Monday, 26 January 2009

Dawn Princess Desert Cruise

Travel Briefs – for week commencing Monday Jan 26 2009. 

By John Crook 

Magane Coupe

Renault Eurodrive offers a brilliant holiday travel option for those who like the excitement of driving  in Europe.   There are seven free days with all 21-day bookings, and even an upgrade from their smallest 3-day hatch to brand new four-door Megane Berline diesel coupe from just $51 difference in leasing costs.  Conditions apply so call 1300 55 11 60 for details, or visit 

Re-trace original flight route

December 14 1934 launched  air services between Australia and the UK. The history making event is remembered when, on March 18, twenty-two adventurers board a private prop-jet airliner in Sydney and take a three week journey to London flying as close as possible  to that original flight.  Normally carrying 44 passengers, this exclusive journey will be experienced by just 22 passengers.  The schedule includes seventeen centres along the way, including Singapore, Thailand, Burma, the Middle East , Turkey and France.  The return trip ex London  on April 8 offers another listing of exotic ports of call. Check the prices and conditions by phoning 1800 083 141, or visit  

Great Ocean Road beckons

The luxury property, Mantra Deep Blue, just has to be one of the best accommodation venues along Victoria's famous coastal road.  It's in Warrnambool which in itself is a delightful coastal city. A 'spa indulgence' pack come with a price tag of $490 per room, for two people and that includes one night's luxury accommodation in a Seascape room, two course dinner and full breakfast for two at the Water Table restaurant, two-one hour spa treatments at the Deepwater Baths and Spa, with a spa gift.   It's a winner, plus it's eco-friendly.  More information by ringing 1300 987 620, or email 

Wow !

I reckon I would book the Dawn Princess just to attack the poolside hamburger grill, the ice-cream bar and then the patisserie!  Then, at other times I'd take up the option to laze about the 77,500 tonne floating palace.  The Dubai-Sydney cruise sails from Dubai on September 21  for Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Phuket, Langkawi, KL, Singapore, Darwin and then Sydney.   Hey, the price is also another drawcard.  Starting from as low as $4199, per person twin share, it includes one-way air fare from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide to Dubai.  Ring toll free 1300 369 848, or visit  

Fight fat

Here's the ultimate personal challenge which should have you trim, taut and terrific,- plus holiday escapes in between staying in traditional Balinese style bungalows. Bali 'bootcamps'  offer the chance to gain or improve fitness levels.  The scenery's not bad either!   Prices start from $1,095 per person twin share and that's with five night's accommodation, all meals and airport transfers.  The week long Bali Bootcamps operate on selected Sundays through March, April, May and June.  Airfares not included. Check it out by ringing 1300 799 783 or visit  

Will Ronald be there?

Should be, because the Homecoming 2009 Clan MacDonald tours will be awash with the Mac tribe.  The tours start at Edinburgh and the package is priced from $1344 per person twin share, which includes three nights accommodation, some meals and touring.  Battle sites and family history galore for MacDonald-folk.  Ok !  I hear you, what about the Campbells, the MacGregors, MacLeods and Camerons ?  Well, they too have dates set aside for their own clan tours.  Travel agencies should have all the info, - if not 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 

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