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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Free '101 Tips for Women Travelers'

Booklet by Harriet Lewis Now Available

Boston, MA: Traveling solo and feeling a bit self-conscious about eating alone? Grab a stool at the bar – and order your meal there. The bartender will usually try to make you feel at home, strike up a conversation, and often engage others at the counter to join in. This tip, #59, is just one of 101 helpful travel tips in a free new booklet, “101 Tips for Women Travelers,” by Harriet Lewis, global traveler and vice chair of Grand Circle Corporation, which provides international vacations to Americans over 50 through its brands Overseas Adventure Travel, Grand Circle Cruise Line, and Grand Circle Travel.

101 Tips for Women is chock-full of unique and practical tips to make travel easy, enriching, and fun. It’s another resource designed to offer the industry’s best service and value to female travelers, including those traveling solo. Last year, 70,000 of Grand Circle’s 110,000 travelers were women, with 27,000 of them traveling as solos. “By the time women turn 60, most of us have raised children, juggled family and career, and worked hard to keep everyone—spouse, kids, and boss happy. Now, it’s our time, and many of us are choosing to travel. We’re on a quest to learn, engage, and have fun.”

Harriet knows what she’s talking about – she has traveled to more than 100 countries in her lifetime to date, and many more are on her bucket list, yet to visit. “Women travel differently than men do, and this book, compiled with tips from our female travelers, staff, and guides, offers both the novice and seasoned female traveler innovative ways to get the ease of travel, cultural interaction, and insider’s perspective they seek when they head overseas.”

"101 Tips for Women Travelers" is a 126-page, 5"x7" booklet designed to fit in a woman's purse. Tips featured include ideas on trip preparation, packing, money transportation, health, beauty, security and safety, traveling solo, etiquette and more. There's a handy reference section with a foreign phrase guide, international size chart, time zones, packing essentials and more. Chapter headings inspire with ancedotes about some of history's most remarkable women travelers, such as the Queen of Sheba, Cleopatra and Amelia Earhart in addition to less well-known but equally fascinating travelers throughout history.

For a complimentary copy of "101 Tips," please call 1-800-248-3737 or visit www.gct.com/travel-tips

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BreakFree offers comfy accommodation for Byron Bay Bluesfest


When you have such incredible musical acts as Crosby Stills & Nash, Ziggy Marley and Cold Chisel to focus your attention on at this year's Byron Bay Bluesfest, it's beneficial to get the best rest in town so you can soak up all the entertainment when it counts.

This year's event from 5-7 April will no doubt have a special place in the heart of many Aussie music fans, with Cold Chisel headlining the event by making an exclusive festival appearance to close the main stage on Thursday 5 April.

The world-famous talent coming to the coastal holiday haven of Byron Bay for this year's Bluesfest is undoubtedly top class, so don't get bogged down with the basics when it comes to accommodation.

Skip the pitfalls of the crowded camping grounds and head straight for a comfortable stay at BreakFree Eco Beach to enhance your Bluesfest experience.

BreakFree Eco Beach is the best place to be this Easter long weekend with comfortable accommodation on offer from $368* per night for a One Bedroom Apartment, for a minimum of three nights.

Top off your getaway with full use of the resort facilities including a wide screen digital TV, kitchenettes, air conditioning, a plunge pool and heated spa, and BBQ facilities to make everyone's mouth water back at the festival's camp site, as well as the reassurance of underground parking onsite.

Located at 35 Shirley Street in Byron Bay, BreakFree Eco Beach also boasts a bus stop to the festival across the road and is also just a short walk to town and beachfront, which is always a must-see when in Byron Bay.

Call 02 6639 5700 or visit www.breakfree.com.au.

For Byron Bay Bluesfest details visit www.bluesfest.com.au.


RUSSIA YOUR WAY


Beyond Travel have introduced new tailor-made tours around Russia which provide flexibility in the cities you visit, pre-booked three, four or five star hotels, day excursions and transfers maximising free time to explore at
your own pace.

An example of the Russian specialists' program is the eight-day Grand Russia itinerary which begins in St Petersburg for four nights and has a day trip to Novgorod and two nights in Moscow. It is priced from $2340 per person
twin share for three star hotels.

The tour of the Kremlin, a visit to the Hermitage Museum and a cruise along the canals of St Petersburg and an overnight sleeper train journey from Novgorod to Moscow can all be part of the itinerary.

The price includes all accommodation with daily breakfast, coach and rail transport, extensive sight-seeing with private English-speaking guides throughout and return airport transfers in a private car.

There are also a range of great deals available on hotels throughout Russia including a stay four pay three nights deal at the first class centrally located Hotel Angleterre in St Petersburg, which is available all year round. Or receive free room upgrades at the deluxe Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg when you book by March 31.

For more details contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or email info@beyondtravel.com.au

 

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Captain Cook's Leap Year Day Special




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Open dated tickets valid for travel
05 March to 31 October 2012.
On sale 29 February 2012 ONLY.

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9am 29Feb12 and emailed during the day.
* Selected cruises. Conditions apply.

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Monday, 27 February 2012

CRUISECO’S COACH AND CRUISE NINE CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE COUNTRIES IN 26-NIGHTS

CRUISECO not only has two of the most amazing-value cruise, coach and stay packages through Central and Eastern Europe in May and June of this year, it is throwing-in free air from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth* to get there.

Both these fully-escorted packages include 3-night pre- and post-touring stays in Prague and Istanbul with local touring (and a scenic river cruise in Prague,) and 14-nights cruising the River Danube between Passau in Germany and Giurgiu in Romania aboard the first-class river cruise ship River Beatrice (that has been chartered exclusively by Cruiseco for its 160 Australian guests,) with daily escorted shore excursions.

There is also 9-nights escorted coach touring of Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey on board "business class" coaches of Insight Vacations that have also been chartered exclusively by Cruiseco for this package, nightly stays in luxury hotels, and a total 26 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 25 dinners… and all transfers, port charges and gratuities throughout the entire 26-nights are also included.

The price for each of these two remarkable 26-night offerings begins from $11,490pp twin-share; they can be taken either on May 24 this year from Prague to Istanbul, or on June 1 in the reverse direction.

*Cruiseco's fly-free offer is for a limited time and available only until their allocation is expired – for more details and the name of your nearest Cruiseco cruise-specialist travel agent, enquire by going to www.cruising.com.au.

The River Beatrice has been named World's Best River Cruise Ship by Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

 

SAIL SANTIAGO TO SYDNEY

 
SAVE more than $3400 on a 25-night cruise package from Santiago to Sydney on the stylish Arcadia departing on February 5 2013 when booking with ecruising.travel

Before boarding you have three days exploring the cosmopolitan city of Santiago before departing from colourful Valparaiso. First port of call is the most remote Island in the world, Easter Island, before continuing across the Pacific Ocean with port visits to Tahiti, Bora Bora and Noumea before entering Australian waters with a stop in Brisbane before your final destination of Sydney.

This exclusive adult only mid-size ship is famous for her exterior glass-fronted lifts and expansive art collection, featuring no less than 3,000 works of art, which create a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.

The package is now priced from $4199 per person twin share and includes one-way economy airfare from Sydney to Santiago with Qantas with taxes, three nights' accommodation at the Hotel Kennedy in Santiago, a Santiago city tour, 22-nights cruise accommodation with full board,  transfers and port charges and government taxes.

For more information on the ship and itinerary contact ecruising.travel on 1300 369 848 or check-out www.ecruising.travel

MANTRA IS ON SALE



Mantra Hotels, Resorts and Apartments is on sale and has just announced a fantastic new batch of free night deals or discounted rates available at even more amazing Mantra destinations all around Australia.  

Now is the ideal time to take the great Australian holiday with rates from as low as $120* per room per night and great deals offering an extra night free on many two or three night escapes.

Check out the following Mantra on Sale deals and visit www.mantraonsale.com.au or call 13 15 17 to explore your holiday options:


QUEENSLAND

Tropical North Queensland: Mantra Trilogy's 'Stay 3, Pay 2' deal offers great value for a relaxing Cairns escape. Stay for two nights in a One Bedroom Apartment at the centrally located resort and receive one night extra for free, from $230* per night – that's from just $460* for three nights. Valid for stays from 1 April to 30 June, 2012.

Fraser Coast: Mantra Hervey Bay's stay for three nights, pay for two deal gives guests an extra night for free to make the most Hervey Bay's aquatic playground. Rates start from $145* per night in a Hotel Room or $170* per night in a One Bedroom Apartment. Valid for travel from 1 April to 7 October, 2012.

Sunshine Coast: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach is a bargain-hunters dream where a 'Stay 4, Pay 3' special applies. Rates start from $198* per night in a One Bedroom Apartment and $297* in a Two Bedroom Apartment. Valid for travel from 1 April to 7 October, 2012.

Gold Coast: Enjoy a three night escape in the heart of exciting Surfers Paradise and just 100m from the beach with a stay at Mantra Legends Hotel from $120* per night in a Hotel Room. Valid for stays from 1 April to 7 October, 2012.


NEW SOUTH WALES

Northern NSW: Stay for three nights but only pay for two at the stunning Mantra on Salt Beach resort at Kingscliff from $185* per night in a One Bedroom Apartment. Valid for travel from 1 April to 7 October, 2012.

Central Coast: Escape to the Central Coast for a weekend getaway and enjoy unspoilt beaches, secluded bays and nearby National Parks. Mantra Ettalong Beach is offering a two night deal from $146* per night in a One Bedroom Apartment with hinterland views. Valid for Sunday to Friday stays only from 1 April to 7 October, 2012.



AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Canberra: Escape to the nation's capital for a weekend of shopping, dining and sightseeing and base yourself at Mantra on Northbourne which has One Bedroom Apartment's from $169* per night. Valid for Friday to Sunday stays only from 13 April to 14 September, 2012.

 
SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide: Perfectly located within Adelaide's thriving CBD, Mantra Hindmarsh Square is ideal for a weekend city escape with rates from $199* per night in a Parkview Suite. Valid for Thursday to Monday stays only from 1 April to 7 October, 2012.
 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Darwin: Immerse yourself in Darwin's colourful culture while staying at Mantra on the Esplanade in the heart of the city and overlooking the harbour from $169* per night in a One Bedroom City View Apartment and including full buffet breakfast for two people. Valid for stays from 1 to 30 April, 2012.

 
ABOUT MANTRA HOTELS, RESORTS & APARTMENTS

Whether for business or leisure, the extensive collection of hotels, resorts and apartments captures the natural charm and ambience of their diverse locations, from bustling cities to serene coastal escapes. Stylish decor, quality service and the best locations are all part of the offering at over 50 Mantra properties across Australia and New Zealand. www.mantra.com.au


*Subject to availability. Minimum night stays and block-out dates apply.




Floriade an APT river cruise option


The largest botanical show in the world, the spectacular Floriade Horticulture World Expo in Venlo, The Netherlands, held every 10 years, is a local tour option on APT's river cruises between Amsterdam and Budapest this year.

Floriade opens on April 4 and runs to mid October.

APT has 48 cruises scheduled this year with Floriade as a Freedom of Choice Touring option, a customised local touring program provided at no extra cost.

During that Floriade season, the 15-day Magnificent Europe cruise, for example, is priced from $7295 per person, twin share which includes cruising on an APT-owned Concerto river ship, 41 meals with regional wine and beer with dinner and lunch, excursions, sightseeing, entertainment, airport transfers and tipping.

Contact: 1300 229 804, visit www.aptouring.com.au or see a travel agent.

 

 

Almost 19 metres of snow at Niseko



Whilst this northern part of Japan is renowned for quality snow the amount (and how early it came) has surpassed the expectations of most snow enthusiasts.

Winter on Hokkaido stretches into April so there is still enough weeks in this season to enjoy what will be remembered as one of the snowiest seasons ever.

SkiJapan.com has several value-for-money March packages at its two-bedroom Powder Cottage in the heart of Hirafu Village, a lively ski town with an interesting blend of Asian and Western shops, bars and restaurants.

One that is within the budget of most families is a package from $775 per adult (2 adults) and $435 per child (2 children 12 yrs and under). Included is

seven nights accommodation in a self-cater, two-bedroom cottage, return airport transfers, six day all mountain lift pass and complimentary six days' ski equipment hire for kids 12 and under.

With in excess of 18 metres of snow to date on the higher slopes at Niseko there is more than enough to satisfy Australian skiers and boarders. A day trip to Rusutsu whilst at Niseko is highly recommended.

For more details contact SkiJapan.com - the Japan Snow Specialist

Phone: 1300 137 411

Pic of Rusutsu chairlift laden with fresh snow. By a SkiJapan.com team member.

Daily Snow Reports (with afternoon updates) can be found on www.skijapan.com

Come On Up to Alaska, the Snow is Amazing!


Alaska's unusually snowy winter - attributable to a strong La Nina cycle that has spurned many North American ski resorts this winter - has been making the news. The silver lining? All that snow means winter recreation opportunities of historic proportions.

At Alyeska Resort, 40 miles south of Anchorage, 462 inches has fallen since October 1, 2011, and the seasonal average snowfall (November to February) is 134 percent above average.

Throughout the Southcentral region, communities are on track to record the heaviest snowfall in years - perhaps ever.

The Prince William Sound communities of Valdez and Cordova have received 327.5 and 209.1 inches respectively this season.

With its snowiest months still ahead, Valdez is on track to surmount the 1988-89 record of 561 inches (almost 47 feet). As of January 27, Anchorage had received 91 inches of snow, which is already above the 74.5-inch average total snowfall for the season.

That's good news for outdoor recreation of all kinds, from snowmobiling to snowshoeing and skiing. The snowiest winter on record for Anchorage was in 1954-55, when 132.8 inches were tallied for the season. To plan your Alaska winter adventure, visit www.travelalaska.com.
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Friday, 24 February 2012

Save on 25-night Santiago to Sydney cruise

SAVE more than $3400 on a 25-night cruise package from Santiago to Sydney on the stylish Arcadia departing on February 5 2013 when booking with ecruising.travel

Before boarding you have three days exploring the cosmopolitan city of Santiago before departing from colourful Valparaiso. First port of call is the most remote Island in the world, Easter Island, before continuing across the Pacific Ocean with port visits to Tahiti, Bora Bora and Noumea before entering Australian waters with a stop in Brisbane before your final destination of Sydney.

This exclusive adult only mid-size ship is famous for her exterior glass-fronted lifts and expansive art collection, featuring no less than 3,000 works of art, which create a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.

The package is now priced from $4199 per person twin share and includes one-way economy airfare from Sydney to Santiago with Qantas with taxes, three nights' accommodation at the Hotel Kennedy in Santiago, a Santiago city tour, 22-nights cruise accommodation with full board, transfers and port charges and government taxes.

For more information on the ship and itinerary contact ecruising.travel on 1300 369 848 or check-out www.ecruising.travel.com

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Stay 6 Nights for the Price of 4 at Muri Beach Club Hotel. Cook Islands



Muri Beach Club Hotel in the Cook Islands is offering guests the chance to stay for six nights but only pay for four and receive a free tropical breakfast daily and use of snorkelling gear and kayaks. Prices start from *AUD$730.00 per person, twin share for a six night stay, normally *AUD$1090.00 per person, twin share.

This fantastic deal is valid for sale until 30 April, 2012 and valid for travel until 31 December, 2012.

Winner of the 2010 best " Luxury Boutique Hotel' in the World Luxury Travel Awards, Muri Beach Club Hotel, is a privately owned boutique adults only resort, perfect for couples wanting a romantic escape.

The Resort boasts an enviable location on the best stretch of beach facing the famous Muri Lagoon on the island of Rarotonga and is in walking distance to the islands Dive Centre, Cultural Centre, Buggy and Quad Tours, shops, cafes and restaurants.

With only 30 rooms, every room is personal and intimate and guests can chose from Premium Garden, Superior Pool View and Deluxe Beachfront accommodation.

Muri Beach Club Hotel's unequalled resort location puts guests right at the heart of one of Rarotonga's most outstanding natural features – Muri Lagoon. The lagoon is the island's aquatic playground for superb and safe snorkelling and swimming.  With other water sports like kayaking, wind surfing, kite surfing, sailing and glass-bottomed boat rides, there's always an opportunity to get out on the water and away from it all.

Located right on the beach, The Point Restaurant & Bar provides full service dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu's offer gourmet pacific cuisine and theme nights and culinary specialties take advantage of fresh local produce and fish catches to provide the best in international and South Pacific fare.

An added feature of the Muri Beach Club Hotel is the Lagoon Lounge overlooking Muri Lagoon. The Lounge has an ambience of casual chic comfort and style. Whether it is chess, coffee or cocktails, the lagoon lounge is a popular leisure and meeting spot.

The Beauty & Spa at Muri Beach Club Hotel offers guests the ultimate in pampering.  Internationally trained staff can help guests relax with a soothing massage, cleanse the body or refresh the soul. The Beauty & Spa offers facials, pedicures, body treatments, manicures, waxing, cosmetics, massage, spa treatments and skin care.

A six night stay at Muri Beach Club Hotel starts from *AUD$730.00 per person, normally *AUD$1090.00 and includes a tropical breakfast daily and complimentary use of snorkelling gear and kayaks.

For further information contact T: (07) 5524 5222.

*Rates are based on currency exchange rate as of 21/2/12 and are subject to change.

For booking and enquiries please contact World Resorts of Distiction on P: 07 5524 5222 Email: sales@wrd.com.au
 

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Latest promotions for THAI travellers

Here's a list of the latest promotions for THAI travellers...
THAI celebrates 41 years connecting Thailand and Australia during 2012...check back here for the latest special deals for travel to over 70 destinations across the THAI network. Whether it be for business or pleasure or for travel in Economy Class, Royal Silk (Business) Class and Royal First Class, you'll read about it here; apart from these special offers, there's also class combination fares so you can choose the level of comfort you need for your journey or fares in conjunction with our airline partners to get you where you need to be. Ask your travel agent for the latest information or call us on 1300 651 960.

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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Bond with your brood on a 'Famcation' this Easter


Getting the kids off the couch and heading on a family holiday can seem daunting in an age where iPhones and x-boxes reign but psychologists and industry experts claim the benefits of bonding with your brood are worth the effort.

According to John Feenaghty, general manager of cheap hotel accommodation website Quickbeds.com, finding a way to cater for the different interests and preferences of the typical Aussie family is a major stumbling block for many parents.

"Many parents find it time consuming trying to organise activities that everyone will enjoy, but taking the whole family on holiday can be an unforgettable experience that creates lifelong memories," Feenaghty said.

"This is why we have launched the Quickbeds.com 'Famcation' breaks just in time for the Easter holidays.

"These holiday package deals are in response to the increased demand for tailor made family holidays that will keep kids of all different ages and - just as importantly - parents entertained."

According to child psychologist, Sally Lock, family holidays are a great way of ensuring priceless quality time together.

"Active time together is essential for family cohesion, and importantly, getting children off the computer, away from the TV and participating in real life social activities that build their self-esteem and self- competence,"  Lock said.

Lock and Feenaghty agree that theme parks are great fun for the whole family, and Feenaghty recommends beach resorts with a dedicated youngster's club as ideal for children to make new friends within a safe environment.

Alternatively, he suggests a city break exploring museums, art galleries, zoos and parks, for a cultural and educational experience that both children and parents will enjoy.

"All the Famcation packages have been designed so that parents can keep their children entertained, whilst showing them new destinations, sights and activities. Famcations are the ideal time to appreciate time spent together away from modern day distractions," Feenaghty said. 

The Famcation deals are all available to book online at Quickbeds.com: http://www.quickbeds.com/cheap-hotels/famcations.aspx

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Niue Pacific island holiday offer

Try NIUE for a unique Pacific Island holiday - 7 Nights at $1149. Contact our Niue Island specialists www.ourpacific.co.nz



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LEGENDARY RAIL JOURNEYS DISCOUNTED

DISCOUNTS are now available on a new category of first class trains travelling the Trans-Siberian and Silk Road routes available through eastern Europe specialists Beyond Travel. These competitive fares are on an extensive range of private rail journey itineraries for 2012.

Several First Class private rail tour itineraries are included in their recently distributed Russia brochure include a savings of up to $940 per couple.

Rail itineraries are around 15 days in duration and include extensive excursions with experience English speaking guides to a host of attractions along the way.

One of the most sought-after journeys is along the legendary Silk Road from Ashgabat in Turkmenistan to Astana in Kazakhstan. This 14-day journey is now priced from $4690 in Ali Baba class, with departures on April 17 and October 16. Discounts are available across all cabin types.

Also on sale is the ever-popular 16-day "Czars Gold" Trans-Mongolian from Beijing to  Moscow or vice versa which has departures in May, June and July  from $7170 per person twin share in a standard plus cabin, which offers savings of $820 per couple.

For more details on all rail itineraries contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or email info@beyondtravel.com.au


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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Unlimited Spa Treatments at Tokoriki Island Resort Fiji


F$300 for three days of Unlimited Spa Treatments
       
Be pampered for days on end at Tokoriki Island Resort Fiji's new spa where guests can receive unlimited treatments over three days for only FJ$300, unlimited treatment over four days for FJ$400 and for FJ$500 unlimited treatments over five days.

This amazing offer is available for all hand, face and body treatments on the spa menu and is valid until 31 May, 2102. Guests must purchase this deal at the resort.

Tokoriki Island Resort's Spa, managed by Senikai Spas Fiji, has only recently been refurbished and is described by Tokoriki guests as 'simply heaven'. The spacious new spa features three individual couples' treatment bures with plantation timber shutters and high pitched traditional Fijian bure ceilings. Each treatment bure also features outdoor showers and a freestanding volcanic rock wall with gentle falling water, to relax the mind and body.

Some of the treatments available in this great offer include the 'Daku' Aromatic Back Massage, 'Senikau' Aromatic Body Massage, 'Kama' Sunburn Treatment, 'Qaqalo' Deluxe Manicure, 'Yava' Spa Pedicure, 'Qaqalo' & 'Yava' Indulgence, 'Matamu' Rejuvenating Facial, 'Titobu' Purifying Facial, 'Wai' Thalasso Moisture Boost, 'Lumi' Detoxifying Body Cleanse and the 'Weleti' Papaya Body Rejuvenation.

The spa uses locally produced natural skin and body care range, Essence of Viti and spa services are delivered by trained and certified beauty therapists from the Pacific's leading spa group Senikai Spas.

Tokoriki Island Resort is cast away on a secluded island on the most northern of the Mamanuca islands in Fiji. A boutique retreat for couples, honeymooners and Babymooners (children 12 years and over are welcome), seeking affordable luxury in paradise.

Made up of 34 bures and villas, some with their own private plunge pool and all with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean, the resort exudes Fijian hospitality and is a relaxed blend of contemporary Island style and Fijian design.

For further information visit www.tokoriki.com

For booking and enquiries please contact World Resorts of Distinction, T: 07 5524 5222 Email: sales@wrd.com.au

 

Monday, 13 February 2012

Vanuatu - half price at The Melanesian, Port Vila


THE Melanesian in Vanuatu is offering 50 per cent discounts on four and eight night stays to mark its $1-million re-furbishment program.

Flight Centre has a special offer that includes four nights' accommodation with continental breakfast, airfares from Sydney to Port Vila with Virgin Australia and return airport transfer, priced from $745 per person twin share. The deal is available from $705 from Brisbane and $905 from Melbourne.

The conveniently-located three star property, just walking distance from the heart of Port Vila, has completed work on the majority of its the 69 rooms and 12 apartments  has been fitted with new bathrooms, furniture and soft furnishings.

The deal is valid for travel until March 31, 2013, but must be booked by March 31, this year. It is not available in mid-June or over Christmas-New Year.

For more details visit www.flightcentre.com.au or contact your nearest Flight Centre store on 1300 939 414.

 

LAST MINUTE SAVINGS TO SAIL THE ISLANDS FROM SYDNEY TO HAWAII


SAVE between $1350 and $2500 per person on a 18-night cruise package from Sydney to Honolulu on the newly renovated Radiance of the Seas departing Sydney on April 5, available from ecruising.travel

Sail from Sydney Harbour through New Zealand and French Polynesia with port visits to Auckland, Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora and Hilo in Hawaii before your final destination of Oahu.

The modern ship has floor-to-ceiling windows throughout including acres of glass enclosing the nine-storey central atrium and lifts that face the sea,  eight dining experiences- including the new Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse,  an indoor/outdoor country club with golf simulator, a rock climbing wall, basketball and volleyball courts, a poolside cinema and many other activities to keep you as busy as you wish.

The package starts from only $2739 per person twin share and includes one-way economy airfare from Honolulu to Sydney with taxes, 17-nights cruise accommodation with full board, one night accommodation at the Hilton Waikiki in Honolulu, transfers and port charges and government taxes.

For more information on the ship and itinerary contact ecruising.travel on 1300 369 848 or check-out www.ecruising.travel

APT offers Free flight for Europe Christmas cruises

A fly-free to Europe (inc taxes) deal is offered by APT for pre-April 30 bookings of its Europe Christmas river cruises this year.

 

Departures for cruises between Amsterdam and Budapest run from November 25 through to December 30 on itineraries ranging from 15 days to 21 days.

 

The 15-day Magnificent Europe Christmas Markets cruise, for example, is priced from $6495 per person, twin share which includes 14 nights on board an exclusive APT Concerto river ship, all meals on cruise with beer, and wine with lunch and dinner, Freedom of Choice Touring at no extra cost, the Christmas markets including Rothenberg and Nuremburg, airport transfers and tipping, excursions and entertainment and an APT exclusive tour of the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest.

 

APT introduced its first Europe river cruises covering the Christmas-New Year season last year to meet demand for experiencing the festive season in Europe, but this year has added later departure dates to cater for passengers who wish to stay at home for the family Christmas but still discover the magic of a winterland holiday.

 

Contact: call 1300 229 804, see www.aptouring.com.au, or a travel agent

 


Friday, 10 February 2012

Venture Holidays 'Free Stay' offer on Alaska small ship cruise


FREE STAY WITH CRUISE

A free night at the historic Baranof Hotel in Juneau is a bonus for travellers joining one of Venture Holidays' cruises through Alaska on a small yacht-style ship that provides close up experiences in stunning landscapes.

The stay includes limo-transfer from the airport before an eight-day cruise from Juneau   aboard the fully renovated 86-guest Safari Endeavour.

The accommodation is included on cruises which depart between June and August 2012 when bookings are made before March 16.

Safari Endeavour has been designed specifically to take guests into areas not accessible by major cruise ships and also offers the opportunity to take hikes ashore and explore waterways on skiffs, kayaks and paddle boards.

Prices include all meals and ship activities and range from $5284 per person twin share staying in a Commander cabin for the roundtrip from Juneau.

For more details contact Venture Holidays on 1300-303-343 or visit www.ventureholidays.com.au


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Cunard Launches One Month Celebration Sale for 2013 World Voyages


Cunard Line has launched a 30-day celebration sale to mark Queen Mary 2's historic Royal Circumnavigation of Australia this month. 

The sale offers onboard credits of up to US$550 per person on a range of 2013 World Voyage sectors, with fares starting from A$2859* per person twin share for a 20-night voyage from San Francisco to Sydney on Queen Victoria, departing February 13, 2013.  

The celebratory deals also include Queen Mary 2's history-making Royal Circumnavigation of New Zealand in March next year, with onboard credits of up to US$200 available on the 12-night round trip voyage from Sydney, which is priced from A$3049 per person twin share.  

The onboard credits are available across more than 20 sectors on the 2013 world voyages, which will see Queen Victoria spend 105 nights circumnavigating the globe while Queen Mary 2 will sail for 106 nights on her epic voyage. 

The sale coincides with Queen Mary 2's maiden circumnavigation of Australia, with the onboard credit offer applying to fares booked between February 8, 2012 and March 8, 2012 as the Cunard flagship sails Australian waters. 

For more details and bookings call Cunard on 13 24 41 or visit www.cunardline.com.au 
 

*All fares are per person and subject to availability. Conditions apply. 

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

EASTERN EUROPE DELIGHTS


EASTERN Europe travel specialists Beyond Travel have introduced a new escorted tour which visits  the main centres of Ukraine, Poland and Hungary as well  as many of the fascinating less-travelled areas.

The 12-day itinerary begins in Kyiv with dinner at a traditional Ukrainian restaurant before beginning a tour which takes in  St Sophia Cathedral, the  underground labyrinth of  Perchersk Lavra Monastery, the remains of Hitler's Wehrwolf bunkers and the Smotrych River Canyon.

In Poland touring includes the Old Town at Krakow, The Royal Castle and a drive to Zakapone in the High Tatra Mountains.

The Paris of the East, Budapest is the highlight in Hungary with extensive sightseeing including Heroes' Square, St Stephen's Basilica and the 13th centre Matthias Church.

The guaranteed departure escorted tour is priced from $2550 per person twin share and includes four and five star accommodation and daily breakfast, transport by a high quality air-conditioned coach, comprehensive sightseeing with an English-speaking tour director and return transfers.

Book and deposit before April 30 and you will receive $200 per couple of Discover More Travel Credits. These can be used for a wide range of additional services booked with Beyond Travel such as sightseeing, flights, hotels or other tours valid for use until 31 December 2012.

There are departures in May until October.

For other escorted tours across Eastern Europe contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or email info@beyondtravel.com.au

 

 

BE PART OF CUNARD’S ROYAL PROCESSION HERE IN 2013


WITH the annual royal procession of Cunard's legendary Queen Elizabeth and  Queen Mary 2 about to visit our shores over the coming weeks – and so once again whetting the enthusiasm of those who dream of the ultimate in grand-style cruising – Cruiseco has released a huge range of affordable early-booking fly, cruise and stay packages for when that regal parade (plus Queen Victoria) returns here again between January and March 2013.

With no fewer than 17 fly, cruise and stay packages ranging from 15 to 38 nights cruising into or out of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Fremantle in 2013, Cruiseco has something to suit all interests – particularly with the "three Queens" either departing from or sailing to destinations as diverse as Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Prices for fly, cruise and stay packages out of Australia begin from as low as $4,695pp twin-share for a whole 21-nights aboard Queen Victoria from Brisbane to Hong Kong on February 26 2013, a hotel night post-cruise in Hong Kong with breakfast, international airfare back to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide (deduct $85pp for Perth) and all port charges, government fees and air taxes.

And fly, cruise and stay packages into Australia begin from only $4,625pp twin-share for 18-nights on Queen Mary 2 from Hong Kong to Sydney on February 17 2013, including two hotel nights pre-cruise in Hong Kong with breakfasts, international airfare to Hong Kong from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide, port charges, government fees and air taxes.

All Cruiseco's packages include an On Board Credit ranging up to US$475pp (depending on length of cruise.) For detailed itineraries, inclusions, prices, early booking deadlines, On Board Credits and the name of your nearest Cruiseco cruise-specialist travel agent visit www.cruising.com.au.

Ports visited on Queen Victoria's 21-nights Brisbane to Hong Kong are the Whitsundays, Darwin, Bali, Manila, Shanghai (two full days,) and there is a night aboard ship in Hong Kong as well as the hotel night.

Ports visited by Queen Mary 2 on her 18-nights Hong Kong to Sydney are Shanghai (two full days,) Yorkeys Knob (Cairns,) and Brisbane.


Forget Paris! We've got the "Lovers' Month" at Vibe this February to Make Your V Day Celebrations Last Longer


Vibe Hotels have all the amour your mon cheri could want this year - and it's not just for one day. February is "Lovers' Month" at Vibe Hotels which means romantic accommodation packages and dreamy dining options in seven sexy city locations across Australia for you and your lover.

From just $159, the 'Romantic Vibe' accommodation package includes:

Overnight accommodation in a good looking guest room at a swanky Vibe Hotel
Two bottles of wine to get you in the mood
A box of chocolates to sweeten the deal
Late check-out at noon for a cheeky sleep-in

* Subject to availability and excludes peak periods. Starting price only. Rates vary per hotel and price is per night, per room. Bookings from 16/1/2012 - 28/2/2012 for stays from 1/2/2012 - 29/2/2012. Two bottles of wine only per booking, house wine. One box of chocolates only per booking.

Ladies and Gentlemen eat your heart out at Vibe Hotels during "Lovers' Month"**:

$10 chocolate cocktails at curve bar
$15 chocolate dessert platters at curve bar
$30 for a bottle of sparkling wine and a bowl of strawberries to take upstairs
Two and three course dining specials available at curve restaurant selected Vibe Hotel on Valentine's Day

** Chocolate cocktails, chocolate dessert platters, bottle of sparkling and a bowl of strawberries available from 1/2/2012 - 29/2/2012. Bottle of sparkling wine is the house sparkling wine. Two and three course dining specials available only on 14/2/2012.

To treat your sweetheart, book at www.vibehotels.com.au (best online rates, guaranteed) or call 13 VIBE (8423).


about vibe hotels

Hotels with Personality

Looking for a fresh alternative to traditional hotels? Vibe Hotels are your ultimate chillout destination. Cue vibe-rant colours, stylish rooms, great locations, relaxed atmospheres and fresh dining and cocktails to kick start the fun. Hotels with personality, each Vibe has been designed to match your lifestyle at great value. Vibe Hotels are part of their local environment, giving you the chance to absorb the essence of your chosen getaway destination. There are seven Vibe Hotels located across Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Darwin.

www.vibehotels.com.au (best online rates, guaranteed) or call 13 VIBE (8423)

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Stay at Toberua Island Resort, Fiji for FJD$1 per night

Toberua Island Resort Fiji is offering an unthinkable deal, stay five nights and get every additional night for only FJD$1.00. Depending on how long you stay this can be up to a 50% saving! This deal is valid for sale and travel until 31 March, 2012.

Toberua Island Resort is a tiny, privately owned resort, only 4 acres in size and in the middle of a stunning turquoise lagoon with white sandy beaches. Its located in the Lomaiviti Group off the eastern side of Fiji's main island Viti Levu and only a quick 30 minute plane ride from Nadi to Suva.

Fifteen stunning Bures each perched on the waters edge enjoy an exceptional balance of pacific and

contemporary styles and ensure you spacious privacy. This teamed with the special ambiance of Toberua creates your very own tropical retreat that will exceed your expectations in every way. All bures are decorated in true authentic Fijian style with comfortable contemporary furnishings.

Guests will never be short of things to do at the resort with a low tide golf course, path putting, fishing, sailing, superb snorkelling and scuba diving, windsurfing, volleyball and a selection of trips and tours on offer.

Gourmet meals are served in the beach front resort restaurant which offers a changing menu daily. Meals are prepared by the resorts Fijian Chef and include a continental and hot buffet breakfast, a three-course lunch, four course dinner and a wide selection of Australian and New Zealand wines.

A tropical Island wouldn't be complete without a Spa and Toberua has recently refurbished its Spa Bure and it now offers an extensive range of massage and beauty treatments. Therapists use the locally renowned Pure Fiji products to enhance the Fijian Massage experience.

A five night stay at Toberua starts from *AUD$1490 and every additional night is only FJD$1.00. Rates include free use of snorkel gear, kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, maid and evening turn down service.

For further information visit www.toberua.com

*Rates are based on currency exchange rate as of 6/2/12 and are subject to change. Prices are inclusive of taxes but DO NOT include domestic airfares or transfers to the island.

For booking and enquiries please contact: Tess Willcox on P: 07 5524 5222 Email:  sales@wrd.com.au

 

Traveling with Llamas

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Tender-Footed, Gentle Beasts Welcomed Porters and Companions On Lares Valley Llama Trek, New Adventure in Peru

Andean trekking specialist Llama Expeditions (www.llamaexpeditions.com) announces a new 11-day custom itinerary, Lares Llama Trek. Guests explore the Peruvian Andes with tender-footed llamas as load-bearing companions throughout the journey.

Diane Valenti, owner/founder of Llama Expeditions, noted that horses which can carry heavier loads are used more often today than are llamas in Peruvian adventure travel. She said the reasons for this vary from the greater efficiency of horses to a growing humane concern for the llamas that can't handle extremely high elevations and rapid altitude changes.

Llama Expeditions hopes to reestablish the llama as a viable Peruvian pack animal. "The paths we follow meet stringent criteria as regards the wellbeing of our animal companions," Valenti said. "Plus, over the course of a trek our guests become very attached to them. Experiencing these gentle friends day after day in their own natural setting enhances the delights of the trips and gives an economic boost to the families that own them."

The Lares Llama Trek trip (http://www.llamaexpeditions.com/exploration/lares-llama-trek/overview) begins and ends in Lima. It includes a tour of World Heritage sites as well as a culinary demonstration. In Cusco the Inca culture come to life through visits to nearby ruins and while exploring the Pisac market and salt pans of Maras. The actual hike begins at Lares hot springs when llamas join the guests. After the trek, guests visit Pumamarca and tour Inca homes in Ollantaytambo before embarking on the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Experiencing Machu Picchu concludes the adventure before guests return to Lima.

Departures are offered on an open scheduled basis with a minimum of two trekkers. The best travel times are between March and November. Per person rates are reduced as a group size increases and begin at $3,725 per person for two to four people. Included are double occupancy accommodations, airport/hotel transfers, English-speaking guides, entrance fees to sites, most meals, itinerary-dependent transportation, and carbon offsetting for flights.

Llama Expeditions offers a range of guided tours through Peru, from sightseeing to multi-day hikes along the Inca Trail. In addition to taking in the stunning scenery and experiencing true adventure, these tours also allow travelers to make a personal connection to the country and its people.

"The company fills the spot between responsible tourism and voluntourism," said Valenti. "This is a real vacation for people who work hard and want a chance to relax. We stay in nice hotels and eat in good restaurants. But it's also a chance for culturally curious travelers to make a meaningful connection with the people and the land of Peru." Guests are encouraged to "pay-it-forward" by contributing to a variety of local community development organizations. See: http://www.llamaexpeditions.com/inspiration

About Llama Expeditions

Entrepreneur and outdoorswoman Diane Valenti hatched the idea for her company in 2008 over a home-cooked chicken dinner at close to 14,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes. She has been able to apply her over 20 years as a business consultant working with clients such as Genentech, Nike, and Starbucks Coffee Company to her enterprise that goes beyond just ordinary tourism.

Llama Expeditions tours offer full cultural immersion giving guests the opportunity to see how Peruvians really live—to talk with them about their dreams and accomplishments and to learn about the challenges they face. Interactions with carefully selected nonprofit and grassroots organizations are also woven into the itinerary when possible giving participants the chance to experience the difference gifts of healthy food, school supplies, clothing, or sunglasses can make in the lives of some of the world's poorest people.

Looking to the future Llama Expeditions anticipates investigating new and rewarding llama trekking options and local community relationships in other locations of the Peruvian Andes and beyond.

Llama Expeditions is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and the International Ecotourism Society.

 

Monday, 6 February 2012

Seven Nights of Savings at Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa Samoa

Save 30% at Samoa's premiere luxury resort, Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa, with their amazing stay seven nights but pay only five nights. Priced from only $869 per person and featuring a range of great inclusions this deal at the untouched beachfront paradise that is Sinalei, is just too good to pass by.

The seven night deal includes accommodation in a Garden View Fale, return airport transfers, afternoon tea daily, free use of the resorts tennis courts, free use of the resorts Golf course and free use of all non-motorised water sports including kayaking and snorkelling equipment and is valid for sale until 17 February 2012 or until sold out and valid for travel from 01 Feb – 31 Mar 12 & 17 Apr – 27 Jun 12, 2012

Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa is surrounded by lush vibrant tropical gardens, white sandy beaches and the irresistible beauty of nature. It is an absolute utopia for couples and honeymooners and is a unique and inspiring destination where hospitality is bound with warm happy smiles.

Sinalei offers guests the complete package in the upmost intimacy and style. With 29 luxurious accommodation Fales, two magnificent dining options, an array of activities and excursions, the choice between a fresh water lagoon pool or the blue pacific ocean to relax by, there is always something for guests to do and experience.

For the ultimate in any resort stay, Sinalei also boosts a stunning beach front Serenity Spa offering a wide range of pampering treatments in three exquisite treatment Fales. This uniquely simple open-air spa has every facility for the ultimate relaxing break in totally private surrounds.

Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa's seven night package starts from only $869 per person and includes seven nights' accommodation in a Garden Fale, return airport transfers, afternoon tea daily, use of the tennis courts and golf course and free use of all non-motorised water sports.

For bookings Contact: Travelscene, T: 13 TRAVEL and quote "Booking code: SIN7for5" or visit:  www.travelscene.net.au

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Free skiing for kids earlybird snow holidays


Skimax, a specialist snow holiday operator, has released their 2012 New Zealand, Australia and South America ski brochure packed with well-priced options to the more popular snow-covered resorts in the southern hemisphere.

This winter there's no excuse for not taking a family ski holiday. Methven is welcoming kids and their families with a new 'Methven Kids 4 Free' deal for winter 2012.

Every child 10 years & under receives FREE skiing at Mt Hutt, FREE travel, FREE accommodation and FREE meals when accompanied by a paying adult.

Free travel includes Christchurch to Methven return airport transfers and travel on the daily Mt Hutt ski bus. Selected accommodation providers in Methven will offer free stays for 10 & unders sharing a room with their parents, using existing bedding.

Another earlybird New Zealand option, that includes a free night and one days free car hire, is a seven-night twin share package at the Wanaka Hotel from $539 per person. Also included in this well-priced Kiwi snow adventure is seven days car hire and a three-day ski lift pass valid at Cardrona and the iconic Treble Cone. 

For those who prefer an on-snow holiday in an Australian Alpine Resort, Skimax has a five-night twin share package to Mt Hotham in the heart of the Victorian Alps.

The cost is from $739 and includes five nights in a self-contained apartment and a five-day Hotham Ski Pass.

These are just a couple of suggestions amongst an extensive line-up of Earlybird specials created by the very experienced team at Skimax.

The team can tailor-make the perfect holiday to any New Zealand, Australian or South American alpine resort. Skimax Holidays can also assist in obtaining the best airfares to the key gateway airports in New Zealand's North and South Island.  

For more information contact Skimax 1300 136 997 or visit www.skimax.com.au. Conditions apply.

Surf City Sydney Film Festival


Come on a surf safari in celluloid and discover epic film journeys – from Puberty Blues to Bra boys. Join surfers, filmmakers and cultural commentators to explore the making of these classics.

Gidget (1959) and Blue Hawaii (1961)
11 February | Nell Schofield; actor, TV presenter and producer | Jaimie and Aspasia Leonarder; Mu Meson film archive |



Gidget is one of the quintessential and original surf movies. It follows the story of Francis who has a run in with some surfers while swimming one day and becomes drawn to the sport, as well as the surfers. Blue Hawaii, an Elvis classic, is the first of three movies that he shot in Hawaii. It is a fun musical that follows Chad Gates as he returns to the surfing culture of Hawaii after serving in the army.

Puberty Blues (1971)
18 February | Paul Byrnes; Sydney Morning Herald film critic and senior curator for Australian Screen Online | Paul Clarke; director and producer of Bombora | Rebecca Olive; academic and surfing blogger |



Puberty Blues is a cult-classic that follows the lives of a group of Aussie teenage girls as they grow up on the beach and hanging out with the local surfer boys.

Heaven (1997), Hell (2009) and Bra Boys (2007)
25 February | Nell Schofield; actor, TV presenter and producer | Macario De Souza; director of Bra Boys |



These surf flicks are experimental and controversial. Hear Nell Schofield talk about her movie Hell which was created in response to Tracey Moffatt's art film Heaven, which compiles footage of male surfers posing, surfing, dressing and undressing on Australian beaches. Bra Boys tells the story of the notorious Maroubra surf-gang. The film looks at their success as big wave surfers as well as other aspects of their sometimes turbulent lives within surfing culture and Sydney society.

Festival ticket

The festival ticket gets you into all THREE sessions for the price of two



Museum of Sydney
Saturdays 11, 18 & 25 February
1pm - 4pm

Per session: General $30 | Conc/member $25| Festival ticket: general only $60 |
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Valentine's Day travel options from Roomorama



With Valentine's Day fast approaching you may be interested in Roomorama

Roomorama is great for those last minute weekend bookings, as well as longer international trips. With many properties being 30-40% cheaper than hotels, Roomorama offers cost savings, more space, privacy and an authentic travel experience.

Travellers wanting to explore a variety of romantic holiday destinations can also jump onto the website and select the 'Romantic' theme, which gives users the opportunity to discover destination options they perhaps hadn't considered before. Everyone thinks of Paris and Venice as cities of love but did you know that Melbourne, with its historic arcades, quaint laneways and lush gardens is also a destination for romance? www.roomorama.com/themes/romantic

See our site for examples of available accommodation in some of Australia's most romantic destinations.

Where for art thou Romeo and Juliet?


Star crossed lovers with the romantic monikers of Romeo and Juliet will be much luckier than their Shakespearian counterparts at Vibe Hotels this Valentine's Day, scoring free overnight accommodation in a vibe-rant guest room! All you and your one true love have to do is present proof of your first names upon check-in to be eligible.

Vibe Hotels is giving away complimentary accommodation on Valentine's Day if you and your starry-eyed lover truly are named Romeo and Juliet.

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

Star crossed lovers with the romantic monikers of Romeo and Juliet will be much luckier than their Shakespearian counterparts at Vibe Hotels this Valentine's Day, scoring free overnight accommodation in a vibe-rant guest room! All you and your one true love have to do is present proof of your first names upon check-in to be eligible.*

This is just one of the romantic overtures Vibe is offering guests throughout "Lovers' Month" this February across seven sexy locations. Those with less romantic names need not worry about being left on the shelf, romantic accommodation packages start from $159* and dreamy dining offers will make your better half swoon.

Rachel Argaman, CEO of Vibe Hotels, said: "Vibe Hotels have been struck by Cupid's arrow! If any couple embodies romance by sharing names with the most romantic couple in history, Romeo and Juliet, we think they deserve a little extra love from us. Plus, Vibe Hotels are making Valentine's Day extra special for each and every one of our guests with 'Lovers' Month' offers this February because guests are at the heart of everything we do."

For more details about free accommodation for Romeo and Juliet couples and "Lovers' Month": vibehotels.com.au or call 13 VIBE (8423).

*Offer available for overnight accommodation for two adults in a guest room on 14/2/2012 only. One guest's first name must be Romeo and the other guest's first name Juliet. Legal proof of names must be provided to Reception upon check-in.

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What Women Want

Have you ever wished you could dine alongside royalty in elegance? Then why not dine in style during the most romantic month of the year.

It's time to book now for Valentine's day, so why not tread the new 'red carpet' at the very regal "Royal on the Park Hotel", where trip advisor raters have moved the Walnut paneled restaurant into the top three in Brisbane.

The Walnut Restaurant and Bar's romantic interludes Feb 14th Valentine's day at Royal on the Park, including complimentary rose for your sweetheart, and a glass of Moet! plus free parking for diners for $79.00 per person. With the elegant feel of the recently update restaurant, and crystal chandeliers a sparkling you can expect something special. You are treated to a 3 course menu featuring entrees of Raspberry cured ocean trout, Braised rabbit, or Baby beet goat's cheese risotto. The main course features Milly Hill rack of lamb, galantine of Moya Valley chicken or Northern Territory barramundi. This is rounded off divinely with a White and dark chocolate heart to share.

Extra Special offer- Dine and book your wedding with us and receive $200 off your wedding reception.

Accommodation Packages for our fabulous newly refurbished Executive suites, Luxury spa suites and Deluxe rooms are available priced from $309.00 per night, including 2 course dinner, bed and breakfast.

To make a reservation call (07) 3112 1650 or online at walnut@royalonthepark.com.au |http://www.royalonthepark.com.au/

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Thursday, 2 February 2012

Markets celebrate Canberra's multicultural community on International Day


Markets celebrate Canberra's multicultural community on International Day

Join Canberra's award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets as it celebrates the capital's rich and diverse multicultural community at International Day, to be held on Sunday 18 March.

 "International Day is when we invite people to travel the world within the markets' surrounds, exploring the many cultures which call the nation's capital home," said Old Bus Depot Markets co-owner, Morna Whiting.

"Visitors can taste delicious multicultural foods and be thoroughly entertained by local music and dance groups performing traditional dances. It's also a great opportunity to buy meaningful gifts handcrafted in other countries," Ms Whiting continued.

Browsing the market stalls on International Day you'll find a real mix of items including Russian baboushka art, Ottoman jewellery, Italian hand painted ceramic plates, French provincial tablecloths, Indian block print textiles, Vietnamese lanterns, Burmese textiles, lapis jewellery from Afghanistan, Turkish porcelain and fabric, and Japanese kimonos and lanterns.

Visitors can watch many traditional dance performances throughout the day including Israeli folk dancing, a Mexican dance troupe, Indian Folk dancing, and performances by Argentine Tango and Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance.

"And of course, you'll leave the markets with satisfied tummies after tasting some amazing international cuisine from Spain, Laos, Ethiopia, France and Mexico," Ms Whiting concluded.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Sunday from 10am to 4pm. They are located at the Old Bus Depot, Kingston Foreshore, in Canberra. Entry is free.  For more information visit www.obdm.com.au

 

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

NINE COUNTRIES ON 26-NIGHT CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE FLY, CRUISE, COACH AND STAY

 CRUISECO has two extraordinary 26-night fly, cruise, coach and stay packages of nine Central and Eastern Europe countries in May and June of this year, on which you will simply sit back as someone else looks after all the arrangements for you.

They both include 3-night pre- and post-touring stays in Prague and Istanbul with local touring (and a scenic river cruise in Prague,) 14-nights cruising the River Danube between Passau in Germany and Giurgiu in Romania aboard the first-class river cruise ship River Beatrice that has been chartered by Cruiseco exclusively for 160 Australian guests, 9-nights escorted coach touring of Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey on board Cruiseco's chartered "business class" Insight Vacations coaches with nightly stays in luxury hotels, and a total 26 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 25 dinners.

And to get you there Cruiseco are throwing-in free return air from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth*, with their package also including onshore excursions during the 14-night river cruise on River Beatrice, and all transfers, port charges and gratuities throughout.

The price for each of these two remarkable 26-night packages begins from $11,490pp twin-share; they can be taken either on May 24 this year from Prague to Istanbul, or on June 1 in the reverse direction.

*Cruiseco's fly-free offer is for a limited time and available only until their allocation is expired – for more details and the name of your nearest Cruiseco cruise-specialist travel agent, enquire soonest by going to www.cruising.com.au.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IF REQUIRED: UNIWORLD'S River Beatrice has been named World's Best River Cruise Ship by Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

Fourth 'Suite Ship' to Join Avalon Waterways Fleet


Savings of $1000 per Couple with 2013 Preview Brochure

Avalon Waterways has announced a fourth luxury Suite Ship for its European fleet, along with savings of $1000 per couple to mark the early release of its 2013 preview brochure.

Avalon will introduce the 64-cabin Avalon Artistry II in April 2013, operating its popular eight-day Romantic Rhine itinerary between Amsterdam and Zürich.

It will follow the river cruise operator's introduction of Avalon Vista and Avalon Visionary at a double christening in May this year, and last year's launch of the revolutionary new Avalon Panorama whose inaugural season was a sell-out success.

Designed with Australian travellers in mind, each of the Suite Ships offers two entire decks of all-suite accommodation and wall-to-wall panoramic windows that turn the entire cabin into an open-air balcony.  They will join seven other Avalon ships in 2013 to form the most modern river cruise fleet in Europe.

Until June 30, 2012, Avalon Waterways is offering savings of $1000* per couple on select 2013 European river cruises, with more than a dozen different itineraries to choose from and 50 available departures.  Savings of $500* per couple are available on all other European cruises.

Avalon Waterways' new 2013 preview brochure is the first offered exclusively online as an e-brochure and allows readers to browse, search, share and print more than 20 different cruise itineraries on the Rhine, Danube, Main, Moselle, Rhône and Seine rivers.

Other features of the preview brochure include Avalon's popular selection of Christmas cruises, as well as its exotic itineraries on the Nile, Yangtze and Mekong rivers and among the Galapagos Islands.

Under Avalon's special offer, cruises are available from $1459* per person twin share for the eight-day A Taste of the Danube between Vienna and Budapest.  Other discounted cruises include the 15-day Magnificent Europe between Amsterdam and Budapest (from $4383* per person twin share), the eight-day Romantic Rhine between Amsterdam and Zürich (from $1974* per person twin share) and the 11-day Burgundy and Provence (from $3053* per person twin share).

For full details and bookings see licensed travel agents, visit www.avalonwaterways.com.au or phone 1300 230 234. To view and download the new Avalon Waterways 2013 preview brochure  click here or follow the links from the Avalon Waterways home page. 

*Prices subject to availability and conditions. Offer on sale to June 30, 2012, or until sold out.

Media information: Jon Murrie/Libby Moffet, MG Media Communications, 02 9904 0011.

Photo: Avalon Waterways' first Suit Ship, the Avalon Panorama

 

 

Escape to Thailand with fantastic packages from Amari

Suffering from post-holiday blues? With the new working year back in full swing, now is the perfect time to plan your next tropical getaway. Amari resorts in Koh Samui, Koh Chang and Bangkok are all serving up great value-for-money packages, so you can start planning an escape to Thailand without blowing your budget.   

The Amari Emerald Cove Koh Chang is offering a five-night Super Saver package for two people, from $912* (29,990 THB). This package includes accommodation in a Superior Room, daily breakfast, one Thai set menu dinner and return airport transfers. To really help you leave behind the stresses of daily life, you'll also receive a 60 minute Unwind Massage per adult at Breeze Spa, a fruit basket and flowers on arrival, and 20% off food and drinks.  This package is valid for travel until 15 April 2012.

The Amari Emerald Cove Koh Chang is set on the quiet Klong Prao Beach and offers 165 rooms and suites, all with views of either the sea to the west or the jungle-covered hills to the east, making it the perfect setting for couples looking for a getaway which is away from the crowds.  On Koh Chang visitors can enjoy elephant trekking in the jungle, kayaking in the Mangroves, visiting traditional fishing villages, and relaxing on the beautiful beaches.

Travellers looking to soak up the atmosphere of popular Koh Samui, will enjoy the Super Saver Relax Package, at Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui. This three-night package is available from $585* (19,214 THB) for two people, and includes complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Room, daily breakfast, return airport transfers, and 15% off spa treatments. This offer is valid until 15 April 2012.

Located at the quieter tip of Koh Samui's popular Chaweng Beach, Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui offers 187 Thai-style superior and deluxe rooms set either on the beach front or in tropical gardens, and provides the perfect setting for couples and families looking to relax on island time while also being near the thriving hub with beach sports, shops, bars and restaurants.

The Amari Watergate Bangkok is perfect for travellers looking to soak up the atmosphere of Thailand's cosmopolitan capital Bangkok on a stopover or as part of a Thai holiday. The Amari Watergate Bangkok is currently offering a three night Super Saver package for two people from $365* (12,000 THB), which includes three nights accommodation in a deluxe room, daily breakfast, a 500THB spa voucher, unlimited wi-fi access, late check-out, and 20% off food purchases. Guests wishing to extend their stay will also get 10% off internet rates for additional nights.  This offer is valid until 31 March 2012.

Located in a bustling shopping and commercial district, the Amari Watergate Bangkok combines 569 spacious guest rooms with superb restaurants and extensive meeting and recreational facilities.

Notes:

*Terms and conditions apply to each package. Packages are land only, and do not include flights. Prices based on twin-share and off conversion rate 1.00 AUD = 32.89 THB as of 01/02/2012, and rounded up to nearest dollar.

More information on current deals and offers available on: www.amari.com

 

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