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Fly direct to Dubai from Adelaide

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Over the last few years, due to massive investments made toward encouraging tourism, Dubai has emerged as one the prime destination for Australians looking for a terrific holiday. Dubai offers a unique blend of the ancient and the ultra modern, with traditional arts and craft vying for your attention alongside modern monoliths like the Burj-al-Arab, the Burj Khalifa and the Palm Jumeira. And now, with Emirates starting direct flights to Dubai from Adelaide, it’s easier than ever for the good old Aussies to visit this Middle Eastern paradise. With more Australians making plans to visit Dubai than ever before, we’ve put together some tips on what to expect on your first trip.

    • Dubai is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and as such has something for everyone. It boasts a large variety in terms of food, accommodation and entertainment and you’re sure to find something that suits you. The city is pricey, however, so depending on your taste be ready to part with some of your hard earned cash.Travelling is easy and convenient, taxis are cheap and the metro even cheaper. However the city being basically a long fertile strip stretched out along the coastline, it can take some time to travel from one end to the other. Also, prepare to encounter a decent amount of traffic. It’s not one of the most visited cities in the world for nothing

 

    • Accommodation is generally expensive. Quality hotels offer you a lot for your money if you’re willing to spend but they aren’t within everyone’s budget. There are, however, plenty of apartment hotels which offer good value for your money.

 

    • Food is plentiful and available in a wide variety of cuisines including Lebanese, Indian, Pakistani, Yemeni and Somali, and once you get away from the ostentatiously up market districts, you can gorge yourself on exotic cuisines to your satisfaction without burning a hole in your pocket.

 

The biggest hurdle many Australians face is the culture. Although the most liberal place in the Middle East, Dubai is still predominantly Muslim in culture and there are rules that must be adhered to, but nothing too stringent or impoverishing. Modesty of dress code is a must, and alcohol is rare and expensive. But as long you have respect for the local culture, you’ll be able to have a good time.

For this and many other exciting holiday experiences, please speak to Kym, Adona and the team at Victor Travel & Tours.

South Africa – What to see and do

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South Africa is full of surprises and some of the top things to do includes riding an Ostrich, canoeing through a desert in bloom, riding a luxury train, spending the night in a tree-house, cage-diving with the Great White shark, playing golf, relaxing in a spa and checking out a local soccer (football) game.

A rainbow nation born out of a dark past, South Africa offers a wealth of contrasting attractions. Whether you’re looking for wildlife and wilderness, history and culture, fine wines and great food, big-city excitement or relaxation beside glittering beaches, South Africa has something wonderful for everyone. Add to this a warm welcome, stunning landscapes and a superb climate and you have the ingredients of a perfect holiday.

For wildlife enthusiasts, it’s hard to beat the thrill of spotting the ‘big five’ in their natural habitat. Enjoy a day’s safari during your stay in Cape Town. Or, if you’re taking the Garden Route, visit the Addo Elephant National Park which offers close encounters of the giant kind – probably the best elephant watching in South Africa. You can learn how to track animals on a walking tour of Kruger National Park. Or, for a really magical experience, get a bird’s eye view of the flora and fauna from a hot air balloon.

Opportunities for adventure are as dazzling as the South African scenery. You can cage-dive with the world’s premier predator, the Great White Shark. You can mountain bike up and abseil down Table Mountain. You can go white water rafting on the mighty Sabie River. And for something truly different, you can try sand-boarding on the largest dunes on the South African Cape or glide through the Tsitsikamma treetop canopy 30 metres above the ground!

For this and many other exciting holiday experiences, please speak to Kym, Adona and the team at Victor Travel & Tours.

Top 3 Islands in South Pacifc

Welcome to yet another Victor Travel Club Newsletter.

We are settling into our new store at Shop 4, 236 Port Elliot Rd. Hayborough and welcome you all to call in and say hello. Ask us about our new tours to Tasmania and Singapore or any of our APT Tours. Don't forget our tour to Britain and Ireland fully escorted. This week we are giving you some insight on what we believe to be some of the South Pacific's Top Destinations. Stay Warm and let us help you dream of that next holiday!

1. Cook Islands

Captain Cook would be proud! The 15-island archipelago that bears the explorer’s name are simply magnificent! Some 13,095 people live on Rarotonga, making it the most densely populated island of all 15. The Cook Islands incorporate some of the South Pacific’s best sand-palm-sea paradises (it’s impossible not to drool into Aitutaki’s cerulean lagoon). The Cook Islands are the world’s second largest producer of black pearls and are very accessible. Of course, when you’re talking specks in an 165-million-sq-km ocean, accessibility is relative. All flights to Rarotonga operate via Auckland. There are seasonal non-stop services from Sydney but it will be hard not avoid a layover in NZ. Total travel time is around 8 hours. When you arrive in the Cook Islands, be warned, though you will find it hard to leave. Hike through jungle, kayak to a private atoll or do nothing much at all – simply this place is Paradise!. Seasonal weather variations are slight: temperatures are from 18°C to 28°C May to October or 21°C to 29°C November to April.

2. Tonga

Tonga is not your common or garden paradise. Yes, its 170-odd isles are idyllically sprinkled across the bluest South Pacific; its flawless sands are tickled by palms and want-to-dive-into seas. But it’s also the region’s only remaining kingdom, where globalisation has yet to entirely erode its Polynesian traditions: locals still weave mats, wear tupenu skirts and gossip over intoxicating kava. Ha’apai is the place for empty beaches and super snorkelling; Niuas is even more perfect and remote. Vava’u is preferred by the South Pacific’s humpbacks – each year, these whales come here to breed, and travellers come to jump in with them. Humpbacks migrate to Tonga from around early July to late October; strict guidelines apply to swimming and watching the whales.

3. Fiji

Fiji has a warm tropical climate perfect for beachside holidays and is a key reason for Fiji's reputation for being one of the worlds most sought after holiday destinations. The best months for holidaying in regards to Fiji weather is late March through to early December. Maximum temperatures in Fiji rarely move out of the 31C to 26C range all year round. A cooling trade wind blows from the east south-east for most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning.

Fiji consists of over 320 islands many of which are not inhabited. The main island Vitu Levu contains the capital Suva in the east and Nadi (pronounced "Nandi") on the west coast. Nadi is the location of the international airport where holiday visitors arrive. From Nadi travelers make their way to accommodation on this island or transfer to the smaller islands often after an overnight stay on Vitu Levu. The Mamanuca Group of islands are located very close to Nadi and contain a number of popular island resorts. Transfers to the closer islands are easily facilitated by boat with air transfers being more common for the outer islands and those further away.

One of the reasons for Fiji's popularity as a holiday destination is the beautiful climate of this region. Temperatures are always between 26 to 31 degrees with the favoured time of year for travel from around April to October, those being the cooler months. There is always a cool tropical breeze and the water temperatures are always perfect. The wet season occurs from December to March and can bring heavy rain. Tropical cyclones have also been common in recent years around this time.

What to do in case of emergency whilst abroad

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Help is always near!

Make sure you have the contact information for the nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate where you are going. Click here to check the locations of these offices.

If you find yourself in difficulty overseas, there are a number of resources you can draw on for help.

Your travel insurer
Travel insurance companies often have 24-hour assistance centres that you can contact from anywhere in the world. If you become ill overseas, are involved in a medical emergency, or if your valuables are lost or stolen, you should first contact your insurance provider.

Family and friends
In non-emergency situations, such as when you have lost your wallet or require additional funds to pay a fine, and where you do not have travel insurance or your travel insurance does not provide full coverage, you should seek financial assistance from family and friends.

Tour operator or transport provider
If you are in difficulty as a result of delays or cancellations in travel activity or transport, you should first contact your travel agent, the tour operator or the transport provider. Alternatively, your travel insurance policy may cover you for financial losses due to such unforeseen circumstances.

Local emergency services
In circumstances requiring emergency assistance from police, fire or ambulance, you should contact local authorities. Contact numbers for emergency services can be found in the Where to get help section of most travel advisories.

Consular services
If you find yourself in difficulty overseas and have exhausted other avenues of assistance such as those listed above, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade may be able to provide you with some practical advice and assistance.

The Consular Services Charter outlines the consular services and assistance that are provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through our embassies and consulates. There will, however, be circumstances in which our ability to provide consular support will be limited.

Contact details for Australian diplomatic missions overseas are available on the Department's website and in each country's travel advice.

The Australian Government has an agreement with Canada for Canadian missions to provide consular services to Australians in some countries where Australia has no or very limited representation.

The 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra can also be contacted for assistance from anywhere in the world on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 if in Australia.