Incredible Bali

23 Mar

I have yet to get over the pricing on this Bali offer from Exotik Tours so I just had to share it – Two special departures for 14 days – 12 nights in Bali from just $1299 per person! April 26 and May 17 2012.

The package includes: Air from Vancouver, 12 nights accommodation in double occupancy, breakfast daily OR all inclusive, 5 tours, return airport transfers, and a 90 minute massage! Not included: Airport taxes approx. $295, visa on arrival USD $25 departure tax USD $15.

See www.exotiktours.com or contact me for more details!

Featured Tour Operator – Indus Travels & Women Only Tours

8 Feb

http://www.industravels.ca/index.html

Indus Travels are a leading Canadian provider of small group & custom private tours to India, Dubai, Maldives, Nepal, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Turkey and Jordan.  Besides their exciting group itineraries and the ability to customize for your specific needs, Indus also offers some fantastic specialized tour styles:

Indus Travels Wine & Cuisine Tours are special itineraries designed specifically for the savvy travelers who want to fully immerse themselves into the culture and history of exotic far away lands.

 

Their ‘WOW’ – Women Only Worldwide – programs are specifically designed and tailored for female travellers. They have added all the perfect touches for a safe and enjoyable tour.

“WOW trips are suitable for women of all ages and backgrounds, from single ladies in their 30s to busy moms & senior executives looking for a getaway. Some women travel alone while others join friends, mothers, daughters or sisters to share a new experience. Regardless of background, all of the women enjoy the chance to experience a unique & enriching vacation with no planning involved on their parts. Indus Travels take care of all the details, from organizing museum outings or sightseeing tours, to finding the best restaurants or hotels in each destination.

Leave the guys in the dust on WOW adventures ranging from cruising the Nile to trekking the Great Wall of China. Our WOW tours allow women to bond with each other and challenge themselves to new adventures in a friendly and nurturing environment”.

Upcoming WOW itineraries:

Egypt with Nile River Cruise | 2012: Sep 21, Nov 23 | 2013: Jan 25
Discover Turkey | 2012: Sep 9, Nov 4 | 2013: Mar 3
Magical Morocco | 2012: Nov 3 | 2013: Apr 13

** NO mandatory single supplement!
See: http://www.industravels.ca/wow-tours.html

I like to book my clients with Indus especially because of their Responsible Travel Policy:

“We actively support responsible, ethical and sustainable travel through our business practices, encouraging clients to do the same and also by contributing part of our profits to support community projects in the destinations we visit.

We try to ensure that all our trips not only minimise the negative effects of tourism but actually have a positive impact on the communities who welcome us into their villages and often their homes.

Using local guides, local transport and local accommodation and paying fair wages, ensures that not only do you gain a unique insight into the culture you are visiting but also that as much of your money as possible stays in the local community.”

For more information in Indus Travels and their products and pricing, contact Haley at 1-800-265-5972 or by email: haley@robertq.com

Travel Contests

28 Nov

Itchy feet? I have the cure! Sign up to the travel contests listed below, or – better yet – call me for info and prices on a winter getaway! Remember for all you local Londoners; direct flights to Cuba, Jamaica and Mexico are on offer!

Enter here for a chance to win a 1-week trip for 2 to Phuket, Thailand:
http://hangover2.thecomedynetwork.ca/

Enter here for a chance to win a 5-night trip for 2 to Paris, France:
http://www.empiretheatres.com/contests/hugo

Submit a family photo for a chance to win one of five seven-night trips for four to Orlando. Includes a $1,000 Visa cash card and VIP theme parks pass:
http://contests.citytv.com/itravel2000

Enter here every day for a chance to win a 2-night trip to London, England for the Premiere of Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows:
http://sherlockholmes.ctv.ca/

Enter here for a chance to win a 2-night accommodation for 2 to the Snowboard Jamboree in Quebec City:
http://amnesiashop.com/en/contest-form.php?contest_id=jamboree

Enter here for a chance to win a 4-night trip to New York City:
http://www.empiretheatres.com/contests/new-years-eve?Contests

Enter for a chance to win a 7-night gourmet inclusive trip for two to the 5-star, award-winning boutique resort, Azul Beach Hotel in Riviera Maya: http://www.travelandescape.ca/escape-with-thomascook-ca/

Residents of Ontario can enter here for a chance to win a 4-night trip for 2 to the Tamarind Beach Hotel and Yacht Club on Canouan Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines: http://stvincent.thestarcontests.com/UserForm.aspx?id=fd2ceb36355 02363564d6f34bb6862a5&tid=1&pid=

Enter here every day for a chance to win a 4-night trip to Tokyo, Japan to see Foster The People in concert: http://www.ellecanada.com/contests?id=1546

 

Collette European Vacations

16 Nov

Robert Q Travel with be hosting a presentation with Collette Vacations in London Ontario at the Ramada Inn on Nov 24th. Collette will be promoting 4 unique European itineraries, and we will be offering complimentary airbus service to Toronto for all Collette passengers.

There will be 2  sessions (1 hour each) at 3pm and at 7pm.

It is a great opportunity to see if Collette is a good fit for your European Holiday, and to have all of your questions answered!

www.collettevacations.com

 

 

GoldenSpree program for seniors

27 Oct

Young At Heart! GoldenSpree Program is completely FREE to Holiday Inn Resort guests:

 Holiday Inn Sunspree Resorts are a fantastic all-inclusive option for Seniors’ Jamaican or Aruban getaways! All you have to do is ask for the GoldenSpree Program at the Guest Services desk upon check-in to be automatically enrolled in this fantastic free program that gives guests ages 60+ exclusive privileges, along with a commitment to personal attention, all from a name you trust.
Your GoldenSpree Membership brings exclusive features and discounts:

 Features:

Complimentary t-shirt

Dance Lessons
Arts & Crafts including: T-Shirt painting, Tye-Dye, Knitting, Sand Art and Bracelet making
Trivia Games – Night and Day
Cocktail Parties
Shuffleboard Tournaments
Piano Lounge/Sing Along
Chef Cooking Class
Movie Nights
Nature Walks
Bingo
Karaoke Parties
Jazzercise
Beach Power Walks
Golden Oldies Sing-Along
Papiamento Classes
Exotic Cocktail Classes
Table Games

Trip to the Butterfly Farm ($12.00 per person)

10 – 15 % discount card for Select shops on property
10% Discount at La Langosta Retail Shop
10% Discount at Pelican Pier Retail Shop
$10.00 off per Couple on the Pelican Adventures Sunset Cruise and/or Sunset Dinner Cruise
Special Discount price of $33.50 per person on the Pelican Adventure Island Tour, including visit to the Ostrich Farm
20% Discount on Atlantis Adventures Atlantis Submarine Excursion
20% Discount on Atlantis Adventures Seaworld Explorer Excursion

 

The Holiday Inn Sunspree, Montego Bay Jamaica has 524 rooms, buffet and 3 a la carte restaurants, an adults-only pool area, and golfing nearby. Pricing for an all-inclusive week in December starts at just $497 + tax per person!

 

Oceania Cruises Unbelievable Price Reduction

19 Sep

Have you cruised before and want to take your next experience to a level of luxury? Maybe an exotic cruise is a dream vacation that you’ve always assumed would cost a fortune. I can make your dream a reality with Oceania Cruises’ Major Price Reduction.

 

Oceania’s points of distinction include; the finest cuisine at sea at no additional charge and created by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pepin; acclaimed Canyon Ranch spaclub treatments; elegant mid-size ships with large-ship amenities; butler service offered in all suites; country-club casual ambiance and voted one of the World’s Best Cruise Lines by Travel & Leisure and CondeNast. Oceania’s alluring itineraries and desirable ports of call are for the discerning traveler, now offered at accessible pricing for all.

 

Oceania Cruises Major Price Reduction includes a discount of up to 75% OFF cruise fares PLUS Free Airfare. These cruises are obviously selling out rapidly, and include destinations such as Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Europe, South America.

 

Featured Cruise: Imperial Interludes

Bangkok to Beijing | 25 Day Voyage | Departs February 28 2012

Ports of call include Ko Samui, Thailand|Singapore|Muara, Bunei|Saigon, Vietnam|Hanoi, Vietnam|Hong Kong, China|Shanghai, China

Category A3 – Concierge Level Veranda for $8,999 per person. This fare includes airline fees, surcharges and taxes.

The full brochure fare for this category is $21,998 per person.

 

Email or Call me toll free at 1-800-265-5972 to select the ideal itinerary for the vacation of a lifetime.

Globus European Escorted Tours

15 Sep

A great way to experience your dream European destination is with the extremely popular Globus brand of escorted tours. Here at Robert Q Travel, I have access to an exclusive $800 per couple savings promotion:

The Details: Book a 2012 Globus Europe air-inclusive vacation to receive $400 off the land price per person. Booking must be made and under deposit between October 17 and November 29, 2011 for travel through December 31, 2012. Additional restrictions may apply.

Globus allows you to experience Europe’s rich history and distinctive cultures at a desirable pace, providing just the right balance of included features, free time and great value.

Along the way, experienced tour directors will share intimate knowledge and colourful stories about each historic landmark and location. This is where you will hear about Michelangelo’s second nose for David, which James Bond once worked at London’s most famous department store, and how Arthur Guinness turned £100 left by his godfather into one of the world’s largest beer empires.

It’s these stories that bring your journey to life in a powerful, memorable and enriching way. Please see website for tour dates and itineraries: ww.globusjourneys.ca

My Travel Bucket List

31 Aug

I’ve been asked many times what my dream travel experience would be. When I think of where I would love to go, it’s often because of the appeal of a unique wildlife or adventure activity. 

Here are a few ‘must do’ trips at the top of my bucket list:

– Scubadive at the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Australia

– Swim with whales in Tonga and visit Samoa

– Visit a live Hawaiian Volcano

– Volunteer at a Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica

– Experience a canopy zipline tour in Chile

– Experience the vast wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

– Visit an orangutan reserve in Borneo

– Cage dive with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa

– Safari in Kenya and stay in a tent overlooking Masai Mara

So far, I’ve been lucky to already experience these highlights:

– swimming with wild dolphins in Paihia, NZ and snorkelling among a wild seal colony in Kaikoura NZ

– Skydiving and Bungy jumping in New Zealand at Auckland Harbour Bridge, Kawaru Bridge, Nevis, and Queenstown Ledge

– the beauty of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia and witnessing hundreds of little penguins coming ashore on Philip Island

– riding a tuktuk along the crazy streets of Bangkok, celebrating the Full Moon Party of Koh Phangan, scuba diving the reefs of Koh Tao, attending a cooking class and visiting an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai

– snorkelling with stingrays and nurse sharks in Belize

– getting engaged on a beautiful beach at the romantic Dreams La Romana, Dominican Republic

Travelling to Mexico

19 Jul

Lots of vacation-seekers are thinking twice about Mexico as a destination these days. As reported by the  Canadian government: the fact is, “…major tourist areas have not been affected by the extreme levels of violence witnessed in the northern border region.” See the full current travel advisory at this link:

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=184000

As a travel specialist, I advise my clients to fly into Mexico’s tourist regions, and of course agree that tourists should not be driving through the border areas.

People also need to remember to utilize COMMON SENSE while travelling; no matter what destination. When you read beyond the headlines (for example, “American Tourists killed in Mexico”) you might read that those tourists had rented a car, and took a drunken 4am joyride ending up crashing into a tree! Why on earth would you do that – at home or in another country?

Mexico has so much to offer, and at great prices. The value of vacation products for the current price is truly unrivaled. For instance, book your winter getaway to the Mayan Riviera for as low as $1000 per person for a week at a 4 star all-inclusive resort!

Or, for bookings made until July 27th: save 20% on GAP Adventures’ Mexico Ancient Civilizations Tour:

http://www.gapadventures.com/trips/mexico-ancient-civilizations/MMC/2011/

“I live in Mexico. The perception of Mexico as a whole generated by the USA newspapers is distorted and sensationalized. I walk the streets without fear and would allow my grandkids to do the same when visiting. Yes there is violence – especially along the border. The resort cities are safe overall and like any place in the world if you go out looking for drugs or down dark alleys flaunting your money you might find a problem. Common sense safety on your part is all that is needed. The same common sense safety you would show in any city.

I will give only one example although there are many of inaccurate reporting. Reuters news headline was “Two Bodies Found on the Road to Acapulco”. When I read that it sounds to me that Acapulco might not be safe. You have to read into the news report to find that the bodies found were in Chilpancingo which yes is on the major highway to Acapulco but also 150km away (about 100 miles and a two hour drive). Nobody knows Chilpancingo so using “Acapulco” gets the attention of the reader.

Come on down to Mexico and enjoy the weather, the food, the culture, the music, the family oriented attitudes, smiles, great prices overall and a safe fun time.

Did you know that more than 90% of the drugs being transported through Mexico begins in other countries and winds up in the USA? Did you know that over 90% of the guns used in Mexico come from the USA? “  – Frank Slater

What to do in Auckland… the first of many Kiwi themed entries!

12 Jul

In 2006, Auckland New Zealand became my new home. I found a job, a flat, and a great group of friends. The city remains in my top 3 in the world (of the ones I’ve spent time in so far) alongside Melbourne and Vancouver. I love the way it is nearly totally surrounded by water; the “City of Sails” has beautiful views in every direction. During the summer, there are plenty of FREE family and pet-friendly concerts in the many parks – or go to the summer music series at the Zoo (I went to see a fantastic kiwi band, The Black Seeds). The sunny summer days are a perfect temperature – not too hot – but it can be quite rainy the rest of the year. The silver lining is the beautiful lush parks and greenery. The rain also doesn’t usually last too long – sometimes just 30 min in the morning and again in the afternoon.

Check out the Viaduct area (great spot to go on the weekend) where a lot of bars and restaurants are. Great restaurants to eat at here include Euro, Kermadec, and Portofino. Also there is a cool place called ‘Bungalow 8’ nearby.  (http://www.viaduct.co.nz/index.php)

You’ll see Prince’s Wharf; and there are 3 bars grouped together which I worked at: Minus 5 (the ice bar) (http://www.minus5experience.com/), Lenin, and Dakota. Other excellent neighborhoods to spend time in are Ponsonby and Parnell, which border the CBD respectively.
 
If you’re feeling adventurous, do a bungy jump from the Auckland bridge combined with the bridge-climb. http://www.bungy.co.nz/

Here’s a clip of my jump: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6lY1iX__RE&feature=channel_page

You’ll probably want to catch a rugby game; if the All Blacks aren’t around then try to see a Union game like the Chiefs playing the Auckland Blues, and don’t forget to try a Steinlager and a meat pie!
 
Head straight down Queen St. to the Britomart and catch a bus off Tyler St. to Mission Bay (http://www.missionbay.co.nz/), it’s a nice safe beach for swimming and you can get good food there as well, enjoy ice cream in the park or rent a kayak or bike – it’s only a 15 min. bus ride away. Britomart has some great music/lounge venues now so there are plenty of places to find some live music or chill on a patio.
 
Take a ferry over to spend the afternoon tasting wines at Waiheke Island wineries, or visiting its many galleries, shops, restaurants and beaches: http://www.waiheke.co.nz 
 
Good NZ youth hostels: http://www.stayatbase.com/base-auckland-central-backpackers/
 
Not too far outside of Auckland to the north is the Bay of Islands, you can see this area in 2-3 days. If you go with a bus tour you get to travel via 90-mile beach, (the beach is the highway, very cool) which is great, although you can’t do this in a rental unless it’s a 4×4. You can rent kayaks in the bay, go dolphin swimming, parasailing.

A quirky experience is a ‘floating’ hostel called The Rock – it’s a converted ferry! http://www.rocktheboat.co.nz/
  
A daytrip southeast of Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula must include a walk to Cathedral Cove; there’s also Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own hot tub in the sand as it fills up with hotspring water.

NZ is a very easy country to get around on your own – via rental car or bus system. But if you prefer to buy a coach tour, Contiki sells a great 15-day “Grand Explorer” tour for around $1790 in the peak season.  Much more to come highlighting the must-see areas of this dream destination… I am a certified “Kiwi Specialist” and would LOVE to hear from anyone planning to visit!