Rather than taking the road route, instead join the happy folk aboard the luxury Costa Classica and its 17-night fly, cruise and stay package. E-cruising.travel has packages from just $3299 per person, twin share. The sailing is from October 10 this year. The package includes hotel accommodation in Nagasaki and Tokyo, Shanghai and also Hong Kong, plus of course the thrill of experiencing life aboard the 53,000 tonne ship. All onboard dining and entertainment are included. There's a two-deck theatre, casino and a daytime observatory which becomes a disco by night. Telephone 1300 369 848 or check www.ecruising.travel
How about spending a week with a family in Antigua and in that time do one salsa dance class along with some cultural activities. This is a perfect add-on for those who are travelling South America. The price is from $540 per person twin share, staying with a Guatemalan family. International airfares are not included. The courses start each Monday. Check out the conditions and the inclusions by ringing 1300 554 175 or visit www.studentflights.com.au
POP OVER TO POPPY'S
Balmy breezes, gourmet food, a touch of 'culshure', then it must be Vanuatu. This is the overseas holiday option without the over-the-top price tag. Here's news of a seven nights for the price of six at Poppy's on the Lagoon. Check conditions and the full package prices ex your capital city by visiting www.travelonline.com
THE WILD SIDE FOR A WILD PRICE
Possibly one of the best value day-out discovery passes is that which is offered by Sydney Wild Life World and Sydney Aquarium. For kids, the March only price is $19.95 and for adults $29.95. Located next to each other,the combined promotion makes for a value packed family event.
To purchase, the best value day discovery pass, download the voucher at www.myfun.com.au and present the voucher at the ticket office. Remember this is a March 2009 only offer.
Early birds be aware
One of the best value offers for self-driving in Europe comes from Renault Eurodrive. Savings and bonus offers could save hundreds of dollars. Book and pay before March 31 2009, collect your vehicle any time up to December 31 this year and you could be eligible to receive seven free days additional leasing with 21-day bookings. Also included is free delivery and return in 20 French centres. Check the super value offer and upgrades which could be yours. It will be worth the telephone call, - 1300 55 11 60 or visit www.renaulteurodrive.com.au
Solo traveller deals Aussie holidays
There are some half-price single supplements for solo travellers on some APT Cape York, Western Australian and Great Barrier Reef holidays. I suggest you make the call to 1300 656 085 to check on the savings,- which I believe to be quite substantial. The Cape York holiday starts and ends in Cairns, the WA package starts in Perth and ends in Darwin and the Barrier Reef package starts in Sydney and ends in Cairns. Air fares are not included in the prices. Take a look at www.aptouring.com.au or call 1300 656 985.
Sail a square-rigged ship
Join the crew of an authentic sailing ship, departing Sydney for Auckland November 9th, 2009. A journey of romance, action and adventure offered at the inclusive cost of $3630 per person, with all meals on-board, excursions and activities. You become a crew member setting sail through Sydney Harbour, crossing the Tasman to New Zealand. Airfares not included. Check the full details, inclusions and conditions by visiting www.outdoortravel.com.au or telephone 1800 331 582.
* 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.