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AUGUST 2015

Leap into adventure ASIA'S SOUTH EAST

A land of mist & mystique

AFRICA: A continent of colourful contrasts

A LATIN LOVE AFFAIR

The 7 wonders of South America JOURNEYS BY FOOT

Walks, hikes & life-changing treks TURKEY’S DELIGHTS

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Hello!

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Do you suffer from the one-day mentality? The ‘Oh, one day I’d like to see that’ speech, but it never takes formation? Well, we’re changing all that. From the one-day to the right-now, we’re making dreams happen. From the torched savannah landscape of an African safari to metre-deep powder on the slopes of Japan, an adventure exists at every terrain. Seven continents all vying for your attention, Asia entices with its quiet yet lethal powers of attraction while South America seduces with a beauty so blatant it almost makes you blush. And then there’s Turkey. Oh Turkey, you had us at the arrival gate. Stop wishing and wanting, start doing and living! For as long as the world exists, so does adventure!

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HOUSE OF TRAVEL CONTRIBUTORS Editor RACHAEL CAIGOU Writer ANNA SARJEANT Designer KYLIE MILLAR Asia & Dubai PAULA WATSON Africa & South America KATIE SEARLE Europe ANNE GRAHAM & JACQUI HARVEY Ski CARL SINCLAIR & SARAH HEADIFEN Printer WEBSTAR

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ISSUE 7

7 wonders of South America

One flew over the Turkey's nest

Work hard , play hard

Ready , set , snow!

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A DELECTABLE FEAST IN ASIA’S

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TURN DAYDREAMS INTO LIFE EXPERIENCES: DISCOVER A ROUTE LESS TRAMPLED IN THIS EXOTIC CORNER OF THE WORLD.

o you find yourself wistfully daydreaming

Buzzing with the constant ebb and flow of

of South East Asia? Seeking maps and idly

tourists, Krabi boasts inexpensive restaurants and

tracing a route with your finger? Envisaging

robust curries, while the sheer rock faces of Railay

golf courses, or head to Chiang Rai and embark on a tour of the Golden Triangle.

timeworn temples, water-logged paddies and hazy

Beach are just 45 minutes away – popular with

WHAM, BAM, T HANK YOU NAM

green vistas. Make your dreams a reality with a trip

daredevil climbers mesmerised by the swathes

If you don’t believe in myths, you just might after

to the land of mist and mystique. The invite’s there,

of its limestone.

a trip to Vietnam. With 2000 islets scattering the

you just need to answer.

Intent on feeding both your stomach and your

emerald waters of Halong Bay, the locals will tell

spirituality, Chiang Mai’s a melting pot of culture

you they were carved by the tail of a thrashing

DON' T BE SH Y, J U S T G I V E I T A T HA I

and cuisine. As the cultural heart of Thailand, it’s

dragon. And you can’t help but feel they might

Stunning from every viewpoint, Krabi is arguably the

a city of contrasts, where ancient temples nudge

be right. View the limestone karsts by Chinese junk

most scenic provincial capital in Thailand, so swivel

modern new builds and Burmese heritage prevails.

boat, weaving between their jutting walls and

your toes and take in an eyeful. Your gaze will linger

Join a local cooking class and prepare sweet

sheer facades.

across longtail boats and limestone karsts. To the

fragrant curries or satisfy your cultural hunger

north the awry green cliffs of Khao Kanab Nam jut

and partake in a 'Monk Chat', available for a

the hills – and the humid mist – for a village stay

through the water and to the south an eternal

small donation at a handful of temples. For those

with the Sapa Hill Tribe locals. Set amidst ripples

stretch of mountainside expands into the horizon.

already harmonised, tee off at one of city’s stellar

of cascading rice fields, observe workers in the

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From oceans deep to valleys high, ascend into


SOUTH EAST

"...the silhouettes of more than two-thousand ancient temples pierce the sky and its low-level mist."

paddies and then step inside their modest huts for bowls of steaming tea. Complete your Vietnamese adventure with a stay in Hoi An. With merchant houses and glowing silk lanterns, twinkling lights and Japanese bridges, it’s remarkably well preserved. Sit riverside and decide what’s next on the agenda – lounging on Cua Dai beach, whizzing down the giant sand dunes of Mui Ne or exploring Ho Chi Minh City where you can also access the infamous Cu Chi war tunnels. When the time arrives to leave this blessed land, sail into Cambodia by luxury river cruise.

MYANM A R IS O P E N FO R BU S I N E S S For Myanmar, a change in name mirrored a change in mind-set. Previously off-limits, Burma is I NSPI RE // HOU SE OF TRAVE L

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Mohinga

[mo-HIN-gah]

(d.) A comforting rice noodle soup, often served for breakfast. Key ingredients; fish, lemongrass, garlic & banana stems Origin: Myanmar

Hinava

[HEE-nah-vah]

(d.) Fresh raw fish pickled in lime juice, Sabah chili, shallots & ginger Origin: Sabah, Borneo

now open for business. Littered with temples, relics,

large orang-utan population. Knock at the doors

gilded pagodas, golden stupas and timeworn

of a rehabilitation sanctuary and get acquainted

ruins, ladies and gents – fill your boots!

with these round-bellied mischief-makers. From baby

Start in Bagan, where the silhouettes of more

orphans to adolescents intent on causing mayhem,

than two-thousand ancient temples pierce the

personalities range from quiet and curious to bold

sky and its low-level mist. Best visited at sunrise,

and boisterous. Either way, you’ll enjoy a full few

the cool air and rising fog create a magical light

hours of natural orang-utan showmanship.

around its enchanting pinnacles. You’re standing in a forgotten kingdom, where kings once ruled and Mongols conquered. Other Myanmar highlights include floating

Ignite your sense of adventure in South East Asia. To find out more call us on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

Bánh cuon

[bun-KOO-wan]

(d.) Steamed rice pancake roll filled with pork, wood ear mushrooms & minced shallots. Served with coriander, mint, bean sprouts & a delicious dipping sauce Origin: Northern Vietnam

Pad Thai

[PAHT-tai]

(d.) A stir-fried rice noodle dish, flavoured with tamarind, fish sauce & dried shrimp. Served with lime & roast peanuts Origin: Ayutthaya, Thailand

down the Irrawaddy and visiting Inle Lake. Offering Kodak moments from every angle, the lake’s freshwater surface appears like a never-ending sheet of silver. With water and marshes that seamlessly combine and wooden houses skimming its shallow embankments. The fishermen propel their boats with an intriguing leg hooking technique, a movement that is both perplexing and hypnotic to watch.

AO NANG CLIFF RESORT, KRABI

BEST OF SABAH, BORNEO

Nestled on a lush green hill slope, you are near the shopping and entertainment areas of Ao Nang with the beach a short stroll away.

Visit sprawling tea plantations, Poring Hot Springs, lush Kinabalu National Park and Kinabatangan River's surrounding wildlife. Kota Kinabalu return ) 8 day/7 night tour

7 nights accommodation

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TRAVEL: Until 31 Oct 15

TRAVEL: Daily departures until 30 Nov 15

INCLUDES: Breakfast daily, upgrade to a Deluxe Room and choice of either 1x dinner or 1x 60 min massage per person

INCLUDES:Accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 3 dinners, return flights Kota Kinabalu/Sandakan, English speaking guide, transfers & sightseeing

in the Malay Archipelago, Borneo is flushed with

BEST OF MYANMAR

ULTIMATE VIETNAM

natural attractions, from caving systems to bird

From vast plains along the rivers to colonial untouched cities filled with a mix of the old and new, enjoy this country's 'must sees'.

Discover Hanoi’s old quarter, Halong Bay on an overnight cruise, local foods on a Street Food Tour and more on this small group tour.

WH Y H E L LO, BOR N E O If you’re tracking down the world’s largest flower, which at three feet and 15 pounds is the Rafflesia Arnoldii, say hello to Borneo. A gentle giant nestled

watching and some of the world’s best diving. In particular, Sipadan Island offers a treasure trove of diving diversity, with scuba junkies arriving from across the globe to experience its sudden drops and sheer coral walls. Teeming with nonchalant

Yangon return ) 15 day/14 night tour

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Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City ) 14 day/13 night tour

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turtles and entrancing schools of fish, you’ll also

TRAVEL: Daily departures until 30 Nov 15

TRAVEL: Set departures until 06 Dec 15

find sharks, barracuda and micro pygmy seahorses.

INCLUDES: Accommodation, breakfast daily, most transport including domestic flights, 2 night RV Paukan river cruise, local English speaking guides and all sightseeing & transfers

INCLUDES: Accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, all domestic trains & flights, local English speaking guide and sightseeing

Along with gargantuan flowers and South East Asia’s largest Barrier Reef, Borneo also boasts a

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wonders Our

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SOUTH AMERICA

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W H E N WA N D E R L U S T TA K E S YO U TO S O U T H A M E R I CA , YO U C O U L D S P E N D A L I F E T I M E U N E A R T H I N G I T S B E AU T Y. W E ’ V E W H I T T L E D I T D OW N I N TO S E V E N , B I T E - S I Z E WO N D E R S.

ith rainforests that provide 20% of the world’s oxygen and

across its cities, the fiestas are loud, the dancing’s dramatic and nobody

remnants from ancient Incan cities, it’s a continent swimming

goes to bed before sunrise. From its European past to its fiercely proud

in sensational beauty. Boasting world-famous waterfalls,

people, one visit to South America and your jaw will be on the floor.

drool-inducing cuisine and a feverish passion for soccer that resonates

Buckle up and get ready to have a wonder-ful adventure.

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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS In 1835 Charles Darwin set foot on the Galapagos Islands and stumbled across its unsuspecting fauna – free from humans and hunters – showed little trepidation. To this day the rich and varied wildlife possess a natural curiosity that only exists because they’re so well protected and free from harm. Cruise through the Galapagos’ 19 islands and you’ll get delightfully close to the wildlife, including blue footed boobies, flamingos and massive tortoises.

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INCLUDES: 3 night cruise, all meals, activities, guides and return flights from Quito to Galapagos

IGUAZU FALLS : Brazil & Argentina

THE SALT FLATS : Bolivia & Chile

Visually astounding, the Iguazu’s 275 waterfalls are accessible from both Brazil

Turn your world upside down at the crystal-white salt flats of the Atacama

and Argentina. The Argentinian side boasts an exhilarating boat ride to the

Desert in Chile and Uyuni in Bolivia. A never-ending horizon of emptiness,

base of the falls. Oh boy are you in for a drenching! Take togs (and a poncho)

interrupted only by sun-scorched mountains and a fluttering of fauna,

because your driver will steer bow-first into the mouth of the water’s roar.

the salt sheets are as reflective as glass. Look to your feet and you’ll feel

As breath-taking as it is saturating, it won’t be until you swing around for a second

like you’re walking on sky. Baked in heat and emanating a starkness that

thrashing that you realise you’ve just touched 450,000 cubic feet of water.

verges on unnerving, serene beauty will soon soothe your nerves.

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LAKE TITICACA : Peru

THE AMAZON : Brazil , Peru & Ecuador

Observe a simpler way of life with Lake Titicaca’s homestays. You’ll stay on a

The Amazon Rainforest is the Pantanal’s colossal neighbour to the north.

floating island made out of reed straw in a village that flanks South America's

A jungle of numbers, there are 10 million species of animal. Embark on a river

largest lake. Stay in these basic dwellings that run on little to no electricity,

cruise and count 3000 different fruits or 2.5 million insect species. If snakes

dine on hearty broths cooked on primitive stoves and listen to traditional

don’t give you the heebie-jeebies, paddle the Amazon in a wooden canoe,

Andean folklore. At night, when blackness descends, sleep beneath a

scouring for anacondas as you go, or step inside an Amazonian tribal village

mountain of blankets, dozing to the light rapping of Titicaca's wind at your door.

and observe how civilizations exist on the most primitive of resources.

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INCLUDES: Accommodation, excursion to Uros Island & Amantani Island and some meals & transfers

INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, transport, activities and return flights from Quito to El Coca

PANTANAL : Brazil

PATAGONIA : Argentina & Chile

Brazil’s Pantanal is South America’s largest wetland and a mammoth reservoir

If you like your nature rugged and in some cases extinct, explore Patagonia.

of biodiversity. Drive a 4WD and bump your way along boggy tracks, dodging

Home to the formidable Torres Del Paine, the terrain’s sliced with jutting

red-eyed caiman and five-foot iguanas. For the environmentally-aware, you

mountains, jagged glaciers and icy blue waters.This barren landscape offers a

can stay at Eco-Lodges and observe Pantanal sustainability. You’ll gain a

mixed bag of eclectic eye-pleasers. Framed by Torres Del Paine's three imposing

greater understanding – and respect – for preserving one of Brazil’s greatest

pillars, sedentary glaciers crawl towards the sea. And as the former stomping

assets, as well as a comfortable bed for the night.

ground of dinosaurs, there is something distinctly primeval about Patagonia.

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INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, activities and return transfers from Cuiaba

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INCLUDES: Accommodation, all meals, activities, park fees and return transfers

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One flew over the Turkey's nest W

FROM MINARETS AND FAIRY CHIMNEYS TO RICH HISTORY AND EVEN RICHER COFFEE, TURKEY’S VIBRANCY STRETCHES FROM ITS CITIES TO THE SEA.

hy Turkey? Is it the history and culture?

picking through glass jars of flowers, oils and spices.

The ethereal landscapes, archaeological sites, mosques, bazaars and ruins?

A C UT A BOVE TH E REST

Or the pristine beaches and crystal-clear sea?

Strands of gold begin to bleed across a peach-

Maybe it’s the coffee, sweet baklava and the warm

tainted landscape, rippling over ridged valleys and

generosity of its people? Whatever the reason,

giant boulders, lunar-like pinnacles and peaks of

you won’t be disappointed by Turkey’s vast medley

oatmeal stone. In the changing light of sunrise, the

of attractions.

basket soars and the burner hisses... you’re flying! The morning’s fresh, the air’s crisp and you’re in a

I STAN BU L – H OW BA ZA A R

hot air balloon high above Cappadocia’s clusters

Undeniably one of the world’s greatest cities,

of cones and spools. Drifting over shapes and

Istanbul was built by empires and shaped by

textures you wish you could reach out and touch.

sieges, it sits on seven hills, straddles the Bosphorus

The milky-white sediment of soil casts a moon-like

Strait and is the only city in the world to locale two

cloak across the landscape below; there’s no better

culturally eclectic continents. Tittering on the east

way to see Cappadocia’s fascinating rock erosion.

and flirting with the west, ethnicities are fiercely

With your feet firmly back on the ground,

diverse. Chaotic and crazed, Istanbul’s a jumbling,

admire the ethereal terrain from the floor, or visit

tumbling disarray of mosques, palaces and

the fresco-adorned rock-cut churches of Göreme

bazaars. There’s a story behind every corner and

Open-Air Museum. Built into chalky cliff-side, these

tales hidden in the gentle tinkering of its cogs.

clusters of monastic dwellings were once inhabited

With narrow alleyways and crooked sea passages, the air is alive with chatter and the thick scent of Turkish coffee. An ancient Turkish proverb

by monks, proven by the uneven holes that used to be windows. Deeper still, descend into Kaymaklı underground

states that 'coffee should be black as hell, strong

city. With tunnels, chasms and caves carved eight

as death and as sweet as love' so brace yourself

levels deep, the ceilings are low and the walls are

for a pitch black broth (with only an after-thought

curved, but it’s cool and airy and a seemingly

of milk) and a colossal dollop of sugar. Try Turkish

never-ending labyrinth of passageways and burrows.

Delight from traditional confectionery stores, frequent the largest and oldest covered market

TH E TWI NKLI NG TURQ UO I SE C OA ST

in the world – The Grand Bazaar – and make your

For seaside relaxation, Turkey’s coastline is swollen

own perfumes and colognes at the spice bazaar;

with pretty oceanfront towns. Many, such as Bodrum,

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"In the changing light of sunrise, the basket soars and the burner hisses... you’re flying!" GULET CRUISE THE TURQUOISE COAST Cruise the stunning coastline on a traditional wooden motor sailer. With a max of 20 on board, sunbathe on deck and explore the alluring golden beaches, coves and historical sites. Marmaris return ) 8 day/7 night cruise

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TRAVEL: 05-21 Sep 15 INCLUDES: 7 nights accommodation on board, breakfast daily, 6 lunches & 7 dinners, crew services and port tax

CAPTIVATING CAPPADOCIA See the moon-like landscape and 'fairy chimneys' for yourself and stay in a unique cave room at Gamirasou Hotel.This was the first rock hotel of the region, located in the heart of Cappadocia. 3 day/2 night package

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v ADD ON x Hot air balloon from $316 per person

TRAVEL: Until 31 Oct 15

INCLUDES: Accommodation, return airport transfers from Kayseri, breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, sightseeing and taxes & service charges

BEST OF TURKEY Be guided through Istanbul’s gems, the ruins of Ephesus and hike the Lycian Way. Discover the unique Cappadocian valley and cruise along the Mediterranean coast. Turkey at its best! Istanbul return ) 15 days/14 night tour

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are former fishing villages, dotted with ancient ruins and Ottoman mosques. Bodrum especially is a

huts and a complete lack of ATMs or banks.

stadiums, cemeteries and ancient libraries are

You’ll find plenty of laid-back fishing towns in

also big crowd-pleasers. Open for day-trips only,

dazzler of white washed backstreets and chalky

Turkey, including Kas; an old Turkish harbour where

visit Ephesus from Selcuk, a small farming town

houses climbing their way up the hillside.

you can choose to be as active or as sedate as

just two kilometres away. Base yourself at a family-

As easy on the eye as it is on the soul, the

you like. Go in search of wreck diving, boat trips or

run pension, where your hosts will treat you to

coastline’s platinum sands blend into a serene

kayaking, or imitate the locals and embrace the

traditional home-cooked food and will endeavour

sea of sapphire. Dubbed the ‘Turquoise Coast’ you

complete Mediterranean lifestyle. Bask in sunshine,

to make you feel completely at home.

can discover a myriad of coastal towns by Gulet

eat frequently and laze on the beach.

– a Turkish style boat with impressively tall masts

So why Turkey? Simple. Its past is enthralling,

For days that call for a little more culture, the

its beaches are enticing and the people will stay

and magnificent sails. Position yourself on the deck,

ancient city of Ephesus – one of Turkey's 15 UNESCO

with you long after you’ve gone. And of course the

absorb stunning views and allow the warm rays

sites – is Europe's most complete classical metropolis,

land’s only been around for a few thousand years,

to send you into total bliss.

and houses the remnants of one of the Seven

so it’s about time you penned-in a visit!

As one of Turkey’s unsung beach heroes,

Wonders of the Ancient World; the Temple of Artemis.

Olympos is now a historical landmark littered

A focal point, its towering pillars and fragmented

with beachside ruins. With a hippy vibe, the mellow

masonry make for an inspiring centre-piece,

atmosphere is complemented by ramshackled

while Ephesus’ remaining framework of Gladiator

COVERING UP is required when

TURKISH BATHS are a

visiting religious places. So pack a light shirt and scarf in your bag.

unique experience (to say the least!). Leave feeling invigorated and restored.

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Spellbound by Turkey? To find out more give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

GÖZLEME is a traditional 'must eat'. A delicious savoury filled flatbread, sealed and cooked on a hot griddle.

GALLIPOLI

CAVE HOTELS in CAPPADOCIA

Cappadocia are an unforgettable experience. It’ll 'rock' your world!

EPHESUS

BARTERING is totally acceptable. So make sure you do to get the most bang for your buck!

EUROS OR LIRA?

MARMARIS OLYMPOS KAS

GET AROUND coastal towns in a dolmus (dol-moosh), a network of minivans that run set routes.

Lira’s best for cheaper items like water, postcards and taxis, but Euros are still widely accepted.


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WALKS of the WORLD MT KILIMANJARO

- Tanzania

Coloured flags mark the summit, but it’s your weary legs and raspy breath that mark the head-spinning altitude. As Africa’s highest mountain and the world's highest free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro kisses the roof of the sky. You can trek this beast over the course of one week and you’ll need a good level of fitness and an unwavering determination to succeed. The terrain is steep with pathways weaving between boulders and overhangs; the route, in parts, scaled by slopes of shale. Your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramas of craters, ice-fields and distant Kenyan plains. For altitude sickness, drink steaming ginger tea, a welcome sight before a pre-dawn tramp, when frozen volcanic dusk makes the mountain easier to climb. And then at 19,340ft you arrive at Uhuru Peak – Kilimanjaro’s highest point. You’ve made it. The feeling is beyond euphoric. Machame Route ) 8 days/7 nights

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TRAVEL: 01 May-31 Dec 16 INCLUDES: 2 nights in Moshi, 4 nights serviced camping, all meals, porter assistance, cooks & professional guides and park fees

MACHU PICCHU

- Peru

Entering the Inca sun gate at the very moment sun emerges from behind the Andes is not only spine-tingling, it also makes the 4-day hard slog undoubtedly worth it. A land that time forgot, the 550-year old citadel surrenders to a warm orange glow. You’ll have spent the past 43km with pinching thigh muscles as you traverse misty mountains, humid forests and craggy pathways, but you’ll also have spent it amidst sacred Incan history, camping nightly and rising before the clouds clear. Acclimatising to Machu Picchu’s 14,000 feet is key, so spend an additional few days in Cuzco – chewing on Coca leaves to ease any altitude sickness. Each year there are a restricted number of visas – make sure you book in advance. This is a physically exerting trek on tough terrain, but the rewards are truly monumental. Inca Trail Trek ) 4 days/3 nights

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TRAVEL: 01 Jan-31 Dec 16 (track closed in Feb) INCLUDES: 3 nights serviced camping, all meals, porter assistance, cooks & guides, entrance fees including trek permit and bus & train ticket

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BIG TOE WAS BORN FOR ADVENTURE – AND HIS FOUR COMRADES TOO! FOLLOW YOUR FEET FOR SCENIC AMBLINGS AND LIFE-CHANGING RAMBLINGS, IT’S TIME FOR YOUR BEST JOURNEY YET.

SAPA HILL TRIBE TREK

- Vietnam

With dream scenery plucked straight from a fantasy, the deep terraces that tumble down Sapa’s lush hillside are neatly packed with rice paddies and an obligatory mystical fog. Having arrived on an eight-hour train from Hanoi, this is where hikers embark on one of Sapa’s many hilltribe treks. For the adventurer who endeavours to combine hiking with culture, the relatively easy five-day itinerary includes one night in Sapa and one night with a local tribe family. By day you’ll traverse gravel tracks and muddy trails, flanked on all sides by lush highland, grazing buffalo and many of Vietnam’s 53 minority groups that inhabit the landscape. You’ll immerse yourself in traditional village life, learning about Vietnam’s many diverse cultures and participating in their daily rituals. It’s a full two-days of rolling hills and trickling streams, walking beneath humid clouds and a billowing mist, before you return, by train, to Hanoi. Hanoi return ) 5 days/4 nights

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TRAVEL: Until 31 Dec 15 INCLUDES: Return sleeper train, 1 night in Sapa, 1 night in a village hut, 2 day trek with local English speaking guide and some meals

PATHWAYS OF THE AMALFI COAST

- Italy

Sure, you can explore the Amalfi coastline by Ferrari or Vespa, but wheels don’t build your buns into steel. A self-guided Amalfi walking tour will do that. For the physically fit you’ll walk up to five hours per day, in the beaming Italian sun, exploring 40km of dramatic coastline that’ll take you through granite cliffs and twisting paths; plunging hillside and zig-zagging mountain steps. Look out for basking lizards, discrete shrines and valley hidden villages, as well as time-worn convents and tiny pebbled beaches with pontoons. From Limoncello-starts in Amalfi, you’ll pass shacks selling refreshments and trucks creaking under a mountain of melons, which after navigating steep hillside and sheer rocky drops, you’ll gladly receive.

Amalfi - Positano ) 8 day/7 night self-guided walk

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TRAVEL: Until 31 Oct 15 INCLUDES: 7 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, luggage transfers and detailed route notes & maps

Flights are additional. For full details of all package inclusions visit HOUSEOFTRAVEL.CO.NZ/walksoF theworld


HA KU NA M A TA TA WITH ASTOUNDING BEAUTY, PEOPLE AND SPECTACULAR SAFARI, WELCOME TO AFRICA. IT MEANS NO WORRIES FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS.

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f you’re an African first-timer or returning for a second, third or fourth big adventure, this is a continent where excitement is found at every

corner. Whether you’re traversing north to south, or east to west, you will find epic experiences at every turn.

PI CTU R E P E R F E CT N A M I B I A As Africa’s most photogenic destination, Namibia is a country of swirling desert and lonely arid roads. Its post-apocalyptic landscape lending itself to a magnitude of other-wordly vistas. For lions, elephants and giraffes, as well as 340 bird species, seek out one of Africa’s largest game reserves, Etosha National Park. Boasting a salt pan so vast it can be seen from space, the opportunity to spy Namibian wildlife is just as fruitful. Hire a car and head to a watering hole. Evasive lions will slowly emerge from their hiding spots, slinking between camel thorns and golden grassland. The hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast is littered with the carcass of shipwrecked boats; sand-locked into the ground and resigned to their fate. Painfully eerie, seals and seabirds add a spoonful of life to an otherwise ghostly terrain. From no man’s land to the colourful Himba tribe people, discover Namibia’s

beauties can be alarmingly temperamental. Follow the water north to Victoria Falls. With water

of the world’s most visually-impressive cities. From in-your face beauty to in-your-mouth taste

semi-nomadic herders. Himba women wear

plunging at a velocity to make the hairs on your

sensations, a stay in the big CT wouldn’t be

elaborate terracotta dreadlocks and skin that’s

neck stand tall, Victoria is as impending as she is

dyed red, a ritual that is symbolic of beauty.

complete without sampling its fine array of flavours.

majestic. A timeless beauty, stare into the roaring

Boasting an abundance of vineyards, take a

mists and feel the wrath of her fury.

F LORA, FAU N A & FA LLI N G WAT E R

Where water abounds, you’ll find a plethora

United by water, both Botswana and Zimbabwe

of activities such as white water rafting, bungee

provide a mecca for African wildlife. Botswana’s

jumping, sunset cruises, mokoro rides and fishing.

Okavango Delta is a freshwater wetland flushed

Or head inland for game drives packed with

with the world’s most fascinating fauna, from

wildlife and off-road experiences.

elephants and zebras, to lions, leopards and giraffes.

meander up the coast, stopping for a signature glass of Shiraz and a healthy measure of Sav. But don’t stop the wheels turning there. Explore the most picturesque stretch of the southern coast with a self-drive adventure along the Garden Route. Or make tracks to the biggest wildlife sanctuary in

Watch out for hippos; where there’s water there are

SAVVY SO UTH A FRI CA

the world – Kruger National Park. Here you’ll discover

hippopotamus. Best viewed from afar, these robust

With Table Mountain at its helm, Cape Town is one

the widest selection of mammal species in Africa,

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FACES OF NAMIBIA Explore the north of Namibia and the extraordinary lives of Himba people. Other highlights include Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Swakopmund and Sossusvlei. Windhoek return ) 11 day/10 night tour

3215

$

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per person share twin

TRAVEL: Set departures between 01 Nov 15-30 Jun 16 INCLUDES: Accommodation with breakfast daily, transport in custom built safari vehicles, sightseeing, game drives and national park fees

VICTORIA FALLS & BOTSWANA Combine the towering Victoria Falls with witnessing herds of elephant at Chobe National Park, then float down the Okavango Delta and stay in a bush lodge! Victoria Falls - Maun ) 7 night package

4615

$

from

per person share twin

TRAVEL: Until 31 Dec 16 | INCLUDES: 2 nights in Victoria Falls with breakfast daily & walking tour, 2 nights in the Chobe region, 3 nights in the Okavango Delta, all meals & local beverages in Botswana, all transport, sightseeing, game drives and national park fees

CAPE TOWN & KRUGER ADVENTURE Explore the stunning city of Cape Town before flying to Kruger National Park for safari game drives and bush activities with the help of expert naturalist guides. Cape Town - Kruger National Park ) 7 night package

1999

$

from

per person share twin

TRAVEL: 01 Apr-30 Sep 16 | INCLUDES:4 nights in Cape Town with breakfast daily, half day city & Table Mountain tour and full day Cape Point tour, flights, return airport transfers and 3 nights in Kruger National Park including all meals & local drinks, daily game drives and scheduled activities

including The Big 5. If ever there was an opportunity

of spectacular proportions. Go mobile and move with

THE GREAT EAST AFRICAN MIGRATION

to see lions, elephants, leopards, the Cape buffalo

the advances of its brigade; as unpredictable as they

and a black rhinoceros, this is it.

are impressive, no two days are the same.

See the best of it East Africa’s wildlife while staying in world famous National Parks including Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and the Masai Mara.

If it’s Kenya's people you’re keen to meet, visit a

WELCO ME TO KE N YA & TA N ZA N I A

Maasai Mara tribal village. Nomads of both Tanzania

Conquering Kili is as good a reason as any to

and Kenya’s infinite terrain, their notoriety for hunting

visit Tanzania. Summit the sugar-topped peak that

lion has earned them a reputation as fierce warriors.

punches through the clouds, or play-out on the low

Watch traditional Maasai dancing and rituals delivered

level plains, observing a marching troop of elephants

with a feverish intensity.

and stand-alone giraffes looking grandiose. From great heights to formidable sights, the great wildebeest migration is a Tanzanian odyssey. The annual movement of over two-million inhabitants, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Africa is a land that surpasses all expectations on every level, so open your eyes and come on in. To find out more give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

Kenya - Tanzania ) 11 night package

11,975

$

from

per person share twin

TRAVEL: 01 Apr-31 May 16 | INCLUDES: 5 nights in a hotel/lodge, 6 nights serviced camping, breakfast daily, 10 lunches & 10 dinners, daily game drives & scheduled activities, national park fees and flight from Mara to Nairobi

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WORK HARD,play hard GORILLA TREK, UGANDA "A Gorilla Trek in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in an unforgettable experience. I felt safe with the guides, the scenery was magical and nothing prepared me for seeing apes in their natural habitat. The first day ’s trek started early. After a briefing, we took to the trails in a small group of seven. The distance depends on which gorilla family you visit and you’ll need a good degree of fitness. I opted for the largest family. Luck was on my side, we found mums feeding their young and a huge silverback. I loved the family interaction. The juveniles were teenage-like, rolling down hills and making chase, it was exciting to watch." – Jenny Nilsson, House of Travel Hastings

TURKEY "We landed in Istanbul and it was straight to the Grand Bazaar and then the Blue Mosque. The non-stop exploration made us ravenous so we feasted on delicious pides (Turkish pizza). Next our trip took us to Bodrum with visits to Ephesus, Gallipoli and Pammukale. Pammukale is a massive white wonderland sounded by calcium cliffs. Swim in the natural pools while soaking up its sheer natural beauty. Savvy travellers should go just before high season, when you’ll enjoy less crowds and better temperatures. Book a tour because distances between places are deceiving and it can be tricky trying to organise transport yourself. Remember to cover your shoulders when visiting mosques and never EVER leave Turkey without trying the yummy apple tea!" – Crystal Byrne, House of Travel Takapuna

ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS "Like so many people Galapagos was on our lifetime wish-list and in April my wife and I and our two daughters had the unique opportunity to explore these amazing islands. Words and pictures cannot describe the incredible experience. From swimming with penguins, turtles and hammerhead sharks to visiting the moon-like terrain of some of the islands, the Galapagos failed to disappoint – and that's without even mentioning the sea lions, frigates and blue footed boobies! In my opinion a trip to Galapagos without going to Quito and standing at the middle of the world (Quito is on the Equator line with a 0° latitude) would only be half the journey. Laughter, learning to live without technology and meeting amazing people, it was a remarkable family holiday that we will never forget. We’ll be back, that’s for sure!" – Mark O’Donnell, House of Travel CEO

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OUR HOTTIES LOVE GETTING THEIR FEET STUCK INTO AN ADVENTURE. ANY EXCUSE TO EXPLORE! CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR GALLANT GETAWAYS.

MACHU PICCHU, PERU "Machu Picchu was on my 'bucket list'. It was more than I imagined. I was lucky enough to be in the Sanctuary hotel right next to the ruins and I spent time inside before and after the day visitors. Exploring the ruins for hours and imagining the ancient civilisation of the Inca’s living on the very spot I was standing gave me goose bumps. Cuzco and the Sacred Valley are not to be rushed, acclimatise properly. After you have been on your guided tour, my tip is to just get lost in the small back streets. Oh and be sure to try a delicious Pisco Sour cocktail!" – Christine Wynne-Jones, House of Travel Remuera

NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA "We enjoyed an amazing self-drive family holiday across Namibia and Botswana, followed by Victoria Falls and two lodges in the Okavango. Self-drive was very easy and hassle free. We pre-booked every night, so we had the comfort of knowing exactly where we’d be each night. We stayed in amazing lodges and ate beautiful gourmet cuisine. We also spent two nights in the desert at Soussevlei, which included a desert tour. Running down the sand dunes flat-out was an absolute blast! Highlights in Etosha National Park included a bull elephant and we also saw a herd of giraffe. The guides were great at tracking the elusive cats and our guide was determined to find us a leopard before we left!" – Beth Yates, House of Travel Christchurch

VIETNAM "Vietnam is one of my favourite places in South East Asia! The trip started in Hoi An, a gorgeous old town located close to the beaches at DaNang. This is the best place to get clothing made for super cheap. A must do is the Red Bridge cooking school and half day bike tour which includes a visit to a working crop farm where you get to sample and watch a cooking demonstration using fresh farm produce. Next on the trip was Ho Chi Minh City, you can’t miss a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, war museums, a rickshaw ride and a dinner cruise on the Saigon River." – Sarah O’Callaghan, House of Travel Hornby

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ready, set, snow!

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THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING! THE POWDER’S FRESH AND THE SNOW IS THICK. BUT WHICH RESORT WILL YOU ANSWER TO?

ou’re woken at 6am by the sound of a snow digger. The proof is

the echoed laughter and the inevitable failures and solitary successes that lie

in the sound of its tread; today is going to be a magnificent day.

in the day ahead. Whether you share the mountain with your friends, family or

An early breakfast to fuel you – and resort eggs always taste the best

your own thoughts, a ski holiday has a little bit of something to enthral every

– by the time you take your first step on snow, the atmosphere is fervent with

snow lover. From fun runs to back country treks, green runs to diamond blacks,

excitement. The combined anticipation for a fresh whip of mountain air,

everyone gets a thrill out of the inevitable ''woo-hoo'' ski moments.

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"...snowmobiling , snowshoeing , dog sledding or zip lining , the opportunities are endless!" FAMI LY F U N IN CAN A DA

EMPTY-NESTERS I N TH E USA

YO UNG GO-GET T ERS IN JAPAN

The most family-friendly sport of the lot. Kids love to ski because the snow’s soft and the gondolas soar, while parents get to perfect their bowls, glades and cliff chutes. In Canada, there are two key ski states; British Columbia and Alberta. Both regions provide a huge playground of diversity, from vast slopes to gentle grooms, designated beginner’s areas, off piste, tree runs and exhilarating heli-ski drops. There’s something to suit all abilities. In addition, both BC and Alberta offer an abundance of snowfall, there are no closed days and because the Canadians are kings at building practical ski resorts, queues are unlikely. That’ll curb any impending tantrums. From dad! When the kids tire of skiing, take them snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding or zip lining, the opportunities are endless. And if you’re wary of the long haul, add on a stopover in Vancouver, LA or San Francisco; three cities to enthral them all.

It’s difficult to know what you’ll find the most superior on a USA ski holiday – the scenery, the service or the snow. From California, Wyoming, Utah to Colorado, you’ll discover plenty of diverse views, from lakes and cowboy ranches, to mining towns and pistes skimming a casino mecca. Even the Spring Mountains outside Las Vegas offer an immaculate ski terrain. Frequent snow dumps and light, dry powder are trademark attributes of US snow, with an average ten metres of powder per season. With resorts that are as charming off-piste as they are on, snow services are efficient and faultless, with tours run by hosts that often finish with a mug of steaming hot chocolate. Yum! Not to be out-done by European rivals, the après ski scene is also alive and kicking, from dog sledding to cat skiing and the obligatory night cap

With three-quarters of the country lending itself to mountain, Japan’s a haven for the avid skier or snowboarder. Boasting some of the most reliable and heaviest snowfall in the world, resorts are rich in thick, metre-deep powder. As the better-known Japanese resort, Niseko enjoys an enviable 16 metres of snow per year, but with over 500 resorts dotting the map, there’s light powder to be found all-over, as well as a relatively low-lying landscape which will thankfully keep the altitude sickness at bay. A popular choice for the international jet-set, Japan is one of the closest ski destinations you can get to in the northern hemisphere. Partner your trip with a stopover in Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto. Once there, experience a Japanese style of ski culture. Eat your weight in freshly cooked tempura and switch your après ski from a lively all-nighter to an Onsen hot spring bath.

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NO CLO S ED DAYS IC E H O CKEY & S NOW S POR T S

(or caps) next to a roaring fire and a sheepskin rug.

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A P RÈS ON TH E M O U N TA IN FREE GUIDING & MOUNTAIN HOSTS

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NAT U RA L H O T POOL S NO JET LEG

(similar time zone)

Ready, set, go! The slopes are waiting. To find out more give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravelski.co.nz or come instore today.

PANORAMA SKI RESORT

VAIL SKI RESORT

MYOKO KOGEN SKI RESORT

7 night package

7 night package

7 night package

3200*

$

from

per family: 2 adults & 2 kids (0-12 yrs)

TRAVEL: 03 Jan-30 Jan 16 | INCLUDES: Accommodation at Taynton Lodge or Panorama Springs, 6 day Lift Pass for 2 adults and 2 children (9-12 yrs) and return coach transfers from Calgary International Airport to Resort *Price shown after HOT SKI SAVINGS

v HOT SKI SAVINGS x $2700 per family when booked before 30 Aug 15

3685*

$

from

per adult share twin

TRAVEL: 03 Jan-27 Jan | INCLUDES: Accommodation at Tivoli Lodge, Epic 7 day lift pass (valid at 9 ski resorts) and return coach transfers from Denver International Airport to Resort *Price shown after HOT SKI SAVINGS

v HOT SKI SAVINGS x $800 per adult when booked before 30 Nov 15 FREE breakfast daily

1700

$

from

per adult share twin

TRAVEL: 01 Dec 15-31 Mar 16 | INCLUDES: Accommodation at Hotel Windsor, 6 day Lift Pass for 2 adults and return coach transfers from Narita Airport to Resort

v HOT SKI SAVINGS x FREE breakfast daily

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GZHOU

Venture outside the terminals of Guangzhou Airport and explore a city so abundant in blooms, they call it the ‘City of Flowers’. L Guangzhou is a unique and authentic Chinese experience so getting a guide is key. They’ll meet you at the airport and offer invaluable local advice, insight and of course, translation.

L Stay on the tiny oval islet of Shamian Island. Separated from the city by the Pearl River, it’s a gentle stretch of tranquillity, with 150 old-style European buildings including churches, cafes and galleries.

WASTING TIME; THE #1 AIRPORT OBJECTIVE. EAT, SLEEP, WI-FI. REPEAT. IT’S TIME TO SWAP A BORING TRANSFER FOR AN EXCITING STOPOVER.

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to the HAN dynasty. nternational travel is so easy, destinations are all but a hop, skip and a jump away. But that doesn't mean there won't be an unwanted transfer wait, or worse, less than an hour to exit one plane, find and board another. If you’re already jetting from one side of the world to

the other, why not extend your adventure with a stopover between flights? Swap your airport transfer for a few days in a different place and you’ll enjoy a mini break en route to your final destination. In other words, a holiday within a holiday! And the opportunity to see more, do more and gain more. What’s not to love? Here are a few of our unique faves…

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L For a true Chinese restaurant experience, go Dim Sum crazy at Panxi Restaurant. Luxurious yet traditional, Panxi is an institution and one of the oldest Dim Sum restaurants in Guangzhou dating back

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Currency: RENMINBI Official language: MANDARIN Airport to city centre: 28KM


KUALA LUM P UR

D UBAI

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Valid for new bookings only as specified or until sold out. For travel commenced and completed as specified • Prices are correct as at 06 Jul 15 - costs may vary due to subsequent, tax, surcharge increases, currency exchange rates and or unforeseen circumstances • Min/max stays apply • Prices are per person share twin in NZ dollars subject to availability at time of booking, based on payment by cash or cheque • Booking deposits and payment requirements may apply • Bedding configurations may vary • Credit card fees will apply • Some closeouts apply • For travel outside the dates specified, ask your local House of Travel consultant • Amendment and cancellation fees apply • Accommodation ratings are based on House of Travel ratings and are a guide only to the overall quality of the property • Flights are additional unless specified otherwise. Ask us about the best available flights to your chosen destination. Further terms and conditions may apply. See houseoftravel.co.nz for more details. AFRICA: Valid for sales to 18 Dec 15 or until sold out • FACES OF NAMIBIA: Valid for travel on set departures 01 Nov 15-30 Jun 16. 10 night tour is based on scheduled departures every Monday with a minimum 2 passengers. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for full detailed itinerary • VICTORIA FALLS & BOTSWANA: Valid for travel until 31 Dec 16. 7 night package departs daily. Commences from Victoria Falls and finishes in Maun, can be done in reverse. Hotels and lodges are subject to availability, suitable alternatives will be given. A deposit payment to confirm may be required over certain travel periods. Luggage capacities may apply for Botswana charter light aircraft transfers • CAPE TOWN & KRUGER ADVENTURE: Valid for travel 01 Apr-30 Sep 16. 7 night package departs daily. Hotels and lodges are subject to availability, suitable alternatives will be given. Conservation and gate entry fees are additional, payable locally. Some premium brand drinks are additional • THE GREAT EAST AFRICAN MIGRATION: Valid for travel between 01 Apr-31 May 16. Single and group prices are available on request. Any applicable visas, travel insurance, vaccinations, personal expenses and gratuities are at passengers own expense. ASIA: Valid for sales to 30 Sept 15 • Min 02 people required for guaranteed departure on the tours. Visa, travel insurance, departure taxes, personal expense and gratuities where applicable are at passengers own expense. SOUTH AMERICA: Valid for sales to 18 Dec 15 or until sold out. See houseoftravel.co.nz/southamericawonders for full details • GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: Valid for travel on scheduled departures until 31 Dec 15. 3 night cruise package is onboard Nemo I Tourist Superior Motor Yacht. Deposit payments apply to confirm. Prices exclude National Park fees and Transit Card, USD120 per person (subject to change), payable direct. Galapagos cruises, domestic flights and any accommodation are limited and subject to availability at the time of booking. Longer duration cruises are available on request • LAKE TITICACA: Valid for travel 01 Jan-31 Dec 16. Homestay may only offer twin beds, please reconfirm and/or request a preference • Ask your House of Travel consultant for details on a full itinerary and pricing for Peru • Longer durations are available on request • THE AMAZON: Valid for travel 01 Jan-31 Dec 16 • Booking deposits and full payment terms apply - please ask your House of Travel consultant for further information • Sacha Lodge may only offer twin beds, please reconfirm and/or request a preference • Meals are included but drinks are additional • Ask your House of Travel consultant for details on a full itinerary and pricing for Ecuador • Longer duration Amazon stays are available on request • SALT FLATS: Valid for travel 01 Jan-31 Dec 16 • Itinerary can run in reverse • Group prices are available on request • IGUAZU FALLS: Valid for travel 01 Jan-31 Dec 16 • Single prices and group prices are available on request • Advertised prices include 3 nights accommodation as specified, breakfast daily, return airport transfers, half day regular service tour of Argentine Falls, half day regular service tour of Brazil Falls, Gran Aventura Boat tour, Brazil and Argentina National Park fees - should you want to add arrangements, please contact your House of Travel Consultant • National Park fee prices are subject to change at any time • PANTANAL: Araras Eco-Lodge may only offer twin beds, please reconfirm and/or request a preference • Meals are included but drinks are additional • Ask your House of Travel consultant for details on a full itinerary and pricing for Brazil • Longer duration Pantanal stays are available on request • PATAGONIA: Valid for travel 01 Mar-30 Apr 16 • Packages do not include any discount offers that may be available for Hotel Las Torres Patagonia - please ask your House of Travel consultant for details • Package includes scheduled transport in/out of lodge. Additional costs incur to transport services outside these times.

Home to one of the glitziest skylines in Asia, Kuala Lumpur is the twinkly city that never stops shining.

Introducing this cosmopolitan oasis. From sky scrapers to desert dunes, dazzling Dubai is a city not to fly past.

L If your nerves can handle it, cross the world’s tallest sky bridge connecting The Petronas Twin Towers. Make sure your lunch has settled first!

L Go sky high with the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Pre book your tickets to the 'At The Top' 125th floor or the 'Sky Lounge' on the 148th. They both promise to deliver dizzying (yet astounding) views of this desert paradise.

L Visit Batu Caves in the eastern suburbs, the limestone cavernous interior is home to Hindu deities. They’re also quite spooky so get ready for goose pimple arms.

L Get the adrenaline pumping with a 'dune safari', combining exhilarating drives with camel rides and sand boarding – hold on to your hat!

L Shopping! It’d be rude not to. Check out the city's main area, dubbed the 'Golden Triangle'. Awash with stores makes for a mecca of temptation.

L Dubai is known for really cheap gold, so a stroll through the dazzling Gold Souk is a must! And if you’re ready to buy,

TURKEY: GULET CRUISING: Valid for travel 05-21 Sep 15, for sales until further notice. Price is based on Marmaris return departing Saturdays and Mondays. No triple cabins available. To ensure safety and comfort of guests, depending on weather and sea conditions itineraries are not guaranteed. A deposit of $250 per person is required at time of booking, amendment and cancellations fees may apply • CAPTIVATING CAPPADOCIA: Valid for travel until 31 Oct 15, for sales until further notice. Book and pay in full by 31 Aug 15 and receive 10% discount. Price does not include cost of getting to Cappadocia • BEST OF TURKEY: Valid for travel on set departures between 29 Oct-05 Nov 15 & 14 Mar-18 Apr 15, for sales until further notice. A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required at time of booking and final payment is due no less than 56 days prior to departure. WALKS OF THE WORLD: See houseoftravel.co.nz/walksoftheworld for full details. KILIMANJARO: Valid for travel 01 May-31 Dec 16, for sales until 18 Dec 15 • Full and valid for travel passport details are required for confirmation • Permits are limited and subject to availability at the time of booking • Sleeping mats and all camping equipment is included • Private and group departure costs are available on request • Airport transfers are included for scheduled services, additional cost applies for transfers outside these times • Travel and medical insurance is not included • Tips, gratuities and items of a personal nature is not included • INCA TRAIL: Valid for travel until 31 Dec 15, for sales until 18 Dec 15 • Full and valid for travel passport details are required for confirmation of Inca Trail permits, permits cannot be held and/or reserved without these • The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance • Permits are limited and subject to availability at the time of booking • Lares Trek departs Mon, Wed & Fri - subject to availability at the time of booking • Travel and medical insurance is not included • Sleeping bag is not included in either itinerary and can be hired locally • Private and group departure costs are available on request • Tips, gratuities and items of a personal nature are not included in packages • PATHWAYS OF THE AMALFI COAST: Valid for travel until 31 Oct 15, for sales until further notice • A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required at time of booking and final payment is due no less than 56 days prior to departure • SAPA HILL TRIBE TREK: Valid for travel until 31 Dec 15, for sales until 01 Dec 15 • One nights accommodation is required in Hanoi prior to start of package at passengers own expense. Train tickets will be delivered to this hotel. SNOW: PANORAMA SKI RESORT: Valid for travel 03 Jan-30 Jan 16. To take advantage of the HOT Ski Savings, book before 30 Aug 15. Ask a House of Travel consultant for pricing after this period. VAIL SKI RESORT: Valid for travel 03 Jan-27 Jan. To take advantage of the HOT Ski Savings, book before 30 Nov 15. Ask a House of Travel consultant for pricing after this period • MYOKO KOGEN SKI RESORT: Valid for travel 01 Dec 15-31 Mar 16, for sales until 20 Mar 16 or until sold out.

- JETLAG’S A DRAG + Before you leave

remember to haggle for it.

Currency: RINGGIT

Currency: DIRHAM

Official language: MALAY

Official language: ARABIC

Airport to city centre: 55KM

Airport to city centre: 5KM

On the plane At your destination

^ Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and caffeine ^ Ease your body into the new time zone by going to sleep earlier and later a few days prior ^ Hydrate some more! Keep up your water intake at all times ^ Change your watch. Sleep if it's night time, stay awake if it's day ^ To sleep, use an eye mask, earplugs and neck rest to get comfy and eliminate distractions ^ Feel like a nap? Kick it to the curb. That way, you’ll sleep better at night ^ Hit the sack at a reasonably early local bedtime to get into your new patterns quicker

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