Tuesday, 17 April 2012

APT adds Antarctica


New brochure: APT South America and Antarctica 2013

Antarctica has been added for APT's South America 2013 small group holidays, which carry maximum 28 passengers.

This is the first time APT has package Antarctica in its 37 years travelling to South America.

An 11-day Antarctica trip using the specialised expedition ship Akademik loffe has been added to APT's popular 20-day The Very Best of South America in a package priced from $22,595 per person, twin share.

The Antarctica trip on the Akademik loffe has been billed as a key "APT Exclusive" alongside the small group structure for the entire South America program and access to Orient-Express Rail - Hiram Bingham Train (voted by the readers of Conde Nast Traveller magazine as the best train in the world) for the journey to Machu Picchu which comes with onboard four course dinner.

Features of the Antarctica cruise are the wildlife at Half Moon Island,including a breeding colony of Chinstra penguins, kayaking and an opportunity to camp overnight.

Companion fly free, discounted business class airfare and solo traveller discounts are early booking incentives launched with the brochure, which carries 11 packages, ranging from 21 to 36 days.

All journeys feature APT's acclaimed Freedom of Choice Touring and Dining, APT Tour Director and local guides, local arrival and departure transfers, port charges and all tipping. These expertly planned itineraries are fully inclusive. Flights within South America and meals, for instance, are included. APT offers a guaranteed price; providing travel agents a peace of mind when selling this unique product.

APT General Marketing Manager, Debra Fox said APT was enjoying excellent bookings this year from its customer base of discerning travellers.

"There is big demand for this 'wow factor' continent combined with our style of travel, and next year we're delivering even more with the addition of Antarctica and our own special experiences," she said.

Among the other special APT "Exclusive" experiences are a fun introductory Spanish lesson over coffee and croissants at Cafe Tortoni, a famous literati coffeehouse in Buenos Aires, a Bird Park near Iguassu Falls for a walk among toucans and other native birds as well as Rojo Tango for Argentina's ultimate Tango show, fine dining and quality local wine.

APT "Exclusive" accommodation staying at Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima, The Ritz-Carlton in Santiago, the Libertador at Lake Titicaca, Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel at the base of Machu Picchu and Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, near Bariloche and one of the Leading Hotels of the world while dinner in a Peruvian home and a BBQ Lunch on the shores of Lake Titicaca are special dining experiences.

The 20-day The Very Best of South America (from $11,995) is the backbone of APT's South America program, exploring the colourful cities and ancient sights of Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Passengers can tailor their holiday by choosing to add on a visit to the Patagonian Lakes, Galapagos Island cruises, Amazon River Cruises or Amazon Lodge stays.

Contact: 1300 229 804, see www.aptouring.com.au, see an agent.