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with JOHN ROZENTALS
TRAVEL: 26 DECEMBER 2014
Coming to peace on Norfolk Island.
The holistic Natural Therapies Clinic is the newest addition to Norfolk Island’s selection of health and wellbeing offerings.
Its seven-night ‘Living Cleanse Package’ is priced from $2949 per person twin-share ex Sydney and includes self-contained accommodation, car hire and a four-day clinic with all meals, etc.
Phone 1800 1400 66 or visit www.norfolkislandtravelcentre.com.
Dinner on board Fred Olsen Line’s Braemar while exploring Scottish waters.
Edinburgh’s stirring Military Tattoo, one of Scotland’s greatest events, is followed by the kilts and bagpipes of the Highland Games in this cruise exploration of Scotland that also includes stays in Dublin and London.
‘Highland Flings and Irish Jigs’, from Worldwide Cruise Centres, is a 16-day fly-cruise that starts with two nights in London and ends with two days in Dublin.
Prices start at $4849 ex Australia with departure August 23.
Heaps of family fun ... Thredbo’s Family Adventure Festival.
Thredbo’s Family Adventure Festival kicked off on Christmas Eve and will run to January 10, with kids able to climb peaks, jump on a bike, bounce down the massive inflatable slide, get their moves on at the dance jam, clown around the BMX Bandit and cook up a storm.
Those activities can be combined with in-resort activities like the bobsled, heated pool, waterslide, Mission Inflatable, pump track, golf, tennis and chairlift.
Phone 1300 020 589 or visit www.thredbo.com.au.
Picture-postcard stuff ... the mountains and valleys of Switzerland.
Save $220 on Back-Roads Touring’s nine-day tour through the mountains and valleys of Switzerland.
Pay from $4175 per person twin-share, including breakfast, four evening meals and a boat cruise to Lindau Chocolatier in Lucerne.
Cog railway and cable car to Mount Rigi and attraction entrance fees.
Book by December 14 for departures April-September.
Phone 1300 100 410 or visit backroadstouring.com.
Nothing like getting up close to South Africa’s wildlife.
You have until December 31 to take advantage of Scenic Tours’ 2015 earlybird specials on its all-inclusive African tours and save up to $2000 per couple.
A 14-day itinerary travelling from Cape Town to Johannesburg along the famed Garden Route and visiting Swaziland and Kruger National Park is priced from $7295 per person twin-share.
Phone 1300 723 642 or visit scenictours.com.au.
Aranui 3 ... a very different way to visit French Polynesia.
For the first time, Aranui Cruises is waiving the single supplement on a range of 2015 voyages, offering more solo travellers the chance to embark on the adventure of a lifetime across the islands of Tahiti.
The freighter cruise line has removed the standard 50 per cent single supplement fee a saving of about $2700 on six voyages from April to August, including the 30th-anniversary cruise on April 25.
Packages start from $10,199 per person in a standard cabin including return economy airfares from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne with Air Tahiti Nui, luxury car transfers to the nearest international airport, four nights’ accommodation at Manava Suite Tahiti with continental breakfast, taxes and all transfers in Tahiti.
Tallinn ... a great Baltic city.
Beyond Travel’s new 25-day ‘Eastern Europe Explorer’ from Tallinn to Budapest focuses on exploring the historic regional centres, local food and wine of less-travelled towns in the region.
Regional highlights include touring Bohemia’s beautiful towns of Cesky Budejovice and Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic, Slovakia’s wine-growing region in the Carpathian mountains, Bratislava’s quaint Old Town, a scenic train journey through the Tatra Mountains in Slovak Republic, a private Chopin piano recital in Warsaw, and dinners at medieval restaurants in Tallinn.
Phone 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.
A Cinderella moment ... the grand bridge at Blenheim Palace.
The phenomenon is called ‘set-jetting’ and VisitEngland’s research shows that 40 per cent of visitors want to see spots their favourite films were shot.
Those visiting Britain are in for a good year in 2015 with the release of films such as Into the Woods, which features scenes shot in Dover Castle in Kent, Waverley Abbey and Virginia Water in Surrey, the Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire, Hambleden Village and Hambleden Barn in Buckinghamshire.
And that’s not to mention Cinderella, featuring locations such as the grand bridge at Blenheim Palace, and Far from the Madding Crowd, filmed largely in Thomas Hardy country around Dorset.
National Geographic Orion ... one of the great exploring vessels.
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced a suite of special guests for the next year as part of its Global Perspectives Speakers Program, including new itineraries with the legendary shark-expert Valerie Taylor.
Other highlights will include learning Seychelles history through the eyes of its founding president, Sir James R Mancham, and listening to one of the world’s foremost orangutan authorities Biruté Galdikas.
Phone 1300 361 012 or visit au.expeditions.com.