Monday, 22 September 2008

Afghan precinct a winner

Travel briefs for distribution w/c September 22

By John Crook

Christmas in Europe

Spend Christmas in an 800-year-old Austrian coaching inn, and a traditional Italian feast in a 2000–year-old Roman fortress. Eight wonderful days travelling from Frankfurt to Luzern is on offer, along with other options. Commencing December 21 this fully escorted tour comes with most meals, Christmas lunch and plenty of sightseeing. Priced from $2289 Check the inclusions by visiting

Fiesta time in SA

Don’t consider South Australia unless you also include a day or two on the Fleurieu Peninsula and for a special treat coincide that visit with the September 27 – October 26 food and wine festival. Grand Mercure Links Bay offers a fiesta package for just $143 per person, twin share. The package includes accommodation for one night in a king spa suite. Also included dinner for two plus a complimentary bottle of local wine, breakfast for two and late check-out. For bookings telephone (08) 8558 2220 or visit

See Cher live on stage

Elton John’s new show The Red Piano is playing at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Seats from $209.50 to best seats in the house priced at $411.50. Tickets for Cher start at $181.50. For reservations check or telephone 1300 730 023.

AirAsia X for low priced fares

Currently operating out of the Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur, as from November AirAsia X will introduce new direct services from Perth to KL (Nov 3) and Melbourne to KL (Nov 12). One way flights, from $199, valid for sale until September 28, 2008 and for travel between January 2009 and July 2009. Airfares include airport taxes, surcharges and fees. Bookings on-line at

Taste the spices

There’s a 14-day safari across Kenya and Tanzania which provides access to the sanctuary of wildlife through rich African culture. Keep an eye out for lions, monkeys, cheetahs. They’re all here. To experience this slice of Africa join one of several tours which operate until December 2008. Prices, for a 14-day safari start, from $1660 per person, twin share. There is also a local payment of USD $230. Airfares not included. The safari includes 10-nights camping accommodation, three night’s hostel accommodation, all meals whilst camping. Breakfast and dinner in Zanzibar. Check it out at

Afghan precinct a winner

First it was Little India,-with a group of some 50 ethnic Indian shops and restaurants. Now, the City of Greater Dandenong in Melbourne is about to launch an Afghanistan precinct. A group of retail outlets, from Afghan rugs to the cuisine of the Middle East, share the culture and cuisine of a special group of people. An offer to experience their world takes guests on an Afghan bazaar tour of fashion, food and music. The tours are free and at tour end Afghan meals are an option. To reserve a spot on the tour telephone (03) 9239 5134.

Maison Grange five star all the way

Travel to Marlborough and taste the wines. Enjoy the experience even moreso by overnighting at a luxury B&B, in its own vineyard setting. John and Robyn Hedges are passionate about food, wine and hospitality. Maison Grange is just ten minutes from Blenheim airport and 25 minutes from the inter-island ferry. Dragonfly and butterfly suites are available from $425 per night. Tariff includes a breakfast ‘worth waking up for’. There is also an exciting food and wine matched three-course dinner, priced at $124 per person (minimum four guests). To check on availabilities, contact

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages and prices are subject to change and availability. The information is provided as a guide only. Check with your travel agent.

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