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 news.com.au, 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?

Inclusions
- 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