||ON THE GO*
with JOHN ROZENTALS
TRAVEL: 13 OCTOBER 2014
Combine outstanding local markets with Amazonian adventure.
Vaya Adventures has compiled a new 10-day itinerary that combines Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, with an exploration of Peru’s wildlife-diverse Manu Biosphere Reserve Center in the Amazon rainforest.
The itinerary includes travelling by dugout canoe along the Madre de Dios River, passing Diamante, the largest settlement of Amerindians in the area.
Pay $6155 per person twin-share.
Cunard’s Queen Victoria ... cruising with elegance and tradition.
Travellers looking for a cruise experience that exudes both elegance and tradition should consider catching Cunard’s Queen Victoria for its 45-night voyage from Sydney to Cape Town in March 2016.
Ports of call include Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Darwin, Bali, Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei, Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Penang, Colombo, Port Victoria in Seychelles, Port Louis in Mauritius, Reunion and Port Elizabeth.
Phone ecruising.travel on 1300-369-848 or visit www.ecruising.travel.
Seahaven Resort Noosa ... beachfront luxury.
Book two nights in a two-bedroom absolute-beachfront apartment at the 4.5-star Seahaven Resort Noosa and save $100 per night.
Pay from $450 per night.
Includes late check-out and free wifi.
Book by October 1 for stays Sundays to Thursdays, November 15 to December 15.
Phone 07 5447 3422 or visit www.seahavennoosa.com.au.
Topdeck’s Europe ... plenty of youthful fun.
Save $365 on youth-oriented Topdeck Travel’s 18-day ‘European Odyssey’, which includes visits to France, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.
Pay from $3285 per person twin-share, including daily breakfasts, some other meals and sightseeing tours.
Includes a gondola ride in Venice, a Tuscan wine experience and a bike tour of Amsterdam.
Book by January 16 for departures next April to October.
Phone 1300 886 332 or visit www.topdeck.travel.
Leisure Inn Wellington ... central location in the New Zealand capital.
Save 15 per cent on a two-night stay at Leisure Inn Wellington.
Pay from $83 per room per night, including in-room broadband.
Centrally located in the heart of the New Zealand capital’s Cuba Quarter.
Valid for sale and travel from October 1 to November 30.
Einsiedeln Abbey ... just 80 metres from Boutique Hotel St Georg.
Save on packages to historic Zurich with Direct Flights.
Pay from $2449 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($2432 ex Melbourne, $2450 ex Brisbane, $2438 ex Adelaide, $2431 ex Perth), including return flights with Singapore Airlines and five nights in the Boutique Hotel St Georg.
Includes a day tour of Zurich, beginning with a coach ride featuring the city’s history and major landmarks.
Book by February 28, for travel to November 30 and from January 26 to February 28.
Phone 1300 234 909 or visit www.directflights.com.au.
A floating eco-lodge provides the perfect base for exploring Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest.
Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 17-day ‘Glaciers and the Great Bear Rainforest’ package next May combines grizzly-bear viewing in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest with an Alaskan Inside Passage cruise aboard Norwegian Sun and a stay in Vancouver.
Prices start at $6599 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, including three nights on a floating eco-lodge.
The Great Bear Rainforest at the heart of the holiday is sometimes nicknamed the Amazon of the North. Stretching for more than 400 kilometres along the coast of British Columbia, the 85,000-square-kilometre wilderness is one of the world’s last surviving big expanses of coastal temperate rainforest.
The Ghan ... fifth annual Anzac Tribute journey.
The Ghan will embark on its fifth annual Anzac Tribute journey next April 23-26 from Darwin to Adelaide.
The four-day journey will include a Nitmiluk Gorge cruise and a live concert under the stars in Katherine, an outback dinner in the MacDonnell Ranges and a dawn Anzac Day service on Anzac Hill at Alice Springs.
Gold Service fares start at $3599 per person, including all food, drinks and touring.
Phone 1800 725 993 or visit www.greatsouthernrail.com.au.
Old-world Greece ... the arched stone bridge across the Vikos Aoos Gorge in Zagoria.
Charming old-world Greece still exists beyond Athens and the Greek islands.
Toursgallery’s 18-day small-group ‘Greek Nature, Culture and Scenic Wonders Tour’ next June goes deep into the Greek mainland, to villages set amongst the forested mountains, gorges, lakes and national parks of Zagoria, Mani and Pelion.
Prices start at $7288 per person twin-share.
Phone 1300 307 317 or visit www.toursgallery.com.
Cruising the Irrawaddy and getting into the heart of Burma.
Katha, an upper-Irrawaddy colonial town that served as the setting for Burmese Days, George Orwell’s first novel, will feature in a new 15-night river-cruise package from Active Travel, exploring the remote reaches of the once-hidden country of Myanmar.
The package, with Pandaw River Expedition, is priced from $US5000 per person twin-share and includes a seven-night cruise on the Irrawaddy River and a seven-night night journey on the upper reaches of the river between Mandalay and the remote trading settlement of Bhamo close to the Chinese border.
Book by October 31 and get $US500 credit towards air travel.
Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.au.
Hotel Kurrajong ... Ben Chifley’s preferred Canberra home.
Following significant renovation, Canberra’s heritage-listed Hotel Kurrajong will reopen in December.
Post-war Prime Minister Ben Chifley called the hotel his home and preferred its comfortable, down-to-earth confines over The Lodge.
The 147-room hotel will retain many of its historic architectural features, including pavilions, deep verandas and radiating courtyards. The hotel’s sophisticated design and chic furnishings pay homage to its 1926 design by the Commonwealth’s Chief Architect John Smith Murdoch, who was also responsible for the design of Old Parliament House.
Save 30 per cent on an opening special, priced from $169, on sale until December 8 for stays December 8 to January 27.
TRYP by Fortitude Valley ... strikingly different accommodation.
TRYP by Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s first street-art hotel, has opened in the heart of the city’s entertainment hub and the emerging corporate headquarters.
The 4.5-star, 65-room hotel features displays of art by four acclaimed artists Beastman, Rone, Numskull and Fintan Magee with each assigned a floor of the hotel during construction to design with their original artwork and murals.
Select king rooms feature a balcony spa, internal spa or courtyard.