With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, and inspired by the recent BBC documentary, ‘The Seven Wonders of the Commonwealth’, showcasing the natural wonders of seven Commonwealth countries, DialAFlight, leading UK tour operator for worldwide destinations, has come up with a top seven list of holiday destinations.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Gaya Island, Borneo
Accessible only by boat, Gaya Island Resort is a luxurious rainforest retreat on the island of Pulau Gaya. Nestled in the hillside, the beachfront resort is located in a marine conservation area making it the perfect base for exploring the coral reefs, home to fish in myriad shapes, sizes and colours. Relax at the award-winning spa in a unique mangrove setting or savour the striking views of South China Sea and Mount Kinabalu beyond.
A six-night stay at the five-star Gaya Island Resort costs from £1,075 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights and private transfers. Valid for departures 15 August to 11 December 2014. Two free nights.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jamaica is home to the Commonwealth’s best sprinters including Usain Bolt, considered the fastest man ever, but relaxation will be key to a stay at the colonial-style Half Moon. Nestled among 400 acres of tropical landscape in Montego Bay on Jamaica's northern coast, the resort is set next to a sandy crescent beach dotted with palms. There's also a fitness centre with full-service spa and an equestrian centre with dressage, show jumping and polo field.
A seven-night room-only stay at the five-star Half Moon costs from £1,189 pp (two sharing) including flights. Valid for departures 18 August to 5 December 2014.
Niagara Falls, Canada’s Eastern Express self-drive tour
Take in the highlights of Eastern Canada on a scenic self-drive trip through Ontario and Quebec. Travel from cosmopolitan Toronto through Ontario’s wine-growing region to the natural wonder of Niagara Falls and nearby picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Follow the shoreline of Lake Ontario to Kingston and its 1,000 beautiful islands before visiting Canada’s oldest city, Quebec City, and the vibrant metropolis of Montreal.
The seven-night self-drive trip costs from £995 pp (two sharing) including Jonview Canada Roadbook, flights, room-only accommodation and car hire. Valid for departures 1 September to 18 October 2014.
Table Mountain, Grand escorted tour of South Africa
Journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town on an escorted tour visiting the best of the ‘Rainbow Nation’. Experience the awe-inspiring Panorama Route, search for the Big Five on safari in the world-renowned Kruger National Park and enjoy Swazi and authentic Zulu culture. Explore Durban, the Garden Route and Plettenberg Bay before arriving at the beautiful ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town to marvel at the awe-inspiring Table Mountain.
The 13-night escorted tour costs from £1,999 pp (two sharing) including B&B accommodation throughout, seven dinners, one lunch, flights and transfers. Valid for departures 1 October to 10 December 2014.
Pristine reefs & lagoons, Five-star Fiji
Enjoy a relaxing South Pacific getaway to Fiji, the home of happiness, and stay in five-star luxury surrounded by palm-fringed beaches, fish-packed reefs and smiling locals. Then lap up the sun on a Blue Lagoon cruise through uninhabited tropical islands, anchoring in private lagoons and swimming and snorkelling in clear-blue waters.
The nine-night trip costs from £2,289 pp (two sharing) including seven-nights’ full board on a Blue Lagoon cruise, two nights’ B&B at the five-star Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, flights and private transfers. Valid for departures 1 November to 20 November 2014.
Iconic Mount Cook & its glaciers, Southern Glacier tour, New Zealand
Experience the freedom of the open road on a self-drive tour of New Zealand’s spectacular Southern Glaciers, ice falls, snow fields and the country’s highest mountain. Starting and ending in the beautiful city of Christchurch, the journey takes in Queenstown, Mount Cook, Milford Sound and the west coast glaciers.
The seven-night self-drive road trip costs from £2,195 pp (two sharing) including room-only accommodation, flights and car hire. Valid for departures 1 November to 7 December 2014.
Ayers Rock, Five-star Rock & Reef Australia – Three free nights
Visit three of Australia’s iconic destinations: Sydney, Ayers Rock and Port Douglas. Stay in style at Sydney’s famous harbourside, close to the Opera House and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Head to the heart of the central Australian outback to magical Ayers Rock, the majestic sandstone rock formation and one of Australia’s most celebrated landmarks, visited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their recent tour of Australia. Visit pretty Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
The 14-night trip costs from £1,969 pp (two sharing) including five nights (room only) at the five-star Blue Sydney, two nights (room only) at the five-star Sails in the Desert, seven nights (room only) at the Shantara Resort Port Douglas, international flights, two internal flights and a Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars by Ayers Rock. Valid for departures 15 January to 14 February 2015.
Ends 28th July 2014- All trips can be extended on a tailor-made basis.
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