Wednesday, 22 October 2014

NEW: 2015/16 Worldwide Car & Motorhome Rentals Brochure

Take your road to freedom with DriveAway Holidays’ new 2015/16 brochure “Worldwide Car & 
CoverMotorhome Rentals”.

With over 25 years’ experience, this edition is packed full of car hire & motorhome fleet guides along with planning tools such as distance tables and maps.

NEW in this edition, check out DriveAway Holidays’ Top 5 Drives for Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, USA & Canada.

DriveAway Holidays 2015-16 product range includes:
  • Worldwide Car Rental in 130 countries at over 8,000 locations
  • Motorhome Hire in UK, Europe, USA,Canada, Australia & NZ
  • European Peugeot Leasing
  • USA Motorcycle Rentals
  • Prestige Car Hire Services
Specialist products include Hire Car Excess Insurance, FREE Self-drive Guides and our competitive Beat Rate Policy. Travel Agents are welcome to order copies of this brochure via Tifs at

Don’t miss out on a discounted deal for next year - check out DriveAway Holidays’ Earlybird Sale at or call our Reservations Team on 1300 363 500.

Toujours France and European Waterways' Luxury Hotel Barge Cruising Brochure Now Available - and 2015 Specials!

unnamed (8)Toujours France is Australia's leading agent for European Waterways, the largest luxury hotel barge cruising company in Europe, and our 2015 brochure is now available! Printed on quality paper and featuring a wide array of colourful images, the brochure highlights all of the countries the company’s 18 vessels cruise throughout France, Italy, Holland and the British Isles.

Expanded to 62 pages, the brochure includes maps of the cruising routes and daily itineraries, as well as a new feature that explains how hotel barging is so different from other forms of cruising, with its more intimate atmosphere that is perfect for discerning independent travelers and small groups.

The publication includes information on the company’s unique, themed cruises, such as our new and exclusive 2015 World War One Commemorative cruises aboard La Belle Epoque, along waterways which pass through the battlefields of Flanders and the Somme. Off-the-beaten-track cruises are also detailed, with itineraries that feature excursions to such attractions as the Aalsmeer flower auction in Holland, Peter Freebody’s traditional boatyard on the River Thames, and the Troglodyte cave dwellings in the Loire Valley.

European Waterways’ Managing Director, Derek Banks, notes that the new brochure effectively conveys the serenity and beauty of the charming canals, villages and regional cultural attractions found along the company’s many routes.

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“We’re very proud of the 2015 brochure. It provides our guests with a detailed look into the unique and intimate qualities of hotel barging that differentiate it from larger vessel river cruising on Europe’s main arteries,” said Banks. “For nearly 40 years, we have offered the kind of unique, experiential travel experience that has now become immensely popular. In this brochure, we have gone into more detail about the whole ‘hotel barging experience’ that offers our passengers – whether they are enthusiasts for wine, history or art – the chance to immerse themselves in the culture and cuisine, and discover the hidden gems of each cruise region. We also emphasize that our cruises are ideal for people of all ages, with multi-generational family groups who like to have a hotel barge to themselves becoming one of our fastest-growing customer bases.”

There are a number of Earlybird Specials available for the 2015 season, including 10% off selected cruises. For a copy of the new brochure and for more details on all of our prices, specials, and itineraries please visit Toujours France French Travel Specialists or call us toll-free on 1800 606 838.

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa is now open for business…and leisure

Accor, the largest international hotel operator in Asia Pacific and Thailand, announces the opening 
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The resort is celebrating its opening with a special “Stay 3, Pay 2” promotion pluscomplimentary breakfast for two persons.

Mr Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for Accor Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines, said, “We are proud to showcase Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa as the latest resort hotel in our network in Phuket. Upholding Novotel’s brand essence of relaxation, imagination and heartfelt service, the brand today has evolved to meet the needs of modern travelers. We have an extensive line of distinguished Novotel properties in Thailand; this is our 14th Novotel hotel in the kingdom and the fourth Novotel resort in Phuket.”

“Phuket continues to be the destination of choice for many regional and international tourists,” said Mr Fraser Ross, General Manager of Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa. “Phuket’s allure is magnetic and it is growing from strength to strength. In line with our hotel opening, we have launched the Stay 3, Pay 2 promotion to entice travelers to experience this exciting new resort.”

unnamed (15)The new rooms at Novotel are spacious, contemporary in design, and are equipped with high-end technology. The 224 well-appointed guest rooms includes 16 Plunge Pool Suites, 20 Suites, 56 Deluxe rooms, 30 Family Deluxe rooms, 9 Superior Plunge Pool rooms, 45 Superior rooms and 48 Standard rooms. Each guest room is equipped with a full range of amenities, such as high-speed Internet access, 42-inch Flat Screen TV, in room safe and coffee and tea making facilities.

There are several dining options to choose from at the resort. The Horizon all-day-dining restaurant features a show kitchen offering a selection of Thai and international buffet cuisine, while the TAi Restaurant serves an exotic variety of dishes with a selection of Thai and Pan-Asian cuisines. Joe Kool’s Pool Bar and Grill offers casual dining by the poolside with popular menu items such as pizza, pasta, smoked ribs, burgers and local snack dishes. The Champion’s Sports Bar is the perfect place to catch the latest scores and action on the big screens while enjoying a selection of house wine and gourmet snacks. The resort also has a 24-hour in-room dining service.

unnamed (16)Indulge in a full relaxation by the Lagoon Pool, designed to complement the resort’s landscape, or the Oasis Pool with its chill-out feel and butler service, and the Kids Club Pool where children can enjoy swimming. The resort also has Kids World andTeen Hangout, great places for kids and teens to enjoy timeout with a variety of games and activities which are closely supervised by trained staff. No vacation would be complete without some pampering and the resort’s In|Balance Spa which offers an extensive range of Thai spa therapies with treatment rooms and experienced masseuses. The In|Balance Fitness provides a convenient workout space with qualified trainers and modern equipment.

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa is located within a short walk from Phuket’s second largest beach Karon, a destination popular for its tranquil, relaxed atmosphere with an eclectic mix of pubs, clubs and restaurants. For the more adventurous, Karon is just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of Patong.

Experience the newest Novotel in Phuket with its introductory promotion:
To celebrate its opening, Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa is offering a “Stay 3, Pay 2” promotion, with complimentary breakfast for two persons during the period. This promotion is available from today until December 19, 2014, so book now to be the first to enjoy the new Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa! For more information or room reservations, please visit, or email

Small Luxury Hotel Nautilus Resort opens on Muri Beach, Rarotonga Cook Islands

Cool, Elegant Luxury opens on Muri Beach, Rarotonga Cook Islands

New! Nautilus Resort - Latest Small Luxury Hotel for South Pacific

Muri Beach, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS. Welcome to the unimagined cool luxury of Cook Island's pure beachfront. Located on the South Pacific's crystalline sands of Muri Beach, is Rarotonga's newest small luxury hotel – Nautilus Resort. Just opened, are the first 17 of 38 Polynesian inspired luxuriously appointed private junior suites and 2 and 3 bedroom Ares (villas) each with their own salt water plunge pool, traditionally constructed buildings and contemporary, but island inspired luscious-tropical interiors.

Just 20 minutes by road from Rarotonga's international airport, Nautilus offers a fresh new experience to the Cook Islands luxury full service resort offerings. Redefining laid back luxury, and created for resort or exclusive use, Nautilus is ideal for families, couples, celebratory parties and wedding gatherings.

Jane Pearson, visionary and owner of Nautilus says of the resort development 'Nautilus is dedicated to those who want a modern yet authentic South Pacific experience'.

All dining options offer views over the infinity pool to white sand beaches and sapphire ocean waters. Choose from the resorts exclusive beachfront restaurant or the beachside patios casual dining area (receiving excellent reviews), celebratory marquees, private celebratory or meeting dining quarters or personal room or beach service. Showcasing Polynesian signature tastes, the cuisine is Polynesian - European fusion, using local seasonal ingredients and produce, with of course an emphasis on organic fresh produce and harvest from the sea.

All Ares (villas) are fully air-conditioned, have sculptured private stone baths and use aromatic natural toiletries. The resort has been architecturally designed and built with ecological authenticity. Solar power, UV treated and filtered drinking water, full recycling systems and edible organic gardens make this the most forward thinking luxury eco build in the Cook Islands to date.

And of course there is a full concierge service and some very surprising cultural experiences uniquely designed for Nautilus guests within resort and local activities. Guests also enjoy a dedicated Polynesian spa and 'Kids Concierge' - all on site.

Ben Plummer has joined Nautilus as Hotel Manager with extensive boutique luxury hotel experience, having held similar roles in Australia, Fiji and Bali. Most recently Ben was the General Manager of the prestigious Longitude 131°, Ayers Rock - a member of the family of Australian Baillie Wilderness Lodges, and Luxury Lodges of Australia member. Ben will oversee all facets of management at Nautilus alongside owners and visionaries of the resort, Paul and Jane Pearson. He will also oversee management of boutique sister hotel, Muri Beach Resort, located alongside Nautilus Resort on Muri Beach.

Rates at Nautilus start from $650.00 per couple per night (incl GST) with attractive promotional offers available. All rates include breakfast, fresh fruit and a bottle of New Zealand Nautilus wine upon arrival.

Travel The World Deal: Windstar in Europe


Save up to $1,086 onboard Windstar Cruises in Europe in 2015



Cruise onboard Star Pride on this 9 night Pride of the Aegean itinerary departing 12 May '15 and save up to $1,086 on board Windstar Cruises in Europe in 2015.

Ports of call include Athens, Monemvasia, Chania, Santorini, Rhodes, Kusadasi and Istanbul.

Cruise includes a Complimentary Windstar Private Event and a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus including a 5-course dinner.

Fares start from $4,230 per person twin share.  Book by 30 November 2015.

For further enquiries or bookings please contact Travel the World on 1300 857 437 or visit

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Back-Roads Travel Deals

London to Paris via the Channel Islands
SAVE $241 and receive European breakfast daily when you discover the charms of the very best of British and French culture focusing on history, nature and tradition.

Be fascinated as you explore the Channel Islands, a truly unique corner of the British Isles where British and French influences meet.  Learn about the German Occupation, which forms an important part of the history of WWII on Guernsey and step into a world where there are no cars or buses on Sark and discover Jersey’s richly textured history. Explore unspoilt beaches in the countryside of Sark, a walking tour of St Malo to explore its maze of narrow streets and the historical UNESCO World Heritage site Cathedral of Chartes. Tour includes ferries, accommodation, tour leader and driver, mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, some additional meals, wine tasting and attraction entrance fees.

Early bird tour priced from $4579 per person, twin share, a saving of $241.

Valid for sale and to be paid in full by 14 December 2014. Tours depart April – September 2015.

Book or ph 1300 100 410


*Terms and conditions apply. 5% Earlybird discount can be combined with either past passenger or multi-tour discount to a maximum discount value of 10%. All components of the booking must be paid in full by the required date to qualify for the Earlybird discount. Discount must be requested at time of and will apply to the basic tour price.

Italian Indulgence
Italian Indulgence – Tuscany, Piedmont, the Lakes, Verona & Venice
SAVE over $230 and enjoy European breakfasts daily when you book an exclusive twelve-day Italian indulgence tour. Carefully crafted to include all the major must-see attractions, this trip of a lifetime takes you to some of the lesser-known hidden gems of this fascinating country. Enjoy private guided tours in Florence and Venice, visit remote Tuscan villages, try local Italian produce, taste local wines in Chianti, explore the stunning Cinque Terre and discover Lake Maggiore’s Borromean Islands.  Imagine traveling through landscapes of rolling green hills, vineyards and age-old olive groves in the Chianti. Or picture sightseeing exotic artwork at the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David, and cheese tasting in Italy’s Piedmont region at a country farmhouse. Tour features accommodation, driver and mini-coach transportation, Back-Roads tour leader, breakfast daily, some additional meals, Italian pasta cooking class and wine and olive oil tasting.

Early bird tour priced from $4417.50 per person, twin share, a saving of $232.50.

Valid for sale and to be paid in full by 14 December 2014. Tours depart April – October 2015.

Book or ph 1300 100 410

*Terms and conditions apply. 5% Earlybird discount can be combined with either past passenger or multi-tour discount to a maximum discount value of 10%. All components of the booking must be paid in full by the required date to qualify for the Earlybird discount. Discount must be requested at time of and will apply to the basic tour price.

Germany to Vienna

Germany’s Romantic Back-Road to Vienna
SAVE over $245 and immerse yourself in the beauty of Germany’s Romantic Road. Picture spectacular views of the Bavarian landscape, with its beautiful half-timbered chalets and magnificent castles which may have come straight out of a fairy tale, all set amongst sparkling lakes of turquoise. This eleven-day tour takes you through the idyllic, terraced vineyards of the Wachau valley, tours through some of Europe’s most beautiful castles, and through the architectural dream of Rothenberg, with its twisting cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Discover sweeping views of the Wipptal Valley in Munich and be enchanted by Mondsee, one of the prettiest towns in Austria. Tour includes accommodation, tour leader and driver, mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, six evening meals, apple strudel show, beer and wine tasting, Salzburg 24-hour card plus entrance into attractions.

Tour priced from $4745.25 per person, twin share, a saving of $249.75. Valid for sale and to be paid in full by 14 December 2014. Tour departs April – October 2015.

Book or ph 1300 100 410

*Terms and conditions apply. 5% Earlybird discount can be combined with either past passenger or multi-tour discount to a maximum discount value of 10%. All components of the booking must be paid in full by the required date to qualify for the Earlybird discount. Discount must be requested at time of and will apply to the basic tour price.

Celebrate the Magical Loy Krathong Festival @ 137 Pillars House 5 - 8 November 2014

The magical Thai Loy Kratong Festival takes place on the evening of the full moon on 6 November 2014.

Celebrations include floating decorated “krathongs” (little boats) made out of leaves and flowers, together with incense and candles, in rivers, canals, ponds and pools. The festival is believed to originate from an ancient practice of paying respect to the spirit of the waters, and to bring good luck in the year ahead. During the festival the unique rice paper lanterns (Khom Loys) are lit and gently drift high up into the night sky making a spectacular sight.

137 Pillars House have created a special package to celebrate this charming festival which includes Lanna (northern) entertainment and a sumptuous traditional local “Kad Mua ‘buffet dinner. Guests will also learn how to make their own krathong.

The Loy Krathong Package is valid from 5-8 November 2014. Priced at Baht 37,800 (USD1,180) it includes the following:
  • Three-night accommodation in the luxurious Rajah Brooke Suite
  • Private limousine airport transfers
  • Complimentary welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival
  • A delicious daily breakfast
  • Complimentary soft drinks and beer from minibar
  • A traditional local style Kad Mua buffet dinner inclusive of 137 Pillars House signature herbal beverages and soda as well as live entertainment and dancing on 6 November
  • A Kom Loy (rice paper lantern) and Krathong (flower arrangement with candles)
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Additional nights are available at best available rate for applicable dates, and are inclusive of accommodation and breakfast. All rates are subject to applicable service charge and Government taxes.

So that's how you catch a trout Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa tosses a fishing line for adults and kids

Forget the story about the one that got away, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa has special fishing weekend that will take anglers back to basics and teach them everything they need to know about trout fishing.

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The Introduction to Trout Fishing weekend will be held from November 7 to 9 and will be hosted by TV personality and fishing author Steve Starling.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa General Manager, Anthony Cleary said the weekend is suitable for adults and children wanting to get into the sport of lure fishing.

“Over the weekend, participants will learn the art of trout fishing using a spin rod and reel and casting soft and hard body lures.   The combination of workshops and hands-on fishing sessiaons is great fun for the entire family,” said Anthony.

Workshops will focus on accuracy casting, distance casting, retrieves and lure selections.

“Some of the workshops will be held in function rooms and on the Village Green while others will be in the streams and river near Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.”

Packages start from $355 per person* and include two nights accommodation, daily hot breakfast, lunch on Saturday, dinner on Saturday and Sunday, four workshop sessions (including refreshments), a Shimano trout gift-pack, and a late 3pm checkout on Sunday.   This package is based on six people sharing a three bedroom Lake View Apartment.  Other packages and room types are available.

To book, please call Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa on 1800 020 524 or

Mercure Kooindah Waters Resort Offers Discounted Weekend Stay while Central Coast Festival of Spirit is on.

Ignite Yourself at the Central Coast Festival of Spirit With Mercure Kooindah Waters

Having a relaxing escape to the Central Coast will be elevated to another level as the Central Coast Festival of Spirit comes to town with Mercure Kooindah Waters Resort as an accommodation partner.

Make a weekend out of it with Mercure Kooindah Waters Resort offering 10% off the best available room rate for visitors. This offer is valid for stays from Friday 7 November till Sunday 9 November 2014 inclusive, subject to availability and conditions apply.

The Resort is a few minutes' drive from Wyong Race Course where the Festival is being held over two days, Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9 November. The largest festival of its kind on the Central Coast, there will be three floors of stalls showcasing great products for relaxation and general wellbeing.

In addition, there will be two days of non-stop entertainment live on stage including Mediumship demonstrations, Meditation and Mantra with the Monks. Many free workshops and talks will also be available, including Healing Families through Play, Palmistry and Mandalas Workshop.

Mercure Kooindah Waters Resort is a 4.5 star resort located just 90 minutes north of Sydney and 60 minutes south of Newcastle with 83 accommodation rooms comprising of Standard King Rooms, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms self-contained apartments. All accommodation rooms offer either a private balcony or terrace with most providing stunning views across the Kooindah Waters golf course.

To book, call 02 4355 5777 or email and quote 'CCFOS'.

For more information on the Central Coast Festival of Spirit, visit

Asia and Australia Sail and Rail aboard Legend of the Seas ship and Australian Indian Pacific train

CRUISE holiday specialist are offering savings of up to $3000 per person on an exciting 20-night cruise and rail package from Singapore to Sydney experiencing both the Legend of the Seas ship and the famous Australian Indian Pacific train.

The adventure begins on September 10, 2015, with three days in Singapore staying in the central area of Clarke Quay- home of many restaurants, bars and retail outlets.

On board the Legend of the Seas, spend 14 nights cruising through South East Asia with port visits to Port Klang and Langkawi in Malaysia, Phuket in Thailand and Bali and Lombok in Indonesia before entering Australian waters to visit Broome and Geraldton then disembarking in Fremantle.

Join the Indian Pacific for three nights and travel across Australia to Sydney. Upgrade for a Gold Cabin for $1250 per person to have all meals included and unique outback excursions at Whistle Stops along the way in Kalgoorlie, Adelaide or Broken Hill.

Ecruising is selling this exclusive package from $3399 per person, which includes one-way economy airfare from Sydney and Perth, three nights accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay, entry to the Singapore Flyer, Singapore City sightseeing pass, 14 nights cruise accommodation with all meals and entertainment on the ship, three nights Red Saver accommodation on the Indian Pacific, transfers, port charges and government taxes.

The package is priced from $3679 for Brisbane and Melbourne passengers, Coolangatta from $3789 and from Adelaide from $3699.

For more information contact on 1300 369 848 or visit

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