Monday, 11 August 2008

Sun Princess: Cruise around the continent


John Crook

Oz hotel group with Europe connections

Adina Apartment Hotels offers overnight accommodation in Copenhagen, in a one-bedroom apartment with a full breakfast for two included, along with two tickets to the beautiful Tivoli Gardens. Add to the list inclusions of two tickets to the wonderful Tivoli Gardens. Priced from approx AUD$298. Minimum two night stay and valid until 21 September 2008. Go to

Little India package

Since my last mention of Melbourne’s Dandenong, here’s news of a package on offer from Ramada Encore Hotel Dandenong. Two nights weekend accommodation with full hot buffet breakfast for two people. Also included is undercover car parking and complimentary broadband. Over the weekend stay do a walking shopping and dining tour of Little India and try the food on offer in the Afghanistan precinct. Reservations, conditions and enquiries telephone (03) 9793 0088, and the email address is

German royalty abounds

The monarchy may have disappeared in Germany although there are plenty of ‘crowned heads’ at work. The wine regions have their own wine queens along with a couple of princesses. If in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse on October 10 you will catch the grand parade and the crowning of Germany’s wine queen for 2008. Throughout the year there’s also an onion queen, a herb queen, an apple queen and an asparagus queen. Is nothing sacred?

Speaking of wine

Check the details associated with the wine festivals of the Czech Republic. There is also the Prague wine package which is a private tour costing from $2675, available until December 26 2008. It includes return economy airfare with Austrian Airlines ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane. Cairns and Perth; three nights accommodation, a half day tour of Prague, full day wine tour, a three course lunch and return airport transfers in a private vehicle.

This one is worthwhile following up. Telephone 1300 363 554 or visit

Norfolk annual jazz festival

Exit Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne for the December 8 to 12 Norfolk Island’s jazz festival. Packages on sale until August 30/ The deal includes return economy airfares, seven nights accommodation, return airport transfers, a half day tour and an exclusive Norfolk Convict Club card offering discounts. Prices ex Brisbane from $1439, ex Melbourne from $1699 and ex Sydney from $1699, per person, twin share. The jazz program includes entry to six shows, some with meals; reserved seating, free souvenir program and a welcome drink on arrival. Check the facts with Escape Travel, on 1300 799 783.

Save $700 0n car leasing

GlobalCARS offers terrific savings on a 21-day lease for travellers to Europe until January 31 2009. The deal is on brand new air-conditioned Renault Grand Modus. Short and long term leases available . The minimum lease period is 17 days with a maximum of 180 days. Visit or call 1300 789 992.

Cruise around the continent

Take a month off and for most of the time cruise around Australia from Sydney to Sydney. The 1950 passenger Sun Princess plays host with a departure October 17 2009. Prices start from $4,499 per person, twin share. Terrific savings are on offer. To get the facts telephone 1300 369 848.

Get a job and then tour

Have fun and earn money at the same time whilst working in a UK pub, with a potential of earning between 180 pounds and 220 pounds a week. You need to be over 19 years of age. Prices start from $495 however, airfares and a UK Working Holiday visa are not included. Check conditions and further details by visiting or call 1300 651 639.

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

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