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February 27, 2017

Five must-have European summer experiences

You know those travel experiences that everyone says you have to do at least once in your lifetime? Europe in the summer is one of those. Yes it’s popular but for good reason. Just imagine seeing those iconic sights under dazzling sunny skies. Inspired by these Travel Vision travel packages, we’ve come up with five must-have experiences for your European summer holiday...

A Greek cruise

Nothing says “iconic summer in Europe” as much as a cruise of the Aegean or Mediterranean Sea. Relax on board, hop off to explore quaint towns and villages and fall asleep lulled by the gentle rhythms of life upon the sea. A cruise also offers good value for money as your accommodation, transport between destinations and all meals are included in the cruise price.
4 Day Idyllic Aegean Cruise in Greece package

The city of art

For centuries, Italy has been the centre of history, culture and art. If you’re even remotely interested in art, Italy is THE place to visit. Check out this 8 day City of Art tour. Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna, Venice and Montepulciano and the Great Masters await. And if you’re not into art, then the food (hello gelato!) is a compelling enough reason to visit Italy in the summer too.


Summer in Russia

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Russia is likely not the first choice that springs to mind when you imagine Europe in the summer but trust us, it’s well worth a visit. Russia is an enigma that just has to be sampled by any serious traveller. In summer, the palaces, museums, parks and architecture will dazzle you under bright blue summer skies.
6 day Russia Tour

Spain by train


Ever thought about travelling through Spain by train? It’s a wonderful way of experiencing this vibrant country. Travel from Barcelona to Madrid, Granada, Seville & Cordoba all by train - prepare to be romanced.
Discover Spain by train



Islands of Croatia

The country of a thousand islands. With a magnificent coastline boasting 1185 islands and a countryside scattered with ruins and picturesque medieval villages, Croatia is fast becoming a rival to the Greek islands.
Discover Croatia with Travel Vision

Where do you want to visit in Europe in the summer?
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January 13, 2017

Travel with peace of mind - choose an ASATA member

The most important thing you need when you travel? Peace of mind. You may have heard of ASATA or perhaps not but what's important is that you approach travel with the same caution you would use when buying any large product or service – that’s where ASATA comes in. ASATA is the Association of Southern African Travel Agents and any active member of ASATA has to commit to professional service, ethical conduct and trustworthy behavior. All Sure Travel agencies are ASATA-accredited.

Why travel with an ASATA-accredited travel consultant?


Choose your travel management company or travel consultant much the same way you would your doctor or lawyer: your travel consultant should be a professional who has the qualifications, know-how and skills to assist you with all your travel needs.

Your travel management company or travel consultant should be an accredited ASATA member. Entrusting your travel with an ASATA member, you are assured that you are working with a professional travel management company or travel consultant that is not only bound by a strict code of conduct, but also believes in ethical and professional provision of travel services.

Here are more reasons why it’s important to use an ASATA approved travel agency.



What is the ASATA Charter?

ASATA members have all signed the ASATA Charter. It is a philosophical commitment and promise to continue delivering fair and transparent business practices, the highest ethical standards to further the industry’s professionalism, providing high-quality service, and confronting inappropriate behaviour and practices when dealing with customers and partners, among other commitments. ASATA is the benchmark of professionalism in the region’s travel industry.

What you can expect when you book with an ASATA member:


Professional Service
A credible, specialist advisor who will give you value-for-money, offering you end-to-end solutions that will exceed expectations and treat you as an individual.


Ethical Conduct
A professional travel company that complies with South African laws and the ASATA Code of Conduct and Constitution, and provides the products and services for which you asked. You can expect to pay a fair and equitable amount for what you are getting.

Trustworthy Behaviour
A commitment to transparency in all dealings as it relates to product and price. A commitment to striving for a travel experience that is painless and pleasant, and the full delivery on what was promised.

Market Leadership
A knowledgeable consultant prepared to listen to your needs, give the best advice, consider your viewpoint and act on them, as well as empathise with your current context and tailor the experience to meet your needs through consistently good service.

Is the travel consultant you’ve entrusted your travel with a member of ASATA?
If not, why not?

Travel with peace of mind… Travel with an ASATA member, such as Sure Travel. Find out more about ASATA here.

Contact your nearest Sure Travel agency here.

January 11, 2017

Qatar expands its network + get up to 30% off!

Qatar Airways is certainly living up to its reputation as the world’s fastest growing airline in the world. The award-winning airline will take off to 15 new destinations in 2017-18! These will join their already extensive route network of more than 150 destinations on six continents.

SALE NOW ON! Not only can you fly to even more places with Qatar this year, if you book in the next few days you could save up to 30% on your airfare! Tickets on sale until 16 January 2017. For travel from 09 January-15 Dec 2017. T&Cs apply. 

Book your Qatar flights online
Contact your nearest Sure Travel agency to book here

From 2017-18, Qatar will fly to:

1. Canberra (Australia)
2. Dublin (Ireland)
3. Las Vegas (USA)
4. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
5. Santiago (Chile)
6. Medan (Indonesia)
7. Tabuk and Yanbu (Saudi Arabia)
8. Auckland (New Zealand)
9. Sarajevo (Bosnia)
10. Skopje (Macedonia)
11. Librebille (Gabon)
12. Nice (France)
13. Chiang Mai (Thailand)
14. Douala (Cameroon)


Check out the sneak peek of Qatar's new destinations here.

Qatar introduced a host of new destinations in 2016 too. Four flights a week between Windhoek, Namibia, and Doha began in September. LA, Helsinki (Finland), Marrakech (Morocco) and Sydney (Australia) also welcomed Qatar Airways flights last year. Good news if you’re heading to Thailand too - Krabi welcomed its first Qatar flight in December 2016.

Qatar Airways flies direct to Doha from:

Joburg - daily
Cape Town - daily
Durban - 4 times a week (with a quick stop in Joburg to refuel and pick up passengers)

Qatar’s hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha, only opened two years ago and already serves more than 28million passengers annually – set to grow up to 50million in 2018.  The airport has also just been nominated the sixth airport in the world to achieve 5 star status. The prestigious 5 star airport rating is awarded to airports achieving the highest overall quality and is awarded by Skytrax, the London-based aviation institute.

Contact your nearest Sure Travel agency to book your Qatar flights or for any more info.

December 23, 2016

Why your next holiday should be a cruise

There are so many reasons why your next holiday should be a cruise. With the rand how it is, more and more South Africans are turning to inclusive and package holidays to get the best value for money holiday. Cruising is a great option to consider. With Cruises International, offering itineraries covering the globe and options to suit every traveller, you’ll be hopping on board in no time…

Book your dream Cruises International cruise with your Sure Travel agency.

Our top picks?

7 Nights Western Caribbean including Cuba on Empress of the Seas
11 Nights Eastern European on Celebrity Constellation
12 Nights Ancient Silhouettes on Oceania Nautica

Cruises International has itineraries almost anywhere you can dream of: Alaska, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Dubai and the UAE, Panama Canal and South America, Asia and of course the World Cruise.

Representing nine of the world's renowned cruise lines, you’ll be sure to find a cruise to suit your tastes and needs. The Cruises International family includes Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Seabourn, Windstar cruises, SeaDream Yacht Club and Ama Waterways.



Why choose a cruise for your holiday?
• You only have to pack and unpack once.
• No driving or stressing with transport to get around
• Sightsee the world with ease
• A variety of activities on board: from learning a new dance step to taking a cooking class.
• Excursions at every port: Sightseeing, shopping, the beach, exploring vineyards, museums. You can do as much or as little as you please!
• A selection of dining options from casual cafes to the ultimate in gourmet.
• A superb variety of entertainment from Vegas, West End and Broadway-inspired high energy productions to intimate live music, casinos and much more.



What’s included in your cruise fare?
• Ocean transportation
• Accommodation (complete with plush robes!)
• Twice daily stateroom service
• Custom blended bath products
• Meals in the Main Dining Room
• On board activities
• Supervised kids programs
• Entertainment - Day and night!
• Fitness centre
• Library

The above is included on most cruise lines. Just imagine only unpacking once and everything being taken care of while you relax in style!

Book your Cruises International cruise today with your Sure Travel agency. 

November 23, 2016

You could win with Sure Travel & SAA!

Book and pay for a SAA air ticket (selected airfare classes only) to anywhere outside of South Africa with your Sure Travel consultant & stand a chance to win amazing cash prizes!

YOU COULD WIN: R10 000 in cash OR 1 of 3 prizes of R5000 cash

A SAA air ticket from South Africa to any regional or international destination, in selected booking classes, booked and issued at a Sure Travel agency between 01 November 2016 and 31 March 2017, for travel departing by 31 March 2017, is eligible for entry. Please check with your Sure Travel consultant if your preferred air ticket is eligible for entry into the competition.

You can browse, book and pay online for flights here too.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

TERMS AND CONDITIONS 

  • Terms and Conditions apply. 
  • No codeshares - only SAA operated flights are eligible.
  • Only SAA tickets issued in South Africa flying to anywhere outside of South Africa, in booking classes L, V, T, Q, S, H, K, M, B, Y, D, Z, J or C booked and issued at a Sure Travel agency between 01 November 2016 and 31 March 2017, for travel departing by 31 March 2017, are eligible for entry.
  • Competition closes at midnight on 31 March 2017.
  • To be eligible for the competition, participants must reside in the Republic of South Africa, Namibia or Botswana and be over 18 years old.
  • Winners will be chosen by random draw and will be notified via email by 30 April 2017.
  • Prizes are non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged.
  • One winner will win R10 000 in cash and 3 winners will win R5000 in cash each.
  • Declaring the winnings to SARS will be the responsibility of the prize winners.
  • Only one entry per ticket number allowed.
  • Sure Travel standard competition terms and conditions apply. Read Sure Travel T&Cs in full here.


September 13, 2016

A Uniworld river cruise honeymoon through Burgundy & Provence

River cruising may not be the first option you imagine  for a honeymoon, but after reading what Robyn Daneel-Spicer, Director of Sure Stellenbosch Travel, had to say about her river cruising honeymoon, we think you’ll be convinced. The new Mr and Mrs joined a Uniworld boutique river cruise through the spectacular Burgundy and Provence regions in France. Here is Robyn’s story…

Before starting, I feel that it is only fair to tell you that I like to do things differently. My husband and I secretly got married in November last year surrounded by 20 family members after only 3 weeks of planning, only to tell our very surprised friends 3 days later. Now why do this, you may ask? Well it was with the entirely selfish notion of being able to spend our entire wedding fund doing what we love best… travelling in style.

So how best do we South Africans travel given the delicate issue of foreign exchange? A cruise of course, which led to the next of our slightly different decisions. Cruises are a fantastic choice for travellers who don’t want to spend additional funds when travelling (you would look at an-inclusive package), for travellers who want to unpack once but see many different places and for those who want to come back on speaking terms with their loved ones because they didn’t get completely lost for a full day in the rental car. This sounded perfect, but not everyone’s first choice for a honeymoon. But for us, it was different and it ticked all the boxes, so we went for it!





As  avid wine lovers we both agreed that France would be a lovely choice, and the south of France during summer would be just magnificent. We chose the 8 day Uniworld cruise on the SS Catherine from Lyon to Avignon. We flew SAA via Munich and actually chose to do a stopover there after the cruise to diversify with beer after all the wine.



I was in awe of what the ship looked like upon arrival. The d├ęcor was exactly as in the pictures, the rooms were spacious and exquisitely decorated and Laura (who would be servicing the room daily) came in to introduce herself. The attention to detail was incredible and possibly what set this experience apart from my other holidays.

Check-in took 2 minutes after which we naturally found the bar and toasted to the next 8 days – and what an amazing 8 days they were. The food on board the ship was incredible, the menu changed every day and local produce was sourced at each port. How they manage to offer fine dining for 100 people at every meal is beyond me, but they do it with class. Every meal was an experience - both lunches and dinners were paired with the most exquisite wines from the region, introduced and explained by the sommelier who was exceptional.



Uniworld take great pride in their excursions and there was something for everyone - from truffle farm excursions to wine tastings, even cycling and kayaking for those active travellers who want to do a bit of physical activity. My advice to anyone travelling would be to find out how active these tours are! We found ourselves kayaking for 8kms against quite a strong headwind. I needed a straw to sip my wine that evening; my arms were finished! Most of these excursions are included within the all-inclusive package but you are given the optional extras should you wish to do something different. Other than these tours, you will not spend an additional cent unless you enjoy a bit of shopping, which makes these packages really worth it!





The service and the people on board were what really sold us on Uniworld. They knew our names, what we liked, what we didn’t like, and no, not like they were paid to do it, but as if we were becoming friends on a cruise that ended way too quickly.

Would I ever go back you ask? Without a doubt – Is Christmas too soon?

Book your Uniworld cruise with Sure Stellenbosch Travel or at your nearest Sure Travel agency



SURE TRAVEL BLOG CONTRIBUTOR
Brought up surrounded by a family-run travel business, it’s no wonder that Robyn followed her family’s well-travelled footsteps into the travel industry. Her first trip was to Disney World Orlando with her dad and she has been travelling ever since. USA, Europe, Thailand, Dubai, Vic Falls and Australia are just some of the places she has visited - so far!

Contact Robyn at Sure Stellenbosch Travel on 021 887 2920 or at robyn@steltrav.co.za.