Say Hello to Brisbane, Australia with Air Canada and Goway

Friends Dining at Stokehouse, River Quay South Bank, Brisbane, AustraliaAs the leading wholesaler for Downunder, we at Goway have an exclusive new idea to tempt travellers to fly non-stop from Canada to Brisbane, Australia. Air Canada is launching non-stop flights from Vancouver to Brisbane starting on the 1st of June 2016, on board a Boeing 787 aircraft. This is great news for both Canadians and Queensland, as this new flight compliments Air Canada’s existing daily service between Vancouver and Sydney.

The 11-Day Brisbane and Great Barrier Reef Escape starts at just $2399 CAD per person and includes round trip airfare from Vancouver to Brisbane, with connecting flights to Cairns, accommodation for 8 nights – 4 nights in Brisbane and 4 nights in Cairns, airport transfers, Brisbane city sightseeing and river cruise, full day tour to Australia Zoo, a full day Great Barrier Reef trip, and full day Rainforest adventure.

Snorkelling, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

With these new daily flights, it’s almost impossible to not include at least one Goway Queensland travel idea in your clients’ vacation itineraries.

C’mon, say G’day Downunder. Book a Goway Australia vacation today and start exploring!

More information about this great vacation escape can be found at Goway.com/HelloBrisbane, but hurry, space is limited and this vacation is going to sell out quickly! Call 888-469-2944 to speak with your favourite Goway agent now or email info@goway.com.

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Discover the Coastal and Aquatic Delights of Australia with Goway

Snorkelling on Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, AustraliaAre your valued clients craving an Australian beach holiday? We at Goway Travel are tempting travellers to discover the coastal and aquatic delights on offer in Australia. Working with Tourism Australia and Virgin Australia, we have created new vacations that include some of Australia’s iconic beach destinations and aquatic wonderlands. There’s beautiful Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, considered one of the world’s best beaches, Bondi and Manly beaches in Sydney, not to mention snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef.

Coastal and Aquatic Delights on Sale Now

Food and Wine in Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia

Dining in Hamilton Island

Along with the world’s most livable cities, it is no secret that Australia is renowned for its great outdoors, nature, and wildlife experiences. From the grandeur of the remote Kimberley – to the Tasmanian wilderness – to bird-watching in Kakadu National Park, there are plenty of ways to experience Australia’s unique wildlife, diverse landscapes, many national parks, and World Heritage areas. As well, the country’s food and wine scene continues to give travellers another reason to choose Australia.

The 11-Day Whitsunday and Sydney Escape starts at just $2799 USD per person and includes a four night stay in Sydney, combined with four nights on beautiful Hamilton Island. Travellers will enjoy a full day Great Barrier Reef cruise, a half day excursion to Whitehaven Beach, entry to Hamilton Island Wild Life to meet native animals like wombats and kangaroos, plus a 5-attraction Sydney iVenture Card that includes entry to 5 top attractions in Sydney.

Bondi Beach Near Sydney, Australia

Bondi Beach in summer

Alternatively, your clients can choose our 13-Day Escape to Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania. This trip starts at $2699 USD per person. Travellers enjoy 4 nights in Sydney, 4 nights in Cairns – gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and 3 very special nights in Tasmania. Highlights include a Great Barrier Reef cruise, Indigenous experience at Tjapukai Cultural Park, and a full day cruising and visiting Tasmania’s Bruny Island.

Tasmanian Devil, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmanian devil

These deals include a variety of bonus offers and value-added extras such as free nights, discounted touring, complimentary breakfast and internet, and more. With constant innovation at the heart of everything they do, Virgin Australia‘s superior products and award-winning service set them apart from their competitors and lets all guests enjoy a world-class experience on every flight.

For more information on these Australia offers, or other travel ideas, refer to our Goway Downunder brochure, call 1-888-469-2944, or visit us at www.goway.com.

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Great Barrier Reef Aerial View, Queensland, Australia

Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef

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New Zealand Your Way

Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand - Credit - Miz Watanabe

Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand | Credit: Miz Watanabe

Goway Travel, in conjunction with Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand is excited to announce the launch of “New Zealand Your Way”, a brand new marketing campaign offering a number of exciting vacation ideas and special offers to tempt Globetrotters to travel to this breathtaking country, not to mention some great booking incentives.

All pre-planned New Zealand self-drive itineraries that are booked for your clients flying with Air New Zealand from North America are eligible for $50 in free fuel (paid in the form of a prepaid Visa card).

Every air- and land- inclusive New Zealand vacation with international Air New Zealand flights from North America that are booked for travel in low season 1 Apr – 31 Oct ‘16, will be eligible to receive a $100 rebate.

PLUS, for two weeks only, Goway is offering a special Flash Sale on the 10-Day Auckland and Queenstown Adventure. From just $1979 USD/$2399 CAD, travellers enjoy round trip airfare with Air New Zealand, 4 nights in Auckland and 4 nights in Queenstown – all at fantastic pricing – exclusive to Goway.

Auckland Skyline At Night, New Zealand

Auckland skyline at night

In conjunction with any independent, escorted, or self-drive vacations, Goway is offering great Air New Zealand airfares and some great deals on a range of hotels, cars, touring arrangements, and more, with vacations starting at $1999 USD pp for a 11-Day North Island Self Drive Vacation. You can also enjoy free nights and free breakfast deals on the 13-Day Discover Auckland, Queenstown and Rotorua Vacation from $2769USD.

For more information on these great New Zealand travel ideas visit www.goway.com/nzonsale, or contact your favourite Goway Consultant now by phone at 888-469-2944, or email info@goway.com.

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Five Reasons to Send Your Clients to the Maldives

Welcome to the Maldives

Welcome to the Maldives

The Maldives archipelago located off the south west coast of India is a hundred little pieces of paradise! If your clients are looking for beautiful island resorts, incredible marine life, pristine beaches and friendly locates, then a Maldives vacation is the perfect spot. If you’re not convinced, here’s five reasons you should send your clients to the Maldives.

The Maldive's Seaplane's are a fun way to arrive

The Maldive’s Seaplane’s are a fun way to arrive

1. Getting there is half the fun!
Once travellers have arrived in the international airport in the capital Male, they’ll need to take either a small seaplane or speedboat to get to their resort. The convenient speedboat is available for resorts usually less than 15km away and shows off the beauty of the islands up close. If travellers are in a seaplane, this is their opportunity to get incredible aerial views of the islands and the pristine Indian ocean.

2. Ideal Weather
The Maldives is known for having perfect holiday weather, whether you’re clients are seeking to relax on a beach on their honeymoon or planning to go diving deep into the ocean, and it’s a great place to escape to during the North American winter. The islands experience tropical temperatures with an average of 28°C or 82°F. The dry season is generally between October to April, and the rainy season between end of April and October, but you can visit year-round. Note the best time to get a hotel deal is between May and September.

maldives3. Oh-So-Fine Luxury
The Maldives boast some of the finest luxury hotels and resorts in the world and many islands are made up of just one private resort. While there are a few moderate accommodation options, most of the resorts here are five-star and upscale. Expect to see overwater bungalows, high-end dining, large suites, and luxurious spas in many resorts. The Maldives is perfect for your VIP and high-end clientele.

4. Bring the Kids!
The Maldives is known as a perfect place for romance, whether clients are celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary or having a destination wedding. But the country is also becoming a popular spot for families. Many resorts cater specifically to family holidays, offering all-inclusive options, kid’s clubs, child-friendly menus, baby-sitting services, and family-style rooms. We suggest for families with young children, sell a resort not too far from the mainland to keep transfer times to a minimum.

5. Some of the Best Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
There is an amazing array of life under water in the Maldives archipelago: corals and over 2,000 species of fish, ranging from colourful reef fish to whale sharks, sea turtles, eels, manta rays, stingray, and eagle rays. It’s no surprise the Maldives has become one of the world’s premier scuba diving and snorkeling destinations.

More information and travel ideas:
Maldives Country Info
Dubai and Maldives Escape
*Special* Maldives Escape Including Airfare

Anantara Maldives

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Plan Your Group Around International Festivals and Celebrations

Group of People Silhouette Enjoy Watching Firework Show in the Night SkyEvery country has its annual festivals and celebrations that attract visitors from all over the world. In some years, there may even be an extra special one-time anniversary for a unique historical event that is worth honouring or celebrating.

Here are some of our favorite annual events and anniversaries to include as “wow” factors in your groups’ itineraries:

Truffle Festivals
Where: Italy
When: October and November
This is an ANNUAL event.

Harvesting white truffles, Italy

Harvesting white truffles

October is a great month for Italian food festivals, especially mushrooms, chestnuts, chocolate, and truffles. On October weekends, you’ll find fall food festivals and wine harvest celebrations all over Italy. Slow Food’s big International Food Event is in October and World Pasta Day is the fourth Sunday in October.

Going to a truffle fair is worthwhile, even if you don’t want to buy truffles. The scent of fresh truffles fills the air and there are locally-made truffle dishes to try. There’s often entertainment and concession stands selling local foods such as cheese, salami, honey, and wine.

Piedmont – Alba’s white truffle fair and market, one of the best in Italy, takes place on weekends from early October through mid-November. Besides the truffle market and fair, there is lots of entertainment. Events start with a night of concerts and gastronomic stands and end with the truffle world auction and a white truffle walk for tourists.

Tuscany – San Miniato Truffle Fair, La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco, is held in the medieval hill town of San Miniato on the second, third and fourth weekends in November. 25% of Italy’s white truffles are produced in this territory and November is the heart of truffle gathering season. There are food and craft stands and entertainment and restaurants will feature reasonably priced truffle menus. If you haven’t had truffles, this is a great place to get an introduction.

Sample Group Itinerary:
Tuscany Gourmet Delight

Calendar of Events – Culinary

White Truffles and Red Wine Display from Piedmont with view of the Vineyards and Castle of Grinzane Cavour, Italy

White truffles and red wine display from Piedmont with view of the vineyards and castle of Grinzane Cavour

Pushkar Camel Fair
Where: Pushkar, India
When: November
This is an ANNUAL event.

Held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences, a spectacle on an epic scale, attracting more than 11,000 camels, horses, and cattle, and visited by over 400,000 people over a period of around 14 days. For visitors it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour and carnival-like atmosphere of one of the last great traditional melas, which brings livestock, farmers, traders, and villagers together from all over Rajasthan.

Your group can even sleep in deluxe tents on site to get an in-depth cultural immersion into this historic festival.

Groups Calendar of Events – Arts, Culture & History

Decorated Camel at Pushkar Camel Fair. Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

Decorated camel at Pushkar Camel Fair

2017 The anniversary of the Reformation
Where: Wittenberg, Germany
When: October 31, 2017

Although the anniversary year, “500 years of the Reformation” will be celebrated worldwide over the next 2 years with ecclesiastical and cultural events, conferences and large exhibitions, the pinnacle of the Luther decade (2008-2017), and the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the nailing of the theses, with which Luther set the Reformation in motion. This will be held in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 2017. Exhibitions, concerts, church services, festivals, and theatre productions will highlight the importance of the Reformation and the role Martin Luther played in the places he lived and worked.

Groups Calendar of Events – Faith-Based Celebrations

Market Square in Wittenberg, with Monuments of Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon, Germany

Market Square in Wittenberg with monuments of Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon

Melbourne Cup
Where: Melbourne, Australia
When: November
This is an ANNUAL event.

It is no exaggeration to say that the Melbourne Cup is the “race that stops the nation”. On the first Tuesday of November each year, Australians tune in by radio and television or in person to Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, for the running of the 3,200 metre thoroughbred horse race, which is televised to over 350 million people.

Groups Calendar of Events – Sporting

Horse racing, Melbourne Cup, Australia - Credit: Tourism Australia

Horse racing at the Melbourne Cup | Credit: Tourism Australia

Chiang Mai Flower Festival
Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand
When: February
This is an ANNUAL event.

During the fragrant Chiang Mai Flower Festival, sculptures of temples, animals, and even scenes from the Ramayana (Hindu stories of the Gods) are made from flowers and paraded through the streets of this beautiful northern city. It’s a real treat to watch, since more than 3000 species of orchid are in bloom and many of these are on display. Look out for the Damask Rose, a special variety found in Chiang Mai, as well as yellow and white chrysanthemums. Apart from the parades themselves, there are endless floral displays, local handicrafts sales, and beauty pageants.

The north part of Thailand is famous for an abundance of flowering plants, especially temperate zone species, which burst into full bloom towards the end of the cool season. Chiang Mai, also known as the “Rose of the North”, feels like a beautiful, slow-paced northern town even though it is the second-largest in Thailand.

Groups Calendar of Events – Agricultural & Floral

Wheel of a Cart is Made from Flowers, Chiang Mai Flower Festival, Thailand

Wheel of cart made from flowers at Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Rio Carnival
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When: February
This is an ANNUAL event.

Rio Carnival is a wild, 4-day celebration held 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on Saturday and finishes on Fat Tuesday, with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, after which one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. Carnival, with all its excesses, and celebrated as a profane event, can be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. It usually happens in February, the hottest month in the southern hemisphere, when the Rio summer is at its peak. There are carnival celebrations in virtually every corner of Brazil, the best-known ones taking place in Recife, together with the neighbouring Olinda (in the North of Brazil) and Salvador. But the biggest and most famous carnival is undoubtedly the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Groups Calendar of Events – Arts, Culture & History

Samba Dancer Rio Carnival, Sambadome, Rio, Brazil

Samba Dancers in Sambadome during Carnival, Rio

Mt. Hagen Sing Sing
Where: Mt. Hagen, Papua New Guinea
When: August
This is an ANNUAL event.

Each year in August, Mount Hagen hosts the Mount Hagen Cultural Show, one of the largest cultural events in Papua New Guinea. Various regional, provincial, and even national tribal dance groups gather to celebrate their cultural heritage in the form of sing-sing. The colours, the headresses, the face paintings, and the sheer amazing spectacle of it all will take your breath away! Mt. Hagen is the third largest city in Papua New Guinea, located in the lush Wahgi Valley, and is the capital of the Western Highlands Province. It is accessible by scheduled daily flights from Port Moresby.

Sample Group Itinerary:
Papua New Guinea: A Cultural Immersion

Groups Calendar of Events – Arts, Culture & History

Papua New Guinea - Tribal Dancers with Tourists

Tribal dancers with tourists

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Brazil’s Top 10 Itineraries for Sellers

Buildings at the Waterfront with Christ The Redeemer Statue in the Background, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilA land of immense size bordering every other country of the South American continent except Chile and Ecuador, Brazil is a country of varying contrasts, with a multitude of influences from Indigenous American, Spanish, Portuguese, European, and African cultures.

Equally contrasting are the various natural geographical zones. Two of Brazil’s biggest are the largest rainforest in the world – the Amazon jungle, and the Amazon River, which almost dissects the South American continent in two. There is also the Gran Savannah, bordering Venezuela; the tropical delight of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago; and the famous beaches of Recife and Olinda. Finally, looking southward, is one of largest waterfalls in the world – Iguassu Falls, and the wildlife-laden wetlands of the Pantanal in western Brazil.

Iguassu Falls, Brazil

Iguassu Falls

Yacare Caiman Crocodiles Floating in the Pantanal Wetlands, Brazil

Yacare caiman crocodiles floating in the Pantanal wetlands

2016 sees Rio de Janeiro hosting the Summer Olympic Games. Steeped in history, old and new, the Olympic Games are one of the world’s most recognizable events. Have your clients travel as a VIP guest with confirmed 3 or 4 star accommodation, VIP transfers to and from events, preferred seating at events, snacks at events, and entrance to select sporting events.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

To give you some ideas as starting points for including Brazil in your client’s next travel arrangements, here’s a quick look at some of Goway’s top selling product in Brazil.

1. 4-Day Rio Jewel in the Crown

2. 8-Day Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro

3. 8-Day Amazon River Cruise

4. 4-Day Amazon River Cruise

5. 3-Day Iguassu Falls Both Sides

6. 8-Day Mountains Rivers & Waterfalls

7. 6-Day Rio Carnaval

8. 3-Day Buzios Beach Getaway

9. 4-Day Fernando de Noronha

10. 3-Day Colonial Salvador

Brazil is a wondrous country, offering natural and cultural wealth, great sights, impressive sounds, and an underlying vibrant pulse that will impress every traveller who has the fortune to visit.

Couple in a Canoe in the Amazon, Brazil

Exploring the Brazilian Amazon by canoe

Weather: Most of Brazil can be visited comfortably throughout the year. It is only the south which can be quite hot and humid in summer (December – February) and rainy in winter (June – August). The rest of the country experiences brief tropical rains throughout the year, which rarely affect travel plans. The Brazilian summer is the most festive time of year.

Visas: A visa is required for US and Canadian passport holders. There is a visa exception for those visiting Brazil from June 1 to September 18, for stays up to 90 days. Please contact the Brazilian consulate for the latest requirements.

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Announcing the Winner of our Luxury Thailand Campaign

Longtailed Boats in ThailandGoway, in conjunction with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Etihad Airways, launched a campaign during the fall booking period of 2015, geared to encourage agents to book luxury vacations to Thailand. Any booking with a minimum of 5 nights in a 5 star Thailand resort, deposited between August 1 and Oct 31, 2015, was eligible to win.

We offer a variety of Thailand vacations, highlighting the destination as being perfect for the luxury market, yet offered at affordable prices.

“Not only is this a destination that sells itself, it also offers a lot of luxury properties, at prices more competitive than many other destinations, and that was the message we were sending with this campaign,” commented Diane Molzan, General Manager of Asia for Goway Travel.

“From a price point level, it’s an easy up-sell to have clients who might normally travel as first class or 4 star clients, to consider a 5 star luxury vacation instead. Thailand has some of the most beautiful and luxurious properties in the world. Paired with the fact that the “Land of Smiles” delivers customer service beyond reproach, it’s hard to believe that many of the 5 star properties cost as little as they do.”

“Everyone wants value for money,” continues Molzan, “and Thailand delivers.”

Nona Mounir from Divine Destinations Wedding, Granite Bay, California Along with Steve Spurlock, Goway’s BDM for the Pacific Northwest

Lucky winner, Nona Mounir from Divine Destinations Wedding, Granite Bay, California, along with Steve Spurlock, Goway’s BDM for the Pacific Northwest

From a logistical point of view, Goway offers live availability for all of the Thailand properties that we offer. This means agents can call and confirm their booking on the same day. There is no having to wait for days to get confirmations – a wonderful advantage for agents to close the sale.

The campaign was a huge success with record entries for a luxury campaign by Goway. The winner of the incentive was announced last week as Nona Mounir of Divine Destinations Weddings, Granite Bay, California. Nona booked a combination of stays at the stunning Anantara Bangkok Riverside Spa & Resort in Bangkok, the luxurious Indigo Pearl in Phuket, and the beautiful Muang Samui Spa Resort on the island of Koh Samui.

Nona wins an incredible luxury Thailand trip for both herself and a companion, including 5 nights at the beautiful 5 star Avista Hideway Resort and Spa Phuket, along with 2 Business Class tickets with Etihad Airways.

To see all our Thailand travel ideas on offer, please visit us at www.goway.com.

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Introducing Our New Downunder Brochure for 2016-17!

Downunder Brochure Cover 2016-17After months of hard work, Goway is excited to announce the launch of our brand new 2016-17 Downunder brochure, North America’s most comprehensive travel guide to DOWNUNDER (Australia, New Zealand, and the Islands of the South Pacific).

This award-winning brochure features every possible style of travel imaginable! From private touring to cruises, family vacations to Australian and New Zealand working holidays and VIP Travel arrangements, and everything in between! Here are some new highlights for the upcoming ’16-17 season:

  • A refreshed and updated range of South Pacific Holiday of a Lifetime vacations. Discover Papua New Guinea has two departure dates – 13 Sep ’16 and 11 Apr ’17. It is slightly shorter than last year’s but has even more cultural sightseeing included. Fully escorted from North America, this is a 12-day once in a lifetime, small group experience to a unique destination.
  • The Waltzing Matilda itinerary has some great new inclusions, including a special dinner at Tjapukai Cultural Park, a new Great Barrier Reef Cruise, and some great new hotels for ’16-17.
  • An exciting new Snowbird Vacation! In addition to our Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, New Zealand, and Cook Island Snowbird Longstay ideas, we are pleased to introduce North of Sydney, covering Australia’s Central Coast. The Central Coast is just over an hour north of Sydney. The Mantra Ettalong is a gorgeous beachfront resort situated in a lovely seaside village – the perfect winter escape from our long cold winters.
Snowbird Resort - Mantra Ettalong Beach Resort at Dusk, Australia

Mantra Ettalong Beach Resort at dusk

  • To cater for an increasing market for health, wellness and nature-based travel ideas, we have created a new style of travel we call ‘Goway Nature Experience’. Paperbark Camp is a safari style tented camp just two hours south of Sydney. It offers fine food and wine, comfy canvas tents, and a peaceful bush setting. Bells at Killcare is a little more upmarket and where the Hamptons meets coastal Australia – with luxury accommodation and gourmet food and wine.
Paperbark Camp - Goway Wellness Experience, Australia

Paperbark Camp

  • We are reintroducing Broken Hill – the Accessible Outback. Originally founded as a mining town and now known as the Hollywood of the Outback, Broken Hill is a fascinating Outback experience, easily accessible from Sydney – experience underground mining life, indigenous experiences, and some truly fantastic Outback scenery.
  • Sydney Outdoors – a new independent travel idea for Sydney, designed to get the blood pumping – enjoy kayaking, hiking, a Sydney Bridge Climb, and sightseeing by bicycle.
  • Speaking of getting your blood pumping, get a thrill with the Swim with Great White Sharks tour in Port Lincoln, South Australia. See these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat from the safety of an underwater viewing chamber if you want to stay dry, or a shark cage for a little more excitement.
  • A new Barossa Valley Wine Country tour lets visitors enjoy a day’s wine tour and night in the Barossa Valley, before returning to Adelaide.
  • Brand new, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is a visit to the Field of Light Art Installation at Ayers Rock. Artist Bruce Munro has designed the Field of Light, 50,000 frosted glass spheres gently light the desert floor at dawn and at dusk, guests can immerse themselves in a number of ways with sunrise and sunset touring options including dinners, camel rides, and more.
Field of Light with Ayers Rock Silhouette, Australia

Field of Light

  • A new indigenous experience from Darwin – the Ultimate Tiwi Islands. Operating between June and September, a lucky few will be able to immerse themselves in this very special Indigenous experience
  • Two new luxury travel ideas – Solitaire Lodge in Rotorua, New Zealand and Orpheus Island in the Whitsundays, Australia
Orpheus Island in the Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia

Orpheus Island in the Whitsundays

Our 132-page DOWNUNDER brochure proudly offers over 450 travel ideas, and is designed to inspire travellers of all styles. For more information or to book, email info@goway.com, visit our website at www.goway.com to order your copy now or see it online, or call toll-free (888) 469-2944.

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South America’s Leading High-End Cruises

Penguins in Galapagos, Ecuador with Grand Odyssey in BackgroundThe South America perception of old is – well – exactly that – old. The “new” South America is one of prospering economies, improving infrastructure, improved tourism services, and ever increasing availability of mid to high-end and luxury properties and services. In line with recognizing the importance tourism plays throughout South America, many countries are now catering to travellers who seek higher levels of comfort when they explore. Nowhere is this move to providing luxurious experiences more evident than on the exclusive cruises of South America.

From the Galapagos Islands to the Amazon River, and the Southern Fjords of Patagonia,  cruise providers throughout the Americas have more than kept pace with the demands of the high-end, discerning traveller.

Ecuador’s Galapagos Cruises
Ask anyone who’s been there, a trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador is memorable, even if you were to journey there in a life raft. The proximity with which you interact with the islands’ wildlife is unprecedented. The views, the history, and the influence the islands and its most famous visitor, Charles Darwin, has had on the world, is immeasurable. But visiting this remote region while cruising on one of our 5 star luxury vessels adds icing to that Galapagos cake.

Suggested Cruises:
10-Day Cruising Galapagos (M/Y Galapagos Sea Star)
10-Day Cruising the Galapagos (Silversea)
4-Day Cruising Galapagos (M/V Cormorant)

Silversea Cruise Galapagos, Ecuador

Silversea, Galapagos

Amazon Cruises
The Amazon – the world’s largest rain forest and considered the “lung of the earth” – cuts through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and of course, Brazil. In most of these countries there exists the chance to cruise these immense waters in opulent luxury.

Peru’s Amazon River Cruises: Journey from northern Peru on board the Delfin I or Delfin II. Delfin cruises take you one step beyond luxury, where comfort and grace combine effortlessly with the surrounding wilderness in the most unique and personalized vessels ever to cruise the Amazon River. In a setting of elegance and world-class hospitality, this classic river vessel features 4 spacious deluxe suites, all of them with private terraces and two of them with private whirlpool baths.

Suggested Cruises:
4-Day Luxury Cruising in the Amazon Delfin

Delfin and Delfin II Sister Ships, Amazon, Peru

Delfin and Delfin II sister ships

Brazil’s Amazon River Cruises: In heart of the Brazilian Amazon is a world of unique natural peculiarity. There lies the confluence of the Solimões River and the Negro River, a meeting of waters downstream from which the Amazon River is called by its own name until it reaches its outpouring on the Atlantic coast of Brazil. It is precisely there, at that crossroad, in the city of Manaus, that the Iberostar river boat is based. Considered a floating hotel, this 5-star, all inclusive, luxury floating vessel takes you on journeys deep into the world’s largest and most famous rainforest – the Amazon! Cabin-suites, individual private balconies, full baths, personalized service, a convention room, local cuisine, activities, excursions… all aboard for splendour!

Suggested Cruise:
4-Day Amazon Cruise – Iberostar River Boat

The Iberostar Amazon Cruise Ship

The Iberostar Amazon Cruise Ship

Tierra Del Fuego and Cape Horn Expedition Cruises
As you head to the end of the world and Patagonia, luxury on the water takes a life of its own with the region’s top vessels. The southernmost region of the world is where the expedition cruise ship, Stella Australis takes you on legendary maritime routes to “relive” the history of navigators and aborigines. In this seemingly unexplored part of the American continent, a beautiful and untameable region unlike any other, sail through the legendary Strait of Magellan, along channels, bays and fjords, passing glaciers, snow-capped peaks, islands and unexplored forests of incomparable beauty.

Indulge in first class travel in Chile on board, where you have an opportunity to relax on the spacious ship, with a beautiful atmosphere and fine dining. Before you embark on your Patagonia adventure, enjoy the comfort of cabins that provide you with incredible ocean views and lavish decor. You won’t even miss the gym on your Patagonia vacation as the ships contain an on-board fitness centre. Daily shore excursions led by professional guides will allow you to explore nature from up close, and give you an idea of the history and harsh conditions of the early inhabitants in Patagonia.

Stella Australis Ship with Rafter, Patagonia, Chile

Stella Australis, Patagonia

The long and vast water ways in and around South America offer the highest level of small vessel luxury cruising. Add to this – private transfers, 24/7 concierge service*, traveller’s assistance*, and a wide choice of pre- and post-cruise accommodation choices, and you have a top-notch, VIP-level cruising experience with Goway Travel.

*Applicable to certain countries and travel product only

Central & South America: Cruises & Sailing

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Tahiti is on Sale!

Manava Suites, Papeete, TahitiGoway has just launched some amazing value vacation ideas to Tahiti (French Polynesia) that we’re certain your clients will love.

The Tahiti Sampler, priced at $1398 US per person, is on sale only until January 31, 2016 and includes 5 nights at the 4-star Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort in an ocean front room, roundtrip airfare with Air Tahiti Nui, airline taxes, roundtrip transfers, and Parisian breakfast. This incredible deal is available only in US dollars (but of course, Canadian clients may purchase) for travel on set departure dates between February and May 2016 (sorry, no extensions allowed). For an additional $100 per person, clients can upgrade their hotel to Le Meridien Tahiti, InterContinental Tahiti, or Manava Suites Tahiti. Goway can assist with booking your clients’ excursions, or room upgrades. Hurry, space is limited!

Pool and Beach at Manava Suites Resort, Papeete, Tahiti

Manava Suites Resort pool and beach

Goway also is offering a Luxury Bora Bora package for $2998 US/$4698 CA per person, which includes 5 nights in an Overwater Bungalow at the 5-star Sofitel Private Island Resort. The resort is set on a private motu (island) with crystal clear turquoise lagoons, and endless views of Bora Bora’s beautiful Mount Otemanu. In the overwater bungalow room category, guests will have direct lagoon access, king sized bed, and an outside shower. The resort also features free Wi-Fi, free airport transfers, and a free minibar – refilled daily. The vacation special includes daily breakfast, one complimentary dinner for two, and roundtrip airfare with Air Tahiti Nui, airline taxes, and roundtrip transfers. This package includes hotel savings of 35%!

Sofitel Bora Bora Overwater Bungalows, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Sofitel Bora Bora overwater bungalows

The Tahiti Mix and Match vacation idea features a choice of 5 nights at the Pearl Resort Moorea in Moorea or the Manava Suites Tahiti in Papeete, on the island of Tahiti, along with roundtrip airfare with Air Tahiti Nui, airline taxes, transfers, and daily breakfast. This vacation idea can be extended, or customized to suit your client’s needs.

View of Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort, Papeete, Tahiti

Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

Tahiti Sampler – Offer valid until January 31, 2016

Luxury Bora Bora – Offer valid until April 15, 2016

Tahiti Mix and Match – Offer valid until April 15, 2016

For more information on these tours and other Idyllic Islands special offers, please contact us by phone at 800-667-6601, by email at info@goway.com, or visit our website at www.goway.com.

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