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Nov 2019: River Cruising With Scenic + The Latest Travel News


Today, we thought we'd pick out a selection of river cruises for you. This style of travel is growing in popularity and is showing no signs of slowing down!

We've featured a couple of Scenic river cruises; Jewels of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest is hugely popular, and South of France should be high on the list for foodies and wine-lovers.

If you're wanting something new, the Mystical Irrawaddy journey through Myanmar looks stunning and was featured in stuff.co.nz last year.

Scenic is famous for their all-inclusive cruises. Meals, beverages, shore tours, e-bikes for your own explorations, everything right down to the wi-fi is included. It means you can just say 'yes!' to everything without stopping to think about your credit card or work out currency conversions.

We also have access to a special offer with Scenic: An additional discount of $200* per person, for Europe and South East Asia river cruising products, when booked by 30 November 2019. Reply to this email or call us for more information.

If you're looking for travel inspiration, take a look at the timelapse video below of hot air balloons in Cappadocia during sunrise. It's just under 40 seconds long and it's stunning!

Finally, below is a list of nine tips from flight attendants to maximise your comfort in the air. This is a great read before your next longhaul flight. Scroll down to the end of this email to read the article.
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P.S - We've also included a couple of itineraries below from the brand new Scenic Eclipse. These look AMAZING! Both itineraries are almost at capacity for 2020.

UK/Europe River Cruises

Jewels of Europe


Over 15 days you’ll cruise the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers in all-inclusive luxury.

From Amsterdam’s famous canals and romantic Rothenburg, to opulent Vienna and breathtaking Budapest, you will get a taste of the very best of Europe.
15 days from $5490*
Per Person, Twin Share.

Includes:
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ships featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 33 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 41 meals – 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 14 dinners.
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Director to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities
 
*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 30 November 2019.

South of France


Over 11 days, the tastes, sights and smells of southern France unravel as you cruise the magical Saône and Rhône Rivers.

Taste the gourmet offerings in Lyon, the food capital of France, and immerse yourself in the acclaimed Burgundy wine region as you sample many of its products.

 
11 days from $5495*
Per Person, Twin Share.


Includes:
  • 5-star Scenic Space-Ship featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
  • Two exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Culinaire
  • Your choice of 26 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Up to five on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 29 meals – 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 10 dinners
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • Butler service for all guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities
 
*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 30 November 2019.

Asia River Cruises

Luxury Mekong & Temple Discovery Cruise


Meander along the Mekong and float by the lively floating markets of Cai Be, learn about Vietnam’s French-infused past, soak up the melting pot of cultures that is Phnom Penh and discover the bright communities embracing rural river life along the Tonle River. 
 
11 days from $5110*
Per Person, Twin Share.

Includes:
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 17 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 27 meals – 10 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities
  
*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 30 November 2019.

Mystical Irrawaddy



This luxury journey unveils a rich legacy where British colonial reminders nestle alongside golden pagodas and the traditional culture of the friendliest people on earth. After exploring Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, travel to Bagan to board the latest custom-built ship in Scenic’s fleet. 
 
14 days from $8875*
Per Person, Twin Share.

Includes:
  • 5-star Scenic ship with luxurious one-bedroom balcony suites
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 7 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Up to four on board dining options, from casual to fine dining
  • 37 meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary beverages all day throughout your cruise
  • Butler service for all guests throughout your cruise
  • Scenic Cruise Director and Tour Director with expert local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your cruise
  • All tipping and gratuities
*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 30 November 2019.

Timelapse of Hot Air Balloons


A photographer has created a stunning timelapse of the famous hot air balloons in Cappadocia Turkey.

Watch the video here.

Antarctica / Iceland Cruises

ULTRA-LUXURY ONBOARD SCENIC ECLIPSE:
  • Spacious all-verandah suite accommodation
  • Personal service with an almost 1:1guest-to-staff ratio
  • Butler service for every guest
  • All-inclusive dining and beverages at up to 10 world-class dining experiences
  • Expert Discovery Leaders on all expedition cruises
  • Return airport transfers
  • Two helicopters and one submarine onboard

Iceland & Greenland Explorer



Book now for the last suites of the 2020 Greenland season, on this 12 day Reykjavik to Copenhagen trip on the 6-star Scenic Eclipse.

Cruise the frozen coastline and explore Greenland’s wilderness. See mighty fords, glaciers and experience the opportunity of close encounters with whales and ringed seals. 
 
12 days from $17145*
Per Person, Twin Share.

ONSHORE INCLUSIONS:
  • Comprehensive choice of all-inclusive shore excursions
  • Active discovery excursions
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Expert Discovery Team and local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and onshore
*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 30 November 2019.

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands


Book now for the last suites of the 2020 Antarctica season, on this 19 day Buenos Aires return trip on the 6-star Scenic Eclipse.

Cruise past vast ice formations and explore Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands. Have the opportunity to see penguins, whales and seals in preparation for the annual migration north. 
 
19 days from $30195*
Per Person, Twin Share.

ONSHORE INCLUSIONS:
  • Comprehensive choice of all-inclusive shore excursions
  • Active discovery excursions
  • Expert Discovery Team of up to 16 members
  • All tipping and gratuities on board and onshore



*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 30 November 2019.

Go Ahead And Order Fast Food When You're Overseas


When you're overseas, there's an expectation that you should experience as much of the local food as you possibly can (even if it's inconvenient and not what you want) and grabbing a Big Mac or a Subway is 'failing at being a traveller'.

Travel blog Matador Network has a great rebuttal to this expectation.

While you should absolutely give local foods a go and get out of your usual routine. There's nothing wrong with fast food when it saves you time, money, or is simply comfort food that gives you a breather.

Read the full article on matador network here.

More Travel Specials

Impressions of Japan


Starting your tour of Japan in Osaka, you'll visit Kyoto and Nara – famous for their well-preserved ancient castles, temples, and monuments. See sacred Mount Fuji and the surrounding region too.

Your trip wraps up with time free in Tokyo, for sightseeing or shopping.

9 days from $3899 per person, twin share* (includes flights from Auckland)


*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 13 November 2020.

Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa


These individual bungalows and spacious suites are situated throughout 30 hectares of lush tropical rainforest with a private beachfront location.

At only 25 minutes from Cairns, this is the perfect rainforest beachfront escape!

4 nights from $619 per person twin share*



*Terms & Conditions apply. Sale Ends 31 October 2020.

Nine Tips That Will Perfect Your Flying Experience, According to Flight Attendants


Travel + Leisure asked flight crew from around the world what their top tips are to maximise your comfort in the air.

As you'd imagine, keeping hydrated is the #1 tip, but there are some great tips for staying comfortable

Read the article here.
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Jewels of Europe Terms and Conditions: Prices and offers are cruise only, based on per person, twin share in NZD, strictly limited, not combinable with other offers, and subject to availability. Valid for new bookings only until 31 December 2019. Price includes dollar discount of $1,800 per person when booked by 31 December 2019 and exclusive NZ Travel Brokers discount of $200 per person when booked by 30 November 2019. Prices and offers based on STC041120.1 in a category E suite (no balcony). Balcony upgrades available on request at an additional cost. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000pp is due within 7 days of booking.

South of France Terms and Conditions: Prices and offers are cruise only, based on per person, twin share in NZD, strictly limited, not combinable with other offers, and subject to availability. Valid for new bookings only until 31 December 2019. Price includes dollar discount of $1,800 per person when booked by 31 December 2019 and exclusive NZ Travel Brokers discount of $200 per person when booked by 30 November 2019. Prices and offers based on FRAC121020.1 in a category E suite (no balcony). Balcony upgrades available on request at an additional cost. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000pp is due within 7 days of booking. Prices correct as of 25/10/19. 

Luxury Mekong Terms and Conditions: Prices and offers are based on per person, twin share in NZD, strictly limited, not combinable with other offers, and subject to availability. Valid for new bookings only until 31 December 2019. Advertised price includes Scenic $950pp Dollar Discount and exclusive NZ Travel Brokers discount of $200pp. $950pp Dollar discount is available only on Luxury Mekong & Temple Discovery Cruise. Exclusive NZ Travel Brokers discount is valid for new bookings when deposited by 30 November 2019, unless sold out prior. Price based on VIMR280720.1, in category CA Deluxe Suite. First non-refundable $1,000pp deposit due within 7 days of booking. A second non-refundable deposit of $1,000pp must be paid by 31 October 2019, or the date specified in your booking advice; whichever date occurs first. 

Mystical Irrawaddy Terms and Conditions: Prices and offers are based on per person, twin share in NZD, strictly limited, not combinable with other offers, and subject to availability. Valid for new bookings only until 31 December 2019. Advertised price includes Scenic $1,200pp Dollar Discount and exclusive NZ Travel Brokers discount of $200pp. $1,200pp Dollar discount is available only on Mystical Irrawaddy cruise. Exclusive NZ Travel Brokers discount is valid for new bookings when deposited by 30 November 2019, unless sold out prior. Price based on MYMI110321.1, in category CA Deluxe Suite. First non-refundable $1,000pp deposit due within 7 days of booking. A second non-refundable deposit of $1,000pp must be paid by 31 December 2019, or the date specified in your booking advice; whichever date occurs first. 

Iceland Greenland Explorer Terms and Conditions: Prices and offers are based on per person, twin share in NZD, strictly limited, not combinable with other offers, and subject to availability. Valid for new bookings only until sold out for travel on set Scenic Eclipse departure dates in 2019/2020. Prices include taxes and charges. From prices and offers based on 101G040820 in a Cat DD Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite. Pricing and availability correct as of 9 October 2019. First non-refundable deposit of 10% of cruise fare due within 7 days of booking. Additional 15% of cruise fare payment is due 12 months prior to sailing. Earlybird fares and suite category strictly limited and subject to availability. Flights are based on wholesale airfares on board Qatar in Economy (N) Class departing AKL and once sold out surcharges will apply. Flights must be booked by Scenic, and are subject to availability of airline and booking class. Air Credit is in lieu of the flights included offer. #Helicopter and submarine excursions are an additional expense, subject to regulatory approval, ice and weather conditions, weight restrictions and subject to availability. ^Limited in remote regions

Antarctica Terms and Conditions: Prices and offers are based on per person, twin share in NZD, strictly limited, not combinable with other offers, and subject to availability. Valid for new bookings only until sold out for travel on set Scenic Eclipse departure dates in 2019/2020. Prices include taxes and charges. From prices and offers based on 301S180320 in a Cat DA Deluxe Verandah Suite. Pricing and availability correct as of 29 October 2019. First non-refundable deposit of 10% of cruise fare due within 7 days of booking. Additional 15% of cruise fare payment is due 12 months prior to sailing. Earlybird fares and suite category strictly limited and subject to availability. #Helicopter and submarine excursions are an additional expense, subject to regulatory approval, ice and weather conditions, weight restrictions and subject to availability. ^Limited in remote regions.

Impressions of Japan All prices are per person twin-share in NZD unless otherwise stated and subject to revision without notice. Itineraries, airlines, hotels & ships are subject to availability and change. Hotel locations can be within or outside itinerary cities and may not be centrally located. Double-bedded rooms are not guaranteed. Nexus Holidays reserves the right to provide substitutes of similar quality and adjust the itinerary as we see fit to ensure smooth operations. Late March to early April is historically the best time to view cherry blossoms and early November to see crimson leaves, but is not guaranteed as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions. Passengers must remain with the group at all times. Fees may apply for deviations from the set itinerary. Total length of trip includes time spent in flight and is subject to flight schedule. Final itineraries and flight info may not be available until within 2 weeks before departure. Booking conditions apply, refer to website for the latest information. ver31JUL2019. [CTS Tours] Cherry blossom surcharge: NZD$550. School holiday surcharge: NZD$450 Crimson leaf season surcharge: NZD$350.Single supplement: NZD$100.

Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa PACKAGE TERMS & CONDITIONS: 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. Valid for sales to 31 Oct 2020. Valid for travel commenced and completed within the period 1 Nov 2019 to 30 Jun 2020 (unless otherwise specified).Based on consecutive nights. Offer is not combinable with any other specials. Valid for new bookings only. Airfares, transfers, rental car and any add ons are additional. 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. Strictly subject to availability. For full terms and conditions and cancellation fees please contact your local travel agent for more information. Trade enquiries via GO Holidays. booking code: PhilHoffExpo


General Terms and Conditions: Prices are correct as at 7 November 2019, subject to availability, currency fluctuation & may be amended or withdrawn at any time without notice. Amendment & cancellation fees apply. Minimum & maximum stays may apply. Blackout date & seasonal surcharges may apply depending on date of travel & over peak holiday periods. Travel Agent professional service fees may apply. We welcome all major credit cards however a credit card processing fee will apply. Children & Infant prices may be available on request. Whilst every care is taken to accurately present the information & pricing we reserve the right to correct any errors or omissions. Further terms & conditions apply. Contact us for further details.

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2020 Earlybird Gift. Book two or more items* by Wed 11 Dec 2019 and receive a supercharged Memories Connection “Powerbank”. Charge a phone or tablet on the go, great when viewing your Itinerary on our Travel App!

*Two or more items for example: flights, cruise, tour, rental car, travel insurance etc.  One gift per adult, in each booking.