||ON THE GO*
with JOHN ROZENTALS
TRAVEL: 06 NOVEMBER 2014
Mount Fuji ... Japan’s iconic landmark.
Shop up a storm in Singapore and marvel at Japan’s Mount Fuji next April on Cruise1st’s 10-night voyage from Singapore to Tokyo on board Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas.
Prices start at $2599 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($2799 ex Melbourne; $2869 ex Brisbane; $2899 ex Adelaide or Canberra; $2999 ex Perth), including return airfares, a night pre-cruise in Singapore and two nights post-cruise in Tokyo.
Port stops include Nha Trang in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taipei and Nagasaki. Travellers will enjoy a day tour to Mt Fuji, travelling by luxury coach and bullet train.
Phone 1300 596 345 or visit www.cruise1st.com.au.
One of Australia’s most spectacular vistas ... the 12 Apostles near Port Campbell.
Air Adventure’s new ‘12 Apostles in 25 Minutes’ excursion departs Melbourne’s Essendon Airport and heads straight to Port Campbell for an aerial viewing of some of the iconic sights of the Great Ocean Road.
On the ground, the tour takes in the 12 Apostles viewing platforms as well as two lesser known but equally beautiful attractions, Gibson Steps and Loch Ard Gorge.
The price of $796 per head includes a lunch of freshly caught crayfish, local wines and craft beer, plus a visit to Berry World to pick a punnet of the freshest berries to take back to Melbourne.
Phone 1800 033 160 visit www.airadventure.com.au.
Park Regis Concierge Apartments ... great location just north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Save 20 per cent when you book two nights or more in a studio at the Park Regis Concierge Apartments in Cremorne, just north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Prices start from $103 per room per night and validity is from December 1 to January 31.
It’s a great location for accessing the village-like shopping centres of Cremorne and Mosman, visiting Taronga Park Zoo or catching a harbour ferry to the city.
Phone 02 8969 6944 or visit www.parkregisconcierge.com.au.
Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice.
Holland America Line will have eight ships sailing European waters next year, offering 62 cruises ranging in duration from seven to 50 days.
Among new itineraries is a 14-day ‘Northern Isles’ adventure which showcases the best of Iceland, with six calls throughout the country, as well as three calls in Norway. In addition to visits to key ports such as Iceland’s Reykjavik and Akureyri, and Norway’s Bergen, the ship spends three days of scenic cruising through some of the region’s most striking fjords and landscapes.
Historic India ... Humayun Tomb, Delhi.
Wendy Wu Tours has increased its selection of small-group, high-end Indian holidays for 2015.
Its nine-day historic ‘India Discovery’ tour, for instance, is priced from $3898 per person twin-share ex Australia and takes in the Taj Mahal, the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, and the Amer Fort in Jaipur, as well as a marvellous collection of bazaars, markets, temples and mosques.
Phone 1300 318 203 or visit www.wendywutours.com.au.
Stand-up paddleboarding ... a great way to experience the tranquility of Port Stephens.
Port Stephens Paddlesports has launched 1.5-hour stand-up paddleboard tours leaving the Nelson Bay foreshore daily at 8.30am.
The tours are suitable for both novices and experienced boarders and are priced at $50 for adults and $40 for children 10-14 years old.
For the same price, the company also offers 2.5-hour kayak eco tours.
Phone 0405 033 518 or visit www.paddleportstephens.com.au.
Lake Louise ... a jewel in any Canadian itinerary.
Book a Scenic Tours’ 2015 Canada, Alaska and USA tour by November 30 and save up to $5700 per couple with free return flights to Canada.
An 18-day Canadian Rockies VIA Rail tour and Alaskan cruise on board Ruby Princess, for instance, is priced from $9995 per person twin-share ex Australia.
Highlights include Banff, Lake Louise and Whistler.
Phone 1300 723 642 or visit canada.scenictours.com.au.
Engage with local weavers on a 13-day textile-themed tour of Peru.
Active Travel is offering a 13-day textile-themed tour of Peru next year, led by Valerie Kirk, head of textiles at the National Institute of the Arts in Canberra.
‘Textiles of the Andes’ will explore traditional Peruvian textile production and includes the opportunity for travellers to engage with local weavers during special, hands-on textile workshops.
Also included are visits to Machu Picchu and a scenic train trip through the Andes to Lake Titicaca to meet the reed island dwellers.
Prices start at $5169 per person twin-share.
Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.au.
Idyllic Bali ... unwind before Christmas.
Unwind in Bali before Christmas with these deals from Creative Holidays.
Pay from $1065 per person twin-share ex Sydney, including return flights with Garuda and five nights at the four-star Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa.
Includes full breakfast daily and bonus free lunch and free massage.
Book by November 14 for travel to December 2.
Phone 1300 301 711 or visit www.creativeholidays.com.
Mantobeni Tented Camp ... in South Africa’s Manyeleti Game Reserve.
Grab a last-minute deal with Bench International and save $480 per couple on a three-day stay at Honeyguide’s luxurious tented safari camps in South Africa’s Manyeleti Game Reserve.
Pay $710 per person twin-share at Mantobeni Tented Camp and sister camp, Khoka Moya.
Includes all meals, ‘big-five’ game-driving experiences, guided walks and airport transfers from Hoedspruit.
Travel by December 14.
Phone 1300AFRICA or visit www.benchinternational.
Daydream Island Resort and Spa ... idyllic setting in the Whitsundays.
Save nearly $1500 on a five-night package at Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the Whitsundays and two kids can stay free.
Pay $899 for a family of four.
Includes daily buffet breakfasts for all guests, $500 in spa credits, an interactive marine-life experience and free wifi.
Book by November 14 for travel until December next year.
Phone 1300 889 900 or visit www.LuxuryEscapes.com.
Pearl South Pacific Resort ... overlooks Fiji’s Beqa Lagoon.
Save 42 per cent at the Pearl South Pacific Resort, overlooking Fiji’s Beqa Lagoon.
Pay from $165 per night.
Resort features an 18-hole championship golf course.
Valid to December 1.
Phone 1800 687 236 or visit www.hotels.com.