Norfolk Island is so affordable, a claim which is supported by the following package. Eight days for a family of four for less than $3000. Return airfares and taxes for two adults and two children, transfers to Hibiscus Aloha self-contained apartments, car hire (extra) a half day discovery tour, free afternoon tea in The Wild Rainforest Walk and a $100 family voucher at the Bounty Centre toy shop. The family of four package costs $2799 ex Brisbane, Sydney and Newcastle, $2998 from Melbourne. The deal is valid between now and January 31 2009. To book freecall 1800 140 066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ethiopia – a thought?
It's culturally rich, challenging and confronting, but a real inspiration. Check out the Ethiopian Discovery tour which starts and finishes in Addis Ababa. Touring is by 4WD Landcruiser, and the itinerary includes visits to colourful markets. There's a chance to watch primitive cattle herders in action and you will also do a dug-out canoe trip on the Omo River. The tour is priced from $1509, plus there is a local payment of US$250. This ain't Paris or London, - this is how the other half lives. Departure dates throughout 2009. Book through STA Travel. Telephone 134 782 and try something really different. www.statravel.com.au
The Crystal Symphony awaits
A 32-day trip from Los Angeles to Beijing is the big cruise for 2009. It all happens aboard six-star ship, setting sail from LA March 9 2009 en route to Honolulu, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Japan and then Beijing. The tour is priced from $17,055 per person twin share. That includes all taxes, charges and pre-paid gratuities. International air fares not included. There's also a post cruise-land package in a plush Beijing Hotel. The package is from Cruiseabout. Check with your travel agent.
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Six nights in Austria
Depart with Emirates, destination Austria. Contact your local travel agent to see whether you are eligible for the Austrian package,- six nights from $2812 per person twin share. That price, based on Emirates low season, includes return airfares to Vienna, two nights in Salzburg, two nights in Vienna and two nights in Innsbruck. Plus a three day rail pass. Also, for all the details and conditions take a look at www.exploreholidays.com.au
Kids ski free
The popular Canadian winter playgrounds offer the 'kids ski free' program, meaning that children 12 years old and under, ski free. Valid between January 4 and 29. At Ski Whistler, pay from $4,199 for seven-nights for a two-bedroom apartment at Town Plaza. That covers two adults and two children, with a six-day lift pass for two adults. For details check www.skimax.com.au
* 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.