||ON THE GO*
with JOHN ROZENTALS
TRAVEL: 30 OCTOBER 2014
Bangladesh ... a manifold of cultural experiences.
Two lesser known destinations on the Indian Subcontinent Bangladesh and Ladakh are highlights of Peregrine Adventures’ 2015 program.
Peregrine offers travellers the chance to venture through Bangladesh, a destination only just opening up to tourism. In Ladakh, Peregrine’s trips will run during cultural festivals, providing the opportunity to celebrate with the locals.
A 12-day exploration of Bangladesh is priced from $3090 per person twin-share, while a 10-day journey through Ladakh is priced from $2295 per person twin-share.
On track ... Japanese rail passes are ideal for Australian skiers.
International Rail is offering special deals on Japanese rail passes that are ideal for Australian skiers.
The Japan East Pass includes metropolitan Tokyo and many of the popular ski regions such as Nagano, Niigata, Sendai, Morioka, Misawa and Akita.
This pass is available for five days of flexi travel over a 14-day period from $284 and can only be purchased outside Japan.
Phone 1300 387 245 or visit www.internationalrail.com.au.
Nautilus Resort ... a luxurious addition to Cook Islands accommodation.
The latest addition to accommodation options on the Cook Islands is Nautilus Resort, on Muri Beach, Rarotonga.
Just opened are the first 17 of 38 Polynesian-inspired suites and two- and three-bedroom villas each with their own salt-water plunge pool.
All dining options offer views over the infinity pool to white sand beaches, and cuisine that is a fusion of Polynesian and European.
Exploring New Zealand on board Celebrity Solstice.
Grand Pacific Tours has partnered with Celebrity Cruises to offer a series of New Zealand holidays by land and sea.
The 19-day ‘NZ Southern Explorer & Cruise
Experience’, for instance, is priced from $5094 per person twin-share, including airfares, most meals, a four-night luxury coach journey visiting cruise & coach journey visiting Christchurch, the West Coast and Queenstown, and a 14-night cruise on board Celebrity Solstice.
Phone 1800 622 768 or visit www.grandpacifictours.com.
The Lares Trail ... cultural attractions include traditional weavers.
Mountain Lodges of Peru is offering a new hiking program along the Lares Trail to Machu Picchu and the Urubamba Valley, the ‘Sacred Valley of the Incas’, with exclusive accommodation in three new lodges.
The Lares Trail provides a fine alternative to the more heavily travelled Inca Trail, and is noted for its cultural attractions, including traditional weavers attired in colorful dress, roving herds of alpacas and llamas, and a panorama of waterfalls, snow peaks, and glacial lakes.
Pure class ... exploring the historic Macarthur region in a Porsche.
Motorists can hit the road in style and drive a Porsche around the historic Macarthur region, 45 minutes south-west of Sydney.
Sports Car on Hire offers a fleet of Porsche Boxster S convertibles, available for one-day self-drive tours along the area’s scenic roads.
The cost is $850 per car, including a gourmet lunch at a local restaurant, light morning tea, coffee stop, fuel, public liability and car insurance.
The fleet is led and guided by an experienced Porsche driver.
Phone 0434 777 986 or visit www.sportscaronhire.com.au.
Sydney indulgence ... cruising the harbour on True North.
For those trying to make a departure from the Christmas norm, an indulgent four-day ‘Sydney Rocks’ cruise on board True North might be just the ticket.
The cruise includes Christmas dinner on Sydney Harbour, front-row seats for the start of the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race and an exploration of the Hawkesbury River, with an opportunity to visit the Hunter Valley via the ship’s helicopter.
Prices start from $3995, including gourmet cuisine and fine wine.
Phone 08 9192 1829 or visit www.northstarcruises.com.au.
Shop till you drop on MSC’s themed cruises next January.
MSC is offering a series of seven-night shopping-themed cruises aboard MSC Splendida next January, with highlights including visits to some of Rome’s finest designer boutiques and the bustle and barter of a Tunisian souk.
Prices start from $549 per person twin-share with departure from Genoa and calls at Civitavecchia (Rome), Palermo, La Goulette (Tunis), Barcelona and Marseille.
Guests will also have the chance to soak up the many cultural and historical sites on the itinerary.
Phone 1300 028 502 or visit www.msccruises.com.au.
Tour Europe in a Citroen for as little as $29 per day.
Pick up and return your globalCARS’ Citroen from London’s Heathrow airport and save up to $540 on your European vehicle hire.
Pay from $29 per day on a 175-day lease, with terms as short as 21 days available for $33 a day.
Features unlimited kilometres, roadside assistance, and use permitted in about 30 European countries.
Deal valid to December 30 next year.
Phone 1300 789 992 or visit www.globalcars.com.au.
Back-Roads Touring offers spectacular ventures for garden lovers.
Save $240 and get complimentary breakfasts on Back-Roads Touring’s 11-day ‘Chelsea Flower Show and The Home Counties’ tour.
Pay from $4555 per person twin-share.
Also includes five evening meals and entrance to all gardens and stately homes.
Book by December 14 for departure next May.
Phone 1300 100 410 or visit backroadstouring.com.
The Laguna Resort & Spa ... great spot for a weekend escape.
Enjoy a weekend-escape package at The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nus Dua, Bali.
ay from US$160 per night, minimum two-night stay.
Includes buffet dinner at the lagoonside Banyubiru Restaurant, and indulgent 60-minute Balinese massage for two persons.
Applies Thursday to Tuesday until further notice.
Great family destination ... Vibe Hotel Rushcutters.
Get a family-room deal at Vibe Hotel Rushcutters.
Pay from $171 per night.
Has a parkside location in Sydney’s Rushcutters Bay with ready access to the shopping precincts of Oxford Street and Paddington.
Valid for stays until December 31.