Tuesday, 31 July 2012


THREE night stays in Las Vegas, Miami and Orlando on the way from Australia, a seven-night cruise around the Caribbean and fly-in trips to three of the most luxurious destinations in the region are all part of a package available through

The 23-night tour, which departs Australia on February 2, 2013, now costs from $6499 (was $11,609)  and includes return air fares with Delta Airlines, Norwegian Epic cruise with all meals and entertainment, hotel stays in Las Vegas and Miami and Orlando, private flights from Orlando to Grand Bahama Island, Grand Cayman Island and Cancun in Mexico.

The two-night stays at each place are all–inclusive and provide activities like an open-top jeep tour and a folklore bonfire dinner at Bahama, catamaran sailing and a submarine tour at Cayman and three sightseeing tours in Cancun.

The package also includes port stops at the Netherlands Antilles, US Virgin Islands and the Bahamas, plus all transfers, port and air taxes and gratuities on the ship.

For more information contact on 1300 369 848 or check-out


Thursday, 26 July 2012

Free balcony upgrades on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria.


CRUISECO has an exceptional range of fly, cruise and stay packages aboard Cunard's grand Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria into and out of Australia between January and March next year that are not only most-competitively priced, they also include free upgrades from Inside Cabins to Oceanview Staterooms with Balconies.

These special packages are on sale only until July 31 and range from 17 night Hong Kong to Brisbane aboard Queen Mary 2 on February 17 2013 priced from just $3,779pp twin share (from $4,299pp twin share 18 night Hong Kong to Sydney) through to an extraordinary 61 night Sydney to London via Asia and the Middle East on Queen Victoria on 24 February 2013 priced from $12,995pp twin share – again with a Balcony stateroom all the way for the price of an Interior stateroom.

Other packages on either Queen Mary 2 or Queen Victoria include 20 nights San Francisco to Sydney from $4499pp twin share and 44 nights Southampton to Sydney via USA from $10,390pp twin share.

All include one way Economy Class airfare to join or return from select Australian cities (prices are available from other cities,); one or two nights hotel pre or post cruise hotel stays with breakfast in overseas cities, free upgrades from Interior staterooms to Outside staterooms with balconies, port charges, government fees and air taxes.

On sale only until July 31; for full details and the name of your nearest Cruiseco cruise-specialist travel agent visit

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Cunard 7 Day Sale

Rocky Mountaineer's Greatest offer yet! Plus $100 Gift Voucher for you...

Momento Travel Services is pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 Rocky Mountaineer brochure.    Copies of the brochure will be arriving to all travel agencies in the near future and additional copies are available to order through TIFS.   Momento Travel Services have the 2013 Rocky Mountaineer product loaded in our reservations system & we are ready to service your bookings.   Our reservation agents have all experienced the Rocky Mountaineer and are experts in customising the packages to meet your clients' expectations & budget.

There's no better time to book your clients' 2013 Rocky Mountaineer package than right now.   Book a 2013 Rocky Mountaineer package by 30 September, 2012 and receive up to $1500 per couple in added value!

For over 25 years we have been creating experiences with the highest levels of service and expertise in USA, Canada and Alaska. We sincerely look forward to working with you and are committed to ensuring both you and your customers an unforgettable experience.

At the top of exciting changes in 2013 Rocky Mountaineer has introduced Lake Louise as a destination within "Jewel of the Rockies" on the First Passage to the West route. After a successful first season in 2012 Silver Leaf service will commence on the Journey through the Clouds between Vancouver and Jasper.

In addition to Rocky Mounatineers' EarlyBird Booking Bonus, Momento is is thrilled to be offering and exclusive incentive which will see all who book a Rocky Mountaineer 2013 experience valued at $3000 or more rewarded with a $100 gift voucher (marketing code RM2013 must be quoted to be eligible).

Kylee Kay, Managing Director, Momento Travel Services, says: This initiative is a reminder to agents that Momento is always looking to reward our top sellers."

For further information, please visit or call Momento on toll free: 1300 300 713 or             +612 9213 0000.


Momento Travel Services was first established as Asia Pacific Travel Marketing Services in 1986. Based in Surry Hills, Sydney, Momento Travel Services was created to provide the traveller with a wealth of 'experiences that move them' and take those experiences to the next level of product delivery.

Tee Up a Peppers Golfing Getaway For Dad This Father's Day

Don't be left in the bunker this Father's Day – hit a hole in one with a golfing getaway for Dad at Peppers Retreats and Resorts throughout New South Wales and Victoria.

Make Dad's day with a fantastic Peppers 'Stay and Play' package either as a Father's Day weekend getaway or purchase a Peppers Gift Card ( and book at your convenience.

To book any of the below packages, call 1300 987 600 or visit


Peppers Manor House, Southern Highlands: Peppers Manor House, in the picturesque Southern Highlands, provides a perfect golf getaway with 'Stay and Play' golf packages from $299* per couple per night. Each package includes overnight accommodation in a Hillside Room, buffet breakfast at the awarded Katers Restaurant and one round of 18 holes of golf for two on the estate's championship Mt Broughton Golf & Country Club course, reputedly one of the longest courses in Australia. Guests can also enjoy an array of first-class leisure facilities such as an onsite endota spa, swimming pool and tennis court. Valid for travel Sunday to Thursday nights until 31 March, 2013.

Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral: Located on the edge of Bowral in the Southern Highlands, Peppers Craigieburn offers a wonderful setting for a relaxed golfing getaway for all levels of player. Dad can experience the retreat's private nine hole heritage golf course on a 'Stay and Play' package from $229* per couple per night. The package includes overnight accommodation in an Elms Wing Room, buffet breakfast and unlimited golf on the private Craigieburn nine hole golf course. Valid for travel until 31 March, 2013.

Peppers Anchorage, Port Stephens: Delight Dad with a memorable golf getaway at Peppers Anchorage in beautiful Port Stephens. Priced from $299* per couple per night, the resort's specially crafted 'Dunes Stay and Play' package combines boutique overnight accommodation in an Anchorage Room, their signature breakfast for two and a round of golf at Pacific Dunes Golf Club -  the region's top 18 hole championship golf course. Valid for travel Sunday to Friday nights (or Saturday nights for an additional $50 per couple) until 30 November, 2012.


Peppers Moonah Links Resort, Mornington Peninsula: Acclaimed as 'the home of Australian golf', Peppers Moonah Links Resort is the ultimate destination for golf enthusiasts with two world-class 18 hole golf courses. Treat Dad to a well earned break with the resort's 'Stay and Play' package from $390* per couple per night, including luxury overnight accommodation in a Moonah Room, buffet breakfast in Pebbles Restaurant and 18 holes of golf including motorised cart hire. The resort also offers a range of leisure facilities such as an endota spa, tennis court, gymnasium and mountain bikes. Valid for travel until 31 March, 2013.

Peppers The Sands Resort, Torquay: Peppers The Sands Resort also has an enticing 'Stay and Play' package that includes overnight accommodation in a Studio Room with complimentary upgrade to Studio View Room (subject to availability), full hot breakfast in Hanners Restaurant & Bar and 18 holes of golf at The Sands Torquay, a unique 18-hole links style championship golf course designed by Stuart Appleby that has been moulded into the Surf Coast sand dunes, plus a motorised cart and two baskets of driving range balls. From $286* per couple per night. Valid for travel until 30 October, 2012.

Or, give Dad the opportunity to choose his perfect Father's Day gift with a Peppers Gift Card. Starting from just $50, treat Dad to a holiday gift at a Peppers property anywhere in Australia or New Zealand. Gift cards are available for purchase at and can be redeemed for accommodation and Peppers packages booked online.


Peppers is Mantra Group's luxury level brand of accommodation. There are 28 Peppers Retreats, Resorts and Hotels in Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, resort destinations and metropolitan locations with the first Peppers in Fiji due to open in 2012.  All offer a level of boutique style and quality to meet the expectations of the most discerning traveller.

*Subject to availability. Block-out dates and minimum stays may apply.


Monday, 23 July 2012


CRUISE specialist has just released a new 26-night cruise tour package for 2013, "Deserts, Glaciers and Waterfalls", which includes a 13-night cruise aboard the Star Princess from Valparaiso in Chile to Buenos Aires in Argentina.

The journey departs Sydney on February 6, 2013, then has three nights in the Chilean capital Santiago and three nights in San Pedro in the Atacama Desert before flying to colourful Valparaiso to board Star Princess.

Visit Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas in Chile then onwards to Ushuaia, Falkland Islands, Puerto Madryn in Argentina and Montevideo in Uruguay before reaching your final destination of Buenos Aires.

Spend three nights in Buenos Aires and another three in Iguazu Falls to take in the superb waterfalls then have a final night back in the capital before flying to Australia.

The itinerary includes an archaeology tour and a desert tour in the remarkable Atacama Desert, tours in Santiago, Buenos Aires,  plus two full days at the Iguazu Falls on both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides.

Priced from $6559 per person twin share, the package also includes return air fares with LAN from Sydney, 13 nights hotel accommodation, 13 nights cruise accommodation with all meals onboard the Star Princess, air and port taxes as well as all transfers.

There are numerous cabin categories to choose from but bookings must be made by January 15, 2013.

For more details contact on 1300-369-848 or check out

A&K celebrates Agatha Christie on the Nile

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Travel back to 1930s Egypt in celebration of the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie. A visit to Egypt at the age of 20 inspired her classic murder mystery 'Death on the Nile' which was published in the late 1930s to great acclaim. On the anniversary of her birthday, A&K and Sanctuary Retreats pay tribute to the famous author and her fascination with Egypt.

Guests travelling on the luxurious small ship Sanctuary Sun Boat III on the anniversary of the author's birthday, September 15th , will mark the occasion with a specially themed cruise in commemoration. Going back to where it all began, guests will receive their own personal copy of the novel. They will also visit many of the sights, which feature in the story and enjoy a special screening of the classic 1978 movie adaption. At the end of the cruise guests are treated to afternoon tea on the magnificent terrace of the iconic Sofitel Legend Old Cataract where Agatha Christie stayed while writing the book and where the characters gather before boarding their own (ill-fated) Nile cruise.

Special Offer:
Second person travels FREE to Egypt.

The 12 day 'Land of the Pharaohs Platinum' commencing 12 September 2012 features the 7-night celebratory cruise on board Sanctuary Sun Boat III.
Twin Share:              $7,100 1st person, companion FREE
Single Share:            $5,170 (includes saving of $5,170)

To book or enquire further please contact Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800 or <>
Abercrombie & Kent is the world's leading luxury travel business.  Founded as a luxury safari company in Africa in 1962, A&K has grown into a respected international travel company employing over 3000 staff in more than 100 countries. A&K organises private, tailored and escorted travel to every corner of the globe and has a wholly owned portfolio of cruise boats, luxury lodges, tented camps, hotels, and all-terrain vehicles. As part of its global commitment, A&K Australia brings a wealth of expertise, experience and attention to detail to any travel arrangements. Whether travelling solo, as a couple, with a family or in an escorted group, A&K is expert in providing luxury, experiential and memorable travel experiences. Abercrombie & Kent. Inspiring Experiences.

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Saturday, 21 July 2012

All Aboard to sail the Keppels

An exciting new adventure cruise has sailed into Keppel Bay.

Sail Capricornia are launching a three day cruise filled with sailing, snorkelling, swimming, exploring or just chillin' on board Capricorn's own luxury sailboat 'Grace'.

This maiden adventure voyage is due to set sail on July 21 and will compliment Sail Capricornia's existing Full Day and Sunset cruises.

Owners and skippers of Sail Capricornia, Anthony and Vicki Lomasney said, "The cruise will spend two evenings at the Great Keppel Island Holiday Village with all food and equipment supplied, and with such stunning weather there are so many reasons to climb aboard and experience the blue skies, clear waters and white sands of the Capricorn Coast.

CEO of Capricorn Enterprise, Mary Carroll said, "The Keppel Islands are one of our regions greatest assets and this new 3 day cruise will certainly showcase the best they have to offer. Grace is a beautiful vessel and I would encourage both visitors and locals alike to make the time to experience this stunning cruise".

Keppel Bay is located off the Capricorn Coast, Queensland, and is 640km North of Brisbane. Flights fly direct to Rockhampton from Brisbane, Sydney and Townsville.

Enquire now about departure dates. Call 1800 336 244 or 0402 102 372 or visit the website or find them on Facebook

Friday, 20 July 2012

Cruising Buenos Aires to Sydney


FOR those for whom time is no problem, Cruiseco has a whole five weeks cruising in 4 star luxury aboard P&O's Arcadia from Buenos Aires to Sydney by way of Cape Horn, South American glaciers and the islands of the South Pacific.

The 83,000 tonne Arcadia that carries nearly 2,000 passengers will sail from Buenos Aires on January 23 next year, spending a full day each in Puerto Madryn, Port Stanley, rounding Cape Horn, a day each in Ushuaia and Punta Arenas, sail-bys of the Amalia and PIO X glaciers, and a full day each in Chacabuco, Puerto Montt, Valparaiso, Papeete, Bora Bora, Suva, Noumea (half day,) Brisbane and finally Sydney.
Prices begin from $6,935pp twin share including one way Economy Class airfare from Sydney to Buenos Aires, two nights pre cruise stay at the Hotel Madero Buenos Aires, 35 nights aboard Arcadia with all meals and entertainment, and all port, government and air taxes. Onboard gratuities are additional and payable aboard Arcadia.

The 4 star Arcadia has six restaurants, cafés, grills and a food court, nine bars and lounges, a theatre, casino, internet centre, pool, spa, gym, sports court, library and an art gallery.

For full details and the name of your nearest Cruiseco cruise-specialist travel agent visit

On sale until November 23 2012 unless sold out earlier.


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Compagnie du Ponant deal onboard L'Austral

Cruise on board the luxurious super-yacht L'Austral and enjoy this Jazz themed small ship cruise departing 27 October 2012 cruising from Nice, France to Las Palmas, Spain for 8 days/7 nights. Enjoy the cool tunes of Jazzman Christian Morin on board this Jazz themed cruise.  Prices start from $3,858 per person, twin share.

Prices are subject to availability. Price based on a Superior Stateroom and cruise fare has been converted from Euro to AUD at an indicative rate of 0.70.

For bookings or more information contact Travel the World on 1300 857 437 or visit

Get back on track with bothfeet - Book Now and Walk Later - early booking offer ends 31 July 2012

Leading Victoria-based walking tour operator bothfeet is offering special Early Booking Discounts for its 2012/2013 season of guided and self-guided Great Ocean Walks. Book before 31 July 2012 for travel between 1 September 2012 and 31 May 2013 and you can save five per cent and enjoy savings of up to $150 per person. Groups of ten who travel together on the same departure have exclusive use of the lodge and are eligible for a 10 per cent discount, representing a saving of up to $300 per person.

The ever popular four day Twelve Apostles guided walk now also includes a spectacular helicopter flight over the stunning coastline at the end of the walk and with rates being held at the 2011/12 levels, offers great value.  Guests are accommodated in bothfeet's own purpose built eco retreat at Johanna beach, only 30 minutes from Avalon Airport.

Rates commence at AU$1,895 per person (if booked before 31 July 2012) and include three nights in the four star eco-lodge; all sumptuous meals prepared by the internationally trained in-house chef; morning and afternoon tea; use of walking equipment; daily guided walks; vehicle support every day, a ten minute scenic helicopter flight and complimentary return transfers from Melbourne to the bothfeet lodge.  As a bonus for solo travellers there is no single supplement charged.

Early booking rates for the seven day walk start from AU$2845 per person.

The Great Ocean Walk is considered to be one of the world's greatest coastal hikes. Wild and remote, it offers the perfect short break hiking holiday.  bothfeet offers a range of different walking options along the renowned track. Destinations include Johanna Beach, Moonlight Head, The Gables, Wreck Beach and of course the stunning Twelve Apostles.

bothfeet guests hike the great outdoors during the day, accompanied by an expert eco-guide who points out the spectacular flora and fauna along the way. They then retreat to the eco-chic bothfeet walking lodge in the evening, a serene retreat ideal for couples, groups and single travellers alike. From this tranquil base, a maximum of 10 guests enjoy stylish accommodation, delicious cuisine served in a private licensed dining room, and 24-hour foot spas.

As well as guided walks, bothfeet offers self-guided walk options, where travellers follow bothfeet's track notes independently by day and are accommodated overnight at the lodge. Early booking rates start from AU$1040 per person for the 3-day self-guided walk. Included in the price is a two night lodge stay; three-course daily dinner; breakfast; packed lunch; walk transfers from the lodge; foot spa; satellite tracking beacon to carry, and track notes.

For a full list of bothfeet walks, visit or phone 1300 767 416.


MSC Cruises is offering savings of up to 64 per cent on its 2012 September to November Mediterranean itineraries through a hot mid-year 48-hour sale.

In urging passengers to "grab the passport and get cruising", the leading cruise line will hold the sale from Tuesday, July 24, with fares beginning at $300 per person twin share for a seven-night cruise aboard such luxury ships as MSC Splendida, MSC Musica and MSC Sinfonia.

"That's truly great value," said Lynne Clarke, managing director of MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand. "When you consider the deal includes accommodation, entertainment, five meals a day and port charges, where else could you enjoy a holiday at that price?" asked Mrs Clarke.

"And to think that such ports as Barcelona, Venice, Dubrovnik and Marseille are visited as well."

The heavily discounted fares can be booked online, by phoning 1300 028 502 or by contacting your travel agent. To cash in on the deal customers must book and pay in full at the same time.

However, MSC Cruises warned there can be no name changes - and all fares are non refundable, and a 100 per cent cancellation applies to any booking made during the 48-hour promotion.

Details: or phone 1300 028502.


Air New Zealand Flights to Los Angeles

Air New Zealand Skycouch, perfect for the trans-Pacific route (Air NZ)
Air New Zealand, a member of the Star Alliance and ATW 2012 Airline of the Year, flies twice daily to Los Angeles via Auckland in their new Boeing 777-300s featuring onboard concierge and latest interiors with the Kiwi designed Skycouch™ in economy. Fares Sydney to Los Angeles start from $1855 per person return inc. taxes. For bookings and travel information, see or phone reservations on 13 24 76

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Rocky Mountaineer Rewards Travellers for Booking Ahead

The internationally-acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer is pleased to offer an Early Booking Bonus to travellers for the 2013 season. Guests who book a qualifying 2013 Rocky Mountaineer holiday package of seven nights or more in GoldLeaf Service before September 30, 2012 will receive added value worth up to $1,500 CAD per couple. Guests will be able to apply the bonus towards an array of activities, a cruise portion, extra hotel nights, or a scenic Whistler Sea to Sky Climb rail journey on board the Rocky Mountaineer.

"We are excited to add even more value to the Rocky Mountaineer guest experience," says Hubert Wat, Vice President, Global Marketing of Rocky Mountaineer. "With several new additions to our 2013 travel line-up, including an exciting new stop in Lake Louise and the debut of our new Coastal Passage route, connecting Seattle to the Canadian Rockies, booking a holiday with Rocky Mountaineer never looked better."

A qualifying vacation package to consider is the popular Western Explorer. This eight day/seven night holiday combines a two-day, all daylight rail journey from Vancouver, BC to Jasper, AB, with a variety of sightseeing tours and excursions in Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, AB. A Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscapes of the Rockies caps off this journey, before transferring to Calgary, AB.

The Early Booking Bonus is only valid on new 2013 bookings, made between July 15 and September 30, 2012. Maximum added value worth up to $1,500 CAD per couple is offered for packages of seven nights or more in GoldLeaf Service only. The Early Booking Bonus offer also applies to Rocky Mountaineer's new SilverLeaf Service and RedLeaf Service at a slightly reduced value. Other Early Booking Bonuses are available on qualifying packages of four nights or more. Offers are based on availability and may be modified, withdrawn, or travel dates may be substituted without prior notice. Further restrictions may apply.

For more information on the Early Booking Bonus or to receive a copy of the new 2013 Rocky Mountaineer brochure, please contact your preferred travel professional, Rocky Mountaineer directly at 00-00-800-0606-7372, or visit For the latest news and offers follow us on Twitter, tune into our Youtube channel, and connect with us on Facebook .

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Friday, 13 July 2012

Witness the migration of the Whales at Heron Island

Heron Island - Great Barrier Reef
FREE Return Boat Transfers in Whale Season

Have you ever seen a Whale in the wild?

The first migrating Humpback Whales have been spotted off Heron Island. The migration season lasts until September and the whales are often seen passing through waters around the Island, which is of course an amazing sight! An average Humpback weighs 40 tonnes and measures 16 metres. Imagine that in front of your resort room!

Thinking of a family holiday on the Great Barrier Reef? Our Junior Rangers program* makes Heron Island a perfect destination for kids. The program offers a range of nature-based activities designed to nurture a sense of exploration and caring for the environment, plus, mum and dad can have some "me time"!

Stay with us and enjoy Free Return Boat Transfers for 2 guests from Gladstone. Minimum 4 night stay. 

Save hours on your travel research. Get brochures delivered to your door for free. Digital option too. - P&O 3Days Freaky Friday Sale!

Hi Cruisers,

Make Friday 13th your lucky day and take advantage of P&O's 3 day sale savings! From 13 July to 15 July 2012, you can sale on select spring sailings. Friday 13th – lucky for some!

Sale features:
Hurry! Be quick! Offer available to book for 3 days only.
Offer starts Friday 13 July 2012 and ends Sunday 15 July unless sold out prior.
Full payment is required within 3 days.

BOOK NOW! Free Call 1300 369 848

Keep Cruising,
Brett & the ecruising team

*Fares are cruise only, per person in AUD, in complete quad or twin cabin, based on lead categories at publication date. Sale opens for booking from Friday 13 July 2012. Sale closes Sunday 15 July 2012. Full payment is required within 3 days. The offer is combinable with Select Sailing onboard credit. Offer is valid for new booking only.

Level 9, 64 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW Australia, 2000
Telephone (02) 9274 4000 or 1300 369 848 | Web Address:
License number 2TA5076

It's easy being green at the Old Bus Depot Markets

It's easy being green at the Old Bus Depot Markets

Canberra's nationally award winning markets, the Old Bus Depot Markets, will again be hosting its environmentally focused theme day, Green Savvy Sunday, on Sunday 16 September 2012.

Now in its third year, Green Savvy Sunday shows just how easy it is to be green in our day to day lives.  From beautiful products made with recycled materials, to demonstrations of the latest in green technology for the home, this event is perfect for the environmentally conscious consumer.

"As Canberra's first interactive market dedicated to sustainability for the home, visitors to Green Savvy Sunday will discover the latest and greatest products, programs and techniques to help reduce our carbon footprint," said Old Bus Depot Markets Director, Morna Whiting.

"There will be products made using low energy or organic techniques, delicious organic food to enjoy, information on relevant initiatives — all types of green products and displays to inspire and encourage people to embrace a more sustainable way of living," she continued.

There will be an additional 30 stalls for Green Savvy Sunday, including newcomer Kay Saarinen from Saarinen Organics.  Offering a range of chemical-free skin care products incorporating certified organic ingredients, Kay grows and harvests her own herbs and makes her creams and ointments from scratch.

Also attending Green Savvy Sunday will be WWOOF — Willing Workers on Organic Farms.  WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers.  WWOOF members participate in organic farm-stays, undertaking voluntary work in exchange for their keep and helping to build a sustainable global community.


What:              Green Savvy Sunday
Where:            Old Bus Depot Markets
When:             Sunday 16 September 2012
Time:               10am – 4pm
Cost:                FREE entry

Fly & stay FREE with Australia's Great Train Journeys

Planes + trains = incredible deals!

Free airfares to Darwin or Perth, plus two night's hotel accommodation sounds like an attractive competition prize, doesn't it? But rather than run a competition, Great Southern Rail have trumped the competition, giving away free flights and accommodation for a limited time.

Simply book a Gold Service journey aboard The Ghan or the Indian Pacific between 14 July and 31 August, for travel before 31 December, and Great Southern Rail will provide flights and accommodation absolutely free!

Experience the tropical Top End with a five day / four night holiday from Darwin to Adelaide aboard The Ghan, with free Virgin airfares and two night's accommodation, for just $2,116 per person (twin share) in Gold Service.

The spectacular Nullarbor Plain and breathtaking Blue Mountains are only a phone call away, with a six day / five night holiday from Perth to Sydney, with Virgin airfares and two night's accommodation, for just $2,178 per person (twin share) in Gold Service.

This incredible travel special is strictly limited and only available through Great Southern Rail when booking a twin-share journey aboard The Ghan or Indian Pacific in either Gold Service or Platinum Service.

Travelling in the classic Gold Service or deluxe Platinum Service, guests enjoy a private cabin with ensuite bathroom and all meals included in the onboard Queen Adelaide Restaurant.

Australia's Great Train Journeys offer the holiday of a lifetime. Not only is the journey about enjoying the true beauty of Australia in classic comfort and style aboard the train, but also about experiencing the incredible destinations enroute.

Guests aboard The Ghan can experience the wonder of the ancient Katherine Gorge, and join a camel trek through an outback cattle station in the Red Centre. From the Indian Pacific, guests can visit the incredible 'Superpit' of Kalgoorlie and enjoy some of the culinary delights on offer in the food and wine capital of Australia, Adelaide.

Great Southern Rail has never before offered free flights and accommodation, and the offer is strictly limited and expected to sell-out quickly.

To book this incredible travel special, call 13 21 47 of visit before 31 August 2012. Terms and conditions do apply.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Sir David Frost to lecture on Queen Mary 2


Broadcasting legend Sir David Frost, the only person to have interviewed the last seven presidents of the United States and the last seven prime ministers of the United Kingdom will give several lectures during Queen Mary 2’s seven night Southampton to New York crossing departing on July 27.

Frost is no stranger to Cunard having travelled with the company several times over the years – most recently on a sector of Queen Mary 2’s World Voyage. He also interviewed Nelson Mandela live for the BBC from QE2 in Cape Town in 1998.

During this month’s crossing he will give a lecture called ‘Interviews I Shall Never Forget’ which is a cascade of memories and hilarious anecdotes. There will also be a Q&A with the entertainment director Keith Maynard and he will also introduce the film ‘Frost/Nixon’.

Amongst notable speakers to appear during Cunard voyages for the remainder of 2012 are: Lynn Truss, author of ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’ (Queen Mary 2); former British politician Martin Bell and Roger McGuin, lead singer of the Byrds (Queen Elizabeth) and Dale Templar, producer of the BBC series, Human Planet, (Queen Victoria).

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This Weeks Great Deals from

Hi Cruisers,

Our Panama, Palm Trees and Rockies is all but sold out, if you want to join us for this great trip, better get in quick as there are only a few cabins left.

Our new Features of the Fall has started well also, this will sell out quickly as it always does, especially with our enhanced beginning with Dallas stop and helicopter flight in New York!

See all specials and deals here

Keep Cruising,

Brett & the ecruising team

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Ten weeks Beijing to Rome


CRUISECO has what must be one of the longest and most relaxing fly, cruise and stay packages ever offered, a whole ten weeks from March 10 2013 aboard Oceania Cruises' luxury 680-passenger Nautica from Beijing to Rome via more than 30 ports in the South China Sea, Andaman Sea, the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea.

Includes Economy Class return airfare and taxes from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide to Beijing and back from Rome, one night pre-cruise at the Fairmont Hotel Beijing including breakfast, 2 nights post cruise stay at the Empire Palace Hotel Rome with breakfast daily, airport/hotel/port transfers in both cities, all meals and entertainment aboard Nautica and even a US$500 per stateroom on board spending credit, as well as port and government fees and air taxes, Cruiseco's price starts from just $15,700pp twin-share.

Upgrade to Business Class airfare on the Beijing to Rome package from only $4,760 per person.

A shorter, just-under 7 weeks sector from Bangkok to Rome departing 4 April 2013 with return Economy Class international airfare from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide; one night pre cruise at the Amari Watergate Hotel Bangkok ; 46 night cruise aboard Nautica with US$500 on board spending credit and 2 night post-cruise stay at the Empire Palace Hotel Rome with breakfast daily; airport/hotel/port transfers in both cities, port charges, government fees and air taxes is available from only $11,140pp twin share.

Upgrade to Business Class airfare on the Bangkok to Rome package from only $4,390 per person.

Nautica will overnight in many ports of call allowing for the most-possible time for sightseeing and shopping; for detailed itineraries and the name of your nearest Cruiseco cruise-specialist travel agent visit; valid for sale until September 30 2012, unless sold out earlier.

THE 30,000 tonne Nautica has eight dining outlets ranging from a traditional Grand Dining Room to a specialty Italian restaurant, a specialty Steakhouse, casual cafés, a patisserie, pizzeria and complimentary 24-hour room service.

There are also eight lounges and bars, a cabaret lounge, casino, on-deck movies under the stars, a pool, two spas, Spa and Beauty Salon, gymnasium, jogging track, library, 24-hour internet, card room and duty free shop.

Other more unusual highlights include Wine and Cheese Tasting sessions, dance lessons, and a Scholarship at Sea on board learning centre.


Share your travel tip for a chance to meet Pat Rafter!

Leading Australian hotel brand, Mantra, has enlisted the help of frequent travellers and hotel staff - joined by seasoned traveller and Mantra ambassador, tennis legend Pat Rafter - to share some hot travel tips, which of course include staying with Mantra in the City!

Visit and share in the know-how, from getting the best seat on a plane to creating a home away from home and even perfecting the crease-free tie. Share your own travel tip with a photo or video for the chance to meet Pat and have your Hot Tip filmed for permanent record.  Check out Lionel explaining the advantages of packing a travel toothbrush...we think? :

The travel tips, filmed at Mantra on Little Bourke Street in Melbourne, are part of a 'City Mantra' campaign showcasing Mantra's network of 21 CBD hotels as the ideal option for corporate and leisure guests looking to get the most out of their city stay, and offer handy hints by frequent travellers for frequent travellers, rated by Pat himself.

"Pat decided on the day of filming that he was going to rate the tips in a 'reality TV show judging style' – that wasn't exactly in the script but how do you say no to Pat Rafter?" says Mantra's Director of Marketing, Ken Minnikin.

"What resulted was great fun to film and some very worthwhile travel tips which acknowledge the challenges of travelling and hopefully provide some great solutions to our guests."

Mantra on Little Bourke Front Office Manager, got more than she bargained for with her tip for Pat!: – as did Peta who believes she was harshly judged:

Mantra's apartment style hotels are situated in every Australian capital city and offer comfort, space and convenience close to commercial and financial precincts, and major event and cultural venues.

Mantra offers six apartment hotels in Melbourne CBD (rates start from $115 per night at Mantra on Jolimont) and one at Tullamarine; two in Sydney CBD (from $175 per night at Mantra 2 Bond Street) plus hotels in Chatswood and Parramatta; two in Brisbane (from $189 per night at Mantra on Queen), Adelaide (from $149 at Mantra on Hindmarsh), Perth (from $179 per night at Mantra on Murray) and Darwin (from $158 per night at Mantra Pandanas) and one in Canberra (from $169 per night at Mantra on Northbourne) and Hobart (from $139 per night at Mantra One Sandy Bay Road).

Visit for information and bookings and - here's a tip - stay with Mantra on your next city break!


Silver Whisper will sail from Los Angeles on 5 January 2013, on the ultimate 115 day world cruise, following the sun, crossing the equator four times and visiting 52 destinations in 28 countries, before arriving in Ft. Lauderdale on 1 May 2013.

With just 382 guests, Silver Whisper is small enough to sail along secluded waterways or into small harbours, where larger ships cannot venture. The world cruise offers plenty of sea days for experienced cruisers.

The full 115 day world cruise is priced from AU$47,925 per person double occupancy. Destinations include French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar and Mozambique in the Indian Ocean. Silver Whisper will offer extensive cruising around South African harbours and calls at some fascinating ports along the West African coast, before heading for Central America, the Caribbean and Ft. Lauderdale.

The fare is inclusive of all suite accommodation with personal butler service, all fine dining with wines, Champagne and soft drinks complimentary, 24 hour room service and all gratuities. Generous US$3500 world cruise on board spending credits per double occupancy/suite will cover those little extras like spa treatments and shore excursions.

Full world cruise guests enjoy private car airport/ship/airport transfers, gala Bon Voyage reception dinner and overnight accommodation at The Peninsula Beverly Hills prior to boarding and complimentary laundry service.  They will also be invited to an exclusive dinner at the stylish China Club in Singapore and a Night in the Winelands in Cape Town, South Africa which includes a wine tasting, a gala dinner and overnight accommodation at one of the Winelands finest resort hotels.

In addition, all guests will be treated to complimentary Dinner in the Desert Experience amongst the dunes in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

If cruising for 115 does not quite fit your diary, Silversea is offering shorter sectors of the World cruise which starts in Los Angeles on 5 January 2013.

11 days           Los Angeles to Papeete              AU$4999
29 days           Los Angeles to Sydney               AU$12349
18 days           Papeete to Sydney                     AU$7999
21 days           Sydney to Hong Kong                AU$8899
11 days           Hong Kong to Singapore            AU$5899
16 days           Singapore to Port Louis              AU$6999
12 days           Port Louis to Cape Town            AU$5999
26 days           Cape Town to Fort Lauderdale   AU$8899

A full program of internationally renowned, enrichment lecturers provide an entertaining and educational program on each sector, including renowned military historian and author Nigel West (Cape Town to Ft Lauderdale), hostage negotiator Terry Waite (Los Angeles to Sydney) and author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves Lynne Truss (Sydney to Hong Kong).

For more information contact Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or toll free 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Travel packages now available for new Perth International golf event

Experience Australia's new and richest international golf event

Be among the first to experience the excitement of the inaugural Perth International, Australia's richest golf tournament, with a range of exclusive and flexible travel packages from events and luxury travel specialists Events Worldwide.

The stunning Lake Karrinyup Country Club will host what is set to become an iconic event on the Australian golfing calendar from 18 to 21 October 2012. With US$2million in prizemoney up for grabs, there's likely to be plenty of great golfing action from some of the world's best.

The course is located close to the CBD so there are plenty of accommodation options available for a range of budgets. Packages include accommodation, daily event entry, daily course transfers, and more and can be can be tailor made to include flights, tours and airport transfers, day tours, plus an opportunity to also play a round at The Vines Resort & Country Club.

Packages range from three nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday night) to a seven-night golfing getaway, which includes entry to the practice day, Pro-Am and all four days of the tournament. Everyone who books the seven-day package has the chance to win a place in the Pro-Am with a pro!

Three night packages start at $599 inc GST, five nights from $999 and seven nights from $1269.

For a premium on-course experience, Events Worldwide also has available an 18th Green Marquee package hosted by golfing legend Ian Stanley. As well as the best views of the final hole, the package includes morning and afternoon teas, gourmet barbeque lunch, free flowing premium beers, wines and soft drinks, tea and coffee, car parking passes, official programs, general course pass, official pairing sheets, flat screen TVs and golf scoring terminals, air conditioned comfort and a private balcony overlooking the action.

The 18th Green Marquee Package is available for $595 per person daily or $5950 per table of ten daily, (including GST).

A Clubhouse Package includes guest appearances, three course fine dining at lunchtime, open bar, flat screen TVs, scoreboard and a viewing area at the 18th Green. This package is available as an upgrade to the Travel package for $395 per person daily inc GST.

The Perth International is the only tournament in Australia this year to be co-sanctioned by both the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour, ensuring there will be some of golf's best players in the draw. Lake Karrinyup is widely acknowledged as Western Australia's premier private golf club and has been regularly rated as one of the top ten golf courses in Australia.

Events Worldwide Travel and Hospitality is the exclusive travel partner for the Perth International. For further details on travel packages visit or call 1300 788 666 and for general event information visit

Monday, 9 July 2012


THERE are only 50 places available on the exclusive 36-night Canada and New England "Features of the Fall" cruise tour departing on September 14, 2013 through cruise specialist, who are offering a free 15-minute "New York Tour" by helicopter if you book by July 31, 2012.
Fly from Australia to Dallas for three nights before exploring New York for three days, including visits to the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Centre.
At Cape Liberty embark on your Celebrity Summit vessel for a 14-night round trip cruise which includes port visits to Maine, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.
The escorted touring component begins after the cruise with extensive sightseeing during two weeks travelling to Massachusetts, Vermont, Quebec, Ontario and Michigan before arriving at your final destination of Chicago. Highlights include visiting Morse farm,  a cruise on Lake Champlain, getting up close and personal with Niagara Falls onboard the "Maid of the Mist" and much more.
Now priced from $9869 (was $15,179) per person twin share it includes return economy airfares with Qantas from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, 15-nights fully escorted tour including hotel accommodation,  daily breakfast, transportation, all sight-seeing and entrance fees with a tour director, four nights at the Grand Hyatt New York, 14 nights cruise accommodation with all meals on board plus a complimentary bottle of champagne and chocolate coated strawberries,  entertainment and on-board gratuities, three nights' accommodation at The Fairmont in Dallas, transfers and port charges and government taxes.
To reserve your place now contact on 1300-369-848 or check out


Friday, 6 July 2012


EASTERN European holiday specialists Beyond Travel have just released a selection of special short stay city packages during the Christmas season in Munich, Prague, Salzburg and Vienna, perfect for stopovers or pre and post river cruise holidays.

The five day packages have been designed to show case the best of these cities during the festive winter season, most specifically the numerous Christmas markets that are held during November and December.

Prices start from $505 per person for five days in the charming city of Salzburg.  It includes accommodation with daily breakfast, a grand city tour, a classic carriage ride and an excursion to the unique Lake Wolfgang Christmas markets in the mountains- these markets turn magical at night with the lake covered in floating lights, you will also receive a special Christmas markets pass which includes vouchers for discounts.

Another city that comes alive at Christmas is Vienna, where there are many Christmas markets to explore including the popular Belvedere Palace markets. Priced from $705 per person, this offer includes four nights' accommodation with daily breakfast, return transfers, city tour with Schonbrunn Palace, a VIP Christmas markets card and a free three day Vienna card.

Additional touring options can be included, for more details contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or email


The newly launched 'Peppers Gourmet Food Trail' is a gastronomic celebration of fine food and dining with an array of events and packages at 23 Peppers Retreats and Resorts across Australia.

Peppers began as a small collection of intimate boutique retreats 25 years ago where culinary excellence was the focus, establishing a relationship with food that still exists today.  All situated in Australia's finest food and wine producing regions – including the Hunter Valley and Southern Highlands in NSW, Daylesford in Victoria and Cradle Mountain in Tasmania – Peppers Retreats are the very essence of the unique Peppers experience.

A taste of Peppers' Gourmet Food Trail packages available at seven Peppers Retreats are featured below. To savour the full range of packages across the 23 retreats and resort properties, visit

All Peppers Gourmet Food Trail package bookings can be made via 1300 987 600 or visit  All packages are valid until 30 September 2012, subject to availability.


PEPPERS GUEST HOUSE, HUNTER VALLEY - From $399* per night in a Vintage Room

Let the flavours of Hunter Valley wine country permeate your senses as you stay in one of the best loved retreats of the region, Peppers Guest House. Overlooking the vineyards of this famous and well-travelled Gourmet Food Trail, you can delight in a three-course dinner for two in Restaurant Sanctuary and enjoy full buffet breakfast daily for two. A local food hamper, picnic basket and rug are also included for further exploring.  Visit for further information.



From $360* per night in a Cottage Room for stays Friday to Sunday

Venture to the winter wonderland of the Southern Highlands and warm your heart with a stay at this grand country house. Take a gourmet journey of winter's finest cool climate produce with your complimentary Gourmet Hamper featuring a sample of local produce and a local food trail map. Also enjoy a taste sensation from Chef Twan Wijers with a three-course a la carte dinner for two at Peppers Manor House's renowned Katers Restaurant – recently awarded an Australian Good Food Guide Chefs Hat.  Full buffet breakfast daily for two also included. Visit for further information.


From $389* per night in an Elms Wing Room

Snuggle in style at this majestic century-old country estate on a picturesque 36 hectares, and experience the gourmet greatness of this region with a memorable dining from Peppers Craigieburn's Montfort's Dining Room.  Chef Warrick Brooke achieves simple greatness by combining his knowledge of fresh local produce with ingredients sourced from his own garden and a passion for the wintry Southern Highlands region. Enjoy a five-course degustation dinner for two with matched wines and buffet breakfast daily for two.  Visit for further information.

If you're planning a trip to the Southern Highlands make it the weekend of 17 & 18 August when Peppers Manor House and Peppers Craigieburn combine for the 'In Season Dining Event'!



From $385* per night in a Hinterland Suite

With panoramic views over the gourmet heartlands of Byron and the ambience of lush rainforest surrounds, Peppers Coorabell Retreat oozes serenity and seclusion. Taste the freshness in your gourmet two-course dinner for two at the onsite Wilson's By The Creek restaurant – a recent recipient of an Australian Good Food Guide Chefs Hat - and breakfast of fresh seasonal fruits, freshly made bread, homemade jams, pastry and savoury selections, and cereals including locally sourced muesli, tea, coffee, chai tea and juices. Also indulge with a cheese platter and bottle of Trout Boy wine on arrival. Visit for further information.



From $572* per night in a Garden Villa or Chums Spa Villa

Escape to this picturesque Gold Coast hinterland retreat with stunning views back across the coast, just a 30 minute drive from Surfers Paradise.  Whet your appetite with a 15-stop 'choose your own' Local Food Trail Tour and choose from visits to local wineries, a cheese factory, galleries, a distillery and rainforest walks and lots more this region has to offer. Enjoy a bottle of Shiraz and fruit basket on arrival, tasty daily breakfast for two and a divine three-course dinner for two on one evening in Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa's superb restaurant. Visit for further information.



From $355* per night in a Traditional Hotel Room for stays Sunday to Thursday

Located just 90 minutes drive from Melbourne in a region renowned for its health giving properties, much of the produce you will sample comes from the owner's private farm, promising a proper celebration of fresh, organic produce.  Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat is a gourmet haven in itself with the newly opened garden Conservatory where your daily breakfast for two is served, and The Argus dining room where you will enjoy a three-course dinner for two, offering memorable dining experiences.  Take home a gourmet hamper featuring the best of Daylesford produce and treat yourself to some pampering at Mineral Spa before you leave!  Visit for further information.



From $445* per night in a Pencil Pine Cabin

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is home to one of Tasmania's acclaimed dining experiences and Australia's most spectacular wilderness spas, and is on the trail to unique gourmet fare such as truffles and home-grown venison. Begin the taste sensation with a bottle of Tasmanian sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival before enjoying a five-course degustation dinner with matching wines for two in Highland Restaurant, a Signature Wine & Cheese Tasting session one night of your stay and to top it all off, an hour-long spa treatment each.  Minimum two night stay applies.  Visit for further information.

As part of the Peppers Gourmet Food Trail program a series of dining events are also on offer for those heading north for the winter.  Visit to check out what's on, from dining in the tropics at Peppers Beach Club & Spa Palm Cove to a coastal cuisine experience in the Whitsundays at Peppers Coral Coast Resort Airlie Beach.


Peppers Retreats, Resorts & Hotels is Mantra Group's luxury accommodation brand. There are 28 Peppers properties in Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, resort destinations and metropolitan locations with the first Peppers in Fiji due to open in 2012. All offer a level of style and quality to meet the expectations of the most discerning traveller:

Enjoy More for Less with Emirates

Enjoy the Emirates full-service experience for less with
special airfares on offer for travel to Europe in Autumn.
-Return airfares for travel to Europe in Autumn from $1938-

Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, is rewarding early bookers by offering exceptional discounts on its flights to Europe in Autumn when booked between now and 19th July 2012.

Customers can expect significant savings on all Business Class and Economy Class fares for flights departing between 18th September and 21st  November 2012, including to South Africa, South America and USA.

Return airfares to new destination Barcelona start from $1892 in Economy and $7449 in Business Class. Dublin fares are from $1900 in Economy and $7457 in Business, and fares to Lisbon are from $1985 in Economy and $7642 in Business Class.

"Emirates' global network is continually expanding and now is the time to enjoy significant savings on flights to some of the airline's newest destinations, or to those places where our customers have been dreaming of returning," said Barry Brown, Emirates' Vice President Australasia.

"So far this year we have announced 12 new destinations, which includes among others Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires in South America; Dallas, Seattle and Washington, DC in USA along with Dublin, Barcelona and Lisbon in Europe. Before arriving at these wonderful destinations, passengers will be able to enjoy gourmet multi-course meals, complimentary wines, dedicated children's menus and activities, and ice, Emirates' award winning entertainment system offering up to 1,200 channels of on-demand entertainment at every seat, all served from our Dubai hub," added Mr Brown.

For travel booked online at passengers will receive a bonus of 1,000 Skywards Miles, from the airline's frequent flyer programme.

For more information on Emirates, including how to book and a complete list of terms and conditions, phone 1300 303 777, contact your travel agent or visit:

*Terms and conditions:

- Airfares are inclusive of taxes and surcharges correct at 22nd June, 2012.
- Offer ends 19th July, 2012.
- Travel from 18th September until 21st November, 2012.
- Airfares shown are for travel in low season.
- Higher fares are available for other destinations/seasons.
- Flight restrictions apply.
- Seats subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply.  Amendments and cancellation fees apply.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Six weeks exploring South Americas hidden gems

Out-of-the-ordinary, off-the-beaten-track travel specialists Far Horizons bring together an incredible diversity of regions and highlights in their 43-day fully-escorted tour through South America's less-travelled northern regions of Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil's far northern Atlantic coastline departing 21 April 2013.

This remarkable journey embraces conventional air and road travel, river boats and 4WD excursions, with charter flights over Peru's still-unexplained Nazca Lines depicting geometric shapes, men, animals and birds scratched into a vast 450sq km of arid stone desert between 500BC and 500AD, and Venezuela's Angel Falls, the world's highest cataract. There are tours of colonial cities and archaeological sites, jungle walks and a descent into Colombia's Zipaquira underground salt Cathedral.

Prices start from $38,950pp twin-share ex-Sydney including return airfare, best available accommodation, all meals and sightseeing, local guides and a Far Horizons escort throughout, all taxes and gratuities. Details 1800 083 141, (02) 9955 0444 or

HIGHLIGHTS range from a luxury eco-resort in Chile's Atacama Desert which hasn't seen rain in 400 years, to Venezuela's famed Orinoco Delta, the world's most famous Gold Museum in Colombia, a catamaran excursion to French Guyana's infamous Devils Island, Brazil's "capital of culture" Sao Luis, and a 600km, 4-day 4WD journey along the country's coastal "Sun Road" from Fortaleza to Recife.

From Beijing to Botswana, Vacations & Travel Takes You Places

The July/Aug/Sept 2012 edition of Australia's longest-running travel magazine is out now. This, our China Issue, spotlights the Middle Kingdom in all its glory, with features focused on Beijing's best restaurants, Shanghai's hip Xintiandi neighbourhood and a Hong Kong stopover, among others. We also take you on safari in Botswana, scuba diving in Palau, climbing volcanoes in the Philippines and to a traditional sing-sing performance in Papua New Guinea.

As an added bonus, the issue includes our 2012-2013 Holiday Planner: a 164-page guide dedicated to some of the best accommodations the world has to offer.

That's more than 350 pages of essential holiday ideas and information for just $9.95.

PLUS: One lucky subscriber to Vacations & Travel will win an unforgettable trip to Paris including return Air France flights for two people and five nights' accommodation at the Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel. To enter, visit

Vacations & Travel is out now at newsagents. For subscriptions, call Global Publishing on 61-2/9555-8100; e-mail ; or visit
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Join Queen Elizabeth or Queen Mary 2 out of Southampton

CRUISECO has two exceptionally-priced opportunities to sail aboard either Queen Mary 2 or Queen Elizabeth out of Southampton in May of next year.

Queen Elizabeth will sail 14 nights on May 1 2013 visiting Kristiansand in Norway, Copenhagen (Denmark,) Warnemunde (Germany,) Tallin in Estonia, St. Petersburg in Russia for an overnight stay, Helsinki (Finland,) and Stockholm in Sweden before returning to Southampton.

Prices start from $5,540pp twin share including return Economy Class airfare and taxes to London from Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth plus 2 nights pre cruise at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel London with daily breakfast included; Valid for sale until September 30 this year unless sold out earlier.

For a detailed itinerary and the name of your nearest Cruiseco cruise-specialist travel agent go to Conditions apply.

A 15-NIGHT return sailing aboard Queen Mary 2 from Southampton on  May 10 2013 will visit Hamburg in Germany, Greenock (Scotland,) Liverpool in England, Invergordon (Scotland,) Stavanger in Norway and Hamburg a second time before returning to Southampton, with prices from just $5,830pp twin share including return airfare and taxes to London from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.

Also included is a 2-night pre cruise stay at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel London with daily breakfast included; Valid for sale until 30 September this year unless sold out earlier.

For a detailed itinerary and the name of your nearest Cruiseco cruise-specialist travel agent go to Conditions apply


DEUTSCHE Bahn has just released a Germany Summer Rail Pass special that includes unlimited travel for a month through Melbourne-based rail specialists, International Rail.

International Rail boss Jonathan Hume said that the German Rail Passes are not normally offered as consecutive passes, so it is a great product for travelers using numerous trains in Germany this season.

The pass starts from $377 for passengers aged up to 26  in second class and $453 for those over 26 years.

There is great value for families with the German Family Pass which is available for two adults from $680 and includes free travel for up to four accompanied children under 15 years.

They are on sale until August 24 and can be used until August 31 this year.

There are dozens of rail routes within Germany including the popular Frankfurt to Munich, Berlin to Basel and Muenchen to Hamburg.

For more details contact IR on calling 1300 387 245 or visiting



Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Aurora Expeditions adds Everest Trek to celebrate 60th anniversary

PLUS Everest Information Evening

Aurora Expeditions are delighted to announce the addition of a new land-based expedition to Nepal in their 2013 program. Two Himalayan treks will celebrate the 60 year anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest, and will be led by Aurora's climbing guru, Tashi Tenzing, also the grandson of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who completed the first ascent of Mt Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. The 'Classic Everest Trek' has been a migration route of Sherpa's for over a thousand years, and covers spectacular highlights of the Everest region.

The chance to be led through the Everest region by Tashi Tenzing is an incredible opportunity. Having climbed Everest 3 times himself, Tashi will regale stories of his own experiences and the fascinating history of his Sherpa heritage.

A maximum of 15 trekkers will enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful Himalayas where Sherpa culture still thrives. Gain insights into Sherpa culture and the incredible history of the Tenzing family. Guests will meet family members and have the opportunity to visit Tashi's grandfather's house in Thame.  This small community of Sherpas are renowned for being the strongest in the region and between them have climbed Everest over 1000 times.

The Classic Everest program is a relatively gentle trek with an average of 3-4 hours walking per day. Trek through national parks illuminated by wildflowers, cross icy rivers, visit monasteries and enjoy the breathtaking mountain vistas. Accommodation comprises six gorgeous lodges owned by the Tenzing family - providing an authentic experience with a high standard of mountain accommodation.  After a day's trekking, guests can enjoy a hot shower followed by pre-dinner drinks and a feast of Nepalese food. Take a walk under the stars, then recline by the open fire or study the rich tapestry of family photos adorning the lodge walls.  An optional 30 minute helicopter flight to Everest base camp is also available.

Aurora Expeditions have picked the two best times of year to trek in Nepal. Springtime is the perfect time to visit the Everest region, as wildflowers emerge to fill the mountains in a swathe of colour. Early Autumn's post monsoon environment is the most popular time to trek with similar moderate temperatures and astonishingly clear mountain views. The Spring trek departs Kathmandu from 18 April  to 1 May 2013 (13 days) and the  Autumn departure from 17 September to 30 September 2013 (13 days). Classic Everest trek prices start from US$4190 per person.

The full itinerary can be viewed at

The legendary Tashi Tenzing is flying in from Nepal to host an information evening on these exciting treks.

Sydney Information Evening – Classic Everest Trek

When: Tuesday 17th July
Time: 6 - 7.30pm
Where: Aurora Expeditions Office, Level 3, 13-15 Bridge Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000 - click here for directions
Getting there: Off street metered parking is available right outside the office, as well as easy access to a number of parking stations. The closest train stations are Wynyard and Circular Quay.


Let the Games Begin with Four Seasons Hotel Sydney’s Festival of Sport Package

With the 2012 Games in London just weeks away, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has created a special Festival of Sport package worthy of a gold medal.

In celebration of both the Games and the Hotel's historic association as the Sydney 2000 Olympic Committee's Headquarters, the package is available from $360* per room per night.

The package includes overnight accommodation in a Grand Premier City-View Room, a Games-themed welcome amenity and a healthy breakfast of champions for two in Kable's to kick-start the day.

Guests can take in all the highlights live from London from gymnastics and javelin to hockey and hurdles at our Games Lounge located on level 2, whilst enjoying two complimentary Olympic Torch cocktails per reservation to help set the mood.

After a workout at the Hotel's 24-hour Fitness Centre, guests can be pampered with two $25 vouchers towards a Muscle-Ease Ocean Wrap at The Spa – the perfect post work out or sporting event recovery treatment.  

The Four Seasons Festival of Sport package will be available for stays throughout the duration of the Games from July 26 to August 30, 2012.

Conveniently located in the historic Rocks district offering Sydney's most iconic views, Four Seasons Hotel is just moments away from the city's best shopping, dining and sightseeing.

For reservations and information about Four Seasons Hotel Sydney visit  or call (02) 9250 3100.

*Package available in Grand Premier rooms only, price based on double occupancy. Subject to availability, conditions apply.

Image: Grand Premier City-Harbour View Room

Scenic Tours Happy 4th of July Y'all!

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Russia river cruise deal

With an extra day in Moscow (staying in the heart of Moscow at the luxurious Hotel Baltschug Kempinksi), APT's main Russia river cruise next year is now the 13-day Russian Waterways, priced from $6,795 per person, twin share, which includes staying at the hotel, 11-night cruise on the APT co-owned MS AmaKatarina, 33 meals, wine and beer with dinner, sightseeing excursions, tipping and transfers.

The cruise between St Petersburg and Moscow is along the Volga, Svir and Neva rivers, exploring the forested islands, vast lakes and lifestyles of rural Russia.

For bookings made before November 30, APT is offering free return flights, including taxes, when travelling in Category F, E and D suites, as well as a companion fly free deal for travelling in Category C or above staterooms.

Included in the price is the choice of a "Moscow by Night" tour or the Moscow Circus and a visit to a Russian home for traditional pastries.

The cruise operates between May and August.

The 212-passenger, four-deck, two-restaurant ms AmaKatarina (co-owned by APT with AmaWaterways) boasts the most spacious accommodation on Russia's waterways and is the first of its kind to introduce Outside Balconies, which are a feature of over 70% of staterooms.

Contact:, tel 1300 229 804 or see an agent.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Sleep Under the Stars in Luxury with Peppers Bluewater Resort

A night of serious star gazing usually entails sleeping rough and a sore back the next morning; at Peppers Bluewater Resort at Lake Tekapo you can enjoy the ultimate dark sky experience in total luxury and comfort.

The International Dark Sky Association recently named the sky above Lake Tekapo as the fourth dark sky reserve in the world. At 430,000 hectares, the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve it is also the largest.

The reserve has been given gold medal status, meaning that the skies are almost completely free from light pollution. Put simply it is one of the best stargazing sites on earth.

Perched on the edge of the stunning turquoise-blue waters of Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort is perfectly situated to make the most of the area's new reserve status with 142 stylish rooms including one, two and three bedroom villas all designed with inspiration from the lakeside landscape.

"The phenomenal environment here at Lake Tekapo really sets this region apart," says Peppers Bluewater Resort's General Manager Andrew Freak. "The stars are just one part of that; the nearby Mount John Observatory is internationally recognised as one of the best-situated observatories for viewing the southern night skies," says Freak. "With a hot chocolate in hand you can view mind boggling wonders such as satellite galaxies to our own Milky Way which are only visible in the Southern Hemisphere."

You can experience all that Peppers Bluewater Resort and the Lake Tekapo region have to offer with the Earth and Sky package - $210* per night for two including a tour of the night sky at the Mount John Observatory with tour providers Earth and Sky.

Visit for details and bookings.

Mount John Observatory, which is operated by the University of Canterbury, has been at the forefront of a number of astronomical discoveries including new planets several thousand light years away.

As well as a view of the stunning night sky, Peppers Bluewater Resort's rooms offer vistas of either Lake Tekapo or the towering Southern Alps. The local area is also reflected in the menu at Peppers Bluewater Resort's signature Rakinui Restaurant where the Mackenzie Country area's finest fare is showcased.

*Subject to availability and weather conditions. Peppers Earth and Sky Package valid for sale all year round.

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THREE days exploring Chile's amazing Atacama Desert, plus port calls in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia as well as transiting the Panama Canal are all part of a 25-night fly/tour/cruise package from  to provide a unique opportunity to  visit some of South America's most fascinating destinations.

The journey departs on March 16, 2014, then spends three nights in the Chilean capital Santiago, three nights in Atacama plus two nights in Miami and three in Las Vegas after the cruise.

The itinerary also includes an archaeology tour and a desert tour in Atacama, as well as a city tour in Santiago, adding extra value to the price of from $6529, previously $11,259.

The package also includes return air fares from Sydney, entertainment and all meals during the 14 nights aboard  Celebrity Infinity, air and port taxes and  arrival and departure transfers.

This price is available for bookings made before 31 August 2012.

For more details contact on 1300-369-848 or check out


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