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Jun 2019: Latest Travel News & Specials – Vietnam


Winter is certainly setting in now! Fortunately, travel deals are coming through thick and fast, so there are plenty of options if it's time to book your next escape!

I've picked out a couple of fantastic Vietnam tours, the 7-night tour is one for the foodies with a street food night tour by Vespa. The 10-night tour takes you from Saigon to Hanoi ending in stunning Halong Bay!

The Air New Zealand Adventure Awaits sale is on now, I've listed below special fares to the USA, UK, Asia & Australia.

The Oscars of the airline industry, the Skytrax airline awards, were announced earlier this month. The big winner was Qatar Airways who have been awarded World's Best Airline, ending Singapore Airlines four-year streak. The full list of winners can be found below.

Finally, there's been a bit in the news lately about Cuba. I've outlined what it means for Kiwi travellers below.
 
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Vietnam

Saigon to Hoi An

7 nights from $1783, per person, twin share*

4.5 Star accommodation through beautiful Vietnam. Saigon – Hoi An. Includes incredible activities like Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour, a Saigon Foodie tour by Vespa, a cooking class and more!


Includes: 
  • Accommodation as listed. 
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary. 
  • English speaking local guides (one place = one guide) 
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles 
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Internal flight Saigon – Hue 
*Terms and Conditions Apply, Sale Ends 31 August 2019.

Saigon – Hue – Hoi An – Hanoi – Halong bay

10 nights from $2298, per person, twin share*

4 Star Accommodation; Saigon – Hue – Hoi An – Hanoi – Halong Bay. Includes incredible activities like Hanoi Walking street food tour, Day tour with local guide on boat, a Water Puppet show and more!


Includes:
  • Accommodation as listed. 
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary. 
  • English speaking local guides (one place = one guide) 
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles 
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Internal flights Saigon – Hue & Da Nang – Hanoi 
*Terms and Conditions Apply, Sale Ends 31 August 2019.

Skytrax Airline Awards 2019


Qatar Airways was the big winner on the night, taking out the World's Best Airline Award, along with the World's Best Business Class and Business Class Seat - as well as a whole host of regional awards. 

Air New Zealand picked up Best Premium Economy and Best Cabin Cleanliness in the Australia/Pacific region but was beaten by Qantas for Best Airline Australia/Pacific.

The Skytrax rankings are based on an annual survey of more than 20 million passengers.

See the full list of awards by airline here

Atacama To Cape Horn

Tour South America in Luxury! Explore the Atacama desert in Chile's north, explores wild national parks including Torres del Paine and cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, via the Cape Horn!
 
14 Days From $12,486per person, twin share*
 
Includes:
  • 9 nights at five star hotels 
  • 4 nights onboard the Stella or Ventus cruise ships 
  • Daily breakfast, 9 lunches & 10 dinners 
  • Alto Atacama: Two regular Half Day or 1 regular Full Day 
  • excursion per day in small groups 
  • Singular Patagonia: a selection of daily expeditions 
  • Patagonia Cruise: Daily land excursions 
  • All airport transfers 
*Terms and Conditions Apply, Sale Ends 31 July 2019.

Adventure Awaits With Air New Zealand


USA - Flying Air New Zealand
New York from $949 per person one way*
San Francisco from $649 per person one way*
Los Angeles from $649 per person one way*

UK - Flying Air New Zealand
London from $869 per person one way*

Asia - Flying Air New Zealand
Phuket from 609 per person one way*

Australia - Flying Air New Zealand
Adelaide from $284 per person one way*
Melbourne from $194 per person one way*
Sydney from $194 per person one way*

*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale ends 1 July 2019.

More Travel Deals

Grand Circle - Hobart Roundtrip: Self Drive Holiday


Visit all of the must see destinations of Tasmania including the unspoilt beaches of Tasmania’s East Coast, Cradle Mountain in the north and the bustling cities of Launceston and Hobart.

Day 1: Hobart
Day 2: Hobart to Strahan (300km)
Day 3: Strahan to Cradle Mountain National Park (138km)
Day 4: Cradle Mountain National Park
Day 5: Cradle Mountain National Park to Launceston (142km)
Day 6: Launceston to St Helens (160km)
Day 7: St Helens to Freycinet National Park (108km)
Day 8: Freycinet National Park
Day 9: Freycinet National Park to Hobart (185km)
Day 10: Hobart

Valid for travel 1 October 19 - 31 March 20

9 Nights From $1869, per person, twin share*

Includes: 
  • 9 nights accommodation 
  • 9 days compact car rental with GPS 
EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU: 
  • Co-Pilot Kit including a backpack, road atlas, city maps, driving instructions and location information.
  • Kids Backpacks including colouring book and pencils
*Terms and Conditions Apply, Sale Ends 30 September 2019.

Castaway Island, Fiji Double Your Happiness


One of Fiji's most popular island resorts, Castaway Island has a magic all of its own. The island is covered with lush tropical vegetation and surrounded by white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs. Castaway has 66 thatched roof bures, with high vaulted ceilings in traditional Fijian style.
 
4 nights from $1979, per person, twin share*

Includes :
  • Return airport/launch transfers as required 
  • All Meals at Castaway Island
  • Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment & Non-motorised water sports equipment 

A choice of 2 PASS to HAPPINESS Value add offers

  • FAMILY PASS
  • AQUA PASS
  • R&R PASS
  • ADVENTURE PASS 
  • DIVE PASS
*Terms and Conditions Apply, Sale Ends 31 July 2019.

Hamilton Island's Reef View Hotel


The Reef View Hotel offers modern and extremely spacious rooms, all with private balconies and Catseye Beach is just a short stroll away. The hotel has its own swimming pool, lounge, restaurant and business centre. Reef View Hotel guests gain complimentary access to the island's Sports Club. 
 
5 nights from $919, per person, twin share*

Includes:
  • Return Hamilton Island Marina to hotel transfers 
  • Full breakfast daily 
  • Use of catamarans, windsurfers and snorkel equipment
  • Use of the gym, spa, sauna and tennis court 
  • Unlimited use of the daily scheduled "Island Shuttle" service between 7am - 11pm
  • FREE Wi-Fi


 
*Terms and Conditions Apply, Sale Ends 31 August 2019.

What's Going On With Cuba?


Earlier this month, the US Government announced new travel restrictions for Cuba that impacts travel from the USA. These new restrictions have ended flights on the direct services to/from Cuba on US airlines, as well as cruises to (or stopping in) Cuba from the USA.

Travel via other countries (eg Mexico and Peru) remains unaffected, and a huge range of Cuba itineraries are very much on the go, so don't cross Cuba off your bucket list just yet! 
*Wide Eyed Terms and Conditions: Itinerary flight times, hotels and other services are subject to availability and may change unexpectedly. Wide eyed tours will endeavor to keep any disruption to a minimum but on these occasions it is largely out of our control. Deposit & balance: a non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required upon confirmation of your booking. The balance is due 45 days prior to departure. If you fail to pay by the due date we reserve the right to cancel your booking and retain your deposit. If you make a booking less than 30 days prior to departure, full payment is due immediately. Amendments: up to 21 days prior to departure, three amendments per booking are permitted free of charge. For all subsequent changes there will be an amendment fee of $50 per change. Cancellation: cancellation fees apply to all cancelled reservations. The fee is determined by the date written cancellation is received by wide eyed tours. Cancellation charges are as follows: days before departure: more than 30 days - loss of deposit. 30 or less days – 100% of total booking cost

*Viva Expeditions: Conditions: Prices advertised are NZD but based on USD and so are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. Based on twin-share and correct on 17 April 2019. Prices are subject to change and subject to availability at time of booking. Supplement for January departures is $850 per person due to high season. internal flights within South America are included. Price is based on specific flights and classes being available and so price is subject to change due to availability. 

Air New Zealand Adventure Awaits Sale *Terms & conditions apply. Prices are correct as at 24 June 2019. Valid for sales until 01 July 2019, unless withdrawn or sold out earlier. Prices are per person based on One-way Air New Zealand Economy Class airfares from Auckland, Wellington (via Auckland) and Christchurch (via Auckland) on Air New Zealand operated services only. Contact us for prices for travel from all other New Zealand Domestic airports. Travel dates and black out periods apply. See specific deals for details. Travel dates and fares outside of advertised period are also available. Prices include all relevant fuel, airport and government taxes. An additional of $30 applies for outbound travel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Airfares are non-transferable. Capacity limitations apply and may not be available on all services. General Conditions: Prices are correct at time of printing, subject to availability, currency fluctuation & may be amended or withdrawn at any time without notice. Fare is non-refundable and amendment fees apply. One stopover permitted within New Zealand at NZD50 where routing permits - additional charges may apply. Seasonal surcharges may apply depending on date of travel. Limited or no availability on certain dates. 


*Grand CircleIt is our policy to present the cost of our holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices. Valid for sales to 30 Sep 2019. Valid for travel commenced and completed within the period 1 Oct 2019 to 31 Mar 2020 (unless otherwise specified). Minimum 9 nights.Subject to availability. Land only, airfares are additional. Rental car is operated by Avis. Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres, VRF (Vehicle Registration fee), CRF (Concession Recovery Fee), PLS (Premium Location Surcharge), LDW (Loss Damage Waiver), Super Excess Reduction (NIL excess), GPS, one way fee (if applicable), admin fees and GST. Rental car excludes: Fuel and optional extras. Rental car must be dropped off by the same time as it was picked up on Day 1 to avoid any additional charges. Standard Avis terms and conditions apply. Please note there is limited availability on the advertised room types and all pricing is subject to change until a reservation is confirmed. Inventory & availability can change on a daily basis. All components are strictly subject to availability. Prices shown are based on per person costs in New Zealand Dollars, for payment by cash, cheque or eftpos only. Credit card sales not permitted unless Travel Agent acts as a merchant. Events beyond our control such as currency fluctuations and changes to the price of aviation fuel may result in prices variations . Strict cancellation fees apply. Packages are based on consecutive nights. For split stays please contact your travel consultant. For full terms and conditions and cancellation fees please contact your local travel agent for more information.

*Castaway IslandsIt is our policy to present the cost of our holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase.. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices. Closeout and blackout periods apply over school holidays and peak holiday periods & availability of seats & rooms is likely to be very limited over this time . Family pricing is based on a per person cost for 2 adults and 2 children (2-11) sharing one room and using existing bedding. Extra night rates are per person.. Valid for sales to 31 Jul 2019. Valid for travel commenced and completed within the period 22 Jul 2019 to 31 Mar 2020 (unless otherwise specified).Land Only Due to Flight schedules pre and/or post accommodation in Nadi may be required Prices shown are based on per person costs in New Zealand Dollars, for payment by cash, cheque or eftpos only. Credit card sales not permitted unless Travel Agent acts as a merchant. Capacity limitations apply and may not be available on all services. Travel requiring an overnight stay in New Zealand will be at passengers own expense. Events beyond our control such as currency fluctuations and changes to the price of aviation fuel may result in prices variations . Strict cancellation fees apply. Packages are based on consecutive nights. For split stays please contact your travel consultant. For full terms and conditions and cancellation fees please contact your local travel agent for more information

*Hamilton Islands: It is our policy to present the cost of our holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase.. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices. Closeout and blackout periods apply over school holidays and peak holiday periods & availability of seats & rooms is likely to be very limited over this time . Valid for sales to 31 Aug 2019. Valid for travel commenced and completed within the period 1 Jun 2019 to 18 Sep 2019 (unless otherwise specified).Subject to availability. Land only, airfares are additional. Valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offers. Please note there is limited availability on the advertised room types and all pricing is subject to change until a reservation is confirmed. Inventory & availability can change on a daily basis. All components are strictly subject to availability. Additional nights are available, please enquire. Saving amount is correct as at 21 May 19 and may change. Please enquire at the time of booking. Prices shown are based on per person costs in New Zealand Dollars, for payment by cash, cheque or eftpos only. Credit card sales not permitted unless Travel Agent acts as a merchant. Events beyond our control such as currency fluctuations and changes to the price of aviation fuel may result in prices variations . Strict cancellation fees apply. Packages are based on consecutive nights. For split stays please contact your travel consultant. For full terms and conditions and cancellation fees please contact your local travel agent for more information.

*General Terms And Conditions: Prices are correct at time of printing, subject to availability, currency fluctuation & may be amended or withdrawn at any time without notice. Amendment and cancellation fees apply. Travel Agent professional service fees may apply. Prices are in New Zealand dollars for payment by cash, cheque and eftpos only. We welcome all major credit cards however a credit card processing fee will apply. Whilst every care is taken to accurately present the information & pricing we reserve the right to correct any errors or omissions. Further terms and conditions apply. Contact us for further details.