Peru Explorer – Bunnik Tours

20 day trip covering all of the highlights of Peru. Small group tour company with guaranteed departures through to September 2018.

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Inclusive of airfares cost is $10,995 p/p plus a discount of $500 p/p off this price if booked by 27 December 2017.

Tour highlights:

  • Explore the Amazon Jungle from Puerto Maldonado, discovering village life, sampling local food and spotting wildlife
  • Feel the magic of Peru’s Sacred Valley and the Lost Incan city of Machu Picchu
  • Cruise across Lake Titicaca to the floating Uros Islands
  • Tour the Colca Valley and its incredible canyons
  • Discover the ‘white city’ of Arequipa and its beautiful buildings built from volcanic stone

Travel details:

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South America (inc. taxes)
  • Three economy-class flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping made easy, $235p/p pre-paid

Accommodation and meals:

  • 13 nights in good quality hotels (3½-4½ star)
  • 3 nights in an Amazon jungle lodge near Puerto Maldonado
  • 1 night stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Eco Retreat (4½ star)
  • 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour guides:

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (subject to a minimum of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing:

  • Discover the wonders of Peru
  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour and visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts.
  • Explore the Amazon Jungle from Puerto Maldonado, discovering village life, sampling local food and spotting wildlife. Visit beautiful Lake Sandoval and Tambopata Candamo National Reserve, and keep an eye out for the parrots, caiman and the endangered giant river otter.
  • Take a walking tour of Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun, and enjoy the old world ambience over dinner at Casa Qorikancha restaurant, behind the Church of Santo Domingo in Cuzco.
  • Explore the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman followed by a visit to the buzzing San Pedro Market, selling all things weird and wonderful.
  • Discover Cusco on a walking tour, visiting the 17th century cathedral and the beautiful San Blas neighbourhood.
  • Travel into the magical Sacred Valley and visit the village Awanacancha to see locals weaving and meet the herds of llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas.
  • Stop in the small town of Pisac and explore the impressive ruins and lively market.
  • Tour the town and fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, then visit a house for a taste of local life.
  • Visit a local chicheria. Learn about and taste the traditional chicha and try some of the local delicacy, guinea pig.
  • Explore the patchwork of salt pans at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray before visiting the Seminario pottery workshop in Urubamba.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu!
  • Feel the magic of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu on an in-depth guided tour and enjoy some time to explore the ruins at your own pace.
  • Spend the night in a nature retreat in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo. Continue to Cusco by road, stopping at Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration.
  • Marvel at the amazing scenery travelling through the High Andes Mountains from Cuzco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
  • Cruise out to the incredible floating reed Uros Islands, made entirely out of reeds from the lake. Then visit Taquile Island and learn about the unique traditions of the islands’ inhabitants.
  • Make your way into the incredible Colca Canyon (the world’s deepest), via the villages of Patapampa, Chucura, Toccra, Vizcachani and Patahuasi.
  • Visit the Cross of the Condor, the canyon’s deepest point, and watch the majestic Andean condors as they cruise over the morning thermals.
  • Stroll through the villages of Yanque, Alchoma, Maca and Pinoholloand stop at the mountain terraces of Antahuilque to learn about the importance of the balconies and hanging tombs.
  • Discover the “white city” of Arequipa and its beautiful buildings built from volcanic stone. See Santa Catalina Convent, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Church of La Compania and Carmen Alto viewpoint.

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

Oceania Asia Cruise on Nautica

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Package includes:

  • Return airfares on Qantas
  • 1 night accommodation in Bangkok
  • 1 night accommodation in Shanghai
  • 14 night cruise with $800 per cabin shipboard credit to spend

This cruise starts in Bangkok on 19 Feb 2018 and finishes in Shanghai on 6 Mar 2018.

Special departure with limited cabins left in grade C2 Deluxe Ocean View from $5333 p/p.

The acclaimed Nautica has undergone a multimillion-dollar transformation to create a virtually new ship that is both sleek and elegantly charming. Her decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings.

Nautica offers every luxury you may expect on board one of our stylish ships. She features four unique, open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness centre and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas (higher cost for these).

With just 684 guests to pamper, our 400 professionally trained European staff ensure you will wait for nothing.

Day Port = Anchor Port Arrive Depart
Feb 19 Mon Bangkok, Thailand Embark 1 PM 4 PM
Feb 20 Tue Sihanoukville, Cambodia 11 AM 10 PM
Feb 21 Wed Cruising the South China Sea
Feb 22 Thu Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam 8 AM
Feb 23 Fri Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam 4 PM
Feb 24 Sat Cruising the South China Sea
Feb 25 Sun Hue/Da Nang (Chan May), Vietnam 8 AM 5 PM
Feb 26 Mon Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam 12 PM
Feb 27 Tue Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam 7 PM
Feb 28 Wed Cruising the South China Sea
Mar 1 Thu Hong Kong, China 8 AM
Mar 2 Fri Hong Kong, China 2 PM
Mar 3 Sat Xiamen, China 10 AM 8 PM
Mar 4 Sun Cruising the East China Sea
Mar 5 Mon Shanghai, China 12 PM
Mar 6 Tue Shanghai, China Disembark 8 AM

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

Escorted Coach Tour of the Balkans

13 days ‘Grand Balkan’ – start in Zagreb and finish in Dubrovnik

Great coverage of this region with Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia all ticked off!

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Zagreb – Ljubljana – Plitvice – Split – Dubrovnik – Tirana – Ohrid – Skopje – Kolasin – Dubrovnik

Inclusions:

  • 3 and 4 star accommodation
  • Meals as detailed
  • Dinner in a local restaurant in Plitvice
  • Zagreb arrival transfer and Dubrovnik departure transfer
  • Guided sightseeing tours (Zagreb, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Skopje, & Kotor)
  • Entrance fees to most attractions
  • Services of a multilingual tour director
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

2018 EARLY BIRD OFFER: AUD $500 per couple credit to spend on additional accommodation when you book and pay in full by 29 Dec 2017.

Prices for 15 May and 5 Jun departures $2580 p/p, with all other departures $2700 p/p twin share.

Guaranteed Departures in 2018:

  • 15 May
  • 5 June
    3 July
  • 31 July
  • 21 August
  • 11 September

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Tour itinerary:

Day 1: ZAGREB
Arrive in Zagreb and transfer to your hotel. This evening, join your fellow tour members and guide at a welcome dinner. (D)

Stay at Hotel International (4 star) or Panorama Hotel (4 star) (July 3 departure only)

Day 2: ZAGREB – BLED – LJUBLJANA
Morning city tour of Zagreb, including the fortified Upper Town, city’s historical centre, where you will see the multi-coloured roof of St Mark’s Church and the Croatian National Theatre. Free time to explore until the departure for Slovenia. First stop in Slovenia is Lake Bled and its mountainous environs and stunning topography. Then continue on to Ljubljana. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel M (3 star)

Day 3: LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE
Morning city tour of Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, exploring historical city centre, whose unique architecture is the legacy of the Baroque and Art Nouveau periods situated on the banks of the majestic Ljubljana River. Afternoon departure for Plitvice, for the Plitvice Lakes National Park a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.The tour of this magnificent national park featuring sixteen lakes at different levels joined by a series of cascading waterfalls. (B, D)

Stay at Park Hotel (4 star)

Day 4: PLITVICE – TROGIR – SPLIT
After breakfast, depart for the Adriatic coast and stop in the seaside town of Trogir for a visit of this ancient centre of artistic activity. Continue a short distance to Split, Croatia’s second largest city, the city tour includes a walk through Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman emperor in the 4th century B.C. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Katarina (4 star)

Day 5: SPLIT – DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, departure for Dubrovnik, via Bosnia & Herzegovina. Short stop in Mostar, recently included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage sites, with its elegant Bridge, Old Bazaar, the Mosque and a typical Turkish house. Then continue onto Dubrovnik. The afternoon city tour of Dubrovnik, this medieval walled city which includes the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, Rector’s Palace and the cathedral. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Ivka (3 star)

Day 6: DUBROVNIK
Today you have a full day to discover this UNESCO World Heritage listed city at your leisure. (B, D)

Day 7: DUBROVNIK – BUDVA (Montenegro) – SHKODRA (Albania) – TIRANA (Albania)
From Dubrovnik you drive inland to Budva, known for it’s historic Old City encircled by walls from the Venetian period. Continue to Shkodra, once the 3rd Century B.C. capital of the Illyrian Kingdom, before ending the day in Tirana. (B, D)

Stay at Sky Tower Hotel (4 star)

Day 8: TIRANA – OHRID (Macedonia)
Your morning sightseeing tour of Tirana includes the massive Skanderbeg Square, Mosque of Et’hem Bey and the National Museum. In the afternoon, depart for Macedonia and the magical town of Ohrid. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Metropol (4 star)

Day 9: OHRID
The lakeside town of Ohrid is a World Heritage site. Your morning tour will include the 11th century St. Sofia Church with its magnificent Byzantine frescoes, and in the afternoon, visit St. Naum Monastery which was built on the shores of Lake Ohrid in 900 AD. (B)

Stay at Hotel Metropol (4 star)

Day 10: OHRID – SKOPJE
After breakfast, travel to Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, where you will have a tour of Kale Fortress, Church of the Holy Saviour, the old bazaar and Stone Bridge. Then drive to the slopes of Vodno Mountain to visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century icons and frescoes. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Karpos (4 star)

Day 11: SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN (Montenegro)
This morning you drive to Kolasin in Montenegro via the impressive Moraca River Canyon. Kolasin is a popular ski resort on the banks of the Tara River and surrounded by thick pine forests of the Bjelasica Mountains. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Bianca (4 star)

Day 12: KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK
Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović. Continuation to Kotor, a UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St Triphon, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik, driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor for a farewell dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Stay at Hotel Ivka (3 star)

Day 13: DUBROVNIK
Your Grand Balkan Tour concludes with a departure airport transfer for your onward journey. (B)

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

Special Feature: Liverpool

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What first comes to mind when you think about the city of Liverpool? It’s the home of The Beatles.

A band loved by generations both young and old, it’s hard not to appreciate the brilliance that made these four lads some of the best musicians of all time.

If you are planning a trip to the UK in 2018, then make a stop in Liverpool to immerse yourself in everything that is the Beatles. Take a ticket to ride on the two hour Magical Mystery Tour and visit all those places Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, The Cavern Club, and their childhood homes.

The main starting point is down at Liverpool’s UNESCO world heritage waterfront at Albert Dock where a permanent display has been set up covering the Beatles story. You can wander around and enjoy the audio guide by John’s sister Julia telling the story of their remarkable success.

Attractions are recreations of the Abbey Road Studios (still hoping one day they will open the actual studio in London to the public for tours), Casbah Coffee Club, and a Yellow Submarine.

Memorabilia such as John’s Imagine glasses positioned on that white piano, the Sgt Pepper outfits, and many guitars used by the group. 2018 will also feature a special Beatles in India exhibit. Transcendental Peace man!

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The Cavern Club was where the band cut its teeth and played over 300 gigs between early 1961 and mid 1963. It still exists as a working club as well as a museum.

Liverpool is embracing its place in music with other attractions being opened. Down at Pier Head, located in the old Cunard building, is the British Music Experience. This was only opened in early 2017 and houses a collection of music history from WW2 through to current day artists like Adele and Coldplay.

Remember to take a ferry on the Mersey and visit the many art galleries that have sprung up in the past few years. Perhaps take a ghost tour or visit Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield Stadium for hopefully a game and sing their great theme song ‘You Never Walk Alone’. Liverpool has over 2,500 listed buildings some housing museums and many public sculptures of significance. Great for the lovers of architecture.

As you can see a few days is well worthwhile in this unique city.

As a suggestion of where to stay, we would recommend the Hard Day’s Night Hotel. It’s in an historic building dating from 1884 and located next to the Cavern Club. A Beatles themed boutique hotel with wall to wall art on display, a fitting match to your whole Beatles experience.

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Current cost for a deluxe double bed room (38 sq – very large) for two nights in summer is $361 total.

So if you are to visit the UK next year, or you’ve got it on the radar for your next upcoming trip, remember to factor in a stay in Liverpool.

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