||ON THE GO*
with JOHN ROZENTALS
TRAVEL: 14 APRIL 2017
Abercrombie & Kent has released its first small-group journey to New Zealand.
The six-day sojourn is limited to 12 guests and focuses on highlights of the South Island.
The program starts in the adventure capital Queenstown with days packed full of mountain biking, hiking and lake trips.
Exceptional accommodation is included, with three nights at Azur Lodge Queenstown and two nights in Fiordland Lodge at Lake Te Anau.
Most meals are included as well as a special wine experience, local artist encounter and a home-hosted gourmet dinner. Scenic attractions include Milford Sound, the island of Mou Waho and the Kepler Track.
Prices start at $8080 per person twin-share.
Alaska is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its sale by Russia to the United States.
To help mark the occasion, TrekAmerica is offering three specialist, small-group tours for 18-35-year-olds looking to experience the ultimate road trip to the 49th state.
The 13-day ‘Alaskan Wonder’, for instance, is priced from about $3100 per person twin-share, with activities ranging from glacier hiking in Wrangell St Elias and a wildlife cruise in the Kanai Fjords to a two-day bus pass to see the best of Denali National Park and a visit to the protected wildlife at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Cruise1st’s 21-night Sydney-to-Japan cruise-tour package, which departs Sydney next February on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, will also provide guests with a stop at Rabaul and the opportunity to experience Papua New Guinea’s extraordinary untamed nature and exotic markets.
Queen Elizabeth will call at Okinawa before passengers disembark in Osaka to begin a six-day Japanese adventure that will take them on a journey of culture, discovery and spirituality, making stops in Kyoto, Toyohasi, Shizuoka, Yamansi, Kanagawa and finally, Tokyo.
Highlights will include visiting the famous Osaka Castle Garden, Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Zen temple Kinkakuji, Lake Yamanaka, the Great Buddha of Kamakura at Kotokuin Temple and all of the cultural offerings each city provides.
Prices, including a flight from Tokyo back to Australia, start from $4899 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($5099 ex Melbourne and Brisbane, $5199 ex Canberra and Adelaide, $5399 ex Perth).
Phone 1300 596 345 or visit www.cruise1st.com.au.
Book by April 29 to stay before June 6 and save up to 50 per cent at the 3.5-star Paradise Bay Resort, at Kaneohe Bay on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Pay from $286 per room per night to surround yourself with mountain views and a lush tropical landscape.
Activities on offer include private boat charter, kayaking, traditional Hawaiian entertainment and excursions to the resort’s own private coral reef.
Guests receive complimentary continental breakfast, wifi access, yoga and meditation classes as well as access to the fitness facilities.
Phone 1800 687 236 or visit hotels.com.
Explore the world in style with Seabourn and receive onboard spending money and air credits.
The luxury cruise line’s ‘Extraordinary Worlds’ promotion is on sale until June 13 and includes onboard spending money up to about $1320 per suite, reduced deposits, and air credit to the value of $600 per person on select sailings between June 2017 and September 2018.
Guests who book during the sale period will also receive complimentary upgrades from ocean-view suites to verandas, with upgrades also available up to three veranda-suite categories higher depending on availability and fare paid.
Cruises are available in Alaska, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and New England, including an 11-day cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles on Seabourn Sojourn, departing October 3, with fares starting from $5999 per person twin-share for a veranda suite.
Until Sunday 30 April, guests can hop along to The Langham, for the exclusive Melbourne hotel’s ‘Easter Escape’ package.
The offer includes a extras such as buffet breakfast for two, a chocolate Easter surprise, complimentary valet parking and unlimited use of the hotel’s pool, pool deck, spa, sauna, steam rooms and gymnasium.
Bookings that include children also include a chocolate treat on each day of the stay, a Sing (the musical) drinking cup, a complimentary in-room viewing of Sing, and one Mini-Melba diner aged nine years and under dines for free at lunch per paying adult at Melba restaurant (with the exception of Easter Sunday).
The Easter Escape package is available from $355 per room per night.
Phone 1800 858 663 or visit www.langhamhotels.com.
Peppers is offering a ‘Stay and Play’ golfing getaway in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Stay at Peppers Craigieburn from $245 per night in an Elms Wing Room or at Peppers Manor House from $269 per night in a Highland Queen Room, including breakfast for two.
Guests will receive a golf pass which contains six nine-hole vouchers to redeem at the eight participating local courses from Sunday to Friday.
Phone 1300 987 600 or visit peppers.com.au.
SeaLink has launched a range of one-to-five-night Kangaroo Island ‘Wilderness Trail’ on a 61-kilometre walking trail across one of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastlines in Australia.
All packages include ferry travel, accommodation and coach transfers. Trails can be walked independently or with a guide in a small group.
The six-day package, for instance, is priced from $465 per adult twin-share and incorporates the full 61 kilometres of new and upgraded trails over five days, with highlights including Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Conservation Park and the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area.
Voyages Ayers Rock Resort’s exclusive evening event in the desert, Tali Wiru (meaning ‘beautiful dune’ in local Pitjantjatjara) includes an evening of fine dining on a remote sand dune overlooking Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta, with this season’s menu celebrating the ancient flavours of Indigenous Australia.
Guests enjoy champagne and canapes at sunset, accompanied by the sounds of a didgeridoo, followed by a four-course table d’hote menu with matched premium Australian wines.
A storyteller shares tales of Indigenous culture and the southern night sky and the evening ends with a port, cognac or native wattleseed-infused hot chocolate around the campfire.
Tali Wiru runs daily until October 15 and is priced at $345 per person, which is fully inclusive of return hotel transport, full menu, matched wines and entertainment.
Phone 1300 134 044 or visit www.ayersrockresort.com.au.
Cruise Express has blended four of Australia’s major wine regions into a new cruise tour next March, spanning the continent from east to west.
The hosted, 10-night ‘Voyage to the Vineyards East to West’ expedition from Melbourne to Perth includes visits to Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, South Australia’s Barossa Valley and also the Margaret River and Swan Valley wine regions in Western Australia.
A day trip on the heritage train, The Spirit of Progress, and wine-paired lunches are also featured in the itinerary aboard the Golden Princess.
Bookings made by April 30 will receive a bonus upgrade from a premium balcony cabin to a mini-suite.
Prices start at $3990 per person twin-share, including two nights accommodation in Melbourne and one in Perth.
Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.