Monday, 20 October 2008

Ann is award winner

Your FREE Travel Briefs for w/c October 20 2008. 
Travel Briefs

By John Crook

New Europe and Britain brochure

Globus has more than 80 tour options for its 2009 season, from Portugal to Turkey and Sicily to Lapland. If tours are booked by December 15, 2008, there's a saving of  $450 per couple on tours of 10-15 days and $600 per couple on tours of 16 days or more.    With 80 years experience in European touring, Globus knows the routes, what to see and where to go.  Check out the full range which includes Globus Vignettes which offers a slower pace, more time in each city, through to the romance of European rail travel. Check it out with your travel agent.

Four nights for price of three

Do the Gold Coast without the high price tag, staying four nights at Mantra Circle on Cavill from just $189 per room, per night and pay for just three nights.  The deal is valid from December 15 2008 and for travel to March 31 2009.  The property features 403 luxuriously  appointed guest rooms and suites with private balconies.   There are also deals at Mantra Legends Hotel.  Get the facts by calling 13 15 17 or check

The 10th Christmas Spectacular

If you get to see just one Christmas spectacular this year, try to make it the largest automated Christmas show in the world.  The location is Melbourne's Crown.  A free show which runs every 30 minutes, plays between Sunday November 30 2008 through Monday January 5, 2009 – 1000hrs to 2400hrs.

More than a million visitors will make it to Crown this year for what is one of the most dazzling Christmas displays. The main feature is a six storey Christmas tree. 

Go catch a Trevally

Join the crew of Haumana on Tahiti's Rangiroa Lagoon and do a spot of game fishing, shark feeding, beach and bush walking, or just lazing about.  Packages start from $6699 per person twin share ex-Sydney.  The price includes return air and taxes, three nights at the Sofitel Tahiti Resort in Papeete, four nights on Haumana with all meals, entertainment and activities and airport transfers.  Dining includes a unique 5-star picnic at tables set in the waters of the lagoon with select wines with lunches and dinners and all non-alcoholic drinks.  More info by phoning 1300 137 727 or check

Ann is award winner

Tour leader, author and 'good time girl' Ann Rickard has done it again.  Her latest hilarious travel book 'Ooh La La' is on book shelves right now.   Her first was an instant success, 'Not another Book about Italy', and pre the French romp, Ann won fans with her 2007 'Flash and Bash with Fries on the Side'.  Anyone with France in their sights should read 'Oo La La', available at most book shops. Check book availabilities and news of her next group tour of France by contacting 

Kiss the bride

Here's news of a wedding package in the quiet clifftop village of Oia on Santorini, Greece.  Accommodation for two is from $798 per room per night.  To plan the entire day check for the full details.  That price is available for travel April 1 to May 31 and again October 1 to 31 October 2009.  Supplements apply June to September 2009.  Telephone 1300 558 987. 

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

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