Monday, 14 April 2008

Scenic Swiss


By John Crook

Scenic Swiss

If Switzerland is on your list for travelling in 2008, check out the Rail Plus deal which offers free travel on public transport in 37 cities and towns. A 15-day Swiss rail pass is $520 for second class travel. A flexi-pass is from $402 per person. Special deals for children. Get the good news by ringing Rail Plus 1300 555 003.

Sounds of Silence a must

One of the most memorable dining experiences is to be found in Central Australia. However, to do the Sounds of Silence dinner reservations need to be made prior to arrival at the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. This silver service event is priced at $153 per person and is valid to March 31 2009. For bookings email

Volunteering in India

A two-week volunteer program in India could make a lasting difference. The offer to work as a volunteer not only opens the door to a fascinating country, but at the same time a chance to interact with villagers. Volunteer activities include repairing houses of families below the poverty line, through to addressing social issues such as hygiene and health care. Prices start from $1816 per person, twin share. International air fares not included. Ring Overseas Working Holidays for more details on 1300 651 639.

Rydges Bell City opens in August

The Melbourne inner suburb of Preston is home for the latest Rydges operated hotel and residences, due to open in August. Totalling 826 rooms the complex will feature a 4.5 star Rydges Hotel, Rydges Residence, along with student and short-stay accommodation with all the facilities one would expect in such a complex. It’s a case of watch this space.

Last minute deal

Savings of up to $1000 per couple make a Russian cruise all the more attractive. Departing July 10, this last minute deal includes 12 nights aboard the Russia’s most luxurious river ship, the Viking Surkov. Also included are Russian language lessons, all meals with wine, gratuities and airport transfers. Airfares are extra. Prices from $5030 per person, twin share plus port charges of $300 per person. Contact Cruiseabout on 1800 007 131.

Grampians back in business

The Grampians were wiped out several years ago when bush fires ravaged the Victorian national park. The region is alive again and the welcome mat is out at the 4.5 star Tuscan look-alike Marwood Retreat in Halls Gap. Talk to Ian Martin for the deals. For more details email or telephone (03) 5356 4231.