So Many Ways to Save Now on a Visit to Antarctica

Go for it!Amidst the solitude of Antarctica, adventurous travellers can discover an ethereal landscape that lingers in their memory. Very few have ventured onto this appealingly inaccessible continent, but those who have, rave about the privilege of gazing upon towering mountains, bulky glaciers, and luminous, dreamlike icebergs. Perhaps more than anywhere else, Antarctica reminds those who journey to visit it of the awesome power of nature.

Offering some of the most pristine natural sites in the world, plus the chance to be adventurous by camping on ice, kayaking by huge rookeries of penguins, or simply enjoying the up to 4 daily landings and 18 hours of daylight, the experience that Antarctica offers the globetrotters is unrivaled.

In years past, Antarctica was a destination for the financially well-to-do and those with a true spirit of adventure. One of those two prerequisites has changed – you no longer need to be a Bill Gates or Warren Buffet to travel to one of the world’s last true frontiers. Options now abound to journey to the true downunder destination of Antarctica, as many varying budgets can now be catered to.

Antarctica - Whale Jumping Out of WaterThe options are as varied as the sites and experiences of the continent itself.

2- or 3-Day Fly to Antarctica 2 or 3 Days
Fly to Antarctica, even just for one day!

10-Day Antarctica Express (departs from Punta Arenas)
Fly south to the continent and join a traditional expedition cruise, returning to South America by plane or by ship – crossing the Drake Passage and rounding the horn.

8-Day Falklands Wildlife & Battlefields
Fly to Stanley in the Falkland Islands.

22-Day Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica Explorer
Enjoy a full week in the Falkland Islands – what we consider the next Galapagos Islands – and then journey via South Georgia and the Shetlands to Antarctica.

13-Day Antarctica – Crossing the Circle
Take the traditional route and sail from and return to Ushuaia in Argentina – the southern most city in the world.

Now amongst all these possible travel options, you also have such varied activities and choices when actually visiting Antarctica. Bird watching, ice climbing, kayaking, photography, painting, trekking, and wellness programs all add to your Antarctica experience.

Antarctica - Ice CavesNow is the Time to Book!
Goway is currently offering some amazing early (penguin) bird savings:

SAVE up to $2300 on Antarctica Expeditions
Book before 30 September, 2015, and receive a Free Charter Air and Buenos Aires Hotel package (valued at $1500USD) on the following voyages:
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent (with flights from Buenos Aires)
2015 Departure Dates: November 7, 16, 25 & 28; December 4 & 8
Falklands South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings (with flight from Buenos Aires), Departure Date: December 13, 2015
Crossing the Circle: Southern Expeditions (with flights from Buenos Aires),
Departure Date: December 31, 2015

Antarctica - Take Pics from CruiseshipSAVE up to $9550 on Antartica
Grab this early (penguin) bird savings for the 2016 -2017 Antarctica Express (Departing from Ushuaia), and save up to $7950 USD / $9550 CAD per person.

Savings also available on:
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent (Departs from Buenos Aires)
Antarctica – Crossing the Circle
Antarctica Express (Departs from Punta Arenas),
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Explorer – 22 Days,
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Cruise via Buenos Aires

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Tasmania Named Best Island in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific

Russell Falls Mt Field NP Tasmania_77162272Name the world’s best islands and one could be forgiven for picturing palm trees and coconuts to a Hawaiian themed soundtrack. But according to Travel + Leisure, America’s largest travel magazine brand, Tasmania is the best island in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. What’s more, the readers rated Tassie fourth among the world’s top ten islands.

Tassie locals are known for their friendliness!

Tassie locals are known for their friendliness!

Each year, the Travel + Leisure readers vote for their favourite destinations as part of the World’s Best Annual survey. The island rankings are based on readers’ ratings of five characteristics: natural attractions/beaches, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, and value.

Acting Chief Executive of Tourism Tasmania, Guy Taylor, said that Tasmania’s holiday appeal continues to grow stronger and spread further every day. “Over the past 12 months, Tasmania has received a host of global awards and accolades, and the latest Travel and Leisure announcement is yet another reason why more people should visit Australia’s premium island state.”

The world has awoken to the lure of this island at the world’s edge. Lonely Planet named Tasmania one of the world’s most desirable regions in 2015, and even Chinese President Xi stopped in to say hello. Tasmania invited the world to dinner as part of Restaurant Australia, and it appears visitors are wanting a second helping, coming in numbers never seen before.

At the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, Tasmania collected a record trophy loot and even came home with a newly named Australian Tourism Legend in Rob Pennicott, operator of the Bruny Island Cruise.

So what’s the appeal of Tasmania?

Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, said “In many ways this is an island which really epitomises the essence of Australia’s destination appeal – raw, unspoilt natural beauty, incredible fresh food, wine and culinary experiences, all shared by warm and passionate people.”

Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Historic Site

Just an hour from Melbourne, and 90 minutes from Sydney, Tasmania offers unique tourism experiences. Explore multiple destinations on the small group 5-day Natural Tasmania tour, or do-it-yourself on a Tasmanian self drive experience such as our 9-Day Tasmanian Circle Self Drive. See unique wildlife, on our half day Tasmanian Devils tour, and immerse yourself in history dating back to the early convict settlers on our 3-Day Tassie Convict Stopover. Then there’s the islands off Tasmania – the wildlife haven of Maria, foodie’s paradise of Bruny, and remote allure of Satellite.

We could go on, but it’s a feeling best experienced on the island. Is it the romantic notion of being surrounded by water? Or the mix of four seasons rather than the sweltering island heat of tropical neighbours? Or that two thirds of Tasmania is accessible wilderness? Whatever it is, Tasmania “does island life” a little differently in these parts.

Some lucky Goway agents just returned from a fam trip to Tasmania, and shared their new found knowledge!
FAM Trip Highlights of Tasmania, Australia

Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devil

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Book Thailand’s Indigo Pearl Phuket Resort and Save!

Indigo Pearl Phuket - Main Pool, ThailandIndigo Pearl Phuket is a luxurious beach resort located in Nai Yang Beach, Phuket. Phuket is located in southern Thailand, and is home to palm-fringed beaches, coral reefs and beautiful clear waters. The resort has a lush rainforest backdrop, and features the finest white sand beach.

Indigo Pearl Phuket offers luxury in every room, with 6 room categories from Premium Pearl Bed Suite to Coqoon Spa Suite for the utmost comfort. Enjoy the private and tranquil infinity pools, and experience world class dining which includes rare malts, fresh seafood, tender grilled cuts, exotic cocktails, and New World wines – all within hypnotic surroundings. Pamper yourself at Coqoon Spa, is a cucoon-shaped “nest”, suspended mid-air, featuring eight luxurious treatment rooms. You can arrive and depart in style with Indigo Pearl’s fast track VIP service at the airport.

This luxurious beach resort truly allows guests to enjoy the sun, its white sand beaches, and experience warm Thai service, along with combining its surrounding Thai culture.

A perfect beach escape for newlyweds, honeymooners will be presented with a fruit basket, bottle of sparkling wine, 50% Discount on couples massage, and free round trip transfers.

Save Now!
Right now, we are making this luxurious excursion a bit more affordable for travel between September 1 and October 31, 2015. Book 7 nights and pay for 5 at the Indigo Pearl Phuket, and, for an added value, book 3 nights at Elephant Hills Khao Sok and only pay for 2! Hurry, this offer ends 12pm – August 31, 2015.

Luxury Vacation in Thailand – Save $600!

Elephant Hills Thailand

Elephant Hills

Goway features both the Indigo Pearl Phuket and Elephant Hills Khao Sok in our 12-Day Luxurious Thailand Escape package, which starts by offering 3 nights at the Elephant Hills Jungle Safari Camp, staying in luxury safari tents. Come close to elephants at the camp and explore the surrounding jungle by boat and on foot. Marvel at the unparalleled exotic tropical beauty of the region. After your elephant experience, transfer to the luxurious Indigo Pearl Phuket for 7 nights.

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Gorilla Permit Prices Slashed on Our Uganda Safaris

Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

“Gorilla Trekking offers a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with one of the rarest animals on earth,” says Moira Smith, General Manager of Goway Africa. Half of the world’s mountain gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers awe-inspiring biodiversity in the southwest of Uganda and is dotted by forests and lakes and dominated by the dramatic Virunga mountain range.

Goway offers a number of opportunities for clients to spent time with these elusive mountain gorillas in their own habitat. These include the popular 10-Day Essential Uganda which offers an excellent introduction to the country. Prices start at $USD5760/$CAD7344.

Gorilla Forest Camp lounge area

Gorilla Forest Camp lounge area

Enjoy a luxurious experience at a Stay of Distinction camp on the 4-Day Luxury Gorilla Forest Camp. With frequent visits from the gorillas, up to 4-6 times a month, guests get a really extraordinary camping experience while staying in one of eight tents overlooking the jungle. The luxurious tents contain hardwood floors with a deck supporting a warm comfy bed, and even a bathtub! The camp also has a bar and dining cottage with a raised platform for dining under the stars. We offer this package for $USD2881/$CAD3053, which includes three nights’ accommodations, return airport transfers, all transportation by a comfortable land cruiser jeep, local guides, Batwa tribe experience or community walk or forest walk, laundry, picnic lunches both days of transfers, some meals, and one gorilla permit.

Gorilla plantation, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Gorilla plantation, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Special Offer
Goway is currently offering Gorilla permits for only $350 per person for travel in November 2015 and April & May 2016. That’s a savings of $250 per person off our Uganda safaris.

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New Zealand is Perfect for Groups!

Hollyford Swing Bridge, New ZealandLong been thought of as an “easy, do-it-yourself” place to travel, New Zealand has now been “rediscovered” by group travellers!

Home to “Middle Earth”, the country’s idyllic landscapes of vibrant green hills dotted with sheep, pristine beaches, towering mountains, and glacial-fed streams – all surrounded by lush rainforests – conjure up images of peace, solitude and safety. While all these qualities still exist in abundance, it is also the unique activities born from these assets that sets New Zealand apart for any group traveller.

Bikes and Picnic in Vineyard, New Zealand_99837836For “foodies”, your mouth will water with a private tour to visit local artisan cheese and bread makers, creameries, boutique wineries, and even the local fruit grower. For active Boomers, enjoy the greenery as you play a round or two of golf at private, exclusive courses, or do a walking tour for the day along a fern-laden trail only known by the locals. Movie buffs will discover Hobbiton Movie Set and can explore the hidden locales made famous in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. Sports enthusiasts will want to cheer along with the rugby-mad Kiwis at an All Blacks game.

These are all examples of special interest activities that can only be organized for people travelling in groups. GroupsOnly by Goway has the experience and expertise to make them happen. Let us help you arrange travel itineraries, suitable for your clients’ interests.

New Zealand sample group itinerary

 

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New Zealand Deals Galore – Last Chance to Book!

sheep_and_car_on_road_1, New ZealandANY time is a great time to visit New Zealand!

Goway Travel, in conjunction with Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand is promoting “New Zealand Your Way”, a campaign offering a number of exciting vacation ideas and special offers – all designed to tempt your clients to travel to this breathtaking country, not to mention three great client booking incentives, but hurry – there is just one week left to take advantage of these great deals.

New-ZealandHere are some of the great deals you can offer your clients travelling to New Zealand for travel till 30 Sep ‘15:

  • All pre-planned New Zealand self drive itineraries booked, with clients flying with Air New Zealand are eligible for $50 in free fuel (this is paid in the form of a gift card which clients collect on arrival in New Zealand).
  • Buy three tours, get one tour free – purchase a full day tour in Auckland, Queenstown, and Rotorua, and receive a free half day Auckland sightseeing city tour.
  • Any client booking a New Zealand vacation with at least five nights accommodation and Air New Zealand flights from North America are entitled to claim a $100 Cash Back Incentive.

NZ Maui 2 TS couple on beachNZ Maui 2 TS couple on beachLast, but not least… 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, motorhomes, touring arrangements and more, with vacations ranging from $1799 CAD/$1469 USD pp for a motorhome air & land getaway up to $5999 USD/$7099 CAD for a truly luxurious vacation stay at some of the best luxury lodges in New Zealand.

Click on the link below for more information.

New Zealand On Sale

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Webinar – How to Sell New Zealand

Join us for a webinar on Jul 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT.

Register Now!

Anytime is a great time to visit New Zealand. Learn selling tips and tricks from Goway’s New Zealand expert at our next Downunder webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Escape to Japan All Four Seasons

Golden Pavilion Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto Japan_234815701Japan has always been perceived as a great destination in the spring and summer months. But the fall and winter months are equally conducive to touring this wonderful country.

Imagine awakening in a traditional Japanese inn, or Ryokan, putting on your kimono and looking onto your zen garden

Traditional Japanese inn, or Ryokan

Japan is renowned for its abundance of natural beauty. With approximately 70% of its land covered by mountains, it’s home to thermal hot springs or “onsen”. Over 2,000 hot spring areas are found around the country. They feature accommodation, nestled and isolated in the mountains, ranging from large resorts to quaint inns – known as ryokans, and bed and breakfasts – known as minshukus. For this offering, along with the country’s incredible cities and sites, Japan is a perfect year-round destination.

Two Geishas in Kyoto, Japan

Geishas in Kyoto

In fact, fall and winter are popular times to travel to Japan because there are fewer crowds. Our incredible Japan program line-up allows travel during these months to the same destinations one would enjoy in the spring or summer.

Experience Japan’s two most popular cities on our 7-Day Escape to Japan. Explore the bustling metropolis of Tokyo, and historic city of Kyoto. You will visit Tokyo’s Imperial Palace and Asakusa Kannon Temple. Experience historic Kyoto at the Golden Pavilion, and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of a traditional Geisha.

Snow monkeys

Snow monkeys

Free Snow Monkey Tour
The absolute best time to see these incredible creatures is actually during the fall and winter months! With the exception of Dec 26 – Jan 5, the monkeys can be viewed from the end of November to end of March 2016.

Book a minimum of 5 nights at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo, and Goway will provide you with a full day tour out to Jijokudani Monkey Park in Nagano to see these fascinating Japanese snow monkeys. Watch them, as they relax and frolic in the hot springs. But why should they be the only ones to enjoy a dip in the onsen? All tour participants are also welcomed to enjoy the hot waters of famous Yudanaka Onsen nearby. This full day tour also visits Zenko-ji temple, a national treasure of Japan built over 1400 years ago. That’s a value of $200 per person!

For more information on travel to Japan, please visit us at www.goway.com.

Sensoji-ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo

Sensoji-ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo

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Goway Africa Trade Specials

Special Agent
and Partner
Rates on Goway’s most popular tours:
Agent Selling Rate
in a twin:
Partner
Selling Rate
Agent
Selling rate in a Single
Normal
Selling Rate
14-day World in One Country
Departures:
01 July – 31 Dec 15
$ 1957 $ 2506 $ 2797 $ 3026
15-day South Africa Sampler
Departures:
01 July – 31 Dec 15
$ 1307 $ 1638 $ 1750 $ 2199
14 day East Africa Safari
Departures:
Nov and Dec
$ 3398 $ 6932 $ 4092 $ 10043
7-day Essential Tanzania Departures:
Nov and Dec
$ 1487 $ 3079 $ 1700 $ 3746
8-day Essential Kenya
Departures:
Nov and Dec
$ 1636 $ 3531 $ 2079 $ 4873
8-day Imperial Morocco
First Class Departure:
11 Sep
$ 1043 $1043 $ 1345 $ 2393
8-day Imperial Morocco
Deluxe Departure:
25 Sep
$ 2039 $ 2039 $ 2960 $ 2681
Shongololo Rail Journeys
Make 1 booking – Agents travel free, partner pays 50%
Terms & Conditions
Rates are net to bone fide travel agents. Prices are CAD$. Rates are land only and subject to availability. Some terms and conditions apply.
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Have a Wild Christmas in Africa!

African Lions Masai Mara, KenyaChristmas does not have to be a frosty and wintery affair! Have you ever considered spending Christmas in the warm African sun? Laze on one of the gorgeous white beaches, or spot one of the Big 5 on an exciting African safari. With so much to see and experience, your Christmas present this year will be the unforgettable memories you come back with.

We have a number of tours to Africa departing in December, but seats are limited!

Our 14-Day East Africa Safari December 4th departure still has seats available, but these will sell out quickly at the super special rate of $US6289/$CA6674.

14-Day East Africa Safari Super Special – SAVE up to $1300

Shongololo Express - Train View Exterior, AfricaSee Southern Africa by train on board the Shongololo Express. We are offering 2 for the price of 1 in all cabin categories on the 09 December Southern Cross departure, which starts in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and ends in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2 for 1 on Shongololo Rail Journeys  for 2015

Both specials valid until 12pm – July 31, 2015.

Why not extend and spend Christmas in South Africa’s Mother City, Cape Town.

Cape Town and Table Mountain

Cape Town and Table Mountain

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Kiss a Llama Under the Mistletoe in Peru This Christmas

Llama in Machu Picchu, Peru_22687687Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Cusco are but just a few of Peru’s most famous attractions. Goway’s 13-Day Essential Peru takes in all these sites plus much more, from this popular destination in South America.

Demand for the Essential Peru itinerary continues to increase, as do the requests to travel to Peru over the winter holidays. As such, Goway has structured an Essential Peru departure date arriving into Lima on December 18th. Not only does it takes in all the big Peruvian highlights, it is timed and designed to allow travellers to spend Christmas day in the colonial city and ancient Incan capital of Cusco.

Cusco not only offers a wide range of historic churches for attending a Christmas or church service, but also a religious and very festive atmosphere across this picturesque city. If a church service is not for you, then wander the rarely quiet streets of Cusco on the morning of December 25th.

Plaza de Armas, Cusco

Plaza de Armas, Cusco

Essential Peru allows you to choose between spending New Years in Cusco or Lima, or even be back home in time to celebrate with friends and regal them about the best holiday gift you ever gave yourself – a trip to Peru.

For those needing more flexibility on dates, we offer the 13-Day Essential Peru trip, along with many other customized programs, on departures suitable for every traveller.

Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon

Essential Peru includes all transfers, internal Peru flights plus train and bus tickets, private local guides, accommodation, some meals, guided tour with entrance fee for Machu Picchu, entrance fee for Ollantaytambo Ruins and Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and Reed Islands visit. You can also upgrade your accommodation choices to 4 or 5 star!

A local boy in Ollantaytambo

A local boy in Ollantaytambo

Our 13-Day Essential Peru starts at $3159US / $3282CA per person. For full itinerary information, or to check out other itineraries for Peru, please visit us at www.goway.com.

Here are some other great Peru experiences over the winter holidays:
8-Day Wonders of Peru with Airfare – Save 20%
6-Day Heart of the Incas

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