Friday 30 November 2012

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launches Business Class air fare sale from Australia to Europe.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is enabling travellers to enjoy the journey as much as the destination with a range of new Business Class fares from Australia to Europe.

Until 15 December, fares are available for bookings from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to more than 80 European destinations. Fares include:
  • Perth to Amsterdam from AUD$5698, Paris from AUD$5895, Rome from AUD$5827, Barcelona from AUD$5830 and from Prague from AUD$5833
  • Sydney to Amsterdam from AUD$5865, Paris from AUD6063, Rome from AUD$5995, Barcelona from AUD$5997 and from Prague from AUD$6000
  • Melbourne to Amsterdam from AUD$5848, Paris from AUD6046, Rome from AUD$5977, Barcelona from AUD$5980 and from Prague from AUD$5983
  • Brisbane to Amsterdam from AUD$5871, Paris from AUD6068, Rome from AUD$6000, Barcelona from AUD$6003 and from Prague from AUD$6006
  • Adelaide to Amsterdam from AUD$5854, Paris from AUD6053, Rome from AUD$5984, Barcelona from AUD$5986 and from Prague from AUD$5990
When flying KLM's World Business Class on long haul journeys, passengers can expect extra baggage allowances and priority baggage handling, plus access to KLM's Crown Lounges or the lounges of partner airlines.

In the air, KLM's World Business Class includes 190cm sleeper seats, which recline to 175 degrees and include a massage unit, a privacy canopy between seats, an extensive personal entertainment system, in-seat power and a personal amenities kit developed by Dutch design duo Viktor and Rolf.

World Business Class catering includes a three-course menu served on Marcel Wanders crockery. Meals are accompanied with fine wine or other beverages and as a gift Business Class passengers receive one of the airline's signature Delft Blue miniature houses filled with Dutch gin.

The fares are based on low season travel from Australia to Kuala Lumpur with codeshare partner Malaysia Airlines, and between Kuala Lumpur and Europe with KLM.

Fares are available for travel between 16 January and 31 March, 2013, and include fuel surcharges and taxes, correct at 21 November, 2012.

Seats are limited at these prices and subject to availability to requested dates of travel.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

KLM offers over 100 code share flights per week from Australia to Europe, via Asia.  For more information or to make a booking, contact travel agents, call KLM in Australia on 1300 392 192 or visit


Leading cruise line MSC Cruises has got into the Christmas/New Year celebrations by offering a series of bonuses hard to pass up.

Book a cruise during the holiday season and you can pick one of three add-on gifts:

·         Drinks package, where you can enjoy a choice of five wines and beers or non alcoholic beverages to enjoyed unlimited during lunch and dinner on board the ship;
·         Cabin upgrade, whether it is from an inside to outside cabin, or outside cabin to balcony cabin;
·         On-Board credit' to enjoy towards health and beauty, specialty dining, shopping, etc

All the above offers apply to new bookings between December 1, 2012 and January 15, 2013 for seven-night or longer cruises travelling from March 23, 2013 starting from $609pp twin share (exclusions apply on some dates and itineraries).

Pick your Gift upgrade offer does not apply to Balcony Suites or any MSC Yacht Club Suite bookings and cannot be combined with other offers, excluding MSC Loyalty Club.

A maximum of $300 per cabin is allowed when selecting on-board credit or the drinks package option. And all guests in the same cabin must choose the same gift.

Details: MSC Cruises, phone 1300 028502 or check out


Dance into Novotel Canberra for a ‘French Affair’ with Toulouse-Lautrec


La Goulue at Moulin Rouge 1891 - 1892

As Official Accommodation Partner of the Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & The Moulin Rouge exhibition, Novotel Canberra has created a 'French Affair' package that will transport you to the city of light in the late 19th century. The package includes accommodation, a welcome bottle of Beaujolais Villages and French cheese plate, two Green Fairy cocktails (made with absinthe), two untimed entry tickets to the exhibition, buffet breakfast and late check-out to 1pm - all from just $254 per room per night.

The Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition is the summer blockbuster for the National Gallery of Australia and is devoted to the works of bohemian 19th century artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec whose famous images of the Moulin Rouge and the underbelly of Paris have become signatures for all that is French. It will enable visitors to explore the artist's abilities as an acute observer of Parisian life and will trace his career from his earliest works to his extraordinary depictions of the Paris social scene. In paintings, drawings, posters and prints his works capture the dance halls, cafe concerts, brothels and theatres that made Paris the most colourful place to be in the 1800s. Every person who visits the exhibition has the chance to win a Renault Megane Hatch, so they can take a piece of France home with them.

Novotel Canberra is the city's best 4.5 star hotel, offering recently renovated rooms and public areas, outstanding leisure facilites including an indoor pool, spa and sauna, and an excellent bar and restaurant. Located in the heart of the city, the Novotel provides easy access to all the city's attractions.

This package is valid from 14 December 2012 to 2 April 2013, subject to availability.

For bookings phone (02) 6245 5000 or email

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Thursday 29 November 2012

Arajilla Announces First All-Inclusive Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat

Arajilla Retreat Lord Howe Island has announced its first all-inclusive Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat to take place February 2013.

The Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat set on pristine Lord Howe Island, is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to relax, heal and rejuvenate in one of the most peaceful and beautiful locations in the South Pacific.

Arajilla specialises in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian science of health and longevity that is a profound natural way of healing through diet, lifestyle, herbal medicine and body treatments.

Ayurveda translates to "Knowledge of life" and works alongside the Yoga program to provide outstanding natural healing and rejuvenation.

The hosts, Scott and Kim Allan are highly skilled and dedicated Ayurvedic and Yoga consultants.

Scott Allan is a highly qualified and experienced Ayurvedic Consultant. By assessing physical and mental conditions through Ayurveda, Scott will assist participants to obtain great health benefits.

Kim Allan is highly trained in Svastha Yoga and Yoga therapy, which assists with many health complaints.

Scott performs Ayurvedic consultations and massage while Kim will guide participants through their twice daily Svastha Yoga sessions in the nurturing Lord Howe Island environment.  

The Retreat aims to create a lasting impression on guests, by providing the knowledge to integrate these beneficial ideologies into their everyday life.

The Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat will run from the 21-26 February 2013. This five day, four night retreat is priced from $3,875 per person, including twin share accommodation.

The retreat includes:
  • 4 nights' accommodation in a Kentia or Banyan Suite
  • Twice daily Svastha Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Consultations on Ayurvedic nutrition
  • Consultations on how to improve digestion and energy levels
  • Consultations on integrating positive changes into your home life
  • Three cooking demonstrations
  • Delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian meals
  • Real time out to relax, rest and rejuvenate
To take part in this Wellness retreat no prior experience in Yoga or Ayurveda is necessary. The retreat is suitable for anyone interested in gaining some insight into living a healthier, happier life.

Bookings can be made by calling 1800 063 928 or emailing

For further information visit:

Monday 26 November 2012


Mantra is making it easy to experience a courtside view of the tennis greats this summer with their selection of perfectly positioned hotels and great-value accommodation deals at every pro tennis tournament around Australia.

Whether you prefer watching mixed pairs battle it out at Perth's Hopman Cup, seeing international players warm up for the Australian Open in Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart, or cheering on the world's best alongside Mantra Ambassador and tennis legend Pat Rafter at the Australian Open in Melbourne, take advantage of the following summer of tennis accommodation deals on offer from Mantra.

Australia's summer of tennis launches with Perth's Hopman Cup, a prestigious mixed competition for eight national teams. This year's cup will take place at the brand new state-of-the-art Perth Arena from 29 December to 5 January. Cheer on your favourite players, marvel at the sheer speed of the game, enjoy watching one of the most gripping sports in the world and then retire to the comfort of Mantra on Murray from $169* per night in a Queen Studio.

On the other side of Australia, the Brisbane International tennis competition runs from 30 December to 6 January. Watch the male heavy hitters of tennis warm up for the Australian Open at the Queensland Tennis Centre and, when you're not in the spectator stands, relax at the newly refurbished Mantra on Queen from $159* per night in a One Bedroom Apartment (Friday to Sunday) including self parking.

From 4 to 12 January, female tennis stars will be perfecting their serves at the Hobart International. Mantra is giving tennis-lovers the chance to watch the women battle it out at the Domain Tennis Centre and enjoy a holiday in historic Hobart with One Bedroom Apartments on offer at Mantra One Sandy Bay Road from $219* per night.

Get a stadium view of the world's finest male and female tennis players from 6 to 12 January at the Sydney International tennis tournament at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Park, Homebush Bay. Then relax back at Mantra Parramatta, just a short drive from Homebush Bay, from $158* per night in a Studio room.

Tennis fans won't want to miss out on watching the world's best men, women and double tennis teams compete in the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, in the second half of January (14 to 27). Experience all on and off-court entertainment this must-see sporting event has to offer with a stay at one of seven Mantra hotels in Melbourne. Mantra on Little Bourke is a fantastic base to enjoy the Australian Open as it's an easy 20 minute walk to Melbourne Park and centrally located in Melbourne's CBD for plenty of off-court action. Rates start from $299* per night in an Executive Suite with One and Two Bedroom Apartments also available.

Call 13 15 17 or visit

*Subject to availability. All rates are room only and do not include tickets to tennis tournaments.


Combining two fascinating cruises in one European holiday is MSC Cruises' 22-night Cossacks and Classics fly, stay and cruise package, priced from $4678 per person, twin share from Australia.

Leaving on May 7, 2013, the package combines an 11-night round cruise from Genoa (Italy) on board MSC Lirica with seven nights aboard sister ship MSC Sinfonia as well as a night's hotel stay in Genoa and return Emirates airfares from Australia to Milan.

The MSC Lirica cruise will call on Civitavecchia (Rome), Istanbul, Piraeus (Athens) and Sorrento and span as far north as the Ukraine's Odessa and Yalta.

The following return seven-night cruise, also from Genoa, will be aboard MSC Sinfonia and call on St Tropez, Mallorca, Mahon (Spain), Olbia and Salerno (both in Italy).

Return economy air fare and flight taxes from Australia are included in the price along with listed transfers, one night's stay in Genoa and port and service charges.

As with all MSC Cruises, children under 18 years cruise free (pay only port charges) when sharing a cabin with their parents.

In March, 2013, MSC Cruises will also see the introduction of a new cruise ship to the cruise line's Fantasia class with its sophisticated all-suite MSC Yacht Club - MSC Preziosa.

Its launch in Genoa will come close in the wake of this year's highly-charged Marseille unveiling of sister ship, MSC Divina, named by the 13-strong cruise line's godmother, screen legend Sophia Loren.

Details: MSC Cruises, phone 1300 028 502,

A New Royal Princess

A voyage from Barcelona to Venice on Princess Cruises' brand new Royal Princess is now available from as part of a 16-night package now selling from $4669 per person twin share, including return air fares.

The package also includes three nights at the Hilton Diagonal Mar in Barcelona to explore the vibrant city with a City Sightseeing pass. You then board your vessel on September 23 and sail to Toulon in France before visiting Florence, Rome and Naples in Italy. The cruise continues to the Greek Island of Mykonos before making calls at Istanbul and Ephesus in Turkey and ancient Athens before arriving at Venice.

There is an overnight stay in Venice to navigate the canals and cobblestone streets lined with intimate bars and restaurants before flying back to Australia.

This is the latest ship for Princess Cruises and begins its voyages in 2013. It boasts a variety of hospitality options including the speciality restaurants - the Crown Grill and Sabatini's Italian and seven casual dining eateries- such the Vines tapas and wine bar and the Ocean terrace- a fresh seafood bar. The ship has a piazza-style Atrium with many entertainment and dining options. Royal Princess also has the world's largest top deck pool with a water and light show, an enhanced Movies Under the Stars® screen, and the new SeaWalkSM with views around 40 metres straight down.

The price includes return economy airfares with Emirates from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, 12 nights cruise accommodation with all meals, three night's accommodation in Barcelona, a Barcelona City Sightseeing pass, one night at the Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice and transfers.

The cruise is available until sold out and there are more than 20 cabin grades to choose from on the Royal Princess, including triple and quad cabins,  for more details contact on 1300 369 848 or check-out



Go with the Grain and Get Lost in The Woods this Festive Season at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

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There is more reason than ever to celebrate this festive season at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney with two glamorous new dining and entertainment outlets on offer to raise a glass.

With the imminent opening of the Hotel's new dining destination, The Woods on December 3, reservations are now available for Christmas Day lunch and dinner, Christmas parties in The Woods Private Dining Room and two sittings for New Year's Eve dinner.

Menu items are cause for celebration alone.  Quail grilled over peach wood, Olive wood roasted Flinders Island lamb saddle fire with cosmic carrots, line caught steamed and smoked Trumpeter fillet set the pace of dining. There is even a five-course Chef's menu with matching fine wines available for those keen to sample a little bit of everything.

The Christmas and New Year packages from Restaurant Executive Chef, Hamish Ingham and partner/ Restaurant Manager, Rebecca Lines, are reflective of their sense of place and light-heartedness.  As parents of small children, they have included in their early sitting on New Year's Eve a splendid hands-on healthy cooking experience for the kids - "make your own" pizza and dessert. Christmas lunch and dinner is available at $175pp.

The couple's ethos is simplicity and quality. "We want to define luxury for a new generation that wants to live a more sustainable life" say Ingham and Lines. The Woods is a nurturing meeting place, a stand alone restaurant for the young at heart, drawing diners in by warmth and aroma.

Delectable festive menus will be cooked over The Woods' open grills and showpiece central wood fired oven, using Australian wood varieties to enhance fine locally-sourced produce.  

New Years Eve at The Woods

There will be an early 6pm to 8.30pm sitting ahead of the 9pm fireworks display, comprising three courses and a glass of Champagne on arrival at $300pp.  At $60 per head kids will be provided with a selection of ingredients where they will have the chance to make their own pizza.  The individual creations are then baked and served with a salad.  For dessert, the kids can make their own healthy sundaes from a choice of sorbet and fresh fruit toppings. Also on offer is an 8.45pm sitting pre-midnight fireworks, including a five-course banquet and premium beverage package at $500pp.

For menu details and bookings at The Woods contact (02) 9250 3160 or

New Year's Eve at Grain

Across the lobby at the recently opened bespoke bar, Grain, is a New Year's Eve unlimited canapé menu for $150*pp. Guests will be treated to a selection of luscious items as they ring in 2013 including; Steamed brioche with smoked trout roe, red claw yabby cocktail, lamb ribs, mini pulled short rib sausage rolls through to mini pavs and muntri jam, pine nut and fresh honey cake.

New Year's Eve tickets for Grain are available by contacting 9250 3118 or

* Includes food only, drinks to be purchased on consumption.

NB: New Year's Eve celebrations at The Woods and Grain do not offer direct views of the nearby fireworks displays.


The Horn of Africa revisiting the history books

4000 year old cave paintings, the Mursi tribe of the Omo Valley, the 'hyena man' of Harar, the Royal Necropolis of Meroë, former British, French & Italian colonial cities and towns – some thriving, others now crumbling – plus a salt-lake 153m below sea level and a Rift Valley volcano are some of the many highlights of "The Horn of Africa" tour by Far Horizons, departing January 24 next year.

The 32-day journey by road, boat, rail and air through Ethiopia, the province of Somaliland, Djibouti, northern Sudan and Eritrea includes places out of the history books such as Addis Ababa, Harar, Hargeisa, Djibouti, Khartoum and Asmara with visits to the Ethiopian house of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud and family home of former President Haile Selassie, Berbera's Ottoman architecture, Somaliland's Hargeisa memorial, and the pyramids and ruins of the Kushitic Kingdom of Meroë.

Along the way are archaeological sites, museums, gold markets, uniquely colourful village communities, national parks, natural springs, an underground rock-hewn church, a visit to desert nomads followed by a picnic in the desert, a boat ride to the confluence of the White and Blue Nile, a British colonial hilltop retreat, the famed Rift Valley, ancient tombs, a steam train ride, and 2,400 year old hilltop pyramids.

Accommodation ranges from the luxury Addis Ababa Sheraton and Djibouti Palace Kempinski to a permanent desert tented camp and a small Nubian-style hotel; prices start from $23,950pp twin-share including return air from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth, best available accommodation, all meals, sightseeing, private transport, a Far Horizons escort, local guides, gratuities and taxes. Details 1800 083 141, (02) 9955 0444 or

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: In Djibouti there's a visit to the Khalifa's house with its small museum to the charismatic Mahdi who defeated the British in 1885, the Presidential Palace where Britain's General Gordon was beheaded the same year, and the house of Lord Kitchener during his campaign against the Mahdi.

Friday 23 November 2012 - Royal Caribbean Flagship Sale

Hi Cruisers,

Don't miss out on Royal Caribbean's Local Flagship sale which is offering up to US$200 onboard credit and half price deposits. Hurry though, as the sale runs for one week only and finishes on 1 December 2012. Cruise around Australia, New Zealand or to the South Pacific on one of these three 'Flagships' - Australia's first megaliner, Voyager of the Seas, Australian favourite, Rhapsody of the Seas and Australia's culinary ship, Radiance of the Seas.

Sale Features:

• On sale from 25 November until 1 December 2012
• Offer consists of an Onboard Credit & 50% reduced deposit
• Offer is available for all Royal Caribbean International cruises departing between January 2013 and April 2013
• Offer is strictly for new individual bookings only made within the sale period

BOOK ONLINE! Free Call 1300 369 848

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Keep Cruising,
Jay & the ecruising Team

Flexible rail travel discounted

RAIL experts, International Rail are offering customers a 20 per cent discount on the Eurail Global Flexi Pass for travel during the northern winter months.

Eurail Global Flexi Pass allows you unlimited rail travel on the national rail networks of 23 European countries that are connected by train or participating shipping line, including Austria, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Ireland, Portugal, Romania and many more.

The flexi pass can be bought as a 10 or 15 day pass for use over a two month period. Prices start from $430 per person for youth travellers under the age of 26. The adult Saver Passes start from $560 per person, for two to five adults travelling together.

IR are also offering travellers a complimentary Roaming SIM card which carries discounted phone charges of up to 90% valued at about $50 with any rail travel booking.

You must book and pay for your pass before December 31 and pass are valid for travel until March 31, 2013.

For more details contact International Rail on 1300-387-245 or visit

Wednesday 21 November 2012

APT Business Class Air Deal for Europe River Cruise

Do it in style. APT is offering return Business Class flights for only $3995 per person when booking a Twin Balcony, Category P suite or above (which includes the Owners' suites) on the popular 15-day Magnificent Europe cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest

This offer is for bookings made until December 31 2012 for cruises departing April to December 2013. Flights are with Malaysia Airlines and the price includes taxes.

APT's Twin Balcony Suites feature both a Panoramic Balcony (a three-side conservatory-style sun lounge) as well as an Outside Balcony (table and comfortable chairs). APT is the only European rivers cruise line offering the twin balcony concept.

The 15-day Magnificent Europe cruise in a P Suite, for example, is priced from $9,190 per person twin share, which includes luxury cruising on an APT-owned ship, 41 meals (soft drink, beer and regional wine included during lunch and dinner on board), Freedom of Choice local touring and dining, expert local guided excursions in up to 15 towns, villages and cities, transfers, port charges and tipping.

Contact 1300 229 804, see


Monday 19 November 2012

Khiri Travel's 10 Tips for President Obama in Myanmar

Khiri Travel Myanmar says President Obama should travel smart when he visits Myanmar later this week.

Since Khiri Travel Myanmar opened its office in Yangon in July 2011, they've seen many visitors get it right -- and a lot get it wrong. Here are Khiri Travel Myanmar's ten points of practical advice for President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and everyone visiting Myanmar this high season.

Get Your Visa and Book Accommodation Before Arrival
Get your Myanmar visa before arrival in the country. There is only a pre-approved visa on arrival and it takes two weeks' advance application. Demand for Myanmar hotel rooms during high season (November to March) outstrips supply. Rooms are not cheap. If you don't pre-book and arrive in a town in the evening, you'll end up paying over the odds for a mediocre room -- if you can find one.

Bring Cash
There are no ATM cash points in Myanmar. Bring dollars -- preferably hundred dollar bills. But not old ones, as vendors won't accept notes that are torn, shabby, have a stamp on it, or a fold in the middle. They may not accept ones with "CB" in the serial number either.

Forget Your Mobile Phone
There are no roaming mobile phone agreements with other countries in Myanmar. So relax. Enjoy your holiday. Instead of staring at a hand-held screen, feast your eyes on the real thing -- amazing monuments and temples.

Your Credit Card is Useless
Fewer than five places accept credit cards in Myanmar. Three local banks are said to have signed an agreement with Visa. But it will take a while time before credit card acceptance and ATM access is possible. Until then, avoid such hassles by pre-paying for your accommodation, tours and transfers with a respectable tour operator before you go to Myanmar.

Behave Like a House Guest
In Myanmar there is no word for "tourist", only the word for a "guest". So behave like a guest when visiting the country. Be polite, don't yell when things don't go to plan. Use the Burmese word "jabade" which means "it's ok!

Dress Appropriately
When you visit places like Shwedagon Pagoda or Bagan dress appropriately for entering a place of Buddhist worship. Ladies, despite the heat, no plunging necklines please. Wear a long lightweight sarong. Cover your shoulders. Flaunting sexuality is a no-no. Modesty is key. Guys -- wear t-shirts or shirts, not a sleeveless one. And it's not Bondi Beach. Don't go bare back. Everyone should wear sandals as you'll be taking your shoes off a lot.

Know a Few Words
Mingalaba -- hello/greetings! (used any time of the day); nà-mǎleh-ba-bù - I don't understand; diha balao leh?-- how much is this? cè-zù tin-ba-deh -- thank you. Ta-ta -- goodbye!

Body Language Counts
You can't speak Myanmar's languages. Make up for it in body language. Smile a lot. Don't be loud and physically domineering. Don't point at stuff with your feet -- the lowest part of your body, literally and figuratively. Don't put your feet up on chairs, tables, or on temple structures.

Barter When Shopping
The objective is not to relentlessly chase the cheapest price, but to secure a fair price. A bit of good natured back and forth on the price of some lacquerware, wood carvings or a longyi in a market or shop is acceptable, indeed expected -- but always with a smile. Both parties should finish the transaction happy and grateful for the interaction.

Mohingar, Not McDonalds
There are no McDonalds, Burger King, Starbucks, or international fast food or drink outlets in Myanmar. Go local. Help local vendors. Try mohingar (delicious thick fish soup often eaten for breakfast), ohne kyaukswe (coconut noodle soup), leh pet thauk (pickled tea leaf salad).

You're travelling now. Welcome to Myanmar!

Huge Savings on Asian Cruise

AVID cruise fans will really appreciate the value for money now available on Royal Caribbean's 33-night Beijing to Sydney voyage which has been reduced by more than $4000 to just $4799 from

The deal includes one way economy air fares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to Beijing with Qantas, a twin berth cabin and all meals and entertainment on Voyager of the Seas and three nights' accommodation at Raffles in Beijing. The cruise starts on October 8.

The voyage begins at Tianjin and cruises to Jeju in South Korea, Fukuoka and Okinawa in Japan, Hong Kong in China and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam before spending two days at Bangkok's port of Laem Chabang.

After a visit to Singapore, Voyager continues to Port Klang in Malaysia and sails to Australian waters to visit Darwin and Brisbane before proceeding to Sydney.

The price also includes land transfers, a full day Mutianyu Great Wall tour, port charges and taxes, as well as full use of facilities on Voyager such as golf simulator, spa and fitness centre, casino, rock climbing wall, full sized basketball court, 9-hole miniature golf course and ice skating.

More details from on 1300 369 848 or check-out

MSC earlybird special

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Time is running out for Australian travellers wanting to save invaluable spending money on their 2013 European cruise.

Until the end of November, 2012, MSC Cruises is rewarding passengers who book early with an additional $100 per person off the already discounted 2013 Cruise fares listed in the leading cruise line's brochure.

"The biggest winners are the repeat passengers," said Lynne Clarke, managing director of MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand. "They can combine this saving with their own loyalty discounts of up to 20 per cent off as well as extra discounts they can obtain on board as part of our loyalty program," said Mrs Clarke.

"Our early bird specials have sold solidly this year, up dramatically on those of the previous year," she said. "But you will have to act swiftly if you want to cash in as cabins are booking out quickly at the discounted prices. Time is also running out."

These hot offers apply to a maximum of up to $200 saving per cabin for summer Mediterranean cruises (from March 23, 2013) as well as Grand Mediterranean itineraries, Northern Europe cruises and Grand Northern Europe cruises.

In March, 2013, MSC Cruises will also see the introduction of a new cruise ship to the cruise line's Fantasia class with its sophisticated all-suite MSC Yacht Club - MSC Preziosa.

Its launch in Genoa will come close in the wake of this year's highly-charged Marseille unveiling of sister ship, MSC Divina, named by the 13-strong cruise line's godmother, screen legend Sophia Loren.

Details: MSC Cruises, phone 1300 028 502,





Friday 16 November 2012

Crime. Scandal, Rumour, Drinks & DJs

Crime. Scandal, Rumour, Drinks & DJs

Melbourne Museum's after dark program is back!

Take a walk on the dark side of our city and explore notorious gangsters, brothels and opium dens, the poisoning of Phar Lap and plenty of scandals in between.

When Thursday 29 November 2012
Where Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton
Cost $18 Adults, $16 Concession & MV Members

Don't miss out - make sure to pre-purchase your tickets!
Book online or by calling 13 11 02.

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A welcome note from Robert & Christine

Welcome to our new look travel update. It's our way of letting you know about new Active Travel destinations, tour programs and special offers.The big news this month is our new trip to Cuba. Like many, we want to visit before it changes too much. Read about our new exploratory walking trip to West Timor. Thinking about a Christmas with a difference? Why not cruise down the Mekong River in Cambodia? This week, Christine is in Bhutan with our textile and cultural tour. She then heads to Morocco to research new itineraries for 2013. Call any of the Active Travel team to find out more about the offers in the newsletter, to request a brochure or have a chat about your upcoming travel plans.

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16 November 2012



Visit the iconic cities of Europe, rich in history and culture, on this 17 day European tour. An English Channel crossing to France by ferry begins your journey, then head north to Amsterdam, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and return to London. Your European holiday includes: 16 night's accommodation including two nights in hotels; eight nights in hostels and six nights in bungalows at European campsites; transportation by modern air-conditioned coach; English Channel ferry crossings; sightseeing tours of all major cities; 16 breakfasts; five lunches and 10 dinners; the services of a fully trained Topdeck trip leader and driver; plus the services of Topdeck 'On Site Chefs' in the Swiss Alps, Rome and Venice. Book now and SAVE $175 per person. Prices are per person, multi share and start from $2,010. Valid for sale until 28 December 2012, unless sold out prior. Valid for travel 01 April to 30 September 2013. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.


Discover the beauty and history of Great Britain and Ireland on this spectacular 20 day tour. Experience the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland, marvel at the mysterious wonder of Stonehenge in England and take in the gorgeous sights of the lush green countryside and dramatic cliffs in Ireland. End your holiday with a week in London including reserved seating at the 5th Ashes Test Match at The Oval to see Australia V England. Your Britain and Ireland holiday includes: a 12 day tour around England; Wales, Scotland and Ireland; ticket to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo; gratuities for your Globus tour guide and driver; seven night's accommodation in a standard room at the Mercure London Bloomsbury, including breakfast daily and late check-out, reserved seating at the 5th Ashes Test Match at The Oval; pre-match function including finger food, beer, wine and soft drinks; return transfers; seven day London Travelcard; exclusive ASICS team merchandise and an experienced tour escort from Australia. Prices are per person, twin share and start from $6,598 land only. Valid for sale until sold out. Valid for tour departure on 07 August 2013. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.


Indulge yourself at the Paradise Palms Resort, five minutes from the palm-fringed beachfront destination Palm Cove, from where you can explore the wonderful attractions tropical North Queensland has to offer, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest. Your Cairns holiday includes: return economy class airfares to Cairns flying with Qantas Airways; return airport transfers; four night's accommodation at the Paradise Palms Resort in a Resort room, including 1 free night; and Flames of the Forest - Rainforest Dining Experience (departs Saturday night only).  Prices per person, twin share, start from $802 departing Brisbane, $888 departing Sydney, $981 departing Melbourne and $1,035 departing Adelaide. Valid for sale until 15 December 2012, unless sold out prior. Valid for travel from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide 28 November to 15 December 2012; From Brisbane 16 November to 15 December 2012. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.


Celebrate in high style on this memorable trip to France with the perfect blend of cruising, touring, and free time to explore the grand city of Paris. Be seduced by the allure and romance of Paris, stroll down the famous Champs-Élysées, visit the incomparable Palace of Versailles, wander through the Medeival town of Rouen with a traditional Christmas Market and be enchanted by an ethereal church choir recital at the magnificent Rouen Cathedral, famously memorialised in Monet's paintings. Your holiday includes: seven night river cruise from Paris aboard the River Baroness in a River View Stateroom; seven breakfasts; six lunches and seven dinners including Captain's Welcome Gala; farewell dinner and holiday gala dinner; complimentary fine wines, beer, soft drinks and entertainment onboard; replenished bottled water daily in your stateroom; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar; five excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local guides; experienced Cruise Manager and all English-speaking staff; state-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions; Signature Lecture: "France's Presidents and their Influence on Paris' Architecture"; and all transfers on arrival and departure days. Prices are per person, twin share and start from $2,345. Valid for sale to 31 March 2013, unless sold out prior. Valid for departure 20 December 2013. This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.


Set sail from Sydney and have an unforgettable cruise experience as you sail to the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. Relax away the stress of life onboard as you visit the Isle of Pines' picturesque Mystery Island with white sandy beaches and crystal clear lagoons, perfect for snorkeling. Fall in love with Lifou's abundant natural beauty, historic Kanak culture and the French inspired Noumea. Your cruise holiday includes: nine nights onboard the Pacific Jewel; main meals; and entertainment onboard. Prices per person, quad share start from $841 and twin share from $941 based on lead in cabin categories and including charges and taxes. Valid for sale until sold out. Valid for cruise departure 29 January 2013.  This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Visit or call 132 757 for more information.


Scenic Tours Launches 2013/2014 Egypt & Jordan

Scenic Tours, a leading operator of all-inclusive luxury touring to Egypt, Jordan and the Middle East, have just launched their program for 2013/2014. From September 2013 they have introduced the Hotel Sofitel Legend Old Cataract in Aswan, a magnificent hotel, which has undergone extensive renovation to restore this icon to its former glory with a modern French flair. The Oman extension has also been enhanced, now a five day tour to discover the Sultanate, Nizwa and the striking landscapes of the Hajar Mountains.

Also new is a number of Scenic Enrich events designed to culturally enhance the experience. For example in the ancient city of Jerash, guests will experience The Hippodrome: a Roman army performance with gladiator fights and a chariot race. In Petra, guests will witness the Rose Red City by night and walk through the Siq lit by thousands of candles towards the Treasury, for Bedouin music and storytelling. Guests will now also enjoy dinner at the chic AOC French Brasserie, part of the Scenic FreeChoice program in Dubai where they have the freedom to choose what they enjoy the most at no extra cost.

Scenic Tours Product Manager for Egypt and the Middle East, Louise Hill said "We are excited to announce the launch of our new Egypt, Jordan and the Middle East program.  It is a fantastic time to go as there a relatively few tourists travelling at the moment so our guests will be able to experience all the sites without the crowds."

Scenic Tours are currently offering free flights for the second person travelling on selected tours for bookings made by 31 March 2013. Call Scenic Tours 1300 723 642.


Celebrity Cruises Launches Australia And NZ Facebook Page

Visit and 'like' the page for your chance to win a cruise!

 Australia's most stylish and luxurious ship Celebrity Solstice arrives in just a few weeks, and now with the launch of the new Celebrity Cruises Australia and New Zealand Facebook page fans can now head to the one spot to get all of the latest news and updates.

To celebrate the launch of the new page that is dedicated to Australian and New Zealand cruisers, Celebrity Cruises is giving fans the chance to win a 12-night cruise for two aboard Celebrity Solstice, departing on 16 March 2013 from Auckland.   All fans need to do is visit and like the page to be in the draw to win.  As well as connecting with fellow cruisers, visitors to the page will be also be able to access photos, a complete list of local sailings, join their local Facebook cruise event and even download or order the most up to date Celebrity Cruises brochure.

"With Celebrity Solstice arriving just weeks away on 30 November, we're very pleased to not only be able to give our fans the opportunity to hear all of the insider news and information, but also to share in the excitement in the countdown to her arrival," said Adam Armstrong, commercial director, Celebrity Cruises Australia.

Celebrity Cruises has also updated their local website , with new features including a countdown clock to the arrival of Celebrity Solstice, as well as a brand new navigation bar including local pages with information about onboard activities, ports of call and destinations.

Exclusive Luxury Russia Journey

RUSSIA experts, Beyond Travel, have introduced a new exclusive special journey for 2013 that takes in the best of Russia and the Silk Road by luxury train.

This once in a life time 20-day itinerary begins in St Petersburg for four nights before visiting some of the country's smaller regional towns such as Novgorod, Tver and Klin before reaching the capital, Moscow.

From here you will join the luxurious Golden Eagle train to transport you across the historic and famous Silk Road to cities such as Volgograd, Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand before reaching your final destination of Almaty in Kazakhstan.

This guaranteed fully escorted tour departs on September 13, 2013 and is priced from $18,195 per person twin share. It includes 10 nights' accommodation in centrally located five star hotels, nine nights deluxe train accommodation with all meals, sightseeing, entrance fees and transportation with local English-speaking guides, most meals, gratuities and porterage and transfers.

There is also the option to extend your journey with a seven day tour from Almaty to Beijing, on the Shangri-La Express private train.

This package includes up to $1000 Beyond Travel Credits to be used on any additional Beyond Travel product, if you book and deposit this tour by January 31, 2013.

For full details on the itinerary contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or email

Thursday 15 November 2012

Anantara Reveals a Different Side to Wild Koh Phangan

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Thailand's Koh Phangan has long been home to the wild Full Moon Party, but Anantara is tempting guests to experience the island's more luxurious side with a lavish five-star package.

Anantara's Rasananda Villa Resort & Spa is offering a five-night Koh Phangan Discovery package for two, with personalised day tours that cater to a bevy of tastes.

Guests can choose six activities from a range of cultural, nature and adventure highlights. Those thrilling adventure can go elephant trekking, zip line through the surrounding jungle canopy, explore the island by ATV bike, try their hand at archery or snorkel at a nearby idyllic island. For those more interested in cultural pursuits, Anantara offers tours to exquisite Thai and Chinese temples, as well as Fisherman's Village, and the chance to try local delicacies and shop for souvenirs.

Guests can choose between private pool suites and pool villas that all reflect the unique and deluxe Thai design Anantara is famed for. And every package includes a sumptuous breakfast buffet, served with an exotic view of the sea.

Available from now until 31st May 2013, this carefully crafted package is the perfect choice for travellers desiring a well-rounded luxury holiday on one of Thailand's most stunning island paradises.

Package includes:
  • Five nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast for two persons
  • Return speedboat transfers between Koh Samui and Rasananda for two persons
  • Personalised full day island tour, inclusive of transfers, soft drinks and six activities
Prices (in Thai Baht) apply from now until May 31, 2013

From  8,200 (Pool Suite)

Terms & conditions

Minimum 5 night stay required.
All rates are in THB and are subject to a 10% service charge and applicable 7% government tax.
The rates quoted are per room per night, subject to availability and a cancellation policy
A 50% non refundable deposit of the full stay is required at the time of booking. The remaining amount is to be paid upon check-out.
For cancellation 7 days prior to arrival, no shows and shortened stays, a 100% penalty will apply.

To book the Koh Phangan Discovery Package at Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa, please contact +66 (0) 7723 9555

For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit

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Contiki offers youth travellers a Backstage Pass to Asia

Contiki Launches 2013/14 Asia Program
Leading youth travel company, Contiki, is giving 18-35 year olds a Backstage Pass to Asia with the launch of its 2013/14 Asia program, packed with iconic sights as well as lesser known gems.

The program features seven tours across five countries including Vietnam, Thailand (including the Thai islands), Cambodia, Laos and China. Strong demand has meant that the majority of 2013 departures have already been confirmed as definite including all Indochina tours such as the 10-day Vietnam Highlights and all of the 9-day Thai Island Hopper West departures.

To celebrate the launch, Contiki are offering a $50 voucher to put towards any 2013 Asia trip. To claim your voucher, simply visit the Contiki Asia microsite and catch 50 flying fish in a sampan (

Fiona Hunt, Managing Director, Contiki Holidays said, "Our Asia tours average around 30 people per group and utilise private minibuses, internal flights and overnight trains as well as longtail boats, bicycles, sampans to traditional-style Chinese junk boats. That this style of travel appeals to the 18-35 market is evident in the positive response we've had to our Asian itineraries.

"We're thrilled that strong demand for our 2013 tours means we've already been able to confirm many of our departures as definite and we're confident as the new season launches and progresses the number of definite departures will continue to grow.

"Although the style of our Asia tours is a proven success we are constantly looking at ways to fine-tune our itineraries and in 2013 we've improved the quality of hotels we use in Vietnam as well as included a visit to the beautiful all-white Wat Rong Khun Temple in Northern Thailand on two itineraries".

Contiki has continued the Backstage Pass concept that was introduced in the 2013 Europe program and is now offering travellers a Backstage Pass to Asia. This means passengers will benefit from a combination of special treatment and exclusive access that turn a regular trip into a trip of a lifetime. Benefits range from exclusive access such as unique village tour and exclusive accommodation you'll never want to leave like the Koh Pha Ngan bungalows.

The Asian itineraries include plenty of ME Time - free time so travellers have time to see and experience the things that are special to them. This might mean relaxing on the beach or discovering the true tastes of the region in local markets or choosing an optional activity like a Kayaking Adventure on Halong Bay to a Chinese Cooking Class in Yangshuo.

A major part of any holiday is sharing the experiences with friends and family. Contiki's free app Shout allows passengers to just this; upload photos, videos and updates in real-time, view your trip itinerary, maps or view nearby hotspots provided by Lonely Planet. Through the Shout app, you can privately meet the rest of the travellers on your trip before you go through MeetUps.

For more information on Contiki's 2013-14 Asia brochure visit or see your local travel agent.

Connect with Contiki by becoming a Facebook fan on or follow us on Twitter @contiki.

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Wednesday 14 November 2012

Half price deal on APT West Coast Air Cruise holiday

APT is offering a 50 per cent discount on its nine-day West Coast USA Air Cruise holidays next year if booked before November 30 with an APT Canada-Alaska tour-cruise tour of 17 days or longer.

This represents a saving of $2,995 per couple.

The USA tour is a destination-hopping luxury holiday by private plane through private airports.

The fully-escorted itinerary starts and finishes in Los Angeles and includes Monterey, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Cedar City, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.

The special price ($2,995 a couple) includes travelling by private plane with a maximum 30 passengers, 14 meals, hotels, guided tours, tipping (for tour director, pilot, driver, restaurants and activities) and luggage delivered to hotels.

The air cruise tour operates weekly between May and August.

Contact:  1300 278 278, see or visit a travel agent


Beat the Qantas airfare rise for your Japan ski holiday

If you are considering a Niseko snow adventure this winter be aware Qantas has announced it is increasing its fares to Tokyo and through to Sapporo, the gateway to the very popular Hokkaido resorts, from 21 November.

By booking before the price rise you'll save dollars that can be put towards a seven night deal from $987 per person (3 bedroom, six share).

The week-long Niseko package at the deluxe 4 'snowflake' rated Western-style two and three bedroom Kamakura Apartments also includes a six day Niseko United Ski Pass, valid at four interconnected resorts, airport meet & greet, return door to door airport transfers and the services of's team at Niseko. The property is well located within minutes walk from popular bars and restaurants and the stop for the free shuttle bus to the lifts is located right outside.

Valid March 2013. Conditions apply.

From more details contact 1300 137 411 or view the Kamakura Apartments online

Monday 12 November 2012

FREE Diving at Plantation Island Resort

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Plantation Island Resort is offering the ultimate 'stay-pay' diving package.

As part of a special accommodation deal based on six nights for the price of five in a garden terrace room - including all meals for six days for two adults - the resort is offering a six-tank dive package completely free of charge.

Priced from AUD2180* for two adults, this offer also includes return sea transfers to Plantation Island on board the 'Malolo Cat'.

Divers looking to take advantage of this fantastic offer take note – the offer is valid for travel from 09 January-31 March 2013 only.

Plantation island Resort's dive shop is operated by five-star rated, PADI qualified Subsurface Fiji which offers a huge menu of dive options ranging from Kids Scuba courses, PADI Discover Scuba Diving programs and for the fully certified, night dives and a fantastic choice of dive trips.

Theseinclude caves, pinnacles, walls, a crashed WW2 B26 Bomber, a shipwreck and even a shark encounter dive at the internationally renowned "Supermarkets'.

*Conditions apply.

For more information on Plantation Island Resort and the special 'Free Dive' deal, visit


All the very best of the Caribbean in 24-day tour

A MAXIMUM of just 15 Far Horizons' guests will enjoy a thoroughly unique 24-day, fully-escorted tour in August of next year embracing the rich mixture of races, religions, foods, architect and scenery of the Caribbean's Curacao, Trinidad, Grenada, Barbados, Martinique, St Lucia, St Martin, Saba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Two or three nights will be spent on most islands being visited, giving tour members a greater appreciation of the relaxed Caribbean way of life.

And for a finale, a 2-night stay on Florida's famed Key West, including visiting the home-cum-museum where Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote for ten years, an Old Town Trolley Tour, and a Champagne Sunset Cruise.

Highlights of Far Horizons' Caribbean tour range from classic Dutch and French colonial-style buildings to more simple fishermen's villages, botanical gardens and orchid nurseries, rainforests, the oldest Jewish synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, cocoa, citrus and coffee plantations, a British signal station date from the 1880's, the islands' largest sugar-cane windmill and a "pottery art" village.

There's also the small cottage where Napoleon's wife Josephine was born, and which is now a museum with personal affects tracing the lives and loves of the royal couple, and visits to a one-time royal palace and a former baronial castle.

For the sweet-toothed there's a "chocolate excursion," while for those who enjoy a tot of rum, a rum distillery tour and tasting.

Price starts from $24,750pp twin-share ex-Sydney, including all airfares, top quality accommodation, all transport, all meals, extensive sightseeing, local guides, all taxes and gratuities and a Far Horizons escort throughout. Details 1800 083 141, (02) 9955 0444 or


Friday 9 November 2012

Bonuses on HAL European Cruise

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Holland America Line's luxurious Nieuw Amsterdam
SAVINGS of more than $3700 per person, a US$100 on-board spending credit and an up-grade to a veranda cabin are all available through on a 34-night cruise/land package across the Atlantic Ocean and through the Mediterranean Sea if you book by November 30.

Now costing from $5989 the package also includes return air fares from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, 27 nights' accommodation with all meals aboard Holland America Line's luxurious Nieuw Amsterdam, an 86000 tonne ship which is just two years old and carries 2100 passengers.

The price also includes two nights hotel accommodation in Dallas, Texas, two nights in Fort Lauderdale, two nights at Raffles in Dubai and a night in Venice, where additional nights are available for $190 per person twin share before the flight home via Dubai.

The voyage commences on April 30 and crosses from Florida to Horta in Portugal. The ship also calls at four ports in Spain, including Barcelona, Marseilles in France, Monte Carlo in Monaco, five cities in Italy including Naples, two in Greece and Dubrovnik in Croatia before arriving in Venice.

Nieuw Amsterdam has three restaurants, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, health spa, cinema, library, casino and Internet Cafe.

More information from on 1300 369 848 or check-out

Win a Trip to New Zealand with Grand Pacific Tours

Like Grand Pacific Tours on Facebook and tell us in 30 words or less why you give coach touring in New Zealand the thumbs up for your chance to WIN two places on the 16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour valued at up to $8898*.

Courtesy of Grand Pacific Tours, the luxury coach specialists, this fully inclusive holiday offers unbeatable value and allows you to explore both the North and South Islands. It includes 22 of the iconic attractions of New Zealand combined with quality accommodation, airfares, four two night stays and 30 superb meals with breakfast daily.

This amazing prize is also transferrable, which allows the winner to treat their parents or grandparents to a New Zealand holiday, if they choose to do so.

Please note this competition is open to the Australian travel industry only.

Entries close 30 November 2012.

To enter this competition go to:

Conditions apply.

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Thursday 8 November 2012

UTracks Photo Comp Winner

(c) Ray Wilkinson

Congratulations to Ray Wilkinson who'se "What a day!" image taken on the Saxon Ridge on the Tour Du Mont Blanc won our 2012 Photo Competition.

The competition was closer than the US election, but after much deliberation our team decided on Ray's image as it truly captures the essence of the UTracks style of travel.

Ray's photo was so good we placed it on page 30 of our Active Europe brochure. We'd like to also highly commend Virginia on her photos, which won the popular vote, and appear on pages 40 and 43 of our brochure.

Other fantastic entries are scattered throughout our new Active Europe 2013 brochure. Order your copy now to view some amazing images and gain inspiration for your next walking or cycling holiday in Europe.

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Celebrity Solstice sale

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Australia's most luxurious and stylish ship Celebrity Solstice arrives in just under a month, and to celebrate Celebrity Cruises is launching an exceptional one-week sale on Sunday 11 November offering free flights*, half price deposits and onboard credit.

WHAT: Up to US$200 onboard credit, dependent on stateroom type, half price deposits, and free Economy flights to and from Australia and New Zealand on selected sailings.

ITINERARIES: The sale is on all Celebrity Solstice cruises five nights or longer departing between January – April 2013.  Choose from a 12 or 18 night Australia to New Zealand or New Zealand to Australia sailings, and an 11-night Tropical Queensland Easter Cruise.

COST: Prices start from $1995*for a 12-night Sydney to Auckland cruise departing 16 January 2013.  Ports of call include Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sound, Dunedin and Tauranga.  Cruises must be booked by 17 November, and deposits must be received by Celebrity Cruises by 5:00pm on 23 November.

For additional information or to make reservations, contact your travel agent or visit

*All fares are per person in Australian Dollars, inclusive of all taxes fees and onboard gratuities. Free flights included on selected sailings only.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth brings home the (Francis) Bacon with Cultural Stay Package



Thursday 8 November 2012: As the city's Hotel of the Arts, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth has a special Cultural Stay package that includes overnight accommodation, full breakfast for two, and a complimentary double pass to the Francis Bacon exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW – all from just $325 per room per night.

The first major exhibition in Australia of rare works by the master of post-war British Art, Francis Bacon: Five Decades includes over 50 paintings as well as archival material, films and photographs and covers every decade of his career from the shocking paintings of the 1940s to the huge visceral works of the 1970s and 80s. The exhibition runs from 17th November 2012 until 24 February 2013.

As well as the sensual enjoyment of paint, Bacon's work speaks of violence, from depictions of a screaming pope to crucifixions, animals and carcasses, ancient Greek figures and distorted, emotionally charged portraits of his close friends and lovers.

Four years in the making, the exhibition features works drawn from private collections and institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Britain and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. It is accompanied by daily documentary screenings and an extensive program of events and educational talks.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth has built a strong reputation for bringing the most exciting art and cultural experiences to its guests and this package is just another example of the hotel's continued program of Cultural Stays.

Located just a short walk from the Art Gallery of NSW, the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth boasts a prime CBD location and provides easy access to the best Sydney attractions, shopping and dining.

For bookings phone 1300 65 65 65 or go to

This offer  is subject to availability and is valid from 17 Nov 2012 – 24 Feb 2013.


Wednesday 7 November 2012


BEYOND Travel have expanded their deluxe small ship cruising options by introducing new cruises in the Baltic Sea for 2013, which if you book and deposit by January 31, you will receive a 25 per cent discount off the cruise price.

The 11-day Sweden, Russia and Finland itinerary is a round-trip from Stockholm on board the modern tall ship, SPV Star Flyer. These ships offer all the modern facilities and amenities mixed with the elegance and traditions of private yacht sailing.

With only 85 cabins, the ship provides an intimate atmosphere for guests, with plenty of space to relax at sea, whilst its size also allows entry to smaller more local ports that are not accessible by larger ships.

The program includes port visits to Visby on Gotland Island, Tallinn in Estonia, St Petersburg in Russia and Hanko in Finland and to Marieham.

Now priced from $3,360 per person twin share, the package includes 10 nights cruise accommodation with all meals on-board, on-board entertainment and water sports program (excluding SCUBA) and port charges.

There are guaranteed departures in May, June and July and Beyond Travel can also arrange privately exclusive day tours in St Petersburg and transfers in Stockholm.

For full cruise details please contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or email

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Get Back to Bokissa

We've made a few changes at Bokissa, but we haven't changed everything... the essence that is Bokissa Island Resort is still the same.... we're still the same barefoot, casual Bokissa we've always been.

5 Night Offer
Beachfront Fale. Includes accommodation for 2 persons (double), breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and transfers from Santo airport to Bokissa Island and return. $1350.00 per couple.

Deluxe Spa Beachfront Fale. Includes accommdation for 2 persons (double), breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and transfers from Santo airport to Bokissa Island and return. $1658.00 per couple.

Villa A. Includes accommodation for 2 persons (double), breakfast lunch and dinner daily and transfers from Santo airport to Bokissa Island and return. $2178.00 per couple.

We also have a Seven Night Offer. Read the full offer.

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