Be­yond the or­di­nary

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MATTA FAIR -

EX­PE­RI­ENCE a hol­i­day be­yond the norm when you travel with Ap­ple Va­ca­tions this year. Not­ing life­style changes that in­di­cate a pref­er­ence for more com­pre­hen­sive travel pack­ages qual­ity hol­i­days and ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ences with ex­cep­tional mem­o­ries, Ap­ple has tailored its pack­ages ac­cord­ingly.

To make the deal even sweeter, Ap­ple is of­fer­ing its Four Cor­ners of the Western World pro­mo­tion for its Sig­na­ture West pack­ages this MATTA Fair in con­junc­tion with the com­pany’s 20th an­niver­sary. Some high­lights to look out for are the 15D/ 12N Pre­mium Alaska Cruise and Cana­dian Rock­ies by Princess Cruise.

This itin­er­ary in­cludes a chateau stay in Lake Louis as well as ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ences such as the glacier sky­walk.

An­other ex­cit­ing hol­i­day you can con­sider is the 17D/ 13N Sen­sa­tional South Amer­ica – An Epic Dis­cov­ery pack­age that takes you to two of the world’s seven won­ders – Christ the Re­deemer in Rio and Mac­chu Pic­chu. This pack­age also in­cludes vis­it­ing the mar­vels of na­ture, Iguazu Falls and Per­ito Moreno Glacier.

For a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence, there is the 16D/ 13N Scan­di­navia Mid­night Sun Ex­pe­ri­ence pack­age that in­cludes a Geiranger Fjord cruise in Nor­way and North Cape Mid­night Sun ex­cur­sion. You will also en­joy a Baltic overnight cruise on board the classy Silja Line Baltic Cruise to Stock­holm.

For a taste of the ex­otic, the 11D/ 8N The Great South­ern Africa Ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes a thrilling he­li­copter ride over the mag­nif­i­cent Nat­u­ral Won­der of the World – Vic­to­ria Falls with its Flight of An­gel ex­pe­ri­ence.

You will also em­bark on Zam­bezi Ex­plorer Sun­set Cruise and en­joy five- star com­fort, great views and un­lim­ited bev­er­ages seated on the Sig­na­ture Deck. Th­ese pack­ages of­fer up to RM2,000 dis­count per per­son ( for the first 10 seats per de­par­ture) and are avail­able only dur­ing the Ap­ple Travel Fi­esta and MATTA Fair. If you are look­ing to ex­plore Asia in­stead, Ap­ple also has var­i­ous pack­ages, in­clud­ing Ja­pan, West Asia and Ex­otic Asia. Flexi and Mus­lim pack­ages as well as tai­lor- made tours are avail­able.

A pop­u­lar travel time to Ja­pan is dur­ing the Sakura sea­son, from the third week of March un­til May.

Ap­ple has picked dif­fer­ent blos­som­ing pe­ri­ods in dif­fer­ent parts of Ja­pan to sched­ule its tours, so you can pick your pre­ferred travel dates.

You can check out its Fo­cus Ja­pan pack­ages if you would like to catch the beau­ti­ful sight. The im­me­di­ate blos­som­ing pe­riod is in Honbu while the next is in Hokkaido. If you would like a dif­fer­ent, more ex­otic Ja­pan va­ca­tion, the Ja­pan Alps pack­age is a theme tour that takes you to see the ice wall. De­par­tures to Ja­pan are avail­able for up to De­cem­ber.

An­other place you can see Sakura, or cherry blos­soms in bloom is South Korea. To this end, Ap­ple also of­fers the Glamourous Korea and Bu­san tour. An­other tour to South Korea to look out for is the Sparkling Korea and Jeju, specif­i­cally Udo Is­land.

This is the first time tours have been ar­ranged to such places as Bu­san, Jeju and Udo.

Mean­while, the En­chant­ing Tai­wan pack­age lets you take in the sights and sounds of the coun­try at a more leisurely pace with its new pro­gramme that fea­tures lo­cal food to give you the en­tire Tai­wan ex­pe­ri­ence.

If you are look­ing for ad­ven­ture, the Amaz­ing North Xin­jiang or Splen­did Silk Road pack­age is just right for you. An amaz­ing place to visit, you will see dif­fer­ent land­scapes un­fold as you travel from South to North, from desert to snow moun­tains – you get to see it all in one itin­er­ary.

This desti­na­tion re­quires a lot of prepa­ra­tion and your ex­pe­ri­ence is sub­ject to lo­cal con­di­tions, As such, it is not en­cour­aged to visit alone. Tours are avail­able only from May to Septem­ber, which is the best time to visit.

For an ex­otic touch, opt for the In­dia in- Depth pack­age, which cov­ers five to six Unesco her­itage sites in one itin­er­ary. A must- visit desti­na­tion, you would be greatly fas­ci­nated by In­dia’s cul­ture.

The Dis­cover North­ern Viet­nam tour takes you on an overnight cruise in Ha­long Bay all the way up to Sapa and Lao Cai, which is fa­mous for its lo­cal tribes­peo­ple. You can ex­pe­ri­ence their way of life with a lo­cal touch.

Al­ter­na­tively, you may also opt for a has­sle- free hol­i­day on board a cruise with Princess Cruise or Royal Caribbean Cruise.

Ap­ple’s pack­ages are based on sea­son­al­ity, so you can be sure you are go­ing only at the right time. Dur­ing MATTA Fair, you can en­joy dis­counts from RM800 to RM2,000 per cou­ple. De­par­ture dates are avail­able un­til De­cem­ber. Do book early to en­joy this Early Bird dis­counts as well as early sched­ule con­fir­ma­tion.

When you book a pack­age dur­ing MATTA Fair, you will also get sou­venirs from var­i­ous par­tic­i­pat­ing Tourism Boards.

For de­tails, call Ap­ple Va­ca­tions at 03- 2141 8250 ( Asia) and 03- 2143 3939 ( West) or visit www. ap­ple­hol­i­day. com. Look them up this MATTA Fair at Booth No. 1233- 1244 ( West) and 1197- 1232 ( West).

The fas­ci­nat­ing sights of In­dia.

A pop­u­lar travel time to Ja­pan is dur­ing the sakura sea­son.

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