Tours Return With Big Savings


SAVINGS OF more than $4,000 are now available on tours to one of the world’s most popular destinations.

APT’s Africa program is back for the first time since before the pandemic with four itineraries from 12 to 24 days covering Southern and East Africa.

Travellers can enjoy game viewing activities in Kruger, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Masai Mara and Lake Manyara.

“Africa is unique, full of the wild and wonderful and never fails to warm your soul,” said Kelly D’Aucourt, APT’s Product Manager for Africa.

“We’ve curated an intimate portfolio that combines stunning game viewing opportunities with unique cultural encounters, ensuring guests enjoy an authentic African experience.”

The lead in itinerary is the 13-day ‘Essence of Southern Africa’ tour from Cape Town to Livingstone. Among the many highlights is a three-night stay in Kruger National Park at Kapama River Lodge.

Prices start from $14,195 per person twin share with an early bird saving of up to $3,000 per couple, including limited time $2,000 per couple early payment discount when booked by August 31 and paid in full 10 months prior to the departure date.

The flagship 24-day ‘Contrasts of Africa’ tour offers a closer look at South Africa, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, journeying from Cape Town to Nairobi. The itinerary features 23 nights in hand-picked accommodation, 55 meals and all internal flights.

Prices start from $30,595 per person twin share with an early bird saving of up to $4,400 per couple, including limited time $2,000 per couple early payment discount when booked by August 31 and paid in full 10 months prior to the departure date.

Group sizes are limited to 28 guests in Southern Africa and 18 in East Africa. All journeys include all flights covered within Africa, an APT Tour Director, experienced game trackers and local guides, sightseeing, accommodation, most meals and all tipping, airport transfers and game park fees.

Guests looking to extend their experience can also add a luxury ride on the Rovos Rail.


OVERWHELMING DEMAND has led Bench Africa to announce two new departure dates for their highly popular escorted ladies’ safari for 2024.

The 10-day, female-led safari in Kenya caters to the growing market of adventurous travellers seeking an affordable yet premium safari experience.

Highlights of the safari include:

  • Travel by rail to Tsavo East National Park and witness large herds of ochre-red elephants.
  • Experience the vast savannahs against the backdrop of Amboseli’s Kilimanjaro.
  • Enjoy the scenery and birdlife of Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru.
  • Journey to the renowned Masai Mara, one of Africa’s most wildlife-rich safari regions.

With a female guide leading the way, participants will gain new insights into local culture and traditions. The sense of camaraderie and support among female travellers enhances the entire experience.

‘Explore Kenya – Escorted Ladies Tour’ is priced from $6,990 per person.


AUSTRALIANS CAN discover the wilds of Scotland on one of the world’s smallest luxury cruise ships next year.

A new package has just been released by Australian small ship cruising specialist, Cruise Traveller, in conjunction with new partner, Hebridean Island Cruises.

The boutique cruise brand specialises in all-inclusive, small ship journeys that spotlight the rugged isles, lochs, castles and quaint storybook villages of Scotland and the pristine Hebrides Islands off the coast.

Cruise Traveller’s new 23-night ‘Secret Scotland and Enchanting England’ package next April combines a seven-night cruise through Scotland, stays in Edinburgh and Glasgow and a nine-day overland tour of England during spring.

Tour highlights include one night in Glasgow, followed by a seven-night round-trip cruise aboard Hebridean Princess from Oban in Scotland to the Hebrides Islands and northern Scotland.

You’ll then spend two nights in Glasgow post-cruise, three in Edinburgh and then a nine-night land tour south to London. One night in the nation’s capital ends the package.

Book by August 31 and the package is available from $16,995 per person twin share, a saving of $770 per person.

Mont Tremblant


GLOBUS HAS introduced eight new Choice Touring itineraries for 2024 across Europe and North America.

The new tours cover Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Western and Eastern Canada, the Southern U.S. and California.

Four itineraries already available to clients include tours to Scotland, Ireland, Greece and the Rocky Mountains.

“With new itineraries featuring an exciting menu of YourChoice excursions – personalised experiences that invite clients to customise their holidays in at least two ways on every YourChoice day – we’re presenting a new, “you” way to tour,” said Gai Tyrrell, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Globus family of brands.

“From nature walks and flamenco stomps to boat cruises and wine flights, the options are endless and included in the package price.”

Sample YourChoice excursions clients can expect on Choice Touring by Globus itineraries include:

Taste: Stir-Up Greek Specialties – Visit Mount Pelion and learn to cook some traditional local specialties with an expert chef and enjoy culinary creations with fellow travellers

Trek: Branch Out – Explore one of the last old-growth forest stands of cedar, hemlock and fir trees in Whistler. Walk high amid the treetops through a true coastal temperate rainforest on a TreeTrek Canopy Walk

Chill: Letting Off Steam – Renew the spirit at the Scandinavian hydrotherapy baths of Mont-Tremblant. Relax amid the resort’s rustic buildings and Laurentian Forest beside the Diable River to enjoy a traditional Scandinavian bath experience to soothe body and soul.

“Providing the perfect balance between structure and flexibility, Choice Touring celebrates the best of both worlds.

“The convenience of guided tours with expert Tour Directors, pre-arranged accommodations and transportation, along with the freedom for travellers to explore and personalise the touring experience to their passions.”