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BEYOND TRAVEL DOUBLES SCANDINAVIA PRODUCT FOR 2018

 21 Nov

DUE to agents pushing for even more options for Scandinavia to keep up with client demand, established Europe specialist Beyond Travel is again expanding its range in 2018 and has 25 pages dedicated to the region in its recently released 2018 Russia & Beyond brochure.

 “Forward bookings and enquiries for 2018 has been overwhelmingly positive and with good feedback from agents on new products and services introduced in 2017”, says general manager sales and marketing Bryce Crampton.

 He added, “This response has encouraged Beyond Travel to offer an even wider choice of hotels, tours and sightseeing options for 2018. The surge of interest in both escorted and independent travel prompted us to add five new escorted tours and five new tailor-made packages across Scandinavia, including specially designed winter tours”.

 New for 2018 is the 12-day ‘Grand Tour of Iceland’ escorted tour, which currently comes with a $700 discover more travel voucher per couple when booked and deposited by December 29, 2017. There are eight departures across June, July and August, with prices starting from $8695 per person twin share.

 Also new is the nine-day ‘Intimate Norway tour’.  A great value option for independent travellers, the package includes 4-star hotels, ferry, coach and rail tickets and features six nights in the Fjord region plus Bergen and Oslo. Priced from only $3,040 per person, the tour departs daily in summer. Book by February 28, 2018 and receive a bonus $200 per couple discover more travel voucher.

 Media requiring further details on Beyond Travel should contact Saskia Baker at SMB Communications on Saskia@smbcommunications.com.au or call 02-9436 2784 or 0407752813

CROATIA CONTINUES TO SURGE FOR 2018

 15 Nov

WITH more than 23 years’ experience, Beyond Travel has cemented themselves in the Australian market as the one-stop-shop for all Croatia travel requirements giving agents the ability to offer clients the most comprehensive selection of holiday options, as produced in the new 2018 Croatia & Beyond brochure.

 In addition to the hugely popular small ship coastal cruises in Croatia, the brochure features a 16-page section on escorted touring, plus self-drive tours, exciting island-hopping ferry programs and flexible tailor-made holidays.

 New to the brochure is a much sought after Venice to Split package which departs Venice every Wednesday from April to October and suits perfectly for those joining a seven-night cruise departing Split or Opatija on the Saturday. It is priced from only $1030 per person twin share and includes Opatija and the stunning Plitvice Lakes- the oldest and most beautiful National Park in Croatia.

 General manager, sales and marketing, Bryce Crampton said, “Agents have been requesting a simple practical transfer package for their clients to travel from Italy to Croatia for years. This three-night itinerary is a solution for Australians visiting both countries without the hassle of airports or overnight boat services whilst seeing stunning landmarks”.

 Beyond Travel have used their first-hand knowledge and expertise to create a selection of flexible and practical FIT tailor-made packages, designed as a guide to building personalised itineraries.

 Mr Crampton reveals that each year brings greater accessibility and flexibility, along with customer confidence to explore the region independently and thus the need to provide greater options.

 Beyond Travel has continued its popular “Discover More” travel credits, which are available on a choice of tours, cruises, hotels up to $500 per couple to be used towards any additional services booked with Beyond Travel until December 29, 2017. There are also savings of $300-$1000 per couple of Croatia and Greece products when deposited by December, 2017.

 Media requiring further details on Beyond Travel should contact Saskia Baker at SMB Communications on Saskia@smbcommunications.com.au or call 02-9436 2784 or 0407752813

 

GET IN EARLY TO SECURE CROATIA AND SLOVENIA HOLIDAY SPECIALS

 15 Nov

IN conjunction to its recent launch of 2018 brochure, Croatian and Slovenia specialist for over 23 years Beyond Travel, has released a selection of great value Discover More Travel Vouchers, worth up to $400 per couple.

 These flexible vouchers are valid for a year and can be used on any additional Beyond Travel product, such as pre or post tour and cruise hotel accommodation, transfers, small ship cruises, European stopovers and much more.

 New to the brochure for 2018 is nine-day ‘Lakes & Mediterranean Harmony small group escorted tour. It travels from Mestre in Italy to Split in Croatia and focuses on the lakes region of Slovenia, the alpine region of Austria and includes the new popular area of Croatia; the Istria Peninsula.

 Priced from $3110 per person twin share it is available with $300 Discover More vouchers per couple when you book and pay by December 15. It also comes with a very low single supplement of only $510 for solo travellers.

 Also new for 2018 is a much sought after Venice to Split package which departs Venice every Wednesday from April to October and is perfectly suited for those joining a cruise departing Split on the Saturday. It is priced from only $1030 per person twin share and includes four star accommodation with breakfast in Opatija and Split and guided sightseeing in both towns as well as the stunning Plitvice Lakes- the oldest and most beautiful National Park in Croatia.

 For all Earlybird deals, tour and small ship cruise details contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au

 Media requiring further details on Beyond Travel should contact Saskia Baker at SMB Communications on Saskia@smbcommunications.com.au or call 02-9436 2784 or 0407752813

EXCEPTIONAL VALUE FOR DELUXE RUSSIAN RIVER CRUISE TOUR

 18 Oct

RUSSIAN river cruising specialist Beyond Travel has just released a one-off offer on a special Volga Dream deluxe river cruise in Gold Class departing St Petersburg on May 27, 2018 with a savings of $2000 per couple when booked and deposited by November 30.

 This exceptionally priced 14-day “Volga Dream” itinerary is now available from only $3995 per person twin share, offering the best value in Russia with comparable deluxe river cruises at around $8,000 per person next season. Plus the added value of staying in five star hotels perfectly located in the heart of Moscow and St Petersburg with daily sightseeing in  an intimate group of no more than 25 guests.

 The seven night cruise is aboard the Volga Dream, an elegant and intimate ship with only 56 staterooms. It has all the facilities of the larger ships such as panoramic lounge bar with live music, sundeck with unobstructed views, wireless internet throughout, fitness centre, sauna and massage room, hair salon, gift shop and much more. 

Whilst on board your vessel enjoy all meals -including complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, daily sight-seeing, cultural programs delivered by Russian professors and English-speaking guide.

 The cruise makes port visits to Svirstroy, Kizhi Island, Goritzy, Yaroslaval, Uglich before reaching your final destination of Moscow.

Enjoy visiting renowned sites such as the Tretyakov Gallery to view it’s collection of Russian art and the Kremlin before travelling in business class on the high-speed Sapsan train to St Petersburg, to stay in the historic centre for three final nights. Extra special experiences include a reception at the Governor’s House in Yaroslavl, lunch in a traditional Russian log house, Russian tea ceremony and cooking class, vodka appreciation demonstrations, on-deck barbecue, Russian language lessons and Russian fine arts and history lectures. For more details visit www.cruise-russia.com.au brought to you by Beyond Travel or call 1300-363-554 

BEYOND TRAVEL NOMINATIONS FOR ‘OPTUS MY BUSINESS AWARDS 2017’

19 Sept

AUSTRALIAN owned and operated destination specialist for over 22 years, Beyond Travel, has just been announced as a finalist for two awards in the upcoming ‘Optus My Business Awards 2017’.

Standing for the Business Leader of the Year award and the Travel and Tourism Business of the Year award, Beyond Travel owner and CEO Michael Lavilles is humbled to see Beyond Travel named among highly reputable and respected businesses in these categories.

 He said, “The nomination is a testament to the entire Beyond Travel team for their dedication and efforts. We are always striving to ensure the highest levels of satisfaction with both our customers and our industry partners and it is this that has ensured the long-term success and growth of Beyond Travel for over two decades”.

The Optus My Business Awards is the longest-standing business awards program in Australia, and acknowledges the achievements of Australia’s best business operators over 28 categories. Winners from all categories will be automatically shortlisted for the highly coveted Business of the Year Award.  

The awards ceremony will a black tie awards dinner held on Friday, November 10 at The Westin Sydney.

 UP TO $500 TRAVEL CREDITS ON PREMIUM ESCORTED TOURS IN EUROPE 2018

18 Sept

DESTINATION specialist Beyond Travel has just released the largest selection of premium escorted tours available in 2018 Croatia, Turkey, The Balkans, Eastern & Central Europe and Russia with a choice of more than thirty tours with bonus Discover More Travel Vouchers when you book by December 29 this year.

 The 20-day ‘Moscow to Vienna’ premium escorted tour has $500 Travel Vouchers per couple available. Priced from $5200 per person twin share, it travels through Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic and Austria.

 For those with less time this tour can be shortened to end in Warsaw, making it a 14-day tour from $4080 per person twin share or slightly longer to continue to Prague over 18-days from $4980 per person twin share. Both these shorter versions of the tour include a Discover More Travel Voucher of $400 per couple.

 These flexible vouchers are valid for a year and can be used on any additional Beyond Travel product, such as pre or post hotel accommodation, small ship cruises, European stopovers and much more.

 All premium escorted tours include first-class accommodation and daily breakfast, transportation by a high quality air conditioned coach, comprehensive sightseeing with an English speaking tour director and return transfers.

 There are over twenty tours and hundreds of guaranteed departures to choose from between April and September, 2018.

 For details on all escorted tours contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au/2018-escorted-tours

 Media requiring further details on Beyond Travel should contact Saskia Baker at SMB Communications on Saskia@smbcommunications.com.au or call 02-9436 2784 or 0407752813

VOLGA DREAM CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH BEYOND TRAVEL

 11 SEPT

Renowned Russian cruise company, Volga Dream, hosted over 60 trade partners from all over the world to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of cruising the Volga River with Australia’s leading Russian cruise specialist Beyond Travel on board to cement the long-standing partnership of the two companies.

 Guests were treated to a private two-night sailing from Moscow to Tver on board the Volga Dream, which included two celebratory cocktail evenings and a gala dinner accompanied by the owners and management. 

 Beyond Travel’s Peter Smith said that the event was perfectly timed for the lead up to the launch of a new dedicated Australian website ‘Cruise-Russia’ which will offer agents a one-stop shop for all the best Russian cruise products, including exclusive cruise tours aboard Volga Dream vessel.

 He added, “With more than 20 years experience in the Russia cruise market we are in a strong position within the trade industry to offer the market a specialised website to assist agents with client bookings and general knowledge information on options of cruises in Russia”.

 Media requiring further details on Beyond Travel should contact Saskia Baker at SMB Communications on Saskia@smbcommunications.com.au or call 02-9436 2784 or 0407752813

2018 CRUISES IN CROATIA NOW ON SALE

 1 SEPT

IN conjunction to its recent launch of 2018 brochure, the small ship cruising specialist, Cruise Croatia, has introduced the largest range of cruise product along the Dalmatian Coast, with many offering great value Earlybird discounts and Discover More Travel Vouchers.

 Save up to $600 per couple on the deluxe eight-day ‘Adriatic Classic’ cruise from Zadar to Dubrovnik (or in reverse). It covers both the most popular Dalmatian Islands and new interesting ports including Mljet, Korcula, Hvar,Bol , Split, Trogir, Sibenik, Sali and Zadar.

 Now priced from $2470 per person twin share, it includes seven nights’ cruise accommodation with daily breakfast and lunch (dinner is at leisure ashore), some sightseeing, return transfers and port charges and tourist tax.

 The 12-day deluxe cruise-tour ‘Adriatic Classic: Croatia & Italy’ has been discounted by up to $800 per couple and is now available from $3540 per person twin share and includes an eight-day cruise from Dubrovnik aboard MS Karizma visiting a selection of eight ports before disembarking in Zadar and spending two nights at Opatija to explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site with breathtaking scenery and 16 terraced lakes surrounded by wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Travel through Slovenia and take in the beautiful Postojna Caves, one of the largest cave systems in Europe before having two nights to explore the romantic canal city of Venice.

 For information on all Earlybird offers and order free brochures, visit http://www.cruise-croatia.com.au/specials/

 Media requiring further details on Cruise Croatia and Beyond Travel should contact Saskia Baker at SMB Communications on Saskia@smbcommunications.com.au or call 02-9436 2784 or 0407752813

 

MARKET BACKING EXPANDS CRUISE CROATIA PRODUCT RANGE

 29 Aug

DUE to the overwhelming response from the industry to the inaugural Cruise Croatia brochure launched last year, Australia’s only dedicated Croatia small ship cruising operator, Cruise Croatia, has significantly expanded its 2018 brochure to offer the most comprehensive product range in Australia.

 Its 45 pages will show case the largest collection of Croatia cruising options  over the last 22 years with more than a dozen cruises and five new ships for the 2018 season. It also includes a range of Earlybird savings offers of up to $450 per couple.

 Expanded product ranges include deluxe one-way cruise options such as the interesting ‘Istria & the Dalmatian Coast’ itinerary from northern town of Porec to Dubrovnik. Many of these one way departures will be on new ships launched for the 2018 season, such as the Ms Infinity II and the MS San Antonio.

 Mini cruises- three/five/six day itineraries have also grown due to demand and themed cruises such as wine, yoga and hike and bike are continuing to prove popular.

 General Manager of sales and marketing Bryce Crampton said, “Although we have seen a huge surge in new ships, itineraries and themed cruises over the last four years, 2018 is continuing to provide the market with even more options.

 “It is certainly a market that has seen year-on-year growth and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon, based on forward bookings”.

CROATIAN SPECIAL JOURNEYS EXPAND FOR 2018

14 Aug

 Croatia specialist, Beyond Travel, has just released its largest collection to date of exclusive Croatian Special Journeys for 2018, after a sell-out season this year. All itineraries come with an Earlybird offer of either Discover More Travel Vouchers or savings when booked and deposited by October 31 or December 29, 2017.

 Due to a growth in demand, there has been an increase of 11 departures across the range over these cruise tours, with forward bookings already showing a 100 per cent increase on 2016 to 2017, according to general manager of sales and marketing Mr Bryce Crampton.

 Crampton said that although Croatia as a whole has seen substantial growth, it was the popularity of the ‘Special Journey’s’ that prompted them to almost double departures across the range for 2018.

 Adding, “These interesting itineraries have been designed to show case the best travel options by land and by sea. The brochure format has also been modernised with improved ship presentation and new benefits and inclusion boxes as easy reference points for agents and their clients.

 These unique small group tours have been carefully designed to offer Australian travellers an insight to lesser travelled regions of the world by combining areas of natural beauty and National Parks with in-depth guided tours and a focus on authentic local experiences.

Agents have seen increased interest due to the Special Journeys including guaranteed departure dates as well as offering more personalised inclusions not found on standard tours.

Included in these increases are the 12 departures scheduled for the popular deluxe eight-day ‘Best of Dalmatia’ cruise from Dubrovnik to Split (or reserve) on board the privately chartered MS Equator, which was newly built and launched  for the 2017 season, with some departures utilising the 2018 launched MS San Antonio ship. It offers outstanding value at $2695 per person twin share.

 Beyond Travel 1300-363-554 www.beyondtravel.com.au/exclusive-special-journeys/

BONUSES ON PREMIUM ESCORTED TOURS IN EUROPE

 30 Jul

DESTINATION specialist Beyond Travel has just released the largest selection of premium escorted tours available in 2018 Croatia, Turkey, The Balkans, Eastern & Central Europe and Russia with a choice of more than thirty tours with bonus Discover More Travel Vouchers when you book by December 29 this year.

 The 20-day ‘Moscow to Vienna’ premium escorted tour has $500 Travel Vouchers per couple available. Priced from $5450 per person twin share, it travels through Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic and Austria.

 Receive $400 per couple in vouchers on the popular “Zagreb to Venice” tour. For 14-days explore Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia and Italy. It is priced from $4110 per person twin share.

 These flexible vouchers are valid for a year and can be used on any additional Beyond Travel product, such as pre or post hotel accommodation, small ship cruises, European stopovers and much more.

 All premium escorted tours include first-class accommodation and daily breakfast, transportation by a high quality air conditioned coach, comprehensive sightseeing with an English speaking tour director and return transfers.

 There are hundreds of guaranteed departures between April and September, 2018.

 For details on all escorted tours contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au/2018-escorted-tours

 Media requiring further details on Beyond Travel should contact Saskia Baker at SMB Communications on Saskia@smbcommunications.com.au or call 02-9436 2784 or 0407752813

HOTTEST DESTINATION, SRI LANKA, NOW ON SALE

11 Jul

SRI Lanka has been on Australian travellers radar for some time and now with the recently introduced daily direct flights from Melbourne to Colombo and the country’s recently awarded titles of “leading adventure tourism destination” and “leading destination for the region” at the recent World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia 2017, there has never been a better to time to plan a holiday there.

 Destination specialist Beyond Travel, are celebrating its recently launch India/Sri Lanka division – India & Beyond with a selection of introductory Early Bird discounts on private tours.

 Save between $200 and $400 per couple on a range of newly released private tours, when you book by September 30, 2017.

 The 13-day private tour “Sri Lanka Uncovered” from the coastal town Negombo, north of Colombo and travels inland and north to Kandy, down through the centre of the country and then follows the coastline in the south through Yala National Park and back up towards Colombo.

 Highlights include Polonnaruwa archaeological park with lunch at a local village house, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, Horton Plains National Park, local tea plantation visits, jeep safaris in Yala National park, scenic high country rail journey form Nuwara Eliya to Ella and the stunning Bentota beachside.

 It includes four star accommodation with daily breakfast and most dinners, transportation including private car and driver and rail, transfers and services of a local representative. It is now priced from $3080 per person twin share, save $400 per couple.

 For more details contact a dedicated specialist at India & Beyond on 1300 599 005 or visit www.india-and-beyond.com.au

BEST TIME FOR AUSSIE TRAEVLLERS TO EXPLORE SRI LANKA

5 Jul

RECENTLY launched brand India & Beyond has been perfectly timed to take advantage of new direct flights from Australia to Sri Lankan by Sri Lankan Airlines.

The new brand introduced by renowned destination specialist Beyond Travel, has a range of new private tours throughout Sri Lanka, as well as packages to mountain and coastal retreats.

The re-introduction of daily direct flights to Sri Lanka on the Melbourne – Colombo route begins in October this year which will provide better accessibility to a year-round holiday destination.

 Bryce Crampton, GM sales and marketing, Bryce Crampton said, “This new service makes Sri Lanka a much more accessible for a growing number of Australians showing interest in Sri Lanka.

 It will seriously cut travel times between the two countries and provide better connections with other forms of transport used for tourist in Sri Lanka.’

 He added that “Sri Lanka is certainly shaping up as a new hot spot for Australians due to its broad appeal including family holidays and romantic getaways along the beautiful coastline, packages for food lovers and those seeking culture and history through to wildlife tours and adventure holidays, there really is something for everyone”.

Confirming Mr Crampton’s thoughts are the results of the recent World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia 2017, in Shanghai where Sri Lanka took valuable honours.

Sri Lanka won the honour of leading destination for the region, an award that reflects a country’s range of tourism products and services. Sri Lanka was also named the leading adventure tourism destination.

CRUISE CROATIA RECORD 400% GROWTH IN FOUR MONTHS

 21 Jun

AUSTRALIA’S only dedicated Croatian cruising specialist, Cruise Croatia, a division of the Beyond Travel Group, have recorded huge growth of over 400 percent since officially launching the brand in April this year, due to the overwhelming support of trade agents around Australia says Peter Smith, GM business growth with Beyond Travel.

 Mr Smith said that the remarkable growth was the result of travel agents realising the potential of working with a destination specialist, such as Cruise Croatia, which allowed agents to deliver informative and expert advice to clients wishing to arrange a Croatian cruise.

 “We have had a significant increase in agent enquiries, not only for client bookings but from agents looking to experience the destination first-hand and take advantage of the great value self-famil opportunities we offer.

 “Many have booked an eight-day cruise as part of personal holidays in the region due to the outstanding reviews they receive from  clients returning to Australia, along with the agents thirst for greater knowledge of the product for future sales”.

 The company has assisted around 50 Australian agents on small ship costal cruises in Croatia. This has come partially from the amount of product Cruise Croatia is able to offer, such as the 65 itineraries more than 500 departures on predominantly new or less than three year-old ships operating in the current 2017 season and the great value these holidays represent.

INDIA SAVINGS FROM BEYOND TRAVEL

 8 June

Destination specialist Beyond Travel, are celebrating its recently launch India/Sri Lanka division – India & Beyond with a selection of introductory Early Bird discounts and bonus extras.

 Save up to $400 per couple on a range of newly released private tours, river cruises and rail products in India and Sri Lanka when you book by September 30, 2017. Bonus extras are available on all private tours and include a free room upgrade at one hotel, a free bottle of wine at one hotel, complimentary WIFI at all hotels and a 15% discount on food, beverages or spa treatments at one hotel.

 A bucket list in India for many is the Golden Triangle; Beyond Travel has created a six-day escorted tour in the region which has weekly guaranteed departures and can be taken with either four or five star hotel options.

 It is a roundtrip tour from Delhi including all the highlights such as the contrasting Old and New Delhi towns, one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal in Agra, the ghost city of Fatehpur and Jaipur- the Pink City. Now priced from $ 770 per person twin share (was $870 per person), it includes accommodation with daily breakfast, touring with local guides and all ground transportation.

 The private tour “Temples, Taj & Rituals” departs Delhi and travels to Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, and Ranthambore- for safaris in the Ranthambore National Park as well as Jaipur before returning to Delhi. It includes travelling with various modes of transportation including private car and driver, plane and rail. It is now priced from $2260 per person twin share, save $200 per person.

 This package is also available with an interesting seven-day extension ‘Shimla to Amritsar’ which features a journey on the Kalka-Shimla Railway and Beating Retreat Ceremony- which takes place on the northern border of Pakistan and India with a lowering of the flags ceremony from the military of both countries- and is priced from $1110 per person twin share.

 For more details contact a dedicated specialist at India & Beyond call 1300 599 005 or email india@beyondtravel.com.au

 Media requiring further details on the Beyond Travel Group’s latest range, should contact Saskia Baker at SMB Communications on Saskia@smbcommunications.com.au or call 02-9436 2784 or 0407752813

 

TWO FOR ONE AND SINGLE DISCOUNTS

 25 May

 BEYOND Travel is offering a great value offer of ‘Buy One Get One Free’ for couples and is waiving all single supplements for solo travellers on its popular eight-day first class small-ship cruise “Classical Greece” through the Aegean Sea for set departures in July and August this year for new bookings.

 Book by June 30 and also receive a bonus on board credit of 50 Euro per person. The voyage is aboard the MY Harmony G which has only 21 cabins but is large enough to have spacious social areas yet small enough for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and able to dock at smaller ports.

 Sailing on a round-trip cruise from Athens, the itinerary includes port visits to some of the lesser known Greek Islands, hidden gems such as the medieval Monemvasia on the east coast of the Peloponnese, Kea, Rethymnon, Hydra and Nafplion as well as the famous islands of Santorini and Mykonos. It also offers plenty of leisure time when the yacht drops anchor in many secluded bays perfect for a dip in the warm waters.

 The cruise is now reduced by over $4,000 per double cabin and priced from $4,170 per double or twin share cabin and from $3775 for solo travellers, with the special offer available on July 7 and 21 and August 4 and 11 departures.

 Prices include seven nights cruise accommodation, two meals a day, tea/coffee and mineral water throughout the day, use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, port taxes, services of an experienced captain and crew.

 For more details on all mega-yacht cruises contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au/small-ship-cruise-deals

 

BEYOND TRAVEL EXTENDS HORIZONS

21 May

Destination specialist Beyond Travel, widely recognised as Australia’s eastern Europe experts, is broadening its horizons by adding an India/Sri Lanka division – India & Beyond.

 General manager, sales and marketing Bryce Crampton sees the move as an important part of the business growth strategy the company has been continually striving for in recent years.

 He said that the opportunity to partner with one of India’s most well established and respected ground operators with over 22 years’ experience, came at exactly the right time and India fits with the company’s mission and tag line “discover unique destinations”.

He said that the move illustrated the company’s belief that its reputation for destination expertise and service can be extended to the sub-Continent.

 The new brand will have a separate experienced India team including a dedicated reservation team which can be contacted on 1300 599 005, product team, website; www.india-and-beyond.com.au  and will be managed by Kellie Blackett. This experienced team will be committed to ensuring agents and their clients receive expert advice.

 The India & Beyond 2017-2018 brochure features a comprehensive selection of private tours, first-class river cruises, a luxury rail journey, pre and post land packages for cruise and rail products, an escorted tour around India as well as product from Sri Lanka.

 For further information on the brand, product and brochure please contact our dedicated India specialist on  india@beyondtravel.com.au

 Media requiring further details on Beyond Travel including interviews or comments from management, should contact Saskia Baker at SMB Communications on Saskia@smbcommunications.com.au or call 02-9436 2784 or 0407752813

SAVINGS ON DELUXE RUSSIA RIVER CRUISE 

18 May

RUSSIAN river cruising specialist Beyond Travel is offering savings of up to $1200 per couple on its 2018 boutique first-class cruise tour in Russia along the Volga River when booked and deposited by July 31, 2017.

 The 13-day “Volga Dream” itinerary offers first-class service and facilities at great value prices all year round, now starting from just $4460 per person twin share for departures in May, June July, August and September 2018.

 It includes a six night cruise aboard the Volga Dream, an elegant and intimate ship with only 56 staterooms and over eight different categories. It has all the facilities of the larger ships such as panoramic lounge bar with live music, sundeck with unobstructed views, wireless internet throughout, fitness centre, sauna and massage room, hair salon, gift shop and much more. 

Begin with three nights in St Petersburg, staying at deluxe 5-star centrally located hotel and visit all the highlights of the city with your small group of 15-25 fellow travellers and your English–speaking guide. Board your vessel and enjoy port visits to Mandrogi, Kizhi Island, Goritzy, Yaroslaval, Uglich before reaching your final destination of Moscow.

Spend three nights 5-star in central Moscow and visit the Tretyakov Gallery to view it’s collection of Russian art, ranging from 12th-century icons to 20th-century paintings, the Kremlin for a visit to the Armoury Museum, with its collection of Czarist thrones, ceremonial crowns, coaches and gifts of state and the frescoed 15th century Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals.

 Some extra special experiences include a reception at the Governor’s House in Yaroslavl, lunch in a traditional Russian log house, Russian tea ceremony and cooking class, vodka appreciation demonstrations, on-deck barbecue, Russian language lessons and Russian fine arts and history lectures. The cruise-tour is available in Gold or Platinum class and includes six nights’ accommodation and daily breakfast in deluxe centrally located hotels, all meals on board the Volga Dream- including complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, daily sight-seeing, cultural programs, an English-speaking guide and port taxes. For more details contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au

 

SAVE UP TO $4,700 ON ICELAND CRUISE

 4 May

SMALL SHIP cruise specialist Beyond Travel has released a unique Iceland holiday alternative which offers fantastic value with savings of up to $4700 per couple on its eight-day coastal voyage “The Land of Ice & Fire” that travels along the coast of Iceland on June 10 and 17 departures this year.

 Iceland is the destination on everyone’s 2017 list, however it is also renowned as a fairly expensive destination to visit due to the limited season. With inbound tourism up 40%, availability on tours and hotels is extremely tight this summer, which makes this cruise deal a great alternative with accommodation and all meals included.

Sailing aboard the recently renovated boutique ship MY Callisto from Reykjavik to Akureyri or vice versa, the itinerary includes majestic coastal scenery with cruising through remote fjords, port visits to some of Iceland’s best kept secrets, picturesque fishing villages, volcanic landscapes and plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting.  

For alternative departures in July, August and September clients can save up $2300 per couple and receive a bonus shore excursion package valued at $2,000 per couple.

Now priced from $2005 per person twin share, it includes seven nights cruise accommodation, all meals, tea/coffee and mineral water throughout the day and the services of an experienced captain and crew and port charges.

For more details contact beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au/small-ship-cruise-deals

 

HUGE SAVINGS ON GREEK ISLANDS CRUISE

 21 Apr

BEYOND Travel is offering discounts of up to $2500 per couple on the popular eight-day first class cruise “Classical Greece” through the Aegean Sea for departures in the upcoming summer season from May until August.

 As an added bonus receive free shore excursions to the value of $1000 per couple. These can include the ruins on Delos- according to Greek mythology the birthplace of Apollo, the palace of Knossos the capital of Minoan Crete and various walking tours of ports and historic sights enroute.

 The voyage is aboard the MY Harmony G which has only 21 cabins but is large enough to have spacious social areas yet small enough for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and able to dock at smaller ports.

 Sailing on a round-trip cruise from Athens, the itinerary includes port visits to some of the lesser known Greek Islands, hidden gems such as the medieval Monemvasia on the east coast of the Peloponnese , Kea, Rethymnon, Hydra and Nafplion as well as the famous islands of Santorini and Mykonos. It also offers plenty of leisure time when the yacht drops anchor in many secluded bays perfect for a dip in the warm waters.

 The cruise is now priced from $2,835 per person twin share in a category C cabin and $3,395 in the higher category, a saving of $1,250 per person including the free shore excursions.

 Prices include seven nights cruise accommodation, two meals a day, tea/coffee and mineral water throughout the day, use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, services of an experienced captain and crew and port charges.

 This special offer is for departures on May  19; June 9, 23; July 7, 21, 28 and August 4, 25 and is valid until sold out.

 For more details on all mega-yacht cruises contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au/small-ship-cruise-deals

 

EUROPE RIVER CRUISING IN 2017 STILL AVAILABLE

 5 Apr

RIVER cruising specialist Beyond Travel has announced there are still some last minute berths available for this summer on the popular Amsterdam to Budapest “Across Europe” cruise itinerary.

 The best-selling 15-day cruise is priced from only $4500 per person twin share. Cruise the Rhine and Danube Rivers in comfort and style with sightseeing stops at historic towns such as Cologne, Rudesheim, Bamberg, Passau, Vienna, Bratislava and many more en-route.  

 There are also still limited spaces on the famous northern winter Christmas cruises. These seven-day roundtrip cruises are available along the Danube River from Passau in Germany or along the Rhine River departing Cologne in Germany. These itineraries have comprehensive sightseeing focusing on the charming Christmas Markets held over the winter season.

 The Amadeus Fleet is owned and operated by Lueftner cruises, a family company based in Austria with over 30-years’ experience. Their fleet of ships feature elegant restaurants, panoramic bars and comfortable deluxe cabins. English is the main language on board and the crew and facilities are first class with excellent service, modern cabins, gourmet meals, spacious public areas and have spa and massage treatments available.

 Cruises include accommodation in a river-view cabin, gourmet meals throughout with free flowing red and white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer and soft drinks , complimentary tea and coffee all day, comprehensive sightseeing tours en-route and all port taxes.

 For more details contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au

 

ROMANTIC GERMANY PREMIUM TOUR OFFER FROM BEYOND TRAVEL

4 Apr

CENTRAL Europe specialist Beyond Travel has just released a special discounted rate for its new “Romantic Germany” premium escorted tour, save $300 per couple on all guaranteed departures in April until October this year.

Now priced from $1635 per person twin share, this seven-day roundtrip tour from Frankfurt is filled with many highlights showcasing the beautiful fairy-tale landscape of Germany including the famous Black Forest region where you will visit a local cheese farm, stay overnight in a hotel in the middle of the Black Forest and enjoy a traditional Black Forest dinner.

Other highlights include the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, Innsbruck- the scenic capital of the Austrian Alps and Bavarian capital of Munich.This tour has a special Oktober Fest departure on September 24 which has now been reduced from $2115 to $1965 per person twin share.

 The tour package includes centrally located four star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast, some speciality meals, comprehensive sightseeing with a Tour Director, all ground transportation and an arrival transfer.

 

For more details visit www.beyondtravel.com.au/2017-eastern-europe-tours or call 1300-363-554

SAVE ON 2017 CROATIA CRUISES 

1 Mar

CRUISE Croatia specialist Beyond Travel has just released a great offer of up to $925 savings per cabin on a series of departures on the popular Dalmatian Treasures aboard the new deluxe MS Il Mare ship; being launched in 2017.

The classic roundtrip cruise from Dubrovnik is perfect for first time visitors as it visits the popular Dalmatian Islands including Mljet, Split, Brac, Hvar, Korcula.

The cruise is priced from $1930 per person twin share in low season with discounts of up to $925 per cabin or 15% offered on select departures during the peak summer months of June, July and August 2017. Cruise must be booked and deposited by March 31.

Purpose built for 2017 Croatian coastal cruising season, the new MS Il Mare ship has only 20 cabins. It also offers large spacious social areas with modern facilities yet is small enough for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and to be able to dock at smaller ports.

The eight-day cruise includes cruise accommodation in a sea-view cabin, two meals a day, complimentary beverage with either lunch or dinner,  services of an experienced captain and crew and Cruise Manager , arrival and departure transfers, complimentary WIFI and Port charges, tourist taxes, Miljet National Park and Diocltian’s Palace fees.

For further details visit the specials page at www.cruise-croatia.com.au/specials/or call 1300 664 790 to speak with a dedicated Croatia Cruise specialist.

Please note due to the ship still being completed actual images are unavailable, these are artist impressions for use while the ship is still being built.

Media requiring further details on Beyond Travel should contact Saskia Baker at SMB Communications on Saskia@smbcommunications.com.au or call 02-9436 2784 or 0407752813.

FINAL SOLO CRUISE

2 Feb

Bryce Crampton, sales and marketing general manager of Beyond Travel has given the below tips for solo travellers:

The best single deals almost always get snapped up very quickly. If a cruise or tour departure is “soft” i.e. not selling well, then some single deals maybe available last minute but in general, single deals come out early and sell-out quickly. Particularly on cruises where the number of cabins available for single use is often limited –  they sell-out very quickly, quiet often within hours of opening up for sale. Clients looking for a great deal on cruise deals for single travellers should register their interest and be prepared to book as soon as they can.

The popular river cruises from the line Amadeus, have some solo cabins as part of the ships configuration. However, these are usually limited to one or two cabins on board so again, in order to secure these clients should book as soon as sailing dates are opened.

The newer ships however have all double cabins but with great deals for singles on the lower deck with the supplement capped at 15% of the twin price. On some select sailings they will even offer these cabins at no supplement but they are few and far between and often snapped up very quickly. The next deck is only 30% supplement but by the time you get to a suite it is 100% so our singles tend to take the lower decks to save on costs. After all they are not in their cabins much except to sleep on a European River Cruise.

For Russian river cruises, the MS Volga Dream has two standard single cabins, Beyond Travel utilise this ship on their popular 13-day Moscow to St Petersburg cruise tour with a standard single cabin costing from $6195.

There are occasionally special single offers on Croatian Cruises. We have one at the moment that is no single supplement for one departure of the Croatian Elegance aboard MS Captain Bota  on May 6 lower deck, but this may be a bit restrictive for to mention and it is only available for sale until 15 Feb, unless sold out first. http://www.cruise-croatia.com.au/cruises/deluxe-croatian-cruises/classic/croatian-elegance-2017-split-split/

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE CROATIAN CRUISE

25 Jan

BE quick to take advantage of a fantastic last minute “Buy One Get One Free” offer from Croatian specialist Beyond Travel for a seven night coastal small ship cruise in May this year, but it’s only available for sale until February 15 (unless sold out earlier).

The eight-day ‘Croatian Elegance’ cruise is a roundtrip from Split aboard the 2015 ‘MS Captain Bota’. It visits the most popular ports of Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Pucisca and Omis. The ship features a spa deck with Jacuzzi and sun lounges, modern bar and restaurant facilities and a swimming platform.

For departures on May 6 and 13 this year in a lower deck cabin, the price for the first guest is $1510 and the second person travels for free. This includes seven nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast and lunch or dinner daily, bottled water daily, free WIFI plus guided walking tours of Dubrovnik, Havr, Korcula and Split.

For solo travellers, there is no single supplement and you save by only paying the twin share price of $1510.

For further details visit the specials page at www.cruise-croatia.com.au  or call 1300-363-554

AGENTS – SAVE NOW FOR RUSSIA AND SCANDINAVIA SPECIAL JOURNEYS

24 Jan

RUSSIA and Scandinavia specialist Beyond Travel has just release a fantastic discounted agent rates on a selection of its exclusive 2017 small group Special Journeys in Russia and Scandinavia.

Agents and their companions can save up to $1900 per person on the 16-day Scandinavia and Hurtigruten Voyage and the 18-day Highlights of Russia and Scandinavia special journeys and save $1000 per person on the nine-day Highlights of Russia tour.

The Highlights of Russia and Scandinavia tour is perfect for first time visitors to the region as it covers travel in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. It is now priced from $8395 per person twin share with departures on July 14 and 28.

These unique small group tours have been carefully designed to offer Australian travellers an insight to lesser travelled regions of the world by combining areas of natural beauty and National Parks with in-depth guided tours and a focus on authentic local experiences.

They offer guaranteed departures, with comprehensive touring conducted only in English and include centrally located hotels, most meals, all transportation and gratuities and hotel porterage.

Book by February 28 to take advantage of these agent rates, unless sold out earlier, conditions apply, email yula@beyondtravel.com.au or call 1300-363-554 for booking terms and further information.

NEW FIRE ICE CRUISE SAVINGS FROM BEYOND TRAVEL

3 Jan

SMALL ship specialist Beyond Travel have introduced an exciting new eight-day coastal voyage “The Land of Ice & Fire” that travels along the coast of Iceland, featured in their recently released 2017 Russia & beyond brochure. To celebrate they are offering discounts of up to $750 per cabin for bookings made before February 24.

The deluxe voyage is aboard the recently renovated boutique ship MY Callisto. The ship underwent a million dollar upgrade in 2015 and offers 17 cabins with private en-suites plus spacious social areas, including indoor and outdoor dining, a bar and lounge, library and sun-deck creating an intimate and relaxed atmosphere for the maximum of 34 guests allowed on-board at any one time.

Sailing from Reykjavik to Akureyri or vice versa, the itinerary includes majestic coastal scenery with cruising through remote fjords, port visits to some of Iceland’s best kept secrets, picturesque fishing villages, volcanic landscapes and plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting.  

Not only does this coastal voyage offer a unique opportunity to see this beautiful country but it is also a great value option for exploring Iceland, usually an expensive destination, in relaxed comfort and as part of a small group.

2017 departures are priced from $3,469 per person twin share. Prices include seven nights cruise accommodation, all meals, tea/coffee and mineral water throughout the day, use of fishing equipment, services of an experienced captain and crew and port charges.

There are fourteen guaranteed departures between June and September 2017.

NEW ESCORTED TOURS FOR 2017 HOTSPOTS

16 Dec

ESCORTED touring expert Beyond Travel has released a range of new escorted tours in two of the most ‘must visit’ destinations for Australians in 2017- Scandinavia and Iceland.

Made even more accessible in recent years with its popularity boost by the cult series “Game of Thrones”, Beyond Travel has a selection of Iceland activities, including the newly released ‘Complete Iceland’ tour.

This nine-day roundtrip journey from Rekjavik travels the circumference of the country and showcases some of the most stunning  landscapes of waterfalls, geysers, boiling mud pools, lava fields, lagoons, geo-thermal caves and black sand coastlines to name a few. It is priced from $2795 per person twin share.

For a premium escorted tour in Scandinavia, the newly released ‘Scenic Norway’ travels from Oslo for eight days by land, rail and sea-including Bergen and Flam railway journeys and Sogn & Naeroy and Geiranger Fjord cruises. It is priced from $3230 per person twin share.

There are numerous departure dates for all tours between April and September in 2017, most offering a very reasonable single supplement for solo travellers, starting from as low as $635.

All Beyond Travel’s escorted tours have guaranteed departures and include first class accommodation with daily breakfast, many other meals, sight-seeing with a tour director, transportation and porterage.

BEYOND TRAVEL INTRODUCES ICELAND

29 Nov

DUE to positive industry feedback and an increase in bookings to the new Scandinavia product introduced last year, established Europe specialist Beyond Travel is expanding the range further in 2017 with introduction of Iceland and a host of new activities in Scandinavia featured in its recently released 2017 Russia & Beyond brochure.

 The largest and most comprehensive to date, the brochure includes a variety of Iceland product perfect for tailor-made itineraries for the independent traveller. Marketing manager Bryce Crampton said the great surge of interest in independent travel in Russia and Scandinavia encouraged them to include the new destination.

 He added, “This unique destination is fast becoming the place to visit for 2017. It is known to be somewhat difficult to access but with our new product range including escorted touring, self-driving tailor-made tours and coastal voyages – we have made it more accessible to a range of Australian traveller markets”.

 One of the most unique new options in Iceland is the eight-day coastal voyage, ‘The Land of Fire & Ice” cruise. Sailing from Reykjavik to Akureyri or vice versa, the itinerary includes majestic coastal scenery with cruising through remote fjords, port visits to some of Iceland’s best kept secrets, picturesque fishing villages, volcanic landscapes and plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting.

 As for the expanded product range in Scandinavia, Mr Crampton said that the feedback from travel agents to the expanded services and product this year was overwhelmingly positive and the trade response encouraged Beyond Travel to offer an even wider choice of hotels, tours and sightseeing options for 2017.

SNAP UP A DEAL WITH BEYOND TRAVEL

28 Nov

 IN conjunction to its recent launch of 2017 brochure, Beyond Travel have introduced the largest range of product for the unique destinations of Eastern Europe, Balkans & Russia, with many offering great value Early Bird discounts and special.

 Bonus Travel Vouchers up to $500 per couple are available on a selection of 2017 Special Journey tours and small group escorted tours when booked and deposited by December 30 this year.

 The 20-day ‘Moscow to Vienna’ premium escorted tour has up to $500 Travel Vouchers available. Priced from $5145 per person twin share, it travels through Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic and Austria with 12 guaranteed departures between April and September.

 These flexible vouchers are valid for a year and can be used on any additional Beyond Travel product, such as pre or post hotel accommodation, small ship cruises, European stopovers and much more.

 For those looking to cruise, discounts of up to $600 per couple are on offer for numerous itineraries, such as the popular eight-day “Adriatic Odyssey” cruise holiday. A roundtrip from Dubrovnik, aboard the recently renovated MS Panorama, it visits coastal towns in Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece.

 Now priced from $2748 per person twin share, there are numerous departures from June until the end of September.

 For information on all Early Bird offers and order free brochures, visit www.beyondtravel.com.au

TAILOR-MADE MADE EASY WITH BEYOND TRAVEL

 9 Nov

Beyond Travel has upgraded and expanded its entire 2017 brochure collection to cater for a growing demand from agents and their clients for personalised itineraries in popular regions such as Croatia, The Balkans, Scandinavia and Russia.

Introducing  all three 2017 land brochures, Russia &Beyond, Croatia &Beyond and Eastern Europe & Beyond, sales and marketing general manager Bryce Crampton said, “Our product range has substantially increased due to demand from agents and their clients for more tailor-made itineraries that allow greater flexibility and more unique destinations not usually seen in standard packages”.

He added, “Our long-standing partnerships and 22 years expertise enable us to produce independent services to often complex destinations which offer a more immersive experience for independent travellers.

“Through our increased product range, guidance and expertise, services such as self-driving in Iceland, independent island hopping in Greece or Croatia and legendary rail journeys in Russia have become even more accessible for Australian travellers”.

The widely respected operator has also redesigned its brochure format to deliver product in a clear fresh layout to assist agents with new category symbols, larger maps and precise relevant factual information.

“These small, but significant changes clearly distinguish the different types of product categories, which can be used as a quick guide and will eliminate confusion as to what the inclusions and special features are”, says Crampton.

All brochures are currently being delivered to agencies by Brochure flow. For details call Beyond Travel on 1300 363 554 or order on-line from Brochure Flow.

NEW SMALL SHIP IN CROATIA SPECIAL JOURNEYS

 3 Nov

THE trend of multiple new small ships introduced in 2016 for Croatia cruising, is set to continue for the upcoming 2017 season with the announcement that six new state of the art vessels are currently being built especially for the popular destination, from Bryce Crampton at Croatian expert, Beyond Travel.

 One such ship will be the MS Equator, which has been exclusively chartered on a selection of Beyond Travel’s exclusive 2017 Special Journey cruise-tours in and around Croatia.

 Experience the intimate modern vessel equipped with the latest navigational and safety equipment which offers substantially spacious outdoor areas to maximise the customers experience of this destination.

 The exclusive “Croatian Encounter: Dubrovnik to Zagreb” 10-day cruise-tour utilises this ship during its maiden season for a seven-night cruise exploring the Dalmatian Coast before escorting customers on a three-day land tour in Croatia’s heartland visiting Trogir, Skradain, Plitvice Lakes national Park and onwards to the final destination of the country’s capital, Zagreb.

 It is priced from $3695 per person and has guaranteed departures in June, August and September next year.

 Beyond are offering a $150 Travel Voucher per couple on selected cruise tours, which can be used towards any additional Beyond Travel services, when deposited by December 30.

 Also new for 2017 is the MS Mare on the eight-day roundtrip from Dubrovnik “Dalmatian Treasures” itinerary with 25 guaranteed departures in 2017

 For all new Croatian small ship product visit www.cruise-croatia.com.au or contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554.

FREE TRAVEL VOUCHERS FROM BEYOND TRAVEL

11 Oct

AS holidays in Eastern Europe, especially the Baltics and Poland, continue to gain popularity with Australian travellers Eastern Europe expert Beyond Travel has released its 2017 Early Bird offer on a great range of premium first-class tours with comprehensive inclusions and guaranteed departures.

Customers can receive up to $500 per couple in Discover More Travel Vouchers on a selection of 2017 tours in Austrian, Russia, Czech Republic, the Baltics, Germany and more for bookings made by December 30.

Included, is the comprehensive 20-day escorted ‘Moscow & the Baltics to Vienna” tour that travels from Moscow to St Petersburg, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Prague to Vienna from only $5,290 per person twin share, with twelve guaranteed departures between May and September in 2017. Receive $500 per couple in Discover More Travel Vouchers.

Also available with bonus Travel Vouchers is the 13-day ‘Eastern European Panorama’ escorted tour which travels from Austria to Czech Republic visiting Hungary, Poland and Germany. It’s priced from $3,370 per person twin share with guaranteed departures between May and September this year and includes $400 per couple Discover More Travel Vouchers.

Beyond Travel’s flexible Discover More Travel Vouchers are valid for a year. These can be used on any additional Beyond Travel product, such as pre or post hotel accommodation, small ship cruises, European stopovers, and much more.

All Beyond Travel escorted tours include first class accommodation with daily breakfast, many other meals, sight-seeing with a tour director, transportation and porterage.

For more details visit www.beyondtravel.com.au/2017-escorted-tours or call 1300-363-554 to speak with a travel professional.

BEYOND TRAVEL GROWTH BUCKS THE TREND

28 Sept

CONTRARY to widespread industry trends for FIT sales into Europe, eastern European specialist Beyond Travel has announced significant increases in 2016 FIT bookings.

Marketing manager Bryce Crampton says that while many in the industry are discussing a trend for both agents and consumers to by-pass traditional wholesalers in favour of aggregators or OTAs, Beyond Travels figures reflect continued year on year growth.

He attributes this to Beyond’s experience with unique destinations and a commitment to service in the form of hold time for agents being less than 30 seconds and his local team’s expertise in providing first hand recommendations off the cuff.

Mr Crampton said that the wholesalers current price freeze on FIT bookings for 2017 was also contributing to positive growth. Being able to offer agents and their clients the convenience and security of guaranteed rates on forward bookings, whilst waiting for 2017 rates to be released, has also been a positive move.

He said the latest FIT figures showed improvements of 34% for Croatia, 56% for Russia and a whopping 136% for Berlin accommodation.

NEW SPECIAL JOURNEY FROM BEYOND TRAVEL

 15 Sept

SMALL group specialist Beyond Travel has recently released its inaugural Special Journeys brochure for 2017 tours, with early bookers receiving up to $300 per couple in Discover More Travel Vouchers to use against any additional Beyond Travel services. Tours must be booked and deposited by October 31.

 These unique small group tours have been carefully designed to offer Australian travellers an insight to lesser travelled regions of the world by combining areas of natural beauty and National Parks with in-depth guided tours and a focus on authentic local experiences.

 They offer guaranteed departures, with comprehensive touring conducted only in English and include centrally located hotels, most meals, all transportation and gratuities and hotel porterage.

 New for 2017 is the exclusive ‘Scandinavian Capitals, Fjords & The Hurtigruten Voyage’ tour which showcases a fascinating combination of regional cultures visiting four countries  as well as a six night cruise along Norway’s coast line and across the Arctic Circle.

 There are three guaranteed departures in 2017, July 22, and August 5 and 19. It is priced from $10,795 per person twin share.

 For more details on this contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/tours/exclusive-special-journeys

POPULARITY CREATES EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL JOURNEY BROCHURE

 13 Sept

SMALL group specialist Beyond Travel has just released its inaugural Special Journey Brochure 2017 which contains the popular range of exclusive Special Journey itineraries including some new additions for 2017- all which come with $300 per couple of Discover More travel vouchers when booked by October 31.

The collection of Special Journeys come with guaranteed departure dates and offer more personalised inclusions not found on standard tours and includes destinations such as Croatia, Slovenia, Russia, Scandinavia and for the first time a Hurtigruten voyage.

These unique small group tours have been carefully designed to offer Australian travellers an insight to lesser travelled regions of the world by combining areas of natural beauty and National Parks with in-depth guided tours and a focus on authentic local experiences.

Sales and marketing general manager, Bryce Crampton, said that with 21 years of service and destination experience, the team have been able to create immersive itineraries that focus on local culture rather than just ticking highlights off a bucket list.

New to the collection is the 16-day cruise tour ‘Scandinavian Capitals, Fjords & the Hurtigruten Voyage” which travels from Helsinki in Finland through Sweden, Denmark and Norway before embarking on a Hurtigruten vessel for a six night cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes. Priced from $10,769 per person twin share it offers three guaranteed departure in 2017, July 22 and August 5 and 19.

For more details visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/exclusive-special-journeys/

BEYOND TRAVEL PRICE FREEZE FOR 2017

 7 Sept

TAILOR-MADE holiday expert, Beyond Travel, has just announced a price freeze guarantee on FIT bookings for travel in 2017 when deposited within seven days of receiving the quote. The offer applies to un-contracted services until further notice.

The company offers a comprehensive range of FIT packages and independent travel products such as hotels, sightseeing, transfers and transportation across Russia, Eastern Europe, Croatia, Scandinavia and surrounding countries.

 Sales and marketing general manager, Bryce Crampton said, “Forward contracts for some FIT services in our region can be slow arriving, we wanted to offer agents and their clients the convenience and security of guaranteed rates on forward bookings while we wait for final 2017 contracts to be finalised. Once deposited, the price will not increase even if the rate from our local suppliers increase or the AUD falls further”. 

 “We value and appreciate the agents who support us and hope the offer assists agents to secure early bookings with a simplified secure process”

 For more details agents should call 1300-363-554 or email info@beyondtravel.com.au

SMITH JOINS BEYOND TRAVEL TEAM

1 Sept

UNIQUE holiday specialist Beyond Travel continues to expand and focus on building the business with the recent appointment of the highly experienced travel expert Peter Smith, who joins the company as general manager business growth.

 Mr Smith brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the team since joining the travel industry when he first moved to Australia in the mid 80’s. This includes various senior positions within the Travel Corporation brands, Octopus Travel, Zuji and most recently McLachlan Battlefield Tours.

 He comments, “I have joined the Beyond team at an exciting time of growth and diversity and am looking forward to working with a long-standing reputable brand that is committed to providing Australian travellers high quality products with great value”.

 Owner and CEO Michael Lavilles said that Smiths appointment was the start of continued expansion across the business.

DEMAND CREATES DEDICATED CROATIA CRUISING BROCHURE

 30 August

THE range of Croatian small ship cruises for Australian travellers has grown dramatically over the last six years prompting Croatian experts Beyond Travel to design a dedicated 2017 Croatia Cruising brochure consisting of the latest small ships in the region for next year.

 Beyond Travel will show case the largest collection of Croatia cruising options ever from over the last 21 years with more than a dozen cruises and five new ships for the 2017 season over 36 pages.

 The Croatia Cruising Brochure features  mini cruises- three day itineraries, more one-way cruises on the Dalmatian coast, new cruise itineraries on maiden ships, special interest cruises such as cycle and cruise and hike and cruise packages and the introduction of Young & Fun itineraries.

 General Manager of sales and marketing Bryce Crampton said, “With the exponential increase of product, it was a natural progression to produce a stand-alone brochure which offers the most comprehensive selection of Dalmatian Island cruises on new vessels suitable for a range of different markets.

 “The brochure also presents a new format, by which we have created four categories of small ship cruises; Inclusive, Highlight, Active and Young & Fun categories, with each one offering a different style of travel for a variety of Australian travellers”.

 He added, “This year we are excited to offer Australians, yet another five new vessels that will debut in the 2017 season, these join the four new ships who are currently making their maiden sailings in the 2016 season.

www.beyondtravel.com.au/2017-croatia-coastal-cruise-deals

CROATIA SMALL SHIP CRUISES DISCOUNTS

 29 August

SMALL ship cruising specialist Beyond Travel has just released savings on a collection of small ship sailings in Croatia for 2017- including itineraries on new ships being specifically released for the next season, but you must book and deposit by October 31, 2016.

 New for 2017 is the MS Mare ship which is used on the eight-day Dalmatian Treasures cruise now available with up to $600 discount per couple. A classic roundtrip cruise that departs from Dubrovnik and is perfect for first time visitors as it visits the popular Dalmatian Islands including Mljet, Split, Brac, Hvar, Korcula and is now priced from $2120 per person.

 Cruises are on a range of small ships that average around 20 cabins only. They are large enough to have spacious social areas yet small enough for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and to be able to dock at smaller ports.

 All eight-day cruises include cruise accommodation, two meals a day, , services of an experienced captain and crew and Cruise Manager .

 All cruise itineraries have guaranteed departures between April and October, 2017.

 For more details on all Croatian small ship cruises contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit) www.beyondtravel.com.au/2017-croatia-greece-cruise-deals

2016 CHRISTMAS MARKET RIVER CRUISE

21 July

RIVER cruising specialists Beyond Travel have added two new Christmas market river cruise itineraries to their range for the 2016 season.

Starting from just $995 per person the new four-day Advent on the Rhine cruise offers fantastic value for money. The itinerary departs Cologne Germany on November 26 & 29 and December 02, with stops at Koblenz, Boppard and Rudesheim with their charming local Christmas markets in which to stroll around with a warm Gluhwein while listening to the carols and tempting Christmas treats.

Several other Christmas cruises are available on the Rhine River in November and December with a six-day cruise from Basel Switzerland to Cologne Germany priced from $1,955 per person twin share with stops in Strasbourg, Speyer, Mannheim, Rudesheim and Koblenz.

Single travellers are not forgotten either with great value single supplements available from only $95 on the 4-day cruise or $195 for the 6-day itinerary, for sole use of a twin share river-view cabin.

Cruises include accommodation in a river-view deluxe cabin, all on-board meals, complimentary wine with dinner, services of a multilingual Cruise Director, cultural highlights, port charges, arrival and departure transfers, and comprehensive sightseeing focused on the charming Christmas Markets held over the winter season.

For these and other great offers contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/cruises/2016-christmas-markets-river-cruise

PRAGUE STAY PAY DEALS

 7 July

EASTERN Europe travel specialist beyond travel  is offering special discounts on a variety of ‘Stay Pay’ hotel deals in Prague.

Deals are available at numerous centrally located three and four star hotels, offering a free night’s accommodation when three, four, five or six nights are booked.

The popular 3-star Cloister Inn is centrally located only minutes from Charles Bridge, Prague castle and many more attractions. The stay 4 pay only 3 night deal starts from $155 per night for travel on select dates until December 29.

The 4-star Hotel Savic is a charming boutique hotel in the old town and is perfectly located to many of the city’s main attractions. You can stay 7 and only pay 6 nights through most of summer and rates start from $250 per night.

 All rates are per night twin share including daily breakfast.

 Beyond Travel can also provide land arrangements. A four-day Spotlight on Prague package is priced at $315 per person twin share including return private car transfers, a Grand city tour, theatre tickets and breakfast daily. Prague sightseeing day tours start from as little as $50 per person and transfers are also available.

 For all ‘Stay Pay’ hotel offers visit www.beyondtravel.com.au/prague-vienna-budapest-st-petersburg-free-night-deals/ or call Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554

2017 RUSSIAN RIVER CRUISE DEALS

8 July

RUSSIAN RIVER cruise specialist Beyond Travel are offering  savings up to $1,100 per couple on the deluxe Volga Dream cruise-tour for bookings deposited by 31 August.

The 13-day itinerary offers premium service and facilities at great value prices with summer 2017 departures starting from just $4,180 per person twin share.

The itinerary includes seven days aboard the boutique Volga Dream, an elegant and intimate ship with only 56 staterooms. The vessel features all the facilities of the larger ships such as panoramic lounge with live music, sundeck with unobstructed views, wireless internet throughout, fitness centre, sauna and massage room, hair salon, gift shop and much more.

Once on-board guests will explore all the highlights of the Volga River with shore excursions to Mandrogi, Kizhi Island, Yaroslaval and Uglich all included. Some extra special experiences include a reception at the Governor’s House in Yaroslavl, lunch in a traditional Russian log house, Russian tea ceremony and cooking class, vodka appreciation demonstrations, on-deck barbecues, Russian language lessons and Russian fine arts and history lectures.

These cruise tours also feature stays in deluxe five-star hotels in the historic heart of both Moscow and St Petersburg. A great way to experience these iconic cities and a better option then staying on-board the ships, which in Russia must dock well outside the city centres.

Guests will enjoy three nights in St Petersburg, staying at the deluxe five star Kempinski Moika hotel and visiting all the highlights of this imperial city including the State Hermitage and Catherine’s Palace in small groups of fellow travellers.

In Moscow guests stay at the five-star Marriott Royal Aurora hotel for two nights and visit the Tretyakov Gallery, take a tour of the impressive metro and visit Red Square with a tour inside the Kremlin and a visit to the Armoury Museum, with its collection of Czarist jewels, crowns and Faberge Eggs.

There are seventeen guaranteed departures from May to September 2017. Cruise-tours include accommodation and daily breakfast in five star centrally located hotels, all meals on board the Volga Dream- including complimentary wine with lunch and dinner, all sight-seeing, cultural programs, an English-speaking guide and port taxes.

For more details contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au

BEYOND TRAVEL IN TURKEY

 30 June

BEYOND Travel general manager of sales and marketing, Bryce Crampton, has confirmed the company has accounted for all its clients in Turkey during this devastating time for those in the country’s main arrival point.

 The company would like to assure agents and their clients that they are committed to  ensuring all  traveller needs to re-schedule or cancel arrangements in Turkey will be met without any regular charges or fees for alterations required.

 He added, “We are personally contacting individual agents with clients travelling to Turkey in the immediate future and will deliver prompt and efficient service to those affected.  The safety of our customers is paramount and our aim is to make this time as seamless as possible for those whose travel plans have to change due to these extremely unfortunate events”.

 Mr Crampton expressed his sympathies to those most affected by this tragedy and on behalf of the entire Beyond Travel family, wishes to convey deepest condolences to the people of Istanbul and Turkey.

LAST MINUTE GREAT VALUE RUSSIA RIVER CRUISING OPTION

14 Jun

RIVER cruising specialist Beyond Travel are offering some last minute savings on voyages along Russia’s Volga River on great value itineraries aboard recently refurbished ships with comfortable accommodation and all the services and facilities you need to have a premium river cruising experience. Cruises offer double, single and some triple cabins- all with private en-suites, making them perfect for group bookings. Save up to $250 per person for selected 2016 departures until sold out. The 10-day Volga Classic cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg (also available in reverse) has port visits to the riverside towns of Uglich and Yaroslavl, part of the Golden Ring, Goritzy, Kizhi, Lake Oneg and two days sight-seeing in both Moscow and St Petersburg. 

Priced from $1545 per person twin share, for departures from Moscow on August 11 and September 3 and 12. For cruises departing St Petersburg, savings are available on August 21 and 28 this year. Single cabins are also very reasonable at $2310 for a solo traveller

 Cruises include on board accommodation and meals, an experienced cruise manager, shore excursions to all the main attractions of the cities and towns, cultural programs, port lectures, language lessons, local entertainment and port taxes. For departure details contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit  http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/cruises/river-cruises/russian-river-cruise-ships/

LEGENDARY RAIL JOURNEY DISCOUNTED

 26 May

THE 2017 rates for the legendary rail journey, The Trans-Siberian, have been released and are open for bookings. Russian rail experts for over 21 years, Beyond Travel, are offering savings of $350 to $750 per cabin on the premium private rail Czars Gold service, when you book by June 30.

 This epic 15-day rail-tour covers two continents and seven time zones and departs from either Moscow or Beijing. The journey is aboard a privately chartered first-class train and features stops in Mongolia, Siberia and Tartarstan.

 The on-board experience includes gourmet meals in the first-class dinning car, educational and cultural lectures, nightly bar service, and an on-board doctor.

 This fully escorted comprehensive private train tour is now priced from $10,335 per person twin share and includes eight nights aboard The Czars Gold train with all meals on board, five nights first class hotel accommodation, one night sleeper berth on a Chinese train, a selection of local meals, extensive sightseeing with a tour director and local guides and transfers.

There are 12 guaranteed departures between May and September 2017.

 For a free brochure or to speak with a dedicated Russian rail expert call Beyond Travel on 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au

LAST MINUTE SAVINGS ON GREEK ISLAND MEGA-YACHT

 11 May

BEYOND Travel are offering a last minute discounts of up to $500 per cabin on the deluxe eight-day mega-yacht cruise “Jewels of the Cyclades” through the Aegean Sea for departures in June 2016.

 The voyage is aboard the newly renovated boutique ship MS Galileo. The ship underwent a US$1.2 million upgrade to all 25 cabins and interior and exterior public spaces, showcasing its spacious social areas yet small enough for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and able to dock at smaller ports.

 Sailing on a round-trip cruise from Athens, the itinerary includes port visits to some of the lesser known Greek Islands such as Paros, Kythnos and Syros as well as the famous islands of Santorini and Mykonos. It also offers plenty of leisure time when the yacht drops anchor in many secluded bays perfect for a dip in the warm waters.

 The cruise is now priced from $2490 per person twin share, a saving of $500 per couple.

 Prices include seven nights cruise accommodation, two meals a day, tea/coffee and mineral water throughout the day, use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, services of an experienced captain and crew and port charges.

 There are guaranteed departures on June 4, 18 and 25 until sold out.

 For more details on contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au/2016-greek-island-cruise-deals

LEGENDARY RAIL JOURNEYS BOOKINGS SOAR FOR BEYOND TRAVEL

 4 May

WITH 2016 marking the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Trans-Siberian rail line through Russia, bookings and interest from Australian customers has in the first four months exceeded expectations for travel on this legendary rail journey according to Russian rail specialist, Beyond Travel’s general manager, Bryce Crampton.

 Mr Crampton went on to say the travel experience has always been a bucket list item for active travellers in Australia with a recent surge in demand attributed to the variety of tours and packages available, with guaranteed departures and the prominent coverage of the journey in the mainstream press due to the  anniversary.

 “Russia in general is hot right now; we have seen a huge spike over the last six months for forward bookings, on all products including the premium private trains, guaranteed small group tours and the tailor-made packages along both the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian routes”, he added.

 The 2017 rates for the premium private rail Czars Gold service have been released and are open for bookings. Take advantage of the Earlybird special for clients with savings of $750 per couple, available until June 15. Journeys depart from both Moscow and Beijing aboard a privately chartered first-class train, the 15-day rail-tour feature stops in Mongolia, Siberia and Tartarstan.

 Beyond Travel have been providing a comprehensive range of Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian rail journeys in the Australian market for over 21 years with a dedicated sales team (many with first-hand experience on these legendary rail journeys) as both tour leaders and passionate travellers on the trains and railways in Russia.

BEYOND TRAVEL REPRESENTING CROATIAN FERRY COMPANY

8 April

 LEADING Croatian specialist Beyond Travel has just announced a new partnership with Jarolinjia Ferries by becoming JF’s official general sales agent in Australia.

 General manager of sales and marketing, Bryce Crampton, said that as a specialist wholesaler in Australia the partnership was ideal especially considering the large volume of independent travel itineraries Beyond Travel arrange- with each year surpassing the last.

 He added, “Beyond Travel has been working with Jarolinjia Ferries for more than 20 years. Now able to access the live Jarolinjia booking system we can provide a faster and even more efficient booking process for agents and their clients.”

 The business’s Sydney-based expert reservations team can now offer not only a huge range of Croatia services such as hotels, transfers and sightseeing but live bookings of ferry services such as the most popular route by Australian travellers, going between Italy and Croatia- Bari and Dubrovnik.

 For example the popular tailor-made island-hopping packages such as Split to Hvar to Dubrovnik can now be booked including pre and post ferry services through Beyond Travel and can offer agents instantaneous confirmations thus reducing the wait time for clients.

LATEST NEW SMALL SHIP IN CROATIA

 8 April

THE upcoming 2016 Croatian cruise season includes the largest number of new small ships to set sail, with Croatian expert for 21 years, Beyond Travel, having announced a fifth new ship  to be                                                                                                     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in the Northern summer, the MS Apolon. 

 To celebrate, Beyond have released a special offer of $250 Travel Vouchers per couple on the new premium small ship cruise itinerary “Adriatic Breeze”, which can be used towards any additional Beyond Travel services.

 The MS Apolon’s inaugural sailing will depart Dubrovnik for an eight-day roundtrip cruise on May 21, visiting Mljet, Hvar, Split, Brac, Makarska and Korcula. This modern vessel features 19-airconditioned ensuite cabins, sundecks with lounges, whirlpool and swimming platform, indoor bar and lounge.

 This itinerary is priced from $2060 per person twin share, includes seven nights accommodation with daily breakfast and lunch, a welcome dinner, complimentary fresh fruit daily, free WIFI plus guided walking tours of Hvar, Korcula and Split.

 There are 14 departures from May through until mid-September.

 For more details visit www.beyondtravel.com.au or call 1300-363-554.

BEYOND TRAVEL CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY RAIL JOURNEYS

 23 Mar

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Trans-Siberian rail line through Russia, undoubtedly the world’s greatest railway journey. The Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon across Russia travelling a total of 9288km and passes 485 bridges, 87 cities, 16 rivers, eight time zones and takes seven days to pass.

 

Russian rail specialist Beyond Travel have been providing the most comprehensive range of Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian rail journeys in the Australian market for over 21 years with a dedicated sales team many with first-hand experience on these legendary rail journeys as both tour leaders and passionate travellers on the trains and railways in Russia.

 

The 2016 Russia & Beyond brochure has eight pages dedicated to rail travel including popular small group options with weekly departures in summer. The 13-day Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok (or reverse) over 13-days is priced from $3,395 per person.

 

Other popular options include tailor-made Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian packages, that can be customised to suit individual travellers requests. The 18-day Beijing to St Petersburg rail journey starts from $7,500 per person for travel this June to September, including first class rail tickets, four star hotel accommodation, transfers and comprehensive sightseeing throughout.

 

For those who would prefer a private train experience the Czars Gold departs from both Moscow and Beijing aboard a privately chartered first-class train and feature stops in Mongolia, Siberia and Tartarstan from $12,200 per person for a comprehensive deluxe 15-day rail-tour.

 

For a free brochure or to speak with a Russian rail expert call Beyond Travel on 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au

FREE TRAVEL VOUCHERS FROM BEYOND TRAVEL

09 Mar

AS holidays in Eastern Europe, especially the Baltics and Poland, continue to gain popularity with Australian travellers Eastern Europe expert Beyond Travel has released a special offer of $200 Travel Vouchers per couple on a selection of Baltic and Polish tours for bookings made by March 31.

Included, is the popular great value 13-day escorted ‘Polish and Baltic Jewels’ tour that visits Krakow, Warsaw, Czestochowa, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn from only $2090 per person twin share, with six guaranteed departures between June and August in 2016.

Also available with bonus Travel Vouchers is the 13-day ‘Baltic Revelation’ escorted tour which travels from Lithuania to Russia visiting Latvia, Estonia and Finland. It’s priced from $2450 per person twin share with guaranteed departures between May and September this year.

Beyond Travel’s flexible Travel Vouchers are valid for a year. These can be used on any additional Beyond Travel product, such as hotel accommodation for pre and post escorted tours, additional sightseeing, European rail passes and more.

All Beyond Travel escorted tours include first class accommodation with daily breakfast, sight-seeing with a tour director, transportation and porterage.

 For more details visit www.beyondtravel.com.au/2016-premium-escorted-tours or call 1300-363-554 to speak with a travel professional.

RUSSIA ON SALE

25 Feb

 RUSSIAN experts Beyond Travel have just released a “Russia On Sale” promotion with a variety of great discounts on rail tours, escorted touring, exclusive special journeys, hotel accommodation and land packages.

 Included is a great independent package that includes 72 hours visa free to Russia, allowing customers to experience the beautiful city of St Petersburg without applying for a visa. This five-day tour begins in Helsinki with an overnight ferry ride to St Petersburg where you will spend three nights taking in all the highlights the city has to offer including the Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum and much more.  Save from $300 per couple for departures in between May and December. Available in three or four star centrally located properties, it is now priced from $1120 per person twin share.

 Save up to $500 per couple on the nine-day Grand Russia tailor-made rail package from St Petersburg to Novgorod and Moscow. Now priced from $2,100, including eight nights accommodation in your choice of three, four or five star hotels, first-class rail tickets, daily breakfast, comprehensive sight-seeing with a local guide and return airport transfers.

 All independent Russian packages, including private tours, sight-seeing, hotels and transfers have been greatly reduced. Including Beyond’s popular city stay packages across Russia, with the three-day Spotlight on Moscow or four day Spotlight on St Petersburg now priced from $550 per person twin share.

 For other great Russia deals contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/russia-on-sale-2016/

FLY FREE TO EUROPE THIS SUMMER

 1 Feb

Thought you missed out on earlybird river cruise offers for this year? Think again, Europe river cruising specialist Beyond Travel has just released a last minute offer of free return flights from Australia to Europe when a selected first-class river cruise is booked. Plus as an added bonus, receive stopover vouchers valued at up to $1000 per couple on a range of departures in 2016, but be quick cruises must be booked before February 29.

 The offer is available on a range of first-class Amadeus river cruises for selected departures between May and October this year. Both economy and premium economy flight are included free, depending on the cabin type chosen for the cruise.

 An example is the popular 15-day Amsterdam to Budapest cruise from only $6835 per person twin share. Cruise the Rhine and Danube Rivers in comfort and style with sightseeing stops at historic towns such as Cologne, Rudesheim, Bamberg, Passau, Vienna, Bratislava and many more en-route.  

 For those with less time, the eight-day Classical Rhine cruise is perfect. It travels from Amsterdam to Basel or vice versa and stopping in charming towns such as Rudesheim and Mannheim to view historic villages, castles and vineyards and is priced from $4200 per person twin share.

 Cruise packages includes free return economy or premium economy (depending on cabin grade purchased) flights from Australia, first-class cruise accommodation in a river-view cabin, all meals including complimentary wine with dinner, comprehensive sightseeing excursions with an English- speaking guide, return transfers and port charges and taxes.

 For more details on all European river cruise itineraries contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au

FREE TRAVEL VOUCHERS FROM BEYOND TRAVEL

25 Jan

 UNIQUE holiday specialists Beyond Travel have recently added five new exclusive small group special journeys to their collection for 2016, with early bookers receiving up to $600 per couple in Travel Vouchers per couple to use against any additional Beyond Travel services.

 These unique small group tours have been carefully designed to offer Australian travellers an insight to lesser travelled regions of the world by combining areas of natural beauty and National Parks with in-depth guided tours and a focus on authentic local experiences.

 They offer guaranteed departures, with comprehensive touring conducted only in English and include centrally located hotels, most meals, all transportation and gratuities and hotel porterage.

 New for 2016 is the ‘Central Asian Odyssey’ tour that explores the legendary Silk Road cities of Khiva, Samarkand and Bukhara. The 17-day journey has four departures in 2016 and is priced from $6995 per person twin share.

 Also new for 2016 is the ‘Highlights of Russia and Scandinavia’ tour which showcases a fascinating combination of regional cultures across the Baltic Sea. Visit five countries over 21-days, with many regional areas with private touring.

 There are four departures in 2016 and it is priced from $11,790 per person twin share.

 Book before 29 February to receive flexible Travel Vouchers, which are valid for a year. These can be used on any additional Beyond Travel product, such as hotel accommodation for pre and post river cruises, additional sightseeing, European rail passes and more.

 For more details on this contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/tours/exclusive-special-journeys

CROATIAN CRUISES SAVE $1000

 12 Jan

ALREADY planning a way to escape the Australian winter, Croatian specialist Beyond Travel has you covered, with a saving $1000 per couple on selected small ship sailings around the Dalmatia Islands of Croatia departing in May and June this year, but be quick its only available to book until the end of January.

 Savings are valid on six different itineraries on a range of modern motorised cruisers that average around only 25 air conditioned cabins with private facilities. The vessels are large enough to have spacious social areas yet small enough for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and to be able to dock at smaller ports.

 One of the most popular cruises is the eight-day ‘Adriatic Classic’ cruise, the roundtrip departing Dubrovnik is perfect for first time visitors as it visits the most popular Dalmatian Islands including Mljet, Pucisca, Omis, Split, Brac, Hvar, Korcula.

 Now priced from $2,210 per person twin share, it includes seven nights’ cruise accommodation with daily breakfast and lunch (dinner is at leisure ashore), some sightseeing, return transfers and port charges and tourist tax.

 The $1000 saving is also available cruising Dubrovnik to Zadar or reserve and on a 12-day extended Dubrovnik to Venice cruise-tour, which is now priced from $2805 per person twin share with all accommodation, sightseeing and transportation included.

 For other cruise itineraries on sale visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/2016-croatia-greece-cruise-deals/ or call Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554

PREMIUM PARIS TO BUDAPEST CRUISE -TOUR

14 Dec

 RIVER cruising specialist Beyond Travel has released its new premium European river cruise-tour aboard the new deluxe MS Monarch Empress which has been specifically built for the 2016 cruising season.

 This boutique vessel features 72 spacious cabins- each one offering river views with all middle and upper deck cabins featuring panoramic French-balconies. It also offers a panoramic restaurant, two lounge-bars, sun deck,  lift, WIFI throughout, 24-hour tea and coffee station and holds cultural lectures and entertainment on board.

 The 12-day itinerary begins in Paris for two nights before travelling through the Champagne region for a night in Nancy. Cross over to Germany for a night in Karlsruhe before boarding the MS Monarch Empress for a seven night cruise along the Danube River, in Regensburg.

 Cruise through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary visiting many charming towns, medieval cities and scenic countryside.

 Priced from $5,480 per person twin share, the tour includes four nights accommodation in four star hotels, land touring and sightseeing with a tour director, seven nights cruise accommodation with all meals on-board and complimentary wine with dinner, daily shore excursions in each town and city and arrival and departure transfers.

 For more details contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au

CREATE YOUR OWN EASTERN EUROPEAN HOLIDAY

27 Nov

EASTERN European holiday specialists Beyond Travel have released a new collection of suggested tailor-made packages across Eastern Europe to show case the best of the many countries in the region.

 These package holidays offer the value and convenience of pre-booked services with the freedom to customise holidays and the independence to explore destinations at your own pace. Each tailor-made package can be altered to suit individual traveller needs.

 New for 2016 is the 11-day ‘Romantic Road, Bavaria, The Alps & Vienna’ itinerary which travels from Frankfurt through stunning countryside visiting picturesque regional towns and onwards to Salzburg and Vienna in Austria.

 Prices start from $2465 per person twin share and include all accommodation with daily breakfast, transportation via air-conditioned coach, private car transfers, first class rail and arrival and departure transfers, plus services of local representatives and sightseeing.

 Also new is the slightly longer ‘Best of the Baltics & Poland’, travel across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. It is available in three or four star accommodation and like all suggested tailor-made itineraries, travellers can extended their itinerary with pre or post touring, longer hotel stays and car hire.

 Priced from $4650 per person twin share it offers the same inclusions as the above package.

 For more details on creating your perfect Eastern European holiday contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au

TAILOR-MADE EASTERN EUROPEAN HOLIDAYS WITH BEYOND TRAVEL

19 DEC

 AS holidays in eastern Europe, especially The Baltic’s, Poland and The Czech Republic, continue to gain popularity with Australian travellers eastern Europe specialists Beyond Travel have increased their range of suggested tailor-made holidays across the destinations featured in its 2016 Eastern Europe brochure.

 Marketing manager Bryce Crampton said Beyond Travel are well set to capitalise on the growing trend for tailor-made packages such as rail tours, with substantial growth in bookings from seasoned travellers who appreciate the value and convenience of pre-booked services combined with the freedom to customise their holiday and the independence to explore destinations at their own pace.

 He added, “These packages are aimed at the 55+ demographic, they have travelled extensively and have the confidence to navigate around countries like Germany and Austria, where modern transport infrastructure makes this type of travel easy and comfortable for foreigners.”

 The suggested Tailor-made itineraries continue to receive very positive feedback from agents as they offer a complete travel solution with the convenience of recommended hotels, rail passes, sight-seeing and transfers pre-packaged at competitive rates, plus the ability to change sections of the tour to suit the individual needs of their clients.

 There are dozens of tailor-made tours and packages available for 2016 including the new 11-day Romantic Road, Bavaria, The Alps & Vienna which travels from Germany to Austria via rail, coach and car. Other new options include Prague and Bohemia to Budapest by car and rail and Romania and Bulgaria by private car and driver.

 All suggested tailor-made itineraries, travellers can extended their itinerary with pre or post touring, longer hotel stays and car hire.

BEYOND TRAVEL OFFERS EXPANDED SCANDINAVIAN CHOICES FOR 2016

19 Nov

 EUROPE touring specialist Beyond Travel has recently released its new Scandinavia program for 2016, including a selection of new product and the introduction of special packages featuring the Hurtigruten coastal voyages.

With the region becoming more popular than ever for Australian tourists, Beyond have meet this demand by expanding their product in all areas including small group exclusive small group special journeys, tailor-made tours, premium escorted tours, short stay packages, hotels, ferry tickets and sightseeing.

 A highlight of the new range is an 18-day rail, ferry and Hurtigruten package which visits major sights in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway with a five-night cruise from Kirkenes in northern Norway through the Lofoten islands in daylight and a crossing on the Arctic Circle before exploring the Fjords through to Bergen.

 The itinerary includes five nights cruise accommodation with all meals on the cruise sector, private transfers, 11 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast, rail tickets from Stockholm to Copenhagen, overnight ferry Copenhagen to Oslo and sightseeing in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo. Priced from $8920 per person twin share, there are daily departures between May and September.

 For those with less time there is a five day tour which departs Oslo in Norway and includes a scenic rail journey to Trondheim in the country’s north and a day and night aboard a Hurtigruten vessel. Priced from $1735 per person twin share it also includes hotel accommodation and sightseeing.

 For the complete product range for Scandinavia visit www.beyondtravel.com.au or call 1300-363-554

SELL-OUT DISCOVER CZECH WITH BEYOND TRAVEL DINNER

 18 Nov

VISITING tourism body, Czech Tourism and European specialists for 21 years, Beyond Travel, joined forces in Sydney Tuesday (November 17) at the Sir Stamford Hotel to host the first evening of a series of Czech Republic agent information dinners.

 Beyond Travel marketing manager Bryce Crampton said the events had been designed to increase awareness and update agents on the great value, ideal location in the heart of Europe and the numerous attractions the Czech Republic offers Australians travelling to Eastern Europe.

 He added, “With the challenge of the Australian dollar for travellers at the moment, Czech Republic offers amazing value for expenses on the ground in Czech, especially in comparison to other major tourist cities.

 “For example, the average cost per night of a centrally located four star hotel in London is A$285, in Vienna is A$195 and in Prague is only A$150. While the average price of a beer in Sydney is A$7 a local Czech beer, home to the famous Pilsen, is just A$2.

 The sell-out event included over 60 agents who were encouraged to complete a Czech Republic crossword to be in the chance to win numerous prizes including a beautiful Moser crystal vase.

 Similar sized events will also take place in Adelaide and Melbourne later in the week.

NEW SMALL SHIP CRUISES IN CROATIA

 5 Nov

THE upcoming 2016 Croatian cruise season includes the largest number of new small ships to set sail. To celebrate, Croatian experts for 21 years, Beyond Travel, have released a number of new cruise itineraries on new vessels and are offering up to $400 of Discover More Travel Vouchers per couple for 2016 cruises booked before December 31, 2015.

 There are a dozen premium ships for the 2016 cruise season, including the first vessel to offer VIP private balcony cabins -the new MS Infinity. Beyond have created the new eight day premium small ship one-way cruise the ‘Deluxe Dalmatia’ which sails from Split to Dubrovnik and visits Brac, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Mljet and Slano on the way.

 Premium ships start from $1,490 per person twin share, for a ‘Croatian Elegance’ cruise aboard the “Kleopatra” featuring a spa deck and including seven nights accommodation with daily breakfast and lunch or dinner daily, plus guided walking tours of Dubrovnik, Havr, Korcula and Split.

 There are weekly departures from May through until early October across the range of new ships from either Split or Dubrovnik.

 Also new in 2016 are cruise-tours combining a seven day ship cruise on the recently launched MS Prestige with three days land touring in Zagreb, Split and the stunning Plivice Lakes.

 This fully escorted tour is priced from $3460 per person twin share and departs in May, July and August.

 Both cruises come with bonus “Discover More Travel Credits” when booked with Beyond Travel by 31 December 2015, which can be used towards any additional Beyond Travel services.

 For more details visit www.beyondtravel.com.au or call 1300-363-554

BEYOND TRAVEL GROWS SCANDINAVIA

 3 Nov

ESTABLISHED Europe specialists Beyond Travel are broadening their range with a host of new activities in Scandinavia.

 Two key introductions in the company’s 2016 Russia & Beyond brochure, the largest in 21 years, are the new packages featuring Hurtigruten and an exclusive small group special journey which combines the highlights of Scandinavia and Russia.

One of the new tailor-made tours is an 18-day package which takes in major centres in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway around a five-night Hurtigruten voyage from Kirkenes in northern Norway through the Lofoten islands in daylight and a crossing on the Arctic Circle on the way to Bergen.

The itinerary includes travel by road, rail and ferry, all meals on the Hurtigruten sector, 11 nights accommodation and sightseeing in the capital cities. Priced from $8920 per person twin share the tour can be customised to suit clients individual travel needs and there are daily departures between May and September.

Marketing manager Bryce Crampton said that the Highlights of Scandinavia and Russia tour was designed to meet demand for a comprehensive small group tour spanning northern Europe.

He added, “Departures of this exclusive small group 21-day journey in May, June, July and August are guaranteed and can be combined with pre- and post-tour accommodation in Moscow and Bergen in Norway.

“Beyond Travel is also offering a bonus $1000 in Discover More vouchers on the package which can be used against a huge range of additional pre and post tour services”.

As for the new product range in Scandinavia, Mr Crampton said that the feedback from travel agents to the expanded services and product this year was overwhelmingly positive and the trade response encouraged Beyond Travel to offer an even wider choice of hotels, tours and sightseeing options for 2016.

The new brochure also features new Scandinavia ferry services, short-stay city and fjord packages, greater sightseeing options and a broader range of hotel choices throughout Scandinavia.

SPIRITUAL HOTSPOTS ON BEYOND AGENDA

20 Oct

TWO spiritual hotspots of Poland and Lithuania are part of Beyond Travel’s 2016 Polish & Baltic Jewels travel package. Starting in Krakow, Poland, the tour heads to Warsaw via Czestochowa, home of Jasna Gora Monastery, a major spiritual drawcard in Poland. It then goes on to Vilnius and Lithuania’s famous Hill of Crosses before touring Latvia and ending in Tallinn, Estonia. The tour features on Beyond Travel’s recently released 2016 Eastern Europe brochure.

The Hill of Crosses is made up of tens of thousands of crosses and has become a popular place of pilgrimage. This spectacle had its beginnings in 1831 when relatives of people killed during an anti-Russian uprising at what was once the site of an old hill fort placed crosses at the site in their memory. People have kept adding more crosses over the years as they’ve come to pray for different reasons. It has become a custom for visitors to leave their own cross. Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at the Hill of Crosses for 100,000 worshippers in 1993. During the Soviet occupation of Lithuania from 1940 to 1991 the Hill of Crosses was bulldozed at least three times by Russian authorities, but crosses kept reappearing.

Beyond Travel’s 2016 Polish & Baltic Jewels tour is priced at $1995 per person and it includes four-star hotels, breakfast, sightseeing and entrance fees. Beyond Travel also still has vacancies for its 2016 Poland World Youth Day, including WYD accreditation and pilgrimage packs. For groups of more than 10 Beyond Travel can build a private tour anywhere in the region.

For quotes and brochures contact Beyond Travel on 1300 363 554, or email groups@beyondtravel.com.au

CROATIA TO GREECE WITH BEYOND TRAVEL

 9 Oct

CROATIAN specialist Beyond Travel have added a new and exclusive small group special journey to its 2016 collection, the 18-day ‘Balkan Odyssey: Split to Athens’, now available with up to $500 in travel vouchers when booked by December 31.

 Combining two of the most sought after destinations during the Mediterranean summer, Greece and Croatia, plus the unique neighbouring countries of Montenegro and Albania, this comprehensive itinerary travels from Split through the Dalmatian Islands on an exclusive privately-chartered cruise visiting Omis, Brac, Hvar, Mljet and Sipan before arriving in Dubrovnik.

 From Dubrovnik your tour travels into the emerging destination of Montenegro to explore Perast, Kotor, Budva and Cetinje. Then continue along the coast to unique Albania for three nights before crossing the Greek boarder into Ioannina. From here you visit the spectacular monasteries of Meteora atop sandstone rock pillars and onwards to Arachova and Delphi before reaching your final destination, Athens.

 There are departures in June, August and September. Priced from $8895 per person twin share, there is a bonus of $500 Discover More travel vouchers per couple which can be used against any additional Beyond Travel service.

 The tour includes 10 nights central deluxe and first class hotel accommodation with daily breakfast and a large selection of other meals, plus a six night premium small ship cruise aboard MS Splendid and, as with all Beyond Travel’s exclusive small group special journeys, comprehensive sightseeing with an English speaking guide, all ground transportation, arrival and departure transfers, gratuities and hotel porterage.

 For more details contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/tours/exclusive-special-journeys/

SAVINGS ON GREEK ISLAND MEGA-YACTHS

 30 Sept

BEYOND Travel are offering Earlybird discounts of up to $800 per cabin on the deluxe eight-day mega-yacht cruise “Jewels of the Cyclades” through the Aegean Sea for departures in 2016 when you book and pay by February 25, 2016.

 The voyage aboard the MS Galileo has only 25 cabins but is large enough to have spacious social areas yet small enough for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and able to dock at smaller ports.

 Sailing on a round-trip cruise from Athens, the itinerary includes port visits to some of the lesser known Greek Islands such as Paros, Kythnos and Syros as well as the famous islands of Santorini and Mykonos. It also offers plenty of leisure time when the yacht drops anchor in many secluded bays perfect for a dip in the warm waters.

 The cruise is now priced from $2510 per person twin share, a saving of $460 per couple for a category C cabin during the low season and for a category A cabin in the high season you will save $800 per couple with the cruise now priced from $4090 per person twin share.

 Prices include seven nights cruise accommodation, two meals a day, tea/coffee and mineral water throughout the day, use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, services of an experienced captain and crew and port charges.

 There are numerous guaranteed departures between April and October, 2016.

 For more details on all mega-yacht cruises contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au

BEYOND TRAVEL KEEPS THEIR PRICES DOWN

14 Sept

TAILOR-MADE holiday experts, Beyond Travel, have just announced a price freeze guarantee on FIT bookings for travel through to August 2016 when deposited within 14 days of receiving the quote. The offer applies to un-contracted services until further notice.

The company offers a comprehensive range of FIT packages and independent travel products such as hotels, sightseeing, transfers and transportation across Russia, Eastern Europe, Croatia, Scandinavia and surrounding countries.

Marketing manager, Bryce Crampton said, “Forward contracts for some FIT services in our region can be slow arriving, we wanted to offer agents and their clients the convenience and security of guaranteed rates on forward bookings while we wait for final 2016 contracts to be finalised. Once deposited, the price will not increase even if the rate from our local suppliers increase or the AUD falls further”.

“We value and appreciate the agents who support us and hope the offer assists agents to secure early bookings with a simplified secure process”

For more details agents should call 1300-363-5554 or email info@beyondtravel.com.au

NEW SCANDINAVIA SPECIAL JOURNEY FOR BEYOND TRAVEL

14 Sept

EUROPE touring specialist Beyond Travel have recently released its newest exclusive small group special journey to its collection for 2016, the 12-day ‘Across Scandinavia by Land and Sea, which is now available with up to $500 in travel vouchers when booked by December 31.

Featured in the new 2016 Preview brochure, this tour has been carefully designed to combine the popular destinations of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, with a selection of regional stays focusing on authentic local experiences.

Begin in the historic city centre of Helsinki before boarding an overnight ferry to Stockholm. Explore Sweden’s charming capital city before continuing by rail south to Copenhagen while taking in the stunning countryside. From here travel to the ancient capital of Denmark, Roskilde before boarding an overnight ferry to Oslo.

Take the magnificent train journey through rugged mountains and past thundering waterfalls on the Flam Railway along the west coast of Norway. Continue your journey by water travelling by express boat along the serene Auerlandfjord and the Sognefjord to Balestrand and spend your final two nights in Bergen.

Priced from $7995 per person twin, the tour has a maximum group size of only twenty travellers and includes 11 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and a large selection of other meals, comprehensive sightseeing with an English speaking guide, transportation by coach, rail and overnight ferry trips in sea-view cabins, plus arrival and departure transfers and gratuities and hotel porterage.

There are departures in May, June, July and August next year.

For more details on this contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/tours/exclusive-special-journeys

NEW SILK ROAD JOURNEY FROM BEYOND TRAVEL

17 Aug

UNIQUE holiday specialists Beyond Travel have recently added five new exclusive small group special journeys to their collection for 2016, including the ‘Central Asian Odyssey’ tour that explores the legendary Silk Road cities of Khiva, Samarkand and Bukhara.

Early bookers can receive up to $500 in Travel Vouchers per couple to use against any additional Beyond Travel service.

Featured in their recently-released 2016 Preview brochure this exclusive small group tour has been carefully designed to offer Australian travellers an insight to lesser travelled regions of the world by combining areas of natural beauty and National Parks with in-depth guided tours and a focus on authentic local experiences.

The new 17-day itinerary begins in the capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty and travels to Charyn Canyon before crossing the border into Kyrgyzstan, visiting Karakol- to have dinner with a local family, the picturesque Jety Oguz famous for its extraordinary red sandstone cliffs, Chon Kemin to visit its open-air museum of petroglyphs dating back to the 2nd millennium BC and Bishkek before boarding your flight to Uzbekistan.

Spend a day exploring the capital Tashkent before joining your high speed train to the ancient city of Samarkand- an important part of the ancient traders’ route the Silk Road. Travel to the 1000-year-old city Bukhara and across the black and red deserts to the remote oasis city Khiva- the gateway for caravans in and out of China.

Priced from $6995 per person twin share, it includes 16 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and a large selection of other meals, comprehensive sightseeing with an English speaking guide, transportation in coach, rail and plane, arrival and departure transfers and gratuities and hotel porterage.

A four day Turkmenistan extension, featuring the Darvaza ‘Gates Of Hell” and Ashgabat is available after the tour.

There are four guaranteed departures in 2016, May 24, August 23, September 6 and 20.

For more details on this contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/tours/exclusive-special-journeys

NEW FIRST-CLASS RIVER CRUISES FROM BEYOND

6 AUG 15

RIVER cruising specialists, Beyond Travel, who have 21 years expertise, have just released a range of new 2016 river cruising options across Russia and Europe that offer deluxe first class ships and service at great value prices.

Book before December 31 and receive between $200 and $1000 per couple in flexible Discover More Travel Vouchers which are valid for a year and can be used on any additional Beyond Travel product, such as hotel accommodation for pre and post river cruises, additional sightseeing, European rail passes and more.

Included in the cruises on offer are first class cruises are aboard the premium Amadeus fleet featuring elegant restaurants, panoramic bars and comfortable deluxe cabins. Eight-day European river cruises start from as little as $2590 per person twin share and can feature ports throughout The Netherlands, Germany, France, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Switzerland- including many regional country towns.

For a longer cruise experience the 12-day Paris to Budapest cruise-tour is priced from $5,480 per person twin share, which comes with $600 worth of travel vouchers.

A fantastic value Russian River cruise between Moscow and St Petersburg starts from only $1710 per person twin share aboard the fully renovated MS Anton Chekov and includes up to $300 travel voucher per couple.

Cruises include accommodation in a river-view cabin, gourmet meals throughout, most including quality wines with dinner, complimentary tea and coffee all day, comprehensive sightseeing tours en-route and all port taxes.

For departure details contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/cruises/river-cruises/

NEW CRUISE TOURS FROM BEYOND TRAVEL

28 JUL 15

SMALL SHIP cruise specialists Beyond Travel have just released their 2016 Waterways brochure with an expanded range of small ships in Croatia, new deluxe European river cruises and new fully renovated ships in Russia.

There is growing interest in cruise-tours so Beyond has responded by expanding options in the new brochure with a range of price points to meet all budgets.

Marketing manager Bryce Crampton said that one of their biggest growth areas was cruise-tours combining unique land tour options with a small ship cruise into one comprehensive itinerary offering clients the best of both worlds during their European Holiday.

Adding, “These unique itineraries have been designed to show case the best travel options by land and by water. The brochure format has also been modernised with improved ship presentation and new benefits and inclusion boxes as easy reference points for agents and their clients.

For river cruising there are several options on the new Amadeus Silver III – including a 16-day Prague, Berlin & The Rhine trip combing the Czech Republic with Germany and a Rhine river cruise to Basel starting from $9195, per person twin share. Also new is the 12-day Paris to Budapest cruise-tour aboard the brand Ms Monarch Empress from $5,480 per person twin share.

Premium small ships in Croatia continue to grow in popularity and new 2016 cruise-tours include the 12-day Croatian Elegance from Zagreb to Split via Plitvice Lakes plus the exclusive small group Balkan Odyssey itinerary, travelling from Split through Dalmatia to Montenegro, Albania, Northern Greece and onto Athens over 18 fascinating days.

Early bookers can receive up to $1000 in Travel Vouchers per couple on a selection of product from the brochure which can be used on any additional Beyond Travel service.

NEW SMALL GROUP SPECIAL JOURNEYS FROM BEYOND TRAVEL

 23 JUL 15

EASTERN European touring specialists Beyond Travel have just added five new exclusive small group special journeys to their collection for 2016, which are now available with up to $800 in travel vouchers when booked by December 31.

Featured in their recently-released 2016 Preview brochure these exclusive small group tours are carefully designed to combine the most popular destinations for Australian travellers with a selection of regional stays focusing on authentic local experiences.

The new 16-day Prague, Berlin and The Rhine itinerary begins in Prague and travels through northern Czech Republic and Germany visiting Terezin, Dresden and Bremen before embarking on an eight night deluxe river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel aboard the newest vessel in the Amadeus fleet, the MS Silver II.

There are departures in May, June and July. Priced from $9195 per person twin share, there is a bonus of $500 Discover More travel vouchers per couple.

Another unique journey, featuring a privately-charter Dalmatian island cruise, is the new 18-day Balkan Odyssey, from Split to Athens via Montenegro and Albania priced from $8495 per person twin share, book and deposit by December 31 and also receive $500 per couple in Discover More travel vouchers.

Highlights of this tour include Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnuik in Croatia, Budva in Montenegro, Albania’s capital Tirana, the spectacular Monasteries of Meteora and Delphi in Greece.

For more details on this contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/tours/exclusive-special-journeys

BEYOND TRAVEL’S BOOK OF EARLY DEALS

20 JUL 15

Beyond Travel are celebrating their 21st anniversary this year and have released a range of premium and deluxe tours and rail journeys in its newly designed  2016 preview brochure. It promotes the benefits of early booking to agents and their clients by securing the best possible prices for 2016 products.

The brochure features Discover More Travel Vouchers on the majority of product with up to $800 per couple available when booked and deposited by 31 December 2015.

BT marketing manager Bryce Crampton said Discover More Travel Vouchers not only offer added value to consumers but they have also proven very successful in directing pre and post tour bookings away from the internet and back through travel agents.

He added, “The preview brochure is full of special offers adding value to both clients and agents. Plus we are excited to introduce several new products including more exclusive Special Journey tours to the already diverse range”.

The collection of product in the brochure is a varied selection of BT’s premium and deluxe itineraries including small group Special Journeys with unique inclusions not found on standard tours, Legendary Rail Journeys along the fabled Silk Road and Trans-Siberian plus great value river cruises in Europe and small ship cruises in Dalmatia.

New premium escorted tours options include Scandinavia, Croatia and Central Asia.

The brochure is currently being distributed, with re-orders available through Brochure Flow or contact Beyond Travel to request copies on 1300-363-554 or email sales@beyondtravel.com.au

DISCOVER POLAND WITH BEYOND TRAVEL

02 JUL 15

EASTERN European holiday specialists Beyond Travel have a selection of great value private packages and fully escorted tours that highlight the best that Poland has to offer.

One of the most popular first class fully escorted tours is the seven-day Magic of Poland from Warsaw to Krakow, taking in all the highlights such as touring the Royal Route into Warsaw’s Old Town with its Royal Castle and bustling Market Square, an evening Chopin recital, a trip to Czestochowa to visit Yasna Gora Monastery and its famous Black Madonna, a night in Zakopane nestled at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, rafting on the Dunajec River and tours to Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine.

There are seven guaranteed departures between July and October and it is priced from $1505 per person twin share including four nights first class accommodation with daily breakfast, sight-seeing with a tour director, transportation and porterage.

For those wanting to do a private independent package in Poland this summer, Beyond have an eight day itinerary from Warsaw to Krakow including first class rail travel between the cities from only $1225 per person twin share. It also includes accommodation with daily breakfast, comprehensive sight-seeing and services of a local representative. It is available in three, four or five star hotels.

For more information on all Polish products, click here or call 1300-363-554.

EASTERN EUROPE SUMMER HOTEL SAVINGS

22 June 15

EASTERN Europe travel specialist Beyond Travel is offering special “Stay Pay” hotel deals in popular Eastern European cities during the upcoming northern summer.

For great value in Vienna, the family run Hotel Capri has Stay Four Pay Three deals from only $540 for four nights in a standard with daily breakfast and taxes, a savings of $180 for stays until August 24.

Save $190 in Budapest at the centrally located first class character Hotel Parliament, a contemporary boutique hotel offering Stay Four Pay Three deal from $585 for four nights with daily breakfast and taxes. Valid for stays from July 01 until August 31 (excluding F1 Grand Prix dates)

Stay four nights in an historic hotel in the centre of St Petersburg and save $265 at the deluxe Hotel Angleterre in a classic room with breakfast and taxes from only $795 valid for stays from July 1 through to October 22.

For a luxury experience in Prague the 5-star Hotel Pariz, an iconic Art-Nouveau building ideally situated in the heart of the Old Town, has a Stay Five Pay Four offer available from $1,120 for stays during July, August and September, a saving of $280 per room including daily breakfast and taxes.

Beyond Travel can also provide a full range of land arrangements in all cities in-conjunction with these specials. Tours include a day trip to Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic, a winery tour to Egar in Hungary or speciality dinners. City sightseeing tours start from as little as $35 per person and transfers are also available.

For further details visit Prague Hotel Deals or call 1300-363-554.

CZECH CHRISTMAS MARKETS PACKGES

10 June 15

THE Czech Republic has become one of the most popular Eastern European holiday destinations for Australian travellers, particularly during Christmas when the country celebrates with many local Christmas Markets alight with decorations as carols and the aroma of wood-cooked sausages fill the air.

The capital, Prague, comes alive at Christmas and has many markets to explore including the most popular ones in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The markets are designed to capture the spirit of typical folk with much traditional Christmas food and beverage available as well as decorations and gifts. Enjoy a warmed mulled wine or punch as the city squares are filed with music from choirs and dance bands.

Smaller towns across the country each hold special Christmas markets over the festive season, including the picturesque medieval town of Cesky Krumlov in its centrally located town square. In the mountainous Karlovy Vary markets line the banks of the Ohra River, while in the small town of Cheb the local markets include an ice skating rink set up for visitors to enjoy.

Local Czech Republic specialists, Beyond Travel, have a selection of great value packages in Czech Republic over winter months, including a four day Christmas Markets itinerary from only $390 per person twin share, perfect for stopovers and to celebrate the festive season in Europe.

The price includes three nights’ accommodation at the four star Majestic Plaza hotel with daily breakfast, private airport transfers, half-day tour of Kutna Hora and the “Bone Church”, entrance to the Museum of the Infant Jesus of Prague, tickets to a Christmas concert and a traditional hot beverage at the Wenceslas Square markets.

For further details on Czech Republic Christmas holidays visit Czech Tourism or contact local Czech Republic specialist Beyond Travel to design a customised personal itinerary  or call 1300-363-554

EASY ISLAND HOPPING IN CROATIA AND GREECE

05 JUNE 2015

The holiday experts Beyond Travel have introduced a compressive selection of island hopping tours around Croatia and Greece- a flexible way to see the islands without worrying about the logistics.

An emerging popular way to see the islands in Croatia is to ‘island-hop’ from cities such as Dubrovnik or Split on the mainland, to islands such as Hvar and Korcula. These specialty tours include pre-booked ferry transfers, sightseeing with expert local guides and carefully selected hotels packaged up in one great value price for a relaxed holiday experience.

Island-Hopping tours are available from May until October and can be customised to suit individual travel requirements and can have additional services added to the itinerary such as city stays and sightseeing, transfers and more. They are available in three, four and five star accommodation and range from three to 11-days in length.

One of the most popular routes is the nine-day Dubrovnik to the Dalmatian islands of Korcula and Hvar to Split itinerary, a five day package starts from only $655 per person twin share for departures in October with standard accommodation.

In Greece, the 10-day round trip from Athens includes exploring Mykonos and Santorini is priced from $1,375 per person twin share for departures in September 2015.

For all island hopping tours visit Island Hopping Tours or call Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554

CROATIA AND GREECE SMALL SHIP CRUISES DISCOUNTS

26 MAY 15

SMALL ship cruising specialists Beyond Travel are offering discounts of up to $2800 per couple on a selection of eight-day first class small ship cruises through the Adriatic and Aegean Seas for departures this year when you book and deposit by June16, 2015.

Cruises are on a range of small ships and first class mega-yachts that average around 25 cabins only. They are large enough to have spacious social areas yet small enough for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere and to be able to dock at smaller ports.

The Adriatic Classic roundtrip departing Dubrovnik is perfect for first time visitors which visits the popular Dalmatian Islands including Mljet, Pucisca,  Omis, Split, Brac, Hvar, Korcula and is now priced from $1885 per person, a saving of $1200 per couple in a Category C cabin.

To see the best of the Greek Islands, the Jewels of the Cyclades itinerary is a round-trip from Athens with port visits in Ios, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos, Paros and Kythnos .  It is now priced from $1930 per person, a saving of up to $2000 per couple/cabin for a Category C cabin. Or combine Turkey with Greece on a one-way cruise from Istanbul to Athens in August and save up to $2800 per person, with prices starting at $2620 per person.

All eight-day cruises include cruise accommodation, two meals a day, tea/coffee and mineral water throughout the day, services of an experienced captain and crew and port charges.

There are numerous guaranteed departures for between May and October, 2015.

For more details on all mega-yacht cruises contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/2015-small-ship-cruise-early-birds/

GREAT VALUE NORTHERN LIGHTS TOURS

20 May 15

EUROPEAN specialist Beyond Travel has recently expanded its Scandinavian product range with the introduction of the Northern Lights tours in Norway, the natural light show that is created when solar winds meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole, forming arches, waves and curls of light across the night sky.

There are multiple guaranteed departure dates in 2016 during the Northern Winter when the region becomes a white wonderland, a kind never to be found in Australia, over January, February and March.

The five-day Unique Northern Lights tour begins in Alta, known as the ‘Northern Lights City’ where you will have your first view of Aurora Borealis on a Northern Light Safari. During your stay you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Alta Museum, see the world’s most northern Igloo Hotel the Sorrisniva, see Norway’s Arctic fjords and visit Tromso – a former starting point for many polar expeditions.

Priced from only $1500 per person twin share, the package includes four nights hotel accommodation with breakfast, an English-speaking tour director, transportation and comprehensive sightseeing.

There are also many optional tours to add to the itineraries and the chance to upgrade the package to stay at the Snow Hotel for an additional cost.

An extended eight-day Around the Cape Northern Lights package, featuring a Hurtigruten Cruise and snow hotel options is also available from $2400 per person twin share.

For more details contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/northern-lights/

EUROPE CHRISTMAS MARKET RIVER CRUISES

13 May 2015

RIVER cruise specialists Beyond Travel have released first class European Christmas Market cruises for 2015 to their range of first-class European river cruises.

Offering fantastic value, new for 2015 is an seven-day Advent on the Danube itinerary departing Vienna on December 11, cruising to Nuremberg with stops at Melk, Passau and Regensburg which all have local Christmas markets in which to stroll around with a warm Gluhwein while listening to the carols and tempting Christmas treats.

This 7-day cruise is priced from only $1,165 per person twin share in a river-view cabin, with a very low single supplement of only $180 available for solo travellers.

Several other Christmas cruises are available on the Rhine River, departing Cologne Germany in November and December with the six-day Advent on the Rhine cruise priced from only $1,080 per person twin share and a $160 single supplement available.

Cruises include accommodation in a twin river-view cabin with all meals and wine with dinner and comprehensive sightseeing focusing on the charming Christmas Markets held over the winter season.

For other great river cruise offers contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/2015-christmas-markets-river-cruise/

EUROPE CHRISTMAS RIVER CRUISE BARGAINS FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

07 May 15

RIVER cruise specialists Beyond Travel have released first class European Christmas cruises for 2015 to their range of great value solo traveller deals by reducing the single supplements.

Offering fantastic value, new for 2015 is an eight-day Advent on the Danube itinerary departing Vienna on December 11, cruising to Nuremberg with stops at Melk, Passau and Regensburg which all have local Christmas markets in which to stroll around with a warm Gluhwein while listening to the carols and tempting Christmas treats.

Priced from $1,345 for sole use of a twin share river-view cabin, the single supplement portion is only $190 considerably lower than the common 50 to 100 percent charge for solo travellers.

Another Christmas cruise option for solo Australian travellers is the Advent on the Rhine cruise, a six-day round-trip from Cologne priced from $1240 ($160 supplement included) departing on November 30 and December 8 and 13.

Cruises include solo use of a twin river-cabin with all meals and wine with dinner and comprehensive sightseeing with a focus on the various Christmas Markets held over the winter season.

For other great solo cruise offers contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au