Save 20 per cent on selected Malaysia and Borneo trips with Intrepid Travel. For example, the Classic Malaysia trip now costs from $1748 per person (was $2185). Beginning in Singapore, it takes in Melaka, Kuala Lumpur and Penang before finishing on the beach at Pulau Langkawi. The price includes accommodation, nine breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners, a cooking class and other activities. The discount applies to bookings made by November 15 for trips taken before March 31. Phone 1300 018 871. See intrepidtravel.com/malaysia-sale and use the promo code 10111.
TAPAS AND TAGINES
Earlybird bookings made before December 31 for the 18-day Tapas and Tagines tour of Morocco and Southern Spain with Gypsian Boutique Tours attract a 10 per cent discount. Travellers also receive free entry to the Corral de la Moreria flamenco show in Madrid. The tour starts on October 4, 2014, and takes in Marrakesh and Spain with experienced local and Australian tour leaders. Priced from $6713 a person (usually $7459), the package includes accommodation at four- and five-star boutique hotels, riads and spas, 29 meals, daily transport and airport transfers. Phone 07 3372 4833. See gypsiantours.com.au.
Preferred Hotel Group is offering substantial savings on bookings made three to 45 days in advance at 98 hotels. The offer, valid for stays till December 31, includes getting 30 per cent off stays at the SLS Hotel South Beach, Florida, in the US, when booking 45 days in advance. This luxury 140-room hotel features interiors by Philippe Starck. Regular rates pre-discount are from US$326 ($345) a night. At the other end of the scale, bookings made three days in advance on the Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa in Rome, Italy, attract a 15 per cent discount. The hotel features views of St Peter's Basilica and has 179 guestrooms with private terraces. The advance purchase rate at this hotel includes breakfast. Regular rates pre-discount are from US$356 ($377) a night. The discount is off best available rate. See PreferredHotelGroup.com/AdvancePurchase.
Wendy Wu Tours is offering early- bird savings of up to $250 a person on a selection of group tours of China, Vietnam or India. Tours depart between February 1 and June 30, 2014. One of these is the nine-day "In Pursuit of Pandas" itinerary, now priced from $2760 a person twin share (was $3005). It includes visits to Beijing, Xian, Leshan and Chengdu. All group itineraries include return airfares and taxes from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, accommodation with all meals, sightseeing with English-speaking guides, all ground transport, visa fees for Australian passport holders, fuel surcharge and gratuities. Savings apply to new bookings with deposit paid by October 24. Phone 1300 727 998. See wendywutours.com.au.
Escape Travel is offering discount packages for summer family holidays in Australia. For example, stay four nights for the price of three at Novotel Oasis Resort, Cairns. The package is priced from $699 for a family of two adults and two children and includes accommodation with breakfast daily. The offer is valid for sale until October 31 and for travel between November 17 and March 31 excluding December 31. Another deal gives three nights at the four-star Oaks Oasis in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast from $659 for a family of four. This one is valid for sale until October 31, 2013 and for travel from October 9 to December 19 and from January 13 to March 31. Phone 1300 799 783. See escapetravel.com.au.