We’re Back!

Hi everyone – sorry it has taken so long for us to update the website, but we have been locked out of it right through level 4 and 3, and only gained access again today.

We want to assure you all that we are still working on each of your reservations to obtain clarification for each component of your booking and to advise you accordingly.

Suppliers are constantly updating/changing their policies so please continue to bear with us.

We are working reduced/staggered hours, and are open from 9am to 2:30pm weekdays, however please make an appointment as not all consultants are in the office each day.

Throughout this very difficult time we have been so lucky to have the support and understanding of our very valued clients. It has made this unique time in our industry much that much easier. To those of you who have just stopped by to say hello, thank you. It has been lovely to see you.

Covid-19 update

As the situation with Covid 19 continues to escalate, the team at Searle Travel wishes to acknowledge you, our valued customers.

We understand those of you with existing travel arrangements are concerned about the financial implications.  Most of the major suppliers, airline, cruise lines, touring companies etc are offering credits etc, however their policies are changing all the time.  It is in your interest to wait until closer to your departure date before we action postponements/cancellations as the suppliers are far more flexible with immediate departures.

We are working on each booking in date departure order.

This means for every element of every booking we are looking for the latest information from each supplier, which is changing daily.  For this reason alone we must only address the bookings due to travel in the next 48-72 hours.

Your consultant will be in touch with you as soon as your booking comes into date range.  We very much appreciate your patience at this time as we try to prioritise the volume of bookings we now need to address individually.

For those of you who have called in to offer a word or token of support we also wish to thank you for your thoughtfulness at this very challenging time.

 

Karen, Jody, Diane & our travel brokers, Robyn, Amelia, Angela and Carol.

 

Viking Explorer Sale

Designed for Travellers with Curious Minds and True Explorer Spirits

Just like the original Vikings, we are true innovators when it comes to exploring the world. Our bespoke itineraries allow you to immerse yourself in the unique history and culture of each destination on a truly profound level. That is why we have become known as the Thinking Person’s Cruise®.

If you yearn for exploration, knowledge and connection, a Viking cruise is for you — and now is the perfect time to book.

Our Explorer Sale features a range of exclusive offers for our award-winning river and ocean cruises, from free or discounted flights to complimentary city extensions. You could save up to $4,000 per couple when you book before March 31, 2020*.

Plus, if you haven’t travelled with us before, you will receive a $200 discount per couple when you book your first Viking cruise.

What are you waiting for?  Open the flyer here

Cruise Auckland to Auckland this January with Seabourn

“I remember standing in the bush above this unbelievably wild river and thinking this is as good as it gets. Exquisite birdsong, jagged peaks of the Alps beckoning like the spires of mystical cathedrals, the smell of moisture in the beech forest like an elixir. Nature in its raw, unpredictable state”. Geoffrey Robert, NZ Author.

Experience cruising at its finest and discover New Zealand.

Seabourn Encore has one departure out of Auckland on January 6th 2020.

14 Days cruising around New Zealand with intuitive personalized service.  You won’t be disappointed.

The Seabourn Difference:

All ocean-front suites

Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines

Tipping is neither required nor expected

World class dining

There is only one departure and this itinerary will NOT be available next season.  Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to discover New Zealand in absolute luxury, on a small ship, with experts in NZ flora and fauna and incredible cuisine.  For savings of AUD$3500 per person click here: Seabourn Encore

Ventures by Seabourn – Click here to find out about these amazing optional excursions

Committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability

Seabourn invite luminaries of particular interest and accomplishment to join guests on board.   They participate in the daily social scene onboard, sharing meals, adventures ashore, and casual chats throughout the voyage.  You will be surprised at what you learn!

 

Calling active travellers!

More and more, our clients are wanting to get away from the big cities, escaping the crowds and having more authentic experiences.

Our partners Exodus offer independent and guided walking and cycling holidays all over the world.

Imagine cycling the coast of Portugal, over a leisurely 8 days, from Porto to Lisbon with its sun-kissed beaches, colourful and vibrant fishing villages.

Alternatively for the walkers, you might like to base yourself in the foothills of the Dolomites for a week walking through picturesque rolling hills in the heart of the ‘Prosecco Road’ – Italy’s oldest wine route.

Join us to find out more about walking and cycling holidays.  We are hosting a morning tea with James from Exodus who will give you all the details on this type of touring such as:

Can you request an e-bike?

What’s included?

What support do you get?

How active do you need to be?

What are the best itineraries?

Find out all this and more.  Our info session will be in late January, when everyone has returned from summer holidays and is thinking of how to escape winter.

If you are interested in joining us, please email Jody to register your interest and she will keep you updated.

WALKING AND CYCLING Worldwide with James from Exodus

January Morning Tea at Searle Travel – Register with jody@searletravel.co.nz

 

 

 

 

Thinking Cruising? Think Viking

Viking Ocean Cruise itineraries are designed to help guests explore and engage with each destination through its history, traditions, cuisine and customs.

They include more features and services than their competitors such as

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Access to top-rated spa & state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Port taxes & fees

 

Click here for their 27 day Mumbai to Venice sailing in April 2021.

 

 

Escorted Tour to Croatia and Slovenia 2020

There is much to savour on this special journey through Croatia and Slovenia with a little taste of Venice.

Visit the karst caves of Postojna, the castles of Predjama and Bled, picturesque open-air markets, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historic churches, palaces and bridges as well as the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park before joining our deluxe small ship for a cruise around the Croatian islands. Wine and food tasting along the way will give us a true introduction to the real Croatia and Slovenia.

Departs 13 June

Download the flyer:

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Viking Free Information Sessions

Join Viking Cruises at the Masonic Hotel Napier, Thursday 30 May for a free one hour information session to discover more about Viking’s award-winning range of ocean and river cruises.

This is the perfect opportunity to find out why Viking is the worlds leading small ship cruise line.

Hear about their culturally enriching itineraries, and all-inclusive value, then speak to their team of experts about planning your next big adventure.

Exclusive offers will be available on the day for those who attend.

10:30am Ocean Cruising

1:00pm European River Cruising

6:30pm Ocean Cruising

Register by emailing jody@searletravel.co.nz or call the office on 06 845 8023

Step off a cruise and into a garden!

With some of the world’s most fabled gardens within easy reach of both river and ocean cruise ports, there is no shortage of itineraries to take you there.

For inspiration, click here: gardencruisebrochure_nov18_final

 

Air New Zealand Proposed Strike Action

Air NZ advise all passengers to sign up for alerts for updates on the proposed strike action.

“At this stage no flight delays or cancellations are in place for the days of the proposed strikes and normal fare conditions remain.  If strike action does go ahead, we are working on a contingency plan which will see as many flights operate as possible, while maintaining our absolute focus on safety.”

Go to: https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/travel-alerts