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with JOHN ROZENTALS
TRAVEL: 13 JANUARY 2017
Beyond Travel has introduced ‘The Land of Ice & Fire’, an eight-day coastal voyage along the coast of Iceland … and is offering discounts of up to $750 per cabin for bookings made before February 24.
The voyage is aboard the recently renovated boutique ship Callisto, which offers 17 cabins with private en-suites plus spacious social areas.
Travel is between Reykjavik and Akureyri, with an itinerary including majestic coastal scenery, cruising through remote fjords, port visits to some of Iceland’s best kept secrets, picturesque fishing villages, volcanic landscapes and plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting.
Prices are from $3469 per person twin-share.
Phone 1300 363 554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au.
Save from $2000 per person on ecruising.travel’s 20-day Honolulu cruise package based around the luxury superliner Celebrity Solstice.
The package is priced from $5089 per person twin-share, ex Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, including a flight to Honolulu, two nights at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and a cruise back to Sydney via French Polynesia (with port visits to Papeete, Bora Bora and Moorea) and New Zealand, with day trips to Auckland and the Bay of Islands.
Adelaide and Perth departures are available from $5289 per person twin-share.
The package departs Sydney on September 29 next year.
Phone 1300 106 466 or visit http://www.ecruising.travel.
The world’s most famous flower show will take place in London’s Chelsea from May 23-27, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society and attracting some of the best international garden designers, who create innovative, themed show gardens for visitors to explore, as well as nurseries and flower clubs, who contribute glorious displays.
The Chelsea extravaganza is just one of a series of RHS events, which starts in London on February 14-15 with an early spring plant fair, and continues through the year.
New for 2017 are flower shows at grand stately home Chatsworth, in Derbyshire, and Rosemoor, an RHS garden in north Devon.
For more information, visit https://www.rhs.org.uk.
A new luxury fly/cruise package from Cruise Express allows cruise-loving Australians to sail aboard all three Cunard liners in one seamless holiday across two continents in 2018.
The 37-night ‘Three Queens’ package features a trio of back-to-back cruises aboard Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 in Europe, including a voyage across the Atlantic to New York, recreating an iconic route forged by Cunard’s pre-jet-age ships in the early 1900s.
The package is available from $10,999 per person, twin-share. Fares include return economy class flights, the three voyages and eight nights accommodation in London, Southampton and New York.
Each booking also attracts an onboard spending credit of up to US$1270 per cabin.
Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.
DriveAway Holidays is offering 12 free days as a bonus if you lease a brand-new Peugeot for 21 days in France for bookings made before 31 March for travel until 31 December.
Collect a vehicle from one of 15 depots in France, with rates starting at $44 a day over 33 days.
If you collect at depots in any other European country you receive six free days and a 50 per cent discount on collection and return fees, with savings starting from $436.
Travellers who have previously leased since 2010 are entitled to a further three free loyalty days.
Phone 1300 363 500 or visit https://www.driveaway.com.au.
Insider Journeys has launched its program of 2017-18 tours to Indochina, offering a range of small-group journeys, private travel itineraries and small-boat river cruising.
In addition to the main destinations, many lesser known cities are featured.
Vietnam’s Nha Trang, Hue and northern attractions like Ninh Binh, Mai Chau and Ha Giang are covered, as well as a section dedicated to exploring regional Cambodia’s main focal points of Battambang, Mondulkiri and Kratie, and a new southern Laos itinerary that takes in the Bolaven Plateau, Champasak and Si Phan Don (4000 Islands).
The Indochina portfolio includes city, regional and coastal experiences and accommodation, including the dozen unspoilt islands just off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, famous for seafood, sandy beaches for days, and national parks which all can be reached by speedboat, and unique stays such as eco lodges in northern Vietnam and southern Laos.
Phone 1300 365 355 or visit www.insiderjourneys.com.au.
The wettest December on record in the Kimberley will power spectacular waterfalls during Ahoy Buccaneers’ three special wet-season expedition cruises in March, with the low-cost operator also offering a 10 per cent discount for bookings made by January 31.
The record rains mean that famous Kimberley coast waterfalls such as King George River Falls, Kings Cascades and Casuarina Falls will thunder spectacularly for months to come.
Ahoy Buccaneer’s 25-guest motor yacht, Oceanic, will offer three 13-day adventure cruises between Broome and Wyndham through the wild and remote islands of the Buccaneer and Bonaparte archipelagos, enabling guests to experience the dramatic excitement of tropical monsoon storms, beautiful sunsets and lightning shows, gushing waterfalls and lush scenery.
Each cruise is now available from $3600 per person twin-share for a swag each night or $4500 per person twin-share in a double or twin cabin.
Fares include meals during the cruise and daily excursions as well as local transfers.
Phone 08 9193 7650 or visit www.ahoybuccaneers.com.au.
Travellers who book An Aurora Expeditions 2017 Kimberley Coast voyage will have the chance to add a four-night stay at Broome’s Ramada Eco Beach & Spa for $200 per person normally valued at $599 per person.
The offer ends 31 January.
Phone 1300 061 490 or visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.
Captain Cook Cruises is offering day-trip bonuses to the Barossa Valley or Kangaroo Island, worth up to $635 per person, for those booking and travelling on a three-, four- or seven-night Murray Princess cruise in January or February.
The cruises feature guided nature walks and eco-tours, learning about the thriving ecology of the river and getting up close to its 20-million-year-old cliffs and amazing birdlife, including darters, herons, pelicans and egrets, on the Dragon-Fly flat-bottomed boat.
Join the Captain for a general inspection of the wheelhouse, participate in lively quizzes, play some bocce on the riverbank or relax with some fishing off the ship.
Three-night ‘Discovery’ cruises are priced from $926 per person twin-share.
Prices include the free bonus trips throughout January and February, accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, eco-excursions, onboard presentations, onboard wifi, the Captain’s Dinner and Cocktail Party, live entertainment, use of ship’s facilities including a sauna, spa, sun deck, bar, two lounges, restaurant and mini-gymnasium and complimentary scenic coach transfers from Adelaide or car-parking in Mannum.
Phone 1300 729 938 or visit www.murrayprincess.com.au.
Rocky Mountaineer, one of the world’s most famous trains, has launched a Stay and Play offer in conjunction with Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations this year.
Until March 3, new bookings of seven nights or more receive up to $600 per couple in added value to spend on things such as dining, cruising, sightseeing and extra hotel nights.
One of the many eligible packages is the 11-night ‘Golden Circle via Whistler’, travelling between Vancouver and Whistler, Quesnel, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Kamloops, and returning to Vancouver on the final day.
Included are five days on board the train.
Prices are from $6022 per person twin-share.
Scenic’s World of Wonder sale will run until 28 February, offering savings on a range of 2017 products and destinations, such as European and South-East-Asian river cruising, Canada, China, India and Australia.
Save up to $4200 per couple on the 11-day ‘Beautiful Bordeaux’ river cruise, paying from $4995 per person twin-share.
Experience the famous wineries and Gothic architecture of beautiful Bordeaux. With no overnight sailing, the cruise docks in Cadillac, Libourne, Blaye, Pauillac and Bordeaux offering plenty of time to soak up the charm of these riverside destinations.
Seabourn’s annual Signature Savings Event runs until March 4, offering a range of savings options and bonuses such as cabin upgrades.
On select sailings in 2017-18, guests can receive complimentary veranda suite upgrades, shipboard credit of US$1000 per suite for penthouse and premium suites, 50 per cent reduced deposits and additional savings of up to 15 per cent on combination cruises.
Fares start from $3499 per person twin-share for a seven-day Caribbean cruise on Seabourn Odyssey from Bridgetown to Philipsburg, departing on March 4.
Majestic Whale Encounters will use brand-new beachfront fales on the tiny island of Uoleva on two of its whale-swim holidays in Tonga this year, with a saving of $800 per couple available for bookings made by January 31.
The company’s unique tours allow Australians to swim with the mammals in turquoise waters off Tongan islands a short flight north of the capital, Nuku’alofa.
Each of the eight-day packages includes full-board accommodation in new, eco-style, beachfront fales on the tiny island paradise of Uoleva near Ha’apai.
Packages include accommodation, local inter-island flights, all main meals, transfers and five guided days of snorkelling with the whales from a boat. Guests will also have the opportunity to snorkel on coral reefs, laze in hammocks on white sandy beaches and get a taste of Tongan culture. Bush walking, kayaking, fishing and scuba diving are also available during leisure days.
Prices are from $3600 per person twin-share.
Phone 0405 594 253 or visit www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au.
Phone 1300 365 355 or visit www.insiderjourneys.com.au.
American road-trip specialist TrekAmerica has several new itineraries for 2017, including the epic ‘Ultimate Transcontinental’, a 56-day coast-to-coast journey from Miami to Anchorage, taking in the best beaches, mountains, wildlife and spectacular scenery the US and Canada have to offer.
Experience big-hitting cities, remote country ranches, awesome National Parks and the ‘last frontier’ of Alaska.
Prices start at $9959 per person twin-share.
Phone 1300 363 055 or visit www.adventureworld.com.au.
Wendy Wu Tours is offering savings of $500 per person on its popular 21-day ‘Himalayan Adventure’ for all 2017 departures booked by January 16.
The tour travels from China and across Tibet and Nepal, with highlights such as the Chengdu panda-research station, the Sera Monastery in Lhasa, the Everest Base Camp, a jungle safari in Chitwan National Park and a Lama blessing before exploring Kathmandu.
The package is priced from $7780 per person twin-share, including international return economy airfares from Australia, accommodation and all meals, all transportation within China, Tibet and Nepal, daily tours and entrance fees, English-speaking guides and visa fees for Australian passport holders.
Phone 1300 727 998 or visit https://www.wendywutours.com.au.