Monday, 4 August 2008

Cruising Italian Style


John Crook

Deluxe trans Australia

Set aside a couple of weeks from January 10 2009. That’s the departure date for the Southern Spirit train which will travel from Perth to Brisbane. It is a 12-night package which highlights everything Oz from the Outback, to the ACT, wine regions et al. Prices start from $10,590 per person, twin share. Get the itinerary from Travel Associates. Telephone 1800 044 066.

A wonderful life

Christmas in London,- what a splendid idea. Special deals await at The Milestone, The Egerton and ‘41’, five-star properties and the tariff includes Christmas cake, a bottle each of red and white wine, lunch or dinner on one day, and even mistletoe on your pillow. Not to mention a two night’s stay and other things Christmassy. Available between November 21 2008 and January 11 2009. Check the full deal and prices by viewing

Oktoberfest stats in September

There’s a five-day Heidleberg and royal castles package which offers a pre or post festival look at Germany. The price from $1,112 per person twin share includes superior tourist class hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, coach transportation (with a toilet), return train ticket Frankfurt-Heidelberg, one way ticket Augsburg-Fussen, taxi transfers and sightseeing. Not a bad deal. Airfares are additional. Call 1300 558 987.

Total Travel to the rescue

Check these out. A five-night golfing and dining getaway, at Coast Resort in Merimbula offering a saving of $332, for travel between now and close-off date October 31 2008. Or, spend a night at Park Regis Apartment Hotel in Sydney where you get a reduction of $165 on a one-night stop-over. That means you pay $99 a night. Travel is between now and close-off date August 31, 2008. Plenty more so check out

Add a patriot

There’s a Jeep Patriot awaiting you for as little as $59 per day. It’s available at depots in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney plus selected locations throughout the country. Make contact with Europcar on 1300 300 242.

Italian style cruising

On June 27, 2009, here’s your opportunity to join Costa Allegra and set sail for Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Okinawa and Shanghai. Costa Allegra carries just 800 guests and packages are available through from $3349 per person, twin share. It’s an Italian experience in beautiful Asia. Taxes and fuel surcharges applicable at time of booking. These are additional. Telephone 1300 369 848.

Multi award winner

Combine a trip to the theatre when next you travel to Melbourne. The hugely popular Altar Boyz, in its fourth year in New York, hits the stage of the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne. The season starts Wednesday September 13 2008, with ticket prices from $48. This ‘best of Broiadway’ musical can be booked through Ticketmaster, telephone 136 100.

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages and prices are subject to change and availability.