Monday, 10 November 2008

Movies under the stars

Travel Briefs/Tips – for w/c November 10


By John Crook

Royal palaces and all that

Take on the back roads of the UK and Europe travelling with a like minded group numbering from just two to 16. You may care to take in Harry Potter country or the battlefields of  the Anzacs.  For instance there's a six day/five night tour of the palaces and chateaux pf the Loire, priced from $2399 per person.  Check the conditions and the itinerary with your local travel agent. Just ask for details of Explore Holidays personalised tours, on offer including a 10% launch discount.

Luxury in the wild

Check the latest information on &BEYOND 's new luxury lodges in northern Kenya and southern Tanzania or the other 44 lodges and camps scattered through South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and India.   This company offers the wilderness under the banner of luxury adventure. To get the full picture have a look at  

A real saving

The deal is for you to book an economy car for a minimum of three days and pay just $29 per day, or a compact car for three days and pay $33 per day.  The offer is from Europcar and applies to locations in Victoria, New South Wales, the ACT, Brisbane, God Coast and Sunshine Coast.  The offer is valid for sale through December 15 2008.

Check on the other deals currently on offer by logging on to or telephone 1300 13 13 90.

Sydney Opera House views

Family rooms from $79 per night  offer the ideal answer to those who are looking for a decent deal in Sydney,- million dollar views at that!    Formulae 1 is located in William Street, and that's just a short walk to the city centre.   Family rooms feature a double bed, plus two bunks, a private ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and a TV.

To book have a look at or ring (02) 9326 0300.

Cruise deal

There's a six-day cruise from Istanbul to Athens vis the Greek Islands,  priced from $1886 per person. New bookings paid in full by May 31 2009 and the price is from $1697. Included is accommodation in cabins with private facilities, air conditioning, all-on-board meals and most on board entertainment.  Ports visited include Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Ag Nikolaos and Santorini.  The agents on 1300 558 987 or Google
A bush Christmas

During the Christmas holiday period, December 1 2008 to January 31 2009. book the family into Peppers Hidden Vale (the home of the original James Bond).  Accommodation in a three bedroom cottage, continental breakfasts and free activities including mountain bikes,  tennis courts, use of heated pool, animal nursery and a golf driving range.  The available rates are from $350 per family, per night.  Other rates for singles or doubles are also available.  Contact 1300 881 435 or email    

Save money at Kingscliff

It's possible to save $90 a night when booked into Mantra on Salt Beach at Kingscliff.   Try this one for size.  At the four and a half star property standard hotel rooms are available from $87 per night per person, based on two adults twin-share.   Valid for travel until November 30 2008.  Full breakfast is included for two.  To check on this offer log onto or telephone 1800 421 800.

Movies under the stars

Commending mid year 2009 Dawn Princess will introduce  its outdoor cinema.  The following year Sun Princess follows suit.  So take to a deck chair, or view from the pool.  US based Princess vessels have had such delights since 2004. Now, it's our turn. Join Dawn Princess and its 13 night cruise to Fiji departing Sydney June 22 2009 with fares from $2106 per person twin share, and your date with the open air theatre is confirmed.  Ring 13 24 88 and get the facts.

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