Monday, 23 February 2009

Paradise for sure

Travel briefs for week commencing Monday Feb 23 2009. 

By John Crook 

Round Australia cruise

Here's the chance of a lifetime to explore the dramatic coastlines that frame the lucky country. It's a 34-night cruise departing from Sydney March 14 2010.  Visit each of the six capitals along with Torres Strait, Hamilton Island, Cairns, Darwin as well.  In fact this is a real history lesson, undertaken while touring the Australian coastline aboard the MS Volendam, with all meals and entertainment included.  Flights to the cruise start and end are not included.  Telephone Travel Associates on 1800 044 066. 

Aussies only!

A cruising company has chartered the award-winning Viking Surkov to sail a series of 12-night cruises taking in such highlights as St Petersburg, the Volga-Baltic waterways, the Moscow Canal and magical Moscow.  Daily sightseeing excursions will be led by English speaking guides.  The Viking Surkov was recently refurbished at a cost of US$6m. The twist is that the four cruises are exclusively for Australians.  Departures are set for May 6, July 5 and 29 and September 27.   For more details telephone 1800 225 656 or visit  

France Rail with bonus

There are some value-add offers for Rail Plus travellers.  Their France rail pass carries a range of offers including free underground train between St Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare-du-Nord station, discounts on some ferry services range of between 20% and 50%, in Italy, Ireland and England.  There also are discounts on Eurostar between Paris and London.  The France Rail Pass is available only in Australia, with the bonus offers only available in Europe.  Conditions apply and to get the full details and prices bisit  

Paradise for sure

If you're quick you may head off a stampede by other holiday makers set to reserve accommodation at  Kings Beach Retreat, near Victor Harbor.  A real wilderness location, but studded with luxury.  Close to wineries at Langhorne Creek and also at McLaren Vale.

There is nothing which comes to mind that surpasses the quality and the R&R on offer by Ian and Rose at Kings Beach Retreat.  It's a stunning property, private and ideal for those wishing to enjoy luxury and solitude.  Currently the rates are $190 per night in low season, $250 per night at Easter, long weekends and South Australian school holidays. To get the facts and to make a booking  check the website or telephone (08) 8552 5983.   


It has to be one of the very best experiences and judging by reports from past passengers that claim can be changed to 'THE very best'.  I refer to SeaDream, the luxury mega motor-yacht.  Book a cruise between now and March 15 2009 and take your holiday anytime up until April of 2010.    The Caribbean, between November and April, the Mediterranean from May to October, and an 11-night repositioning sailings across the Atlantic, with each cruise accompanied by price reductions.     Prices which have already been cut will reap further discounting of 15%, that is, if booked before March 15 this year.  Travel agents have the details and the conditions which also may be checked by visiting    

Getalong to Ettalong

Mantra Ettalong Beach is one of the prize spots on NSW's scenic Central Coast. It's a premium beachfront resort providing the ultimate seascape escape.  Valid for sale up until March 15 2009 and for travel to March 31 2009, guests who book four nights in a one-bedroom suite will pay from $203 per room, per night, but in fact only have to pay for three nights,  The fourth night is a bonus.  Take a moment off and check it out by ringing 13 15 17, or by visiting  

* 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 

END    The courtyard overlooking Kings Beach.    Kings Beach Retreat,- Victor Harbor.