Tuesday, 1 July 2008


Your FREE  travel briefs – distributed June 30 2008

By John Crook

Chocolates & pillows

Pillow Talk is the name given to the latest package for travellers heading to Warrnambool and the magificent Great Ocean Road.  Luxury accommodation for two, full breakfast at the Water Table restaurant, deluxe Belgian hot chocolate melting kit, a self saucing pudding, two $15 hot geothermal bath vouchers and two micro cloud pillows packaged for you to keep.  The price is from $270 per couple and is valid for travel to 30.09.08.  For reservations call  1300 987 620 or email deepblue.res@mantraresorts.com.au  

Switzerland mobility

A network of trails and pathways for non-motorized traffic stretches over more than 20,000 Swiss km and includes 22 national itineraries. Hiking, cycling, mountain biking, skating and canoeing interests are catered for.  Have a look at www.switzerlandmobility.ch  

Melbourne goes wicked

Ten Accor hotels across Melbourne's cbd will transport you back to the land of Oz with A reserve tickets to the latest smash hit musical and overnight accommodation for two people.  Packages are available from July 13.  To book, 'phone 1300 WICKED, or visit www.showbiz.com.au/wicked

Broadway at sea

An exclusive 20-day holiday, based on a 15-night cruise will have you aboard the all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner.  The package includes a mix of on-shore deluxe accommodation and touring and departs Australia September 29 this year.  This is one tour offer which is a must for your consideration.  To get the full details take a look a www.wiltrans.com.au  or call 1800 251 174.

Magical Norfolk Island

Return air and taxes, twin-share in a one-bedroom apartment, a half-day orientation tour of Norfolk Island and should you book a five-night holiday at Panorama Seaside apartments, Coral Sea Travel will throw in an extra two nights for free, and also a rental car for your stay.

Book by July 18 for travel through December 15 (some block out dates may apply)  A departure tax of $30 per person is payable when leaving the island.  Ex Sydney $1139, ex Brisbane $1089 and ex Melbourne $1339.  For full details telephone 1800 641 803 or check www.coralseas.com.au  

Become a qualified ski instructor

Here's a Japanese opportunity which allows you to escape traffic jams and head to the snowfields for an eight-week course in a Japanese village  for four days a week of professional training across four different ski areas and terrains.  Training for the eight-week course starts January 4 and runs through February 28 2009.  Prices start from $13,036 and includes shared accommodation, daily breakfast, dinner five nights a week and airport transfers.  Air fares not included.  Visit www.owh.com.au  

In 2010 it's the Passion Play

Oberammergau needs to be considered now.   It's here where the Passion Play has been performed every decade since 1634.  The play  is regularly performed over a period of five months from May to October and it is now part of a  two-night option on the Tauck World Discovery 14-day romantic Germany tour.  Pricing has yet to be finalised but the recommendation is to register interest, initially by  checking the website and following the prompts on   www.traveltheworld.com.au/tauoberammergau or call 1300 766 566

Please note prices subject to variation, conditions may apply and may be subject to change.

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