Monday, 7 April 2008

Provence made so easy

Your FREE weekly travel tips – released Monday April 7th 2008


By John Crook

Provence made so easy

An aqueduct built in 19 BC, a wine tasting at Chateauneuf du Pape , and the French Riviera feature in a cram packed nine-day Paris to Provence tour. Then a fast return journey by TGV train to Paris. First class accommodation, touring by air conditioned coach, local guided sightseeing, hot breakfasts daily, a farewell dinner with wine in Paris, some dinners and airport transfers. Priced from $2499 per person, twin share and with departures through until October 4 2008. Conditions apply. Book Trafalgar tours through your travel agent or check

Special South Oz package

Around three dozen wineries have steadily built the reputation for Clare Valley wines, particularly Riesling.

One of the big drawcards these days is the Riesling Trail. Try it one weekend with a package priced at $330 for two nights accommodation for two persons in a one bedroom self contained cottage. The deal includes provisions for a cooked breakfast, bottle of Clare Valley wine, local gourmet food platter, port and chocolates and locally made soaps and jams. Contact Riesling Trail & Clare Valley Cottages 0427 842 232

Bring on the beer

Not long to wait until Oktoberfest in Munich when a five-day package swings into action. Priced from $1129, return airfares are included from London to Stuttgart, four nights accommodation at Wombats Hotel, transfers to the beer grounds and a tourist guide, free welcome drink and a souvenir t-shirt. Conditions apply and prices subject to change an availability. Student Flights, 1300 554 175.

Learn to Surf

Noosa is the place and the three day surf package priced from $150 soon gets you hanging five. The location features the best beginner waves.

There are three morning or afternoon lessons, each of two hours duration. The offer includes pick-up and return to accommodation, use of surfboards, wetsuits and rash shirts. Conditions apply. Price does not include accommodation. Check the website

An exclusive collection

Twelve departures between March and October 2009 provide access to the Magnificent Europe series of cruises sailing the Rhine from Amsterdam to Budapest, visiting riverside cities of Germany, Austria and Slovakia. Priced from #3937 per person twin share, the cruise offer is offered solely to Australian and New Zealand passengers. The exclusive selection also includes gratuities. Check out the conditions and the special discount details through travel agents, or have a look at


The historic village of Hahndorf, in South Australia, has become even more popular since Sophie and Peter Zervas moved into town with their first class coffee and chocolate shop. Chocolates are sourced from around the world. The coffee is brilliant. They even boast their own resident ghost in the quaint little 1850’s cottage, - obviously another chocolate lover.

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