TRAVEL: 31 MAY 2016

DriveAway Holidays is offering discounts of up to 20 per cent and other bonuses for motorhome and car rentals for pick up until December, using well known brands such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Dollar.

Daily rental rates start at, for instance,  $26 per day in Ireland and $35 per day in the United Kingdom.

Daily rates are inclusive of unlimited kilometres and full insurance, plus customers will receive free upgrades on selected vehicles when renting in Ireland and France.

Phone 1300 363 5000 or visit www.driveaway.com.au.


Ecruising.travel is offering a 24-night package that includes an Alaska Inside Passage cruise on board Celebrity Millennium followed by another cruise, this time aboard Radiance of the Seas from Vancouver around the Hawaiian islands.

Book by May 31 and the cost is from $6499 per person twin-share instead of the previous $9999, including airfares ex Australia and three nights in each of Vancouver and Honolulu.

Those booking an ocean-view cabin or above on Celebrity Millennium can choose from a complimentary classic beverage package, prepaid gratuities, US$150 on-board credit per person or unlimited internet on board.

Departure from Australia is on August 29 next year.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit www.ecruising.travel.


Toursgallery is offering seven Japan itineraries especially designed for keen photographers to capture scenes including features such as landscape gardens, pottery kilns, thatch-roof villages, active volcanoes, Geisha, birds and Buddhist monks.

Staff will provide helpful information on digital photography, how to use your camera, where to stand and which exposure to use.

Traditional ryokans, onsen baths and local Japanese cuisine are featured in each small-group tour, with prices from $8850 per person twin-share, land-content only.

Phone 1300 307 317 or visit www.toursgallery.com.


Make the most of the hot air blowing across Canberra in the election build-up by booking the Mercure Canberra’s new ‘Sunrise Balloon’ package.

The package is priced from $555 per person twin-share, including a three-hour flight with Balloon Aloft, overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Loft Suite, luxury welcome pack and gourmet hamper.

The centrally located hotel, which dates from 1927, was recently refurbished and combines heritage with modern comforts.

The balloons provide panoramic views of the national capital as they drift across Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin and Canberra’s many distinctive landmarks.

Visit www.mercurecanberra.com.au.


Enjoy the spectacle of the Vivid Sydney, which runs May 27 to June 18, from your own harbour-view room at the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.

The hotel is just a minute’s stroll from the Light Walk around The Rocks and Circular Quay, and is offering Vivid packages from $330 per night, including buffet breakfast and a complimentary signature cocktail in its own Grain bar.

As well, the hotel’s Pei Modern restaurant has a Vivid menu offering two courses for $49 or three courses for $59 per person.

Visit www.fourseasons.com/sydney.


The 13th annual Shoalhaven Winter Wine Festival will be held over the long weekend from June 11-13.

Wineries across the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region will open their cellar doors for wine tasting, fine food and entertainment. Pay $10 entry at the first winery you visit and receive a festival glass for tastings at the nine participating wineries.

Segway Tours South Coast will be running Segway tours at Coolangatta Estate for those who want to venture beyond the cellar door.

Bookings are essential. Phone 0402 000 222 or visit segwaytourssouthcoast.com.au.

Further wine festival details are available at shoalhavencoastwine.com.au.


Air Tahiti Nui is offering a range of seven-night holiday deals to Tahiti’s stunning Society Islands starting from $2399 per person twin-share.

A seven-night escape featuring five nights at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa and two nights at Manava Suite Resort Tahiti, for instance, is priced from $2769 per person twin-share ex Australia.

Also included are buffet breakfast daily, one complimentary two-course lunch (excluding drinks), transfers throughout, including inter-island ferry, plus a free half-day Circle Island Tour of Moorea.

The deal is on sale until May 29 and valid for travel until March 31 next year.

Phone Tahiti Travel Connection on 1300 858 305 or visit www.airtahitinui.com.au.


Dive Adventures and Hideaway Island Resort are offering a seven-night Vanuatu packages priced from $1590 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($1520 ex Brisbane) including return airport transfers, accommodation in a one-bedroom oceanfront bungalow, continental breakfast daily; six dives with tanks, weights and dive-guide service (scuba gear rental not included), use of snorkel gear and kayaks, and a snorkel safari to Coral Gardens.

Travel is valid to September 30.

Visit www.diveadventures.com.au.

Above: Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa ... French Polynesian luxury.

Driveaway ... offering discounts of up to 20 per cent.

Radiance of the Seas ... enjoy shipboard life around the Hawaiian islands.

Colourful Japan provides plenty of opportunities for keen photographers.

Making the most of Canberra’s hot air ... Mercure Canberra is offering ‘Sunrise Balloon’ packages.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney ... some suites have uninterrupted views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Coolangatta Estate ... one of nine wineries participating in the Shoalhaven Winter Wine Festival.

Relax on a beach in Vanuatu from $1590 per person twin-share ex Sydney.

*Based on information supplied by the companies concerned or their representatives.