Friday, 29 September 2017

Niseko Luxury Accommodation at Aspect Apartments in the Snow Fields of Japan

Aspect Apartments

Expect the Exceptional

Indulge yourself with a luxury ski trip and stay at the all-new Aspect. Aspect sits on the edge of the famed “Millionaires’ Row” in Hirafu’s Middle Village. The building offers superb views of Mt. Yotei from the 2nd floor up and to a lesser extent the Grand Hirafu ski hill. The property is fitted with the highest quality European and Japanese furnishings. In winter, a dedicated concierge service between 8am -8pm ensures an elevated level of service.

Be the first to experience the luxury of Aspect. Select from either 2 or 3 bedroom apartments with a minimum 3 to 5 night stay depending on your booking. Prices start from JPY72,000 (815 AUD) per night and guests are eligible for a 10% saving for all bookings made before 31 October 2017.

Depth Travel's consultants can also assist to book your flights, ensuring a truly memorable and enjoyable experience.

Aspect promises the exceptional. See the photos below to see exactly that.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

US Inbound International Travel on the Rise Despite Fears of 'Trump Effect'

Concerns Not Yet Felt

Despite concerns for dropping rates, international travel to the United States has increased 5.2 percent yearly. What's more, in May business travel growth "rallied" during the month, according to the U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index. The growth came in spite of feared policy effects, including the ongoing fight over President Donald Trump's travel ban.

"There is widespread talk of daunting challenges to the U.S. travel market—perception of the country abroad is mentioned most, but the strong dollar and slowing global economy are factors, as well—yet the resilience of our sector continues to astound," USTA president and CEO Roger Dow said.

It is projected that overall, travel to the United States for the period from June through November will grow another 1.8 percent this year, although the growth rate in forward-looking domestic bookings is decidedly slower than this time last year.

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Corporate Sale Fares to Europe with Finnair

Enjoy Finnair's Nordic Business Class Experience

Fly return to Europe via Helsinki or Asia and enjoy Business Class and combo sale fares! 
Travel Business Class to Europe from $5,500 including taxes or combo from just $3,900. 
For clients travelling to and from regional airports, you also have the option for an additional $100 on economy class tickets or an additional $200 on a business class ticket with Qantas, from: Bundaberg, Ballina, Charleville, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Rockhamption, Townsville and more. 

Travel period between 01 October 2017 and 30 June 2018. Sale ends 09 August 2017. 

Contact Depth Travel to find out more or to secure your booking now. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

How to Protect Company Information When Employees Travel Abroad

5 Tips
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration's ban of certain carry-on electronic devices on inbound flights from 10 Middle Eastern airports puts two concerns top of mind: national security and the risk of fire from lithium batteries in airplane holds. What’s not being discussed, however, is how this will affect corporate security. The restrictions on what is allowed for inspection and seizure under the ban have become nearly impossible to track, putting corporate security at risk for many businesses.

These are our 5 Tips to protect enterprise assets and information for frequent international travelers:
  1. Restrict transportation of anything remotely sensitive on a laptop, mobile phone or portable media device. Any information that, if public, would compromise corporate security should not be contained on travelers’ devices.
  2. Provide travelers with vanilla devices that can connect to sensitive information only via secure tunnels and strong authentication. Organizations should have several extra laptops on hand specifically for business travelers. They should be wiped completely clean so there is nothing to be compromised if they are lost or breached.
  3. Use remote desktop and other virtualisation technologies. These tools can provide an at-work-like experience for travelers without costing the business too much.
    For the 'serious about security' types, these last two tips are for you...
  4. Encrypt all devices and communications paths from top to bottom. Encrypting conceals information by turning it into a code so, if compromised, it would be meaningless to anyone who gains access to it. Of course, information can be decrypted once travelers have arrived at their destination and upon returning home.
  5. Lastly, consider a separate authentication protocol and/or procedure. A clean way to control data loss is to have the end user call to set up access after entering a new country. This access can be revoked when the employees are in transit and reestablished when they have reached their destination and returned to the office.
Regardless of what happens with the device travel ban, companies would be wise to put in place the policies and technology necessary to protect their information when employees are traveling abroad. Some of these are pretty basic security procedures already in place in many organisations. But information is an organisation’s greatest asset and the laptop ban rules are uncertain, so additional precautions should be considered to protect the company.

Contact Depth Travel to find out more

Monday, 24 July 2017

SriLankan Airlines Now Flying Non-Stop to Colombo

Inaugural Special Fare Sales Period Extended

Starting from 30 October 2017, SriLankan Airlines will be the only international airline to fly non-stop from Melbourne to Colombo daily. The current inaugural special fare has been extended for sales until 21 Aug 2017.

Fly Business Class from Melbourne to Colombo from  $3,258 + taxes.

Launched in 1979, Sri Lanka’s National Carrier is an award winning airline with a solid reputation for service, comfort, safety, reliability, and punctuality.

The airline’s hub is at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, providing convenient connections to its global route network of 100 destinations in 47 countries. It provides only Business or Economy Class seating, however on its long haul routes, its Business Class cabin offers seats that convert into fully or lie flat beds.  

Contact Depth Travel for more information or to book your seat now!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Laptop Ban Being Reviewed by DHS Officials

Egypt Air, Saudia Arabian Airlines & Royal Air Maroc
Eagerly Anticipate Lifted Laptop Ban

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Tuesday that it will be reviewing the laptop ban still in place for three Middle Eastern airlines.

According to Reuters, DHS spokesman David Lapan said the agency will review security measures at airports in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Egypt to determine if they are eligible to have the ban on larger electronic devices lifted.

Officials from both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Royal Air Maroc said they believe the electronics ban will be lifted on July 19. EgyptAir also announced that it believes it could be exempt from laptop ban as soon as Wednesday.

DHS agents said security procedures must be approved before the ban can be lifted.

The laptop ban was imposed in March to combat the possibility that terrorists could smuggle explosives via larger electronic devices. On June 28, the DHS unveiled new security measures for all foreign flights arriving in the United States, and several airports have already made the necessary changes.

Over the last two weeks, the DHS lifted the travel ban on six of the airlines originally on the list, including Royal Jordanian Airways, Kuwait Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.

For more information regarding the laptop ban please contact Depth Travel. 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Naughty Passengers

Man Attempts to Open Door Midflight
At Depth Travel, we have heard our fair share of unruly passenger tales. This week however, we have added a new to our list of memorable moments.

A man traveling on an Air Asia flight in India Monday had to be restrained by crew members and other passengers after he attempted to open the door of the plane midflight.

A 32-year-old man was on Air Asia Flight from Delhi to Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi when he reportedly attempted to open one of the emergency doors.

Members of the flight crew and other passengers were forced to restrain Ahmed and eventually handed him over to the police in Ranchi after the plane landed safely.

Several passengers and attendants were injured in the scuffle.

Airlines serving India have faced similar issues in the past as well. In April, a passenger was tied to his seat while traveling between Delhi and Dubai after he became violent. Unruly passengers are not just confined to Asia, either, as a reportedly drunk passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight in June had to be tackled by crew members and secured to a seat with zip ties after he locked himself in the bathroom and refused to leave.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

A New 'First' for Delayed Flight Excuses

A Penny for Good Luck

Working at Depth Travel, we have heard all the excuses you can imagine from airlines whose flights are delayed - 'operational issues', 'bad weather', 'plane is delayed at their last departure'. However, this is a first for us and we feel pretty sure you've never heard of anything like this either.

China Southern's Flight 380 to Guanzhou was delayed at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport on Tuesday by coins that had been thrown at the engine.

It seems that an 80-year-old woman wanted to make sure that the flight would be a safe one.

So, in a Buddhist tradition of which I'd been hitherto unaware, she wandered onto the tarmac and tossed the coins with uncertain accuracy. It seems that only one coin managed to get into the engine. Eight more failed to hit their target.

How, though, did anyone find out? After all, a recent United flight almost took off with fuel pouring out its left wing.

It seems that an alert passenger noticed her ceremonial pitching and reported her.

150 passengers had to be led off the plane, while airline workers tried to extract the coin from the engine and retrieve the others.

I tell this story only to offer a little succor to those who suffer flight delays all over the world.

Sometimes, there's really nothing the airline can do. Sometimes, it really is something you could never, ever have imagined.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Fly First Class with British Airways to the UK or Europe for less than $10,000

 Behind the Curtain: Flying First Class

Book with Depth Travel and secure just released First class airfares to the UK or Europe from $9,260 flying British Airways.

This price point is not only very attractive to our regular clients who fly first class, but also to anyone who is looking for a chance to splash out within means.

Of course, it always best tor try before you buy, which is why we have taken a look behind the curtain to find out what it's like to fly with the airline at the front of the plane. From massages to afternoon tea, see what sets British Airways apart.
  1. Extra Luggage - includes one cabin bag plus a laptop or handbag on board and up to three bags in the hold (that's two more than in World, or Economy).
  2. Once you arrive at the airport, First Class fliers can skip most queues.
  3. First customers relax in luxurious lounges before they travel.
  4. The departure lounges are fully stocked with fine wines, drinks, and refreshments.
  5. In case the lounges don't leave First passengers relaxed enough for their flight, spa treatments are also available.
  6. After boarding, First passengers are shown to their own private, spacious suite and greeted with a pre-flight glass of Champagne.
  7. Each suite is fully equipped with a personal power supply for laptops and electronic devices.
  8. For longer flights, First and even Business Class passengers (pictured below) can turn their seats into lie-flat beds.
  9. Perhaps one of the best perks of First is the food and drink offering.
  10. For those left wanting more, First Class passengers also have access to a private 24-hour concierge.

Flights are on sale now until 05 July 2017 for travel dates between August and September.

Contact Depth Travel to book or to find out more information. 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Festivals of the World with Depth

For many of our clients, travel is an everyday aspect of business. But when it's time to wind down, travel also provides the ultimate escape and at Depth Travel we are committed to delivering unique and memorable experiences.

Forget La Tomatina in Spain, St Patrick's Day in Ireland, or Oktoberfest in Germany. Instead, discover the lesser known festivals that are really capturing the world’s attention and our clients' interests.

1. Taiwan - Pingxi Lantern Festival
It's a festival that witnesses thousands of sky lanterns light over Pingxi District in Taiwan. It was originally celebrated to ward of evil and disease from the town. The Taipei Pingshi Sky Lanterns were released originally to let others know that the town was safe. These lanterns are decorated with wishes and images relating to the owner and finally they're released off into the sky together magically decorating the sky into a sanctuary of lights. 02 March 2018.

2. South Korea - Mud Festival 
A South Korea cosmetics company developed a line of beauty products which featured mud from the Boryeong mud flats as a main ingredient. Since the company couldn't be bothered to spend money on commercials, the Boryeong Mud Festival was born so potential customers could feel the benefits of the special mud firsthand. In case you attend and get bored of the mud slides, mud prison, mud pools, and mud skiing, you can enjoy live music, acupuncture, and the festival's culminating fireworks display. 21 - 30 July 2018. 

3. India - Holi Festival
Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which starts with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colours, where everyone plays, chases and colours each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, and go from place to place, singing and dancing. 01 - 02 March 2018

4. Thailand - Songkran Water Festival
The Thai New Year festival falls on some of the hottest days in Thailand, and people celebrate by throwing water on each other, using water guns, buckets, hoses- whatever they can get their hands on. Sometimes chalk or menthol (the latter causes a cooling sensation) is mixed into the water to create a paste which people smear on each other’s faces for good fortune. Elephants can also be seen walking around and splashing off water jets at people! 13- 15 April 2018. 

5. Italy - Carnival of Venice 
The tradition of carnival dates back over 900 years. It was the one time during the year when there were no bounds. Everybody was free to do things desired all year without any guilt thanks to the masks. During the carnival, Venice comes alive with masked Venetians and tourists. Bands,jugglers and entertainers are everywhere and the canals are full of colorful boats. The nights are also full of parties and masked balls. It gives you a feeling as if fairy tales are coming alive! 27 Jan - 13 Feb 2018.

Contact Depth Travel to find out more. 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Fly Business Class to Europe with Finnair for $5000 return!

Fly to 34 Destinations in Europe
Finnair has recently released Business Class fares for $5,000 return to Europe on the Airbus A350 WXB. This fantastic airfare allows you to fly in or out of 34 destinations within Europe with a stop in Finland via Hong Kong or Singapore.

Finnair is the first European airline to introduce the new generation Airbus A350 XWB extra wide-bodied aircraft on its long-haul flights. Check out their video to discover the new Finnair Airbus A350 XWB for yourself, or contact Depth Travel to book your seat now.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Tigerair Releases $1 Airfares for Flights Across Australia

Better than Slippers...The Ultimate Mother's Day Gift
For less than the price of pyjamas, you could be spoiling your mum with return flights to Sydney, Melbourne or anywhere that takes her fancy! Just in time for Mother's Day, Tigerair has just released tens of thousands of $1 flights in a flash sale. A total of 14,000 domestic flights on each of Tigerair’s 22 routes have been slashed in the snap sale, launched at noon on Wednesday.

Flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Perth, Coffs Harbour, Townsville, the Gold Coast and the Whitsundays are covered on selected dates between July and September.

Of course, like all headline-grabbing promotions, there is a catch. The $1 fare is only available on return trips, with passengers required to book a full-fare ticket for the first leg of their journey.

“If you really look at it, it's just like buying at a 50 per cent discount,” aviation expert Neil Hansford told, describing the deal as a clever marketing ploy.

While many of the $1 flights require travellers to fork out more than $100 for their first leg, there are some bargains to be found.

Among the best deals are Gold Coast-Sydney for $59 outbound, $1 return and Brisbane-Sydney for $75 outbound, $1 return.

Extra charges that may apply include baggage over the included 7kg carry-on, in-flight meals and credit card fees.

Contact Depth Travel to book or to find out more.

Friday, 5 May 2017

What types of cruising are right for you?

The ABC’s of Ocean Cruising

Ocean cruising has seen a dramatic increase in popularity with passenger numbers nearly doubling in the last 10 years. While it’s fairly common to hear cruise ships rated similarly to hotels, in terms of five star ratings, in truth they fall into four distinct categories: luxury, niche, premium and mass market.
At Depth Travel, we are committed to delivering truly unforgettable experiences. For our clients, we know what each person is different and their holiday ought to be as well. Which is why, picking the right category is the first step to an exceptional experience in ocean cruising.

Luxury Cruise Ships
These luxury liners of the sea tend to be very small. Typically, they accommodate no more than 1500 passengers and will be on a fully inclusive or semi inclusive arrangement.

A fully inclusive arrangement provides for a complete meal and drinks package, including spirits,, onshore activities and, depending on the grade of cabin, butler service too. By providing a selection of activities, these luxury liners allow you to tailor your holiday to better suit you.

A semi inclusive arrangement is more limited than the above all-inclusive service. Alcohol may be limited to just beer and wine or may only include non alcoholic drinks and on board time may be less, which means no excursions are included. Of course, semi inclusive arrangements have an option to add on those extras that you may wish to prepay.

Cruiselines which fall into the category of Luxury would include, Happag Lloyd Oceania, Paul Gaugin, Ponant, Regent, Seabourn, Sea Dream, Silversea  and Windstar.

Niche Cruising 
Niche cruising is designed for a specific type of traveller. Whether adventure, archaeology or river cruising, Niche Cruising has a trip for you and a ship to make it happen.

Niche cruises operate all over the world. They can accommodate for groups as small as 10 to as large as 500. Niche Cruises can encompass a range of ships from the luxury to the basic and can include ships that have suites, balcony, oceanview and inside staterooms. In general, niche cruising will include excursions as by their very nature, these cruises are truly specialised.

Ships embarking on an adventure cruise for example are equipped to go into areas which may preclude the normal cruise ship such as the Arctic. Cruise ships entering this remote part of the world require special ice breaking capabilities.

Cruise lines included in this category include: Happag Lloyd, Hurtigruten, National Geographic Orion, Noble Caledonia Silversea, Swan Hellenic, Voyages of Antiquity, Voyages of Discovery and UN Cruises.

Premium Cruise Lines
Premium cruise lines offer a luxury quality but without the add ons. A great example of a cruise line in this category is Cunard. The Cunard ships are luxurious in terms of suites and staterooms but they generally do not include perks such as open bars, or free minbars in staterooms and speciality restaurants come at extra cost. Premium cruise lines also offer a great selection of shore excursions, in addition to your cruise fare. They do tend to vary in size and can accommodate anywhere from 600+ passengers to 3000+ passengers.

Cruise lines included in this category include: Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, Holland America, P&O, International Princess, and Viking.

Mass Market Cruise lines
As the name suggest, Mass Market ships home the masses, accommodating a full house of 2000+ passengers. The designers behind these giants of the sea are relentless in their pursuit to prove ‘bigger is still better’. Presently, we are seeing ships capable of carrying 5000+ passengers.

Along with the desire to build ever bigger ships comes a need to be able to entertain those numbers, so cruise companies have had to get innovative. Royal Caribbean has been on the forefront of innovation and design for these mass liners . Not content with swimming pools and bingo groups, the Royal Caribbean have outdone themselves (and their competitors) with ice skating rinks, bumper car arenas, observation towers and water-ski simulators just to name a few. Traditionally ships in the category will also provide a number of different types of restaurants which again are charged extra to the cruise fare. Also a choice of popular excursions that can be booked on board or prior to boarding the ship.

Cruise lines included in this category include Carnival, Costa, Norwegian, P & O Australia, Royal Caribbean International and Star Cruises.

Contact Depth Travel to find out more or to book your next ocean getaway. 

Friday, 28 April 2017

Fly Qantas from Perth to London non-stop in 2018. Book your seat now!

 It’s the flight Aussies have been waiting for.

Depth Travel is currently taking bookings for Qantas’ direct Perth-London route which goes on sale today! Currently priced from $2,270 for a return economy fare, the fare is expected to drop to under $2,000 during sales.

The 18-hour service will become the world’s longest non-stop Boeing 787 flight, and is billed a game changer for the airline and the Australian tourism industry.

What you need to know
  • Flights are on sale from noon (AEST) today. 
  • Qantas will use a Boeing 787-9 for the route, which will launch on 24 March 2018.
  • Departing Perth at 6.50pm, the flight arrives at London’s Heathrow Airport at 5.10am the next day.
  • The return flight departs London at 1.30pm, landing at Perth the next day at 1.15pm
  • Travellers seeking greater comfort during the marathon flight will pay $4,250 for a Premium Economy seat or $9,725 in Business Class.

The fare announcement coincides with the revelation Melbourne residents will lose their Qantas A380 service to London via Dubai with the aircraft redeployed to Asia for seasonal peak periods.

It will be replaced with the 787-9 service to London via Perth, in a move that will reduce the length of the trip by 90 minutes.

It comes as Emirates announces it will upgrade its third daily flight from Melbourne to Dubai from a Boeing 777 service to an A380, with connections to Europe, adding 945 seats per week from March 25, 2018.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said there had been global interest in the Perth-London flights since they were announced in December 2016.

“We’ve said the Qantas Dreamliner is a game changer, and that’s becoming real today,” Mr Joyce said.

“We’re conscious that this is a long flight, but not much longer than our Sydney to Dallas service. It’s the kind of route that the Dreamliner was created for, because of its built-in features to reduce jetlag and improve the overall travel experience.

“We’ve added a very high level of comfort in each of the cabins and a lower seat count than most of our competitors. And we’re making tweaks to our in-flight service designed to help customers enjoy the journey more.”

Mr Joyce said direct routes tended to stimulate new travel demand by making it easier to get to a destination – something that will benefit the West Australian economy and Australian tourism more broadly.

“This route makes Western Australia a new tourism gateway for Australia. We know from our research that there’s a lot of appetite to explore the West, not just from British and European visitors but also from Aussies on their way to London. A lot of business travellers, particularly in the resources sector, will stop off in Perth on their way to the UK,” he said.

Australian Business Traveller editor David Flynn said at first glance the fares seemed “fairly pricey”.

“There’s clearly a premium to be paid for flying non-stop, or even taking the Boeing 787 all the way from Melbourne to London via Perth,” said Mr Flynn.

“Those fares will become more competitive during sale periods, but not everybody will want to spend 17-plus hours in the air. For many travellers, a stop-over won’t just be a matter of economics but sanity.”

A 32-inch seat pitch in economy will provide passengers with an inch of extra wriggle room during the flight which shaves three hours off current travel time to London.

Contact Depth Travel to book your trip to London on the Boeing 787-9. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Enter the Depth Travel Prize Draw to win a $30000 trip of a lifetime to Antarctica + more!

First Prize valued at $30,000!!

Join us on our Tour with Depth departing in February 2018 for the Antarctic Peninsula travelling with One Ocean Expeditions.

This prize is a 10 night Cruise for two people on board the “Akademik Loffe” including accommodation in a twin share cabin, all meals on board, use of all on board facilities and presentations such as shore excursions, whale watching, seabird viewing, penguin colony visits via zodiac.

The winner of first prize must be present at the Lifestyle on Water Festival draw on Sunday the 30 April 2017.

Second Prize valued at $2000 - Tickets for two people ex Brisbane to your choice of Auckland, Queenstown or Christchurch flying Air New Zealand economy class.

Third Prize- $500 to spend on your next Travelmarvel Holiday booked through Depth Travel

Fourth Prize valued at $250 - A Depth Travel Gift Voucher you can redeem on your next booking with us.

Click here to enter and we hope to see you at the festival.

Good luck!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Antarctica Tour with Depth

Once a year we create a superlative travel experience for our clients. These are truly once in a lifetime and highly exclusive.

To make the journey more intimate and memorable, these tours are reserved for only small groups of our most discerning clients.

To ensure that every detail is perfect, a member of our executive team will escort you.

Our next 18 day Tour with Depth departs on 25 February 2018 for Antarctica. It will be personally escorted by our general manager, +Harry Zaharopoulos , who is a veteran of travel to this amazing destination.

A taste of what you can expect...

There is nothing quite like the surreal remoteness, extreme cold or enormous ice shelves of Antarctica. Whether whale watching across the open seas, spying a penguin rookery or kayaking across the icy waters, the polar ice cap offers an experience like no other.

The journey begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the luxurious Melia Recoleta Hotel for 4 nights before flying to Ushuaia, Argentina to visit the southernmost post office in the world.

We then board the Russian icebreaker, “Akademik Loffe” for the expedition to Antarctica. This vessel is chartered for the journey and apart from its accommodation and great hospitality it is a working research vessel.

Once on board the real adventure begins with towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes and massive icebergs.

With the “Akademik Loffe” as our mother ship we will explore by Zodiac the coastline making 2 to 3 shore landings with expert guides. You have the option to camp on the ice, go sea kayaking and hiking or take in lectures from biologists who specialise in marine mammals.

Antarctica is a bucket list destination for most people and what better way to see it than on a Tour with Depth?

- 10 nights Antarctic Peninsula expedition cruise aboard “Akademik Loffe”
- 4 nights at the luxurious, Melia Recoleta Hotel in Buenos Aires
- All meals, expedition gear and excursions onboard included
- City Tour of Buenos Aires and Parilla Tour. Plus dinner, tango lesson and show at La Ventana – plus optional touring
- All airport, hotel and port transfers included
- Welcome dinner in Buenos Aires
- Internal South America airfares flying LAN Chile
- 1 night in Ushuaia including a morning tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park
- Return international flights with Air New Zealand

Please contact Harry to learn more about this tour.

Kind regards,
+Brad Skelton 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The excellence is back at Depth Travel

Depth Travel’s brand promise is “For Excellence in Travel”. I was one of the original founders in 1998 and honestly speaking I think the company has failed to really “live” that promise consistently for our clients in recent years and progression stalled. This is no longer the case. My executive team and I have been busy re engineering, optimising and transforming every aspect of our business and service to you to ensure it is truly excellent and world class.

Like all other Depth companies our approach is to uncompromisingly deliver our clients the best service and technology available at affordable prices. Depth Travel has an expanded service offering, a greater corporate travel focus and a range of new initiatives.

My team and I are there for you more than ever before with a true 24/7 service available by phone on our new toll free number 1DEPTH (133784) or you can reach us on LIVE chat via our new website.

If you haven’t booked with us recently I hope that you might give us another opportunity to prove to you that we do have our “excellence” back with a vengeance and demonstrate our new capabilities and strengths.

I would welcome your call and any feedback you may have for me, good or bad, that may help us in our pursuit of excellence.

+Brad Skelton
Managing Director
Depth Travel

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Discover Tasmania on a 12 Day Fully Escorted Tour

Book with Depth Travel and Discover Tasmania 
12 Day Fully Escorted Tour of Tasmania Departing Hobart

Upon arrival at historic Hobart Airport, your coach transfer will be waiting to take you to your Hobart hotel with dinner included on the first night. After breakfast the next day, join in on a hop on hop off tour of Hobart. This tour takes in all of Hobart's main attractions including Battery Point, Wrest Point, the Female Factory and the Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

The next morning you will travel through the Derwent River Valley and visit Bonorong Wildlife Park to get up close and personal with a Tasmanian Devil. Take a step back in time as you visit Richmond, one of Australia’s most charming Georgian villages. Enjoy free time to stroll along the town’s quaint streets and admire its delightful sandstone buildings. Then travel along the Tasman Peninsula to the Port Arthur Historic Site, once the home of up to 12,500 convicts. Join your Local Guide for a walking tour amongst the buildings and ruins.

Next you will stop at Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen and continue travelling north through scenic coastal towns. Visit the village of Swansea to see the convict built Spiky Bridge. Prepare yourself for the breathtaking beauty of Freycinet National Park. The dramatic peaks of the Hazards welcome you as you enter the park and enjoy spectacular scenery, azure bays and white sandy beaches.

Leaving the coast traverse the scenic Weldsborough Pass and drive through the lush Myrtle rainforest. See Legerwood’s WW1 memorial tree carvings, and the townsite of Scottsdale. Visit Beaconsfield, a town full of history and interesting old buildings. Then your included tour of Platypus World will give you a chance to see a Platypus up close.

Your journey starts this morning with a visit to historic Woolmers Estate, regarded as Australia’s most significant colonial property with a collection of buildings, photographs, art and furniture. Next visit the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company and sample their delicious range of locally made sauces, jams and conserves. Return to Launceston and visit the famous Cataract Gorge Reserve. Explore its wonderful scenery through the network of walking trails.

The next day, learn about the art of cheese making and taste some delicious produce at the Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory. Then on to the House of Anvers, for a guided tour of the chocolate factory. Travel to the town of Sheffield, renowned for its street murals which depict its pioneering history, geography, wildlife and the people of this region. Visit the far north-west reaches of Tasmania and see ‘The Nut’ – a striking rocky outcrop rising over 137 metres. Afterwards arrive into the stunning alpine scenery of Cradle Mountain National Park. Tonight, enjoy an overnight stay in Cradle Mountain. After breakfast the next morning, join your Local Guide for a visit to Dove Lake to see spectacular Cradle Mountain and visit Waldheim Chalet. This afternoon travel south through the mining and hydroelectric towns of Rosebery and Tullah. Visit the Westcoast heritage centre before arriving in the village of Strahan, located on Macquarie Harbour, your home for the next two nights.

Board a cruise and enjoy the view as you cruise breathtaking Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gate, where the harbour meets the ocean. Travel along the serene Gordon River and visit Heritage Landing for a guided walk through the rainforest amongst trees thousands of years old. Re-join your cruise vessel for a sumptuous buffet lunch. Following lunch your journey continues with a visit to Sarah Island, where your expert guide will regale you with stories of the convicts’ lives on the island as you walk through the settlement ruins. You’re Invited: This evening is your included performance of ‘The Ship That Never Was’, a play which highlights the history and classic characters of the convict era in Western Tasmania.

Next up is the opportunity to ascend into the lunar landscape of the old copper mining centre of Queenstown and discover its history. Travel to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest natural freshwater lake and admire the stunning wilderness scenery. Continue on to Mt Field National Park, one of Tasmania’s oldest and most popular National Parks and explore this area as you take a short stroll through lush rainforest to stunning Russell Falls. Next visit historic New Norfolk where you will see St Matthews, Tasmania’s oldest church before arriving back in Hobart. This evening enjoy your farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.

This morning stroll through Salamanca Place and explore the colourful stalls of bustling Salamanca Markets, one of the Nation’s most popular local food, art and craft marketplaces. Your tour then concludes after breakfast on the 12th day with a transfer to Hobart airport and a return flight home to your chosen capital city.


Departing Brisbane: Twin share - $5059 | Solo traveller $6259

Departing Sydney: Twin share - $4979 | Solo traveller - $6179

Departing Melbourne: Twin share - $4849 | Solo traveller - $5059

Included in the Price

◈Return airfares from Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney or Melbourne to Hobart flying Virgin Australia
◈11 nights accommodation throughout Tasmania
◈19 quality meals included throughout the 12 days
◈Hop on hop off bus tour in Hobart
◈Gordon River cruise
◈Guided tour of the historic Port Arthur site
◈Overnight stay in World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain
◈Explore Salamanca markets
◈Marvel at Cataract Gorge in Launceston
◈Visit the historic village of Richmond
◈Visit Sheffield and its unique murals
◈Local guides when sightseeing
◈Tour Host

Contact Depth Travel to book or to find out more information

Friday, 17 March 2017

Lifestyle on Water Festival #Lowfest2017

Lifestyle on Water Festival

Depth Travel is excited to be partnering with Lifestyle on Water Festival for a promising weekend of entertainment on the bay, April 28-30.

Lifestyle on Water Festival will showcase the best of the bay and the boating lifestyle. From kid’s activities to cooking demonstrations, national jet ski racing titles, on-water product demonstrations, celebrity guest appearances including Paul Burt, Sally Jenyns and MKR contestants, and the headlining act for the weekend - +Guy Sebastian  , they’ve got something for everyone.

Be sure to drop by Depth Travel, located stage side, and say hello to put yourself in the draw to win thousands of dollars worth of travel vouchers and return flights to New Zealand! Winners can choose their destination of Queenstown, Auckland or Christchurch.

With a wealth of industry experience, Depth Travel are the trusted specialists for corporate and leisure travel. While we can’t promise you a seat on the winning Wild Oats XI in the Sydney to Hobart race, we do promise a personal, prompt and professional service to get you there (...and back). No matter how or where you like to travel, Depth Travel has you covered.

Don’t forget to join us, stage side under the blue Depth Travel tent, to find out where we can take you. Alternatively, feel free to give us a call at anytime of any day. We are available 24/7 via our toll free number 1DEPTH to better help you. We look forward to meeting you at #Lowfest2017.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Las Vegas with Alan Anderson

Allan Anderson, a long time client of Depth Travel, was lucky enough to spend 3 nights in Las Vegas, observing the spectacle of the strip and ticking off must-do items like the Grand Canyon.  He shared his experiences as well as a few tips and tricks to navigating this city of lights.

Las Vegas

My wife and I visited Las Vegas for 3 nights in late 2016. The Vegas visit was arranged by Depth Travel and followed a cruise that ended in Montreal, Canada, so we were keen for a relaxing break. After collecting our luggage we decided to catch a cab to our hotel rather than the cheaper option of a shuttle. Although the taxi queues were long they are efficiently managed and cleared in about 15 minutes.

Having never been to Las Vegas we were completely in the hands of the Depth Travel staff. Their recommendations were spot on. We had a spacious “Strip View” room at the wonderful Bellagio Hotel overlooking their famous fountains which erupt for 5 minutes every half hour from 3pm to 8pm every day. The Bellagio is right in the middle of the strip opposite Planet Hollywood and the “Magic Mile of Shops” and next door to the famous Caesars Palace Hotel. The Bellagio is huge and cost $US1.2b to build.

We had dinner that evening outdoors in a Mexican-themed bar/restaurant outside Planet Hollywood with views looking directly down the strip. It was 'people watching' excellence and as the sun set the people seemed to get crazier. Just below us, we watched two men in Army trousers but no shirts and amazing 'six packs' offering to have their photo taken with women whom they raised above their heads while sporting the US flag. We were not sure how much they received for each photo opportunity but they never stopped for the two hours we watched them.

The next day we went to the Grand Canyon with Grayline. We were originally booked on a bus but were offered seats in a twelve seater Mercedes “Sprinter” for an extra $US200.00 (plus taxes of course). We jumped at the opportunity to spend more time at the Grand Canyon while getting back to the hotel several hours earlier than the bus. The Grand Canyon is a breath-taking must see and the Skywalk is sensational even for those who hate heights (it's only 4,500 feet straight down!). Guano Point probably has the best views of the Colorado River so don’t miss that one either.

On the last day, we walked along the strip and went up in the (faux) Eiffel Tower which has amazing views, watched the gondolas in the amazing Venetian Hotel and had a drink in the incredibly atmospheric Margaritaville Bar at the Flamingo Hotel. We also shopped at the Magic Mile of Shops before reluctantly leaving the Bellagio.

Safe to say, Las Vegas truly was a memorable experience -  a must do for anyone.

Alan Anderson

Friday, 3 March 2017

Khmer Kingdom

Depth Travel was thrilled to welcome home Jessica (16) and her family as they returned from their most recent trip to Cambodia. No stranger to South-east Asia, Jessica, shares her thoughts and experiences on her latest trip to the Khmer Kingdom.

                                   ជំរាបសួរ (Hello) 
Having previously travelled to Thailand, Vietnam and many other Asian countries, my mum, brother and I were extremely excited for our trip to Cambodia. We have always been intrigued by the diverse cultures and traditions practiced throughout Asia and wanted to further explore a country less travelled by foreign tourists.

We began our 10 day journey in The Kingdom of Cambodia touching down in Siem Reap. We orientated ourselves in the city by foot stopping for a drink at the luxurious Hotel D’angkor, navigating the bustling old market and going on a night-time street food tour where we tried a range of Cambodian food from fried banana to crickets and tarantulas!

The last two days in Siem Reap were spent on an organised tour with our local guide, Jet. We took a short tour of Artisans D’angkor, a traditional Khmer workshop aimed at creating jobs for young Cambodians who live in rural areas and want to practice their traditional crafts, dined on my favourite Khmer Fish Amok (fish curries) for lunch and even travelled to the floating village of Chong Kneas and were amazed by the houses, suspended high off the ground by hundreds of bamboo poles. To better see the village, we boarded a boat which took us out past the house-lined river to the opening of the Ton le Sap – the biggest freshwater lake in Asia.

We spent most of the second day at Angkor Wat National Park. Beng Mealea, Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm were just some some of the amazing temples we visited, and of course, Angkor Wat Temple. Quick tip? Catch the amazing sunrise over the temple, by waking at 4:30am and joining the masses driving out to the National Park. It was extremely beautiful and without a doubt one of the highlights of the trip.

Next stop: Battambang; the second largest city in Cambodia, renowned for its historical architecture. Although we only spent one night here, we could’ve easily spent a lot longer. One of the main attractions of this town is the Bamboo Train which, in truth, is a small bamboo platform with a motor that runs on a single track. The ‘train’ is quickly disassembled and pulled off the track when faced with an oncoming train. It was great fun hurtling down the rickety track! We also spent half a day on a bicycle tour exploring village life outside the city.

An impromptu turn of events in Battambang saw us spending one afternoon in the Bat Caves! Every afternoon upon sunset, millions of small bats fly out of the cave to find food during the night. The bats steadily steam out of the cave pouring into the open air, which was absolutely fascinating to witness.

Our next destination was the country’s capital, Phnom Penh (pronounced ‘P’nom Pen’). We had planned to stay in Phnom Penh over New Year’s Eve to experience the city’s festivities. This turned out to be a fantastic decision - we stayed at the historic Foreign Correspondents Club which was right on the riverfront, meaning we had great views of the parade and fireworks on the street below.

We left the next morning for the beachside towns Kep and Kampot. Stopping briefly in Kampot, we visited a Pepper farm before making our way to Kep where we stayed at Verandah Natural Resort. If you are visiting Kep, I would highly recommend this resort as it has an amazing design and a great restaurant and pool.

Another must do? Seeing the sights in the back of a Tuk Tuk! We spent half a day being whizzed around the Kep in the back of a tuk tuk (a flimsy car and motorcycle hybrid) -going past the famous crab markets and then to an astonishing cave temple hidden in the mountains followed by Kep Beach, abandoned French villas and finally the Kep Sailing Club for lunch. The sailing club is in a perfect location on the waterfront and we had one of the best meals we had while in Cambodia. Local crab with Kampot pepper is a must here!

Naturally, we didn’t miss the highlights of Phnom Penh. These included the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, the National Museum of Cambodia, and the very sobering Choeung Ek Killing Fields and S21 Prison. We couldn’t help but be moved by the very tragic and disturbingly recent history, as well as the unimaginable suffering of the country that ensued.

Cambodia is still a developing country and has many of years of conflict to recover from. But everywhere we went we were greeted with a warm and friendly smile. Cambodia is definitely on my list to visit again as there’s so much more to explore yet!

Written by Jessica Jenkinson
Client for Depth Travel

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Easter Island from our guest blogger and client Alan Anderson

Alan Anderson
Hi Harry,

Just to let you know that we were able to go ashore by tender in somewhat rough conditions yesterday for a wonderful tour of Easter Island. Our tour guide Nikolas Hotu was excellent - he spoke English well and knew his history and the legends of the Island etc. so many thanks for arranging the tour. Below is a draft blog you may wish to use:

Easter Island
My wife and I are cruising across the Pacific to South America from Sydney via Auckland, Tonga, American Samoa, Tahiti, Pitcairn Island and finally the mysterious Easter Island on board the Sea Princess. The ships tours of Easter Island were all booked out so Harry Zaharopoulos from Depth Travel arranged an independent tour.

This was all well and good until the ships rumour mill cranked up about whether we would even be able to get off the ship. One woman claimed that this was her fifth attempt at landing on Easter Island - all the others were cancelled due to rough weather. So anticipation and apprehension were high among the passengers and there was much cheering when the captain finally announced we were going ashore even in spite of 1.5 metre swells.

The tender vessel took us into the small dock at the main (only) village of Hanga Roa. After paying the $80US Rapa Nui National Park entrance fee (each) we met our guide Nicholas Hotu and set off for our adventure with 4 others. All visitors have to pay this fee and I calculated that the Island collected a cool $120k for the day.

The tour commenced with a view of the Rano Kau volcanic crater and a walk around the ancient Orongo Village set atop high cliffs. The village comprises several houses made from slabs of stone all looking out to sea (waiting for the first arrival of the sooty terns). The village was only used once a year for about 3 days by competitors in the bird man
"challenge" where young warriors had to scramble down the high cliffs, swim 2 miles out to an island, collect a birds egg, swim back through shark infested water, climb the cliff and present the birds egg intact to the chief. Rumour has it that the warriors prize was a virgin! Apparently this competition was stopped in late 1880s after too many warriors were lost to sharks or fell off the cliffs.

The rest of the tour involved visiting moai sites all over the island. The weather was hot, humid and mainly bright and sunny so the views were uninterrupted with spectacular coastal vistas. The main moai site is the quarry at Rano Raraku where the hillside is dotted with the famously huge statues, with several still in a state of being carved when the practice stopped abruptly for reasons unknown but it is speculated that there was a civil war and the carvers lost!

The other sites where the statues were placed near the sea are all fascinating, picturesque and mysterious - how did they move these massive statues so far and what do they mean anyway? Conjecture is part of the fascination of Easter Island.

What lessons did we take from this tour:

1. Put Easter Island on your must do bucket list as it far exceeded our expectations - the seascapes are amazing with the sandy beach at Anakena outstanding
2. If you only have one shot at getting there then consider flying from Santiago - ship is too risky
3. Definitely get a tour with a guide as the locals add so much more value
4. There are a couple of high end expensive resorts and there's lots to see and do in a few days.
5. Do some research beforehand- I read "The Island of Giants" which is about Thor Heyerdahl's archeological experiences on the island.