Monday, 29 December 2008

Visit some of Europe’s iconic ports

Weekly Travel Briefs – w/c December 29 2008.


By John Crook

Boutique tours in Italy

From bases in three major centres of Italy with easy access to Florence, Siena and Assisi. That's part of the success of Carolinasusi Italia Tours which offers two departure dates ex Rome, April 24 2009 or September 25 2009. Full-time tour escorts, coach, ferry, funicular and rail travel with all breakfasts and most dinners on these tour packages of 21-nights. Priced from $6,975 per person, twin share, these are truly boutique, small-groups tours. All the details by calling (07) 3396 8652 or visit

New ways to live your dream

Here's news of some of the most sought after locations in New Zealand and Fiji, staying at luxury lodges, resorts and private island escapes, featuring savagely discounted prices. Packages are valid through to 31 March 2009 and priced from NZ$450 per couple per night. There are 23 Summer Luxe special offers. Check them out at your local travel agent or

Beaut Utes

Goulburn in New South Wales springs into life with the Australia Day Ute Muster,- January 24-27. The venue is the Goulburn Showgrounds which will be filled to overflowing. That requires an immediate check around for accommodation. Easiest way to do that is to take a look at Try this for size! Deluxe suites at the Goulburn Heritage Motel with prices starting from $99 per room per night and that includes a continental breakfast.

Discovering hidden gems

The world's most punctual airline now offers a travellers' guidebook like no other. Our World offers the chance to discover hidden gems that makes one feel like a local and not a tourist, with tips from SAS crew members.

Covering all Scandanavian long-haul destinations, it sells for 15 euro and may be purchased on line from To download your free SAS city guide, visit

Visit some of Europe's iconic ports

Barcelona to Rome is just one cruise which offers terrific savings,- with cruise only fares for as little as $2,683 per person, twin share. Depart from Barcelona on 26 April 2009, for seven-day experience, aboard msy Wind Surf, taking in glamorous locations en route, including Porto-Vecchio on the rugged French island of Corsica, Spain's Balearic Islands, Italy's Costa Verde and then Rome via Portoferraio. Start the excitement juices flowing by calling 1300 766 566 or visiting

Beat out that rhythm

You will feel the beat in Cuba on an 11-night tour. Cuban music fills the air in legendary bars and clubs. The tour begins and ends in Havana. Priced from $1,295 per person, twin share, plus a local flight from $165, includes 11 nights accommodation, daily breakfasts, transport and activities as per the itinerary. This tour operates throughout the year. Get the facts 'mon' by telephoning 1300 799 783 or visit

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages and prices are subject to change and availability. This information is provided as a guide only. Check with your travel agency. Block out periods may apply. Need a holiday ? We're archived on