art of batik painting. The beautiful textiles of the Black H’mong are famous around the world. This afternoon head to a local home-stay, where you will spend the night. Watch as the sun sets over the rice terraces and tuck into a delicious H’mong-style dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Sapa
This morning set out along the Muong Hoa Valley towards Ta Van Village. Trek along the high road and take in the superb views. Arrive in the village of the Giay ethnic people. Transfer back to Sapa. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Dien Bien
Drive to Dien Bien and enjoy the photo opportunities of this remote area. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Dien Bien war sites
Visit the war sites of A1 Hill, the French Tunnel and Dien Bien Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Dien Bien to Nong Khiaw
Farewell Vietnam and journey into Laos to Nong Khiaw via Tay Trang for an overnight stay. This town is beautifully rustic and positioned on the banks of the Nam Ou River, surrounded by limestone mountains. (B,L,D)

Days 11-12: Xam Neua
This morning drive to Xam Neua for a two-night stay. Visit the Standing Stones which are presumed to be related to burial rituals. The next day, transfer to Viengxay and explore the headquarters of Communist Pathet Lao, who were forced into the caves during their struggle with the Lao Royal Family in the time of the Vietnam-American War. (B,L,D)

Days 13-14: Phonsavan
Today will involve a full day of driving to Phonsavan, visiting Tam Cave en route (B,L,D) In the morning take a trip to contemplate the mysteries of the Plain of Jars before visiting MAG, an organisation that was created to reduce the number of casualties caused by the unexploded ordinance (UXO) that still lie in much of Laos’ land. (B)

Day 15: Phonsavan to Vinh
Today pass through Nong Het border reaching Nam Can border in Vinh, Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 16: Vinh to Dong Hoi
Visit the home of Uncle Ho then drive along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Visit Dong Loc site and Truong Son Cemetery and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 17: Phong Nha trekking
In the morning transfer to a trekking point in Phong Nha. Trek the ‘Secret Route’, a track used by soldiers that was hidden from the Americans. Enjoy a BBQ lunch before trekking back to the start via a different route. (B,L,D)

Day 18: Dong Hoi to Hue
Journey to Hue. Stop en route to visit Vinh Moc Tunnels and Khe Sanh Combat Base. Arrive in Hue in the late afternoon where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 19: Hue
In the morning visit the Imperial Citadel and the Imperial Tombs on the banks of the Perfume River, before taking a boat trip along the river. In the afternoon visit Thien Mu Pagoda. (B,L,D)

Days 20-22: Hoi An
Drive south to Hoi An over the scenic Hai Van Pass. (B,L,D) The next two days are at leisure to explore Hoi An. (B)

Day 23: Depart Hoi An
Transfer to Danang airport for your overnight flight home. (B)

Day 24: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

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Peru Highlights – 15 days from Lima to La Paz

Geckos is an Australian based company arranging trips for 18-39 yrs old travellers who wish to explore the world in the safety of a small group,enjoy a mix of local accommodation and transport.

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Meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Boat, Bus, Plane, Taxi
Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (8 nights), Jungle Lodge (2 nights)

Included Activities:

  • Lima – Leader led orientation walk of Miraflores
  • Amazon Jungle – Activities at the lodge
  • Cuzco – Orientation walk
  • 3 Night / 4 Day Inca Trail (or 2 night / 3 day Quarry Trail)
  • Lake Titicaca – Boat tour and homestay

Regular departures throughout 2017. Prices start from $3255 p/p.

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Lima
Welcome to Lima, Peru. At around 2 pm there will be a pre-departure meeting.
After the meeting we’ll head out on an orientation walk around Peru’s capital. You’ll be lead around locations such as Miraflores and head from Central Park (Parque Kennedy) to the entertainment complex of LarcoMar.
Afterwards, get to know your group with a few pisco sours and a plate of Lima’s famous ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime juice, chilli, onions and tomato).

Days 2-3: Amazon Jungle
Take a flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Jungle, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Upon your arrival, the lodge staff will take you to their office in town. Here you can leave most of your luggage in safe storage and continue travelling with a small pack with just the necessary items for your next two nights in the jungle. You’ll then take a motorised canoe upriver to your jungle lodge in the Madre de Diosarea. There will be time to unpack and unwind once you get there. The next two days are packed with activities. Your full day in the jungle includes a trek which lasts approximately half a day. At times the paths can get quite muddy and some people can find the trek a little exhausting. Along the way there will be regular stops, and you’ll encounter magnificent fauna and flora in their natural habitat. You might spot everything from macaws and monkeys to peccaries, jabirus, otters and thousands of butterflies. The guides can also teach you about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants. For lunch you will return to the lodge.
For your night-time excursion, you will venture out in the dark in search of caimans on the Tambopata River. The naturalist guide will use a spotlight in order to locate them on the banks of the river, so you can observe them from a respectable distance.

Notes: We stay at two different lodges in the same area. The activities may vary slightly according to which lodge you are at. Depending on which lodge you are staying at, the included night excursion may be on the night of Day 1 or Day 2. As both of our lodges are in the same area of the jungle, you will see the same wildlife and your overall jungle experience will be the same in either lodge.

Day 4: Cuzco
Say farewell to the jungle today and fly to Cuzco, which takes just under an hour. Spend the next two days trying to acclimatise to the high altitude of this location (i.e. no strenuous activity). After dropping your luggage off and having some lunch, why not walk around downtown Cuzco, the local San Pedro market, the main square and past the 12 Angled Stone. In your free time, visit the alpaca farms in the SacredValley for knitted creations and the market town of Pisac for leather goods.

Day 5: Cuzco
Today is free to continue your exploration of Cuzco and its surrounding areas. Perhaps venture out to the great Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman, Quenca and Tambo Machay. Speak to your tour leader about optional activities that may be available. Later in the day, meet the rest of your fellow travellers who may be joining today. Use your evening to relax, grab some food and prepare for the trek if you’re heading out tomorrow.

Day 6: Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train Option
Depending on your pre-arranged travel arrangements, during the next four days you may: hike the Classic Inca Trail, hike the Inca Quarry Trail or stay in Cuzco for another two days before taking the train to Aguas Calientes. While away from Cuzco, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel. If you’re hiking the Inca Trail or the Inca Quarry Trail, the evening before you leave Cuzco you’ll receive a small duffle bag to carry your clothes in for the next four days (5 kg maximum).

Your team of porters will carry these bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail. Please note that you won’t have access to these items until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group. If you’re travelling to Aguas Calientes by train, you’ll be able to leave most of your luggage at the hotel in Cuzco and only travel with the necessary items for the next few days.

Route 1 Classic Inca Trail:
Today travel by minivan to the 82 km marker and meet your crew of local porters, cook and guide. The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite, which is at 3,100 metres above sea level. On the way you’ll see the ruins of Llactapata, which was burnt to the ground by the last Inca emperor to discourage Spanish pursuit down the trail. In the evening, set up camp while the cook makes dinner.

Notes: The Inca Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people, but please come prepared, as the trail is 45 km long and often steep. Each day’s journey generally consists of seven hours of walking (uphill and downhill), with stops for snacks and lunch. Trekking usually begins at 7 am (except on the fourth morning) and you reach the campsite around 5 pm. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

Route 2 Quarry Trail:
Make an early start today and drive to Choquequilla, a small ceremonial place where Incas worshipped the moon. Drive to the starting point of the trek, Rafq’a, and meet the horsemen who join us on the hike. After an hour’s walk, reach the small community of Socma. Carry on to the Perolniyoc cascade lookout, an opportunity to stop for photos and a food break. Continue to the campsite, which is 3,700 meters above sea level. You should reach the campsite around lunchtime. After lunch, set off to explore the Q’orimarca archaeological site, which once served as a checkpoint to the Incas.

Notes: The Quarry Trail is within the abilities of most reasonably fit people. The hike is 26 km long in total and its highest pass is at 4,450 meters above sea level. Throughout the trek, horses will carry your gear and camping equipment. The first two nights are spent camping and the third night you will stay at a simple hotel. Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats will be provided. The porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.

Route 3 Train:
For those travellers disinterested in hiking the trail or who are unable to, spend two extra nights in Cuzco before travelling by bus to Ollantaytambo. From here take a train through the winding Urubamba Valley to the town of Aguas Calientes where you’ll spend a third night.

Notes: Included lunch and dinner on this day is for people trekking the Inca or Quarry Trail only.

Day 7: Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train Option
Route 1 Classic Inca Trail:
This is the most challenging day of the trek, as we ascend a long steep path (approximately five hours) to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, Warmiwanusca sits at a height of 4,200 meters above sea level, providing amazing views of the valley below. The group will then descend to the campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley at 3,650 metres.

Route 2 Quarry Trail:
This is the most challenging and rewarding day of the hike. A three-hour walk takes us to the top of the first pass of Puccaqasa (approximately 4,370 meters high). After enjoying picturesque views of the valley, it’s a short walk before stopping for lunch. Afterwards, make the two-hour hike to Kuychicassa, the highest pass of the trek at 4,450 meters. From here, descend to the sacred site the Incas called Intipunku (Sun Gate), with views of the Nevado Veronica mountain. Head to the campsite, only a stone’s throw away at Choquetacarpo.

Route 3 Train:
Today, perhaps your free day indulging your inner foodie in the eateries of Cuzco. Head to lunch at the arty Fallen Angel restaurant, and if you still have room for dessert, the ChocoMuseo offers tastings and chocolate-marking workshops. All optional activities are at your own cost.

Day 8: Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train Option
Route 1 Classic Inca Trail:
Start the day with a climb through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (3,980 metres). Enjoy views of the snow-capped mountain of Cordillera Vilcabamba before descending for around 2-3 hours to the ruins of Sayacmarca. Continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,850 metres), also known as ‘Town Above the Clouds’. Start the two-hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night’s campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site.

Route 2 Quarry Trail:
Today’s hike will all be downhill. The first stop is the incomplete Kachiqata quarry, where the Incas were intercepted by the Spanish. Around midday, come to the end of the trek. Explore the cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo before taking the short train journey to Aguas Calientes. This is where you’ll meet up with the travellers in your group who didn’t hike. Visiting the natural hot springs in town is a soothing way to spend the late afternoon. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel before tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.

Route 3 Train:
In the morning take the three-hour train to the town of Aguas Calientes, which is nestled in the hills at the foot of Machu Picchu. For those who want to, there’s time to visit Machu Picchu independently before the guided tour the next day. If you’d like to do this, please advise your group leader at the welcome meeting at the beginning of the trip. Otherwise, you might like to while away the afternoon in the natural hot springs of Aguas Calientes.

Day 9: Inca Trail, Quarry Trail or Train Option and Machu Picchu
Route 1 Classic Inca Trail:
The day starts before dawn with breakfast at 4.30 am. Say farewell to the porters as they descend to the train station and begin hiking by 5.30 am. The walk to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) takes around two-and-a-half hours. Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ as the sun rises (and before it’s crawling with tourists).

Route 2 Quarry Trail:
Depending on weather conditions, take a bus at 5:30 am this morning along the winding road to Machu Picchu. The journey takes around 30 minutes. At Machu Picchu, join up with the travellers in your group who hiked the Classic Inca Trail. If skies are clear, enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the ancient city from the Sun Gate, before going on a guided walk around the ruins.

Route 3 Train:
In the morning at 5.30 am, take a bus up to Machu Picchu. The city was built around 1440 AD as a country retreat for Incan nobility, but there’s evidence that the land had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Take a guided tour around the ruins of temples, palaces and living quarters, and enjoy free time afterwards to wander around on your own before the group returns to Cuzco.

For all trails – after taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it’s time to return to Cuzco for a well deserved shower and a pisco sour. Your evening is then free for the last night of your adventure.

Day 10: Cuzco
Today enjoy free time to relax, shop for souvenirs or see more of Cuzco’s sights. Perhaps head to a cafe on the Plaza de Armas, or if you’re a thrill-seeker, try mountain biking in the hills surrounding Cuzco. In the evening, you might want to chew the fat with the group over dinner.

Day 11: Puno
In the morning travel by local bus for six hours through the Altiplano plateau to Puno. The town is known as the folklore capital of Peru and is famous for its traditional dances. If you’re lucky, your visit might coincide with an evening parade, when the streets fill with costumed dancers and musicians. Once you’re settled, head out in town and shake your tailfeather.

Day 12: Lake Titicaca (Homestay)
Puno sits on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Today you’ll take a tour of the lake by slow motorboat, stopping off to visit the Uros floating islands. The Uros people built these islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes in ancient times. They’re built completely from multiple layers of totora reeds, which grow in the shallows of the lake. In the evening, enjoy a homestay in a local community on Llachon. Your homestay is in a mud-brick house, with shared drop-toilets but no shower. It can get quite cold here. The homestay will provide plenty of blankets, but remember to pack thermals and plenty of layers. Help your host family with their daily activities or maybe play a game of soccer in the village.

Day 13: Puno
Enjoy a home-cooked breakfast by your host family this morning, taking the time to explore the rest of the island afterwards. In the afternoon, take the boat back to Puno where the rest of your day is free to explore.

Day 14: La Paz
Travel by comfortable local bus to Desaguadero (just over seven hours) and cross the border into Bolivia. You’ll be asked to leave the bus to proceed through Peruvian migration. The group will then walk across a bridge, submit passports at the Bolivian migration office and reboard the bus for La Paz. Approximately 30 minutes after crossing the border, there’s another stop where the army will check your documents again. The journey to La Paz takes around eight hours in total. In the evening, perhaps head out for an optional group dinner.

Day 15: La Paz
Your adventure ends today, as there are no more activities planned. You’re free to leave the accommodation at any time. If you have some more time in La Paz before flying out, take a walk around the city’s famous Mercado de Hechiceria or Witches’ Market. Browse the weird and wonderful stalls selling everything from aphrodisiac potions to dried frogs and llama foetuses. If that’s not for you, there are plenty of markets selling goods made of alpaca wool, leather and other traditional materials.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Southern Italy, Sicily and Malta

Bunnik small group tour – 23 days
Various departures available from April – October 2017 including airfares, taxes, tips, all breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners.
Cost twin share from $10,145 p/p.

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Sightseeing – La Dolce Vita

  • Explore Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum.
  • Discover the opulent Vatican City and visit the amazing museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica.
  • Visit the famous ruins of Pompeii which lay buried for hundreds of years after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in the year 79AD – it’s one of the most significant examples of Roman civilisation.
  • Pizza originated in the Naples region so it’s only fitting that you take a pizza-making class in Sorrento.
  • Explore the beautiful Isle of Capri and visit the cheerful village of Anacapri.
  • Enjoy a half day excursion along the stunning Amalfi Coast. Enjoy the views at a stop over Positano, and wander the streets of Amalfi.
  • Stop to visit the UNESCO Heritage-listed fortress of Castel del Monte on the way to Apulia.
  • Take a walking tour of the picturesque town of Alberobello, which is famous for its unique trulli – whitewashed dry stone circular houses with conical roofs.
  • Spend 2 nights in a heritage-listed Trulli.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Grotto di Castellana with its stalactites, stalagmites, fossils and cavities that stretch 3 kilometres in distance and 72 metres below ground.
  • Enjoy some time in the pretty seaside town of Polignano a Mare.
  • Discover the remarkable baroque town of Lecce, located in the heel of ‘Italy’s boot’.
  • Visit Ostuni, a charming, fortified hill town known as La Città Bianca (The White City).
  • Spend 2 nights in the amazing ‘Sassi’ cave residences in Matera.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Matera to learn more about this subterranean city.
  • Visit Mt Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano, approximately 3,350 metres high.
  • Explore the hillside town of Taormina, walking the narrow streets and seeing the picturesque Duomo that dates back to the 13th century.
  • Spend some time in Cefalù and visit its beautiful Basilica.
  • Tour the city of Palermo, including the red-domed church of St John the Hermit, the Norman Cathedral (Palermo Cathedral), the Royal Palace, once the seat of power for Italy’s Kings during the Norman domination, and the Monreale Cathedral which was commissioned by William II in 1174, the Norman ruler of Sicily.
  • Visit the well-preserved Greek Doric temple in Segesta.
  • Discover the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento, one of Sicily’s most historical attractions. The archaeological park is made up of 8 temples – Hera, Concordia, Heracles, Olympian Zeus, Castor and Pollux, Hephaestos, Demeter and Asclepius.
  • Enjoy some time to explore this fascinating town of Ragusa.
  • Taste the specialty of the Ragusa region “Cioccolato di Modica” characterised by a grainy texture and aromatic flavour.

The Jewel of the Mediterranean

  • Tour the city of Valletta including the Upper Barracca Gardens, St John Co-Cathedral and Grand Masters’s Palace.
  • Enjoy a cruise of the Grand Harbour on a traditional dghajsa.
  • On the island of Gozo see the prehistoric Temples of Ggantija in Xaghra, the capital – Victoria, and see the Citadel and the lovely Bay of Xlendi.
  • Visit Ta’Mena Estate and taste some local Gozitan wine and produce over a light lunch.
  • See the Azure Window, an impressive rock arch where the sea has crashed against the cliffs and has formed a hole. From certain points on the cliffs, the arch gives the appearance of looking through a window with a view of the ocean – hence the name.
  • Tour the medieval city of Mdina, which reveals its charm especially at night when the narrow streets are empty and lit by old lanterns. An evening tour will familiarise you with the secrets of the city and its nocturnal residents.

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For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Full itinerary:

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive in Rome
Welcome to vibrant Italy and the beautiful Eternal City of Rome. Meet your fellow travellers and tour director for a welcome cocktail this evening.

Day 3. Rome
This morning we explore Imperial Rome. Highlights include the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Capitol and the Colosseum (fast-track entry), where gladiatorial contests and games were held along with mock sea battles and executions. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before tonight’s group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Rome
Discover majestic Vatican City this morning (fast-track entry). We’ll visit the amazing Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica – all containing works of art and sculptures by Michelangelo. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 5. Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento
We travel to the stunning Bay of Naples and the town of Sorrento via the ancient city of Pompeii (fast-track entry). Buried under ash for centuries after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD, it is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman civilisation. [B,D]

Special Experience: Naples is the birthplace of Pizza so tonight we’ll enjoy an authentic Italian pizza-making class.

Day 6. Isle of Capri Excursion
After breakfast we take the ferry to the Isle of Capri, known for its rugged seascape, café culture and brilliant bougainvillea. We tour the hilltop town of Anacapri and have some time at leisure before returning to Sorrento in the late afternoon. [B]

Day 7. Sorrento
Special Experience: We’ll travel along the famous Amalfi Coast, through the stunning towns of Positano, Praiano and Amalfi, making several photo stops along the way!

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to relax in Sorrento. [B]

Day 8. Sorrento – Alberobello
We stop to visit the 13th century UNESCO World Heritage-listed Castel del Monte in Andria on our way to Alberobello, a heritage-listed town famous for its unique limestone dwellings. When we arrive we’ll explore the town on a walking tour. [B]

Special Experience: For the next two nights we’ll stay in one of the heritage-listed ‘Trulli’.

Day 9. Alberobello
The Grotte di Castellana began to form some 90 million years ago and is more than 3km long. We take a guided tour of this natural wonder to admire the incredible stalactites and stalagmites, fossils and canyons. We’ll also have some free time to explore the seaside town of Polignano a Mare, home of the famous cave restaurant overlooking the sea. [B]

Day 10. Alberobello – Lecce – Ostuni – Matera
From Alberobello, we explore the ornate town of Lecce, characterised by its abundance of baroque architecture. This afternoon we discover the beautiful ‘White City’ of Ostuni, spread high on a hill just 8km from the coast. For the next two nights we’ll be staying in one of Matera’s impressive cave residences known as ‘Sassi’. [B]

Day 11. Matera
We begin the day with a walking tour of Matera to learn more about this subterranean city before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 12. Matera – Giardini Naxos
This morning we travel to Villa San Giovanni, where we board a ferry across the Strait of Messina to Sicily. Once we arrive in Sicily, we make our way along the coast to the charming resort town of Giardini Naxos on the coast of the Ionian Sea. [B]

Day 13. Mt Etna & Taormina Excursion
Today we visit Mt Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano at approximately 3,350 metres high. In the afternoon, we visit the famous hillside town of Taormina, where we’ll stroll along the narrow streets, explore the 13th century Duomo and enjoy sweeping views over the Gulf of Naxos. [B]

Day 14. Giardini Naxos – Palermo
Travelling to Palermo, we stop in the seaside village of Cefalù and visit the beautiful Norman Basilica. [B]

Day 15. Palermo
Palermo, the capital of Sicily, has been invaded many times and this is evident in the many architectural styles that can be seen. We’ll visit the Moorish St John the Hermit Church, the Norman Palace, and the Cathedral, characterised by its fusion of romanesque, baroque and gothic styles. [B]

Day 16. Palermo – Agrigento
Today we travel to Agrigento via Segesta, where we’ll visit its well-preserved 5th century Greek Doric temple. After lunch we’ll explore Agrigento’s ‘Valley of the Temples’, one of Sicily’s most historical attractions. The archaeological park is made up of 8 temples – Hera, Concordia, Heracles, Olympian Zeus, Castor and Pollux, Hephaestos, Demeter and Asclepius. [B]

Day 17. Agrigento – Malta
We make our way along the coast, stopping to explore in the beautiful Ragusa region.

Special Experience: Try the speciality of the region, “Cioccolato di Modica”, characterised by a grainy texture and aromatic flavour.

This evening we cross the Mediterranean to the island of Malta. [B,D]

Day 18. Malta
Today we explore Malta’s capital, Valletta. Highlights include the Upper Barracca Gardens, St John Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master’s Palace, and the Malta 5D Show. We’ll then board a traditional dghajsa for a cruise around Valletta’s Grand Harbour. [B]

Day 19. Gozo
We discover the tiny island of Gozo today. Marvel at the rugged terrain, spectacular coastline and the famous Azure Window, a natural limestone arch formation, created after the collapse of two sea caves. We’ll also see the prehistoric Temples of Ggantija in Xaghra, Victoria – the island’s capital, and the Citadel and lovely Bay of Xlendi. [B,L]

Special Experience: We visit an organic vineyard for wine tastings and a light lunch.

Day 20. Malta
We have a full day at leisure to enjoy the delightful island of Malta. This evening we explore Mdina. The city is at its most charming at dusk. Our guide will share tales as we wander the narrow streets, lit by old lanterns. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 21. Depart Malta
Today we bid farewell to Malta and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 22. In Transit
Day 23. Arrive in Australia

Scenic River Cruise – Paris to Nice

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Various departures are available from May thru to September 2017.
Special FLY FREE offers with limited availability left and offer expires 16 December.

Prices start from $9195 p/p.

All-inclusive highlights:

  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 2 exclusive Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 29 Freechoice activities
  • Exclusive Scenic Culinaire
  • 1 Sundowners event
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade
  • 36 meals– 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners

There are no overnight sailings on this itinerary. There’s no need, with so many beautiful sites in such marvellous proximity.

That gives you the perfect opportunity to step out and explore whatever incredible destination your 5-star floating hotel happens to be docked in. You’ll find yourself right there, in the centre of the action, in one of Europe’s most beautiful regions, with nightly opportunities to stretch your legs and explore.

A gourmet splurge in Lyon, the food capital of France, or an evening of fabulous entertainment in Tarascon – the possibilities are endless, and the choice is yours.

Combine that with highlights such as immersing yourself in the acclaimed Beaujolais wine region, and a visit to the beautiful Camargue, and the temptations of succumbing to the South of France become even more alluring.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

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Spectacular South Africa

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Duration: 17 days
Departs: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide (14 Jan; 11 Feb; 11 Mar; 15 Apr; 13 May; 10 Jun; 08, 22 Jul; 05, 19 Aug; 09 Sep; 07, 21 Oct; 04, 18 Nov; 09 Dec 2017)
From: $4125 p/p twin share (including airfares)

South Africa, a vast land of unimaginable beauty and diversity of experiences, is set to take your breath away. A scheduled coach tour travelling to Kruger National Park, Zululand, Durban, Drakensberg Mountains, Garden Route and ending in the stunning city of Cape Town. This itinerary allows you to enjoy and take in the magnificent scenery that South Africa is famous for.

Price Includes:

  • Return economy class airfares from Australia to Johannesburg, Cape Town return with South African Airways.
  • 15 Day South Africa Scheduled Coach Tour.
  • Meals, game activities and sightseeing as specified in itinerary
  • Arrival transfer in Johannesburg and departure transfer in Cape Town.
  • *Airport Taxes. These taxes are subject to alteration until final payment has been received by our office

Full itinerary:

Day 1: Fly Australia to Johannesburg via Perth (overnight flight).

Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg.  Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to the shuttle transfer service to the hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel OR Tambo (or similar) – 1 night

Day 3: Johannesburg – Hazyview.  This morning depart for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa. Gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. (B)
Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate, Hazyview (or similar) – 2 nights

Day 4: Hazyview – Kruger National Park.  Bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the KrugerNational Park in closed vehicles. Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. Internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. Return to the hotel around lunch time and the afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 5: Kruger National Park – Swaziland.  Depart on the journey to Swaziland.  Proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland and visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture.  (B)
Accommodation: Lugogo Sun, Swaziland (or similar) – 1 night

Day 6: Swaziland – St Lucia.  This morning travel through Swaziland into Zululand.  The journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area. (B)
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi (or similar) – 1 night

Day 7: St Lucia – Durban.  An optional morning boat cruise (own expense) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Luciabefore heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour of this multicultural, vibrant seaside city, before arriving at the hotel late afternoon. (B)
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge, Durban (or similar) – 1 night

Day 8: Durban – Drakensberg.  This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps enjoy a stroll along Durban’s golden mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground.  Then continue into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains.   Proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at the hotel mid-afternoon.  Afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (own expense).  (B,D)
Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel, Drakensberg (or similar) – 2 nights

Day 9: Drakensberg.  Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains.  (B,D)

Day 10: Drakensberg – Eastern Cape Coast.  This morning continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of Umtata. Continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.  (B)
Accommodation: Crawfords Beach Lodge, Eastern Cape Coast (or similar) – 2 nights.

Day 11: Eastern Cape Coast. Awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. Depart for Port Elizabeth. (B)
Accommodation: Garden Court Kings Beach, Eastern Cape Coast (or similar) – 1 night

Day 12: Eastern Cape Coast – Knysna. Today the journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon. (B,D)
Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate, Knysna (or similar) – 1 night

Day 13: Knysna – Oudtshoorn. After breakfast, travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. Visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Travel back to the Eastern Seaboard, arriving in Mossel Bay late afternoon. (B)
Accommodation: Garden Court, Mossel Bay (or similar) – 1 night

Day 14: Oudtshoorn – Cape Town. Explore Mossel Bay and visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and ShellMuseum. In the whale season (Aug – Nov) travel to Hermanus and try to catch a glimpse of these majestic mammals from the world most famous land based whale watching site. Out of season, drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. (B)
Accommodation: Sun Square Hotel, Cape Town (or similar) – 2 nights

Day 15:  Cape Town.  Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this beautiful city.  (B)

Day 16: Cape Town – Johannesburg – Australia.  Day at leisure until the departure to Cape Town International Airport.  Fly to Australiavia Johannesburg. (B)

Day 17: Arrive Australia.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Beautiful Cook Islands – special 9 day stay

This package is based on staying at the Muri Beach Club which is a 4 star boutique resort of only 30 rooms set right on the beachfront of Muri Lagoon.

The property is an adults only resort.

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A superb setting – this is the premier beach location on the main island. The lagoon is suitable for snorkelling, kayaking and sailing hobie cats. Options outside the resort are horse riding, quad bikes and mountain treks. Also a full spa centre is available for treatments.

Current costing for a 9 day / 8 night stay including airfares, transfers and accommodation in a premier queen bed room of 43 sq with a sitting area and balcony + breakfasts is $2560 p/p.

This is a very popular destination for couples and does need to be booked a fair way in advance to secure availability.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

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