Monday, 30 March 2009

Not just an AFL football stadium

Your FREE travel briefs for w/c March 30 2009-03-27 


By John Crook 

Gallipoli and the Danube

A tour package from Istanbul to Budapest offers the opportunity to be part of the moving Anzac Day dawn service, along with an eight-night river-cruise, aboard m.s. Amalyra from Rousse in Bulgaria to Budapest.  This tour also includes a return flight from East coast Australian capitals and Adelaide. The 14-day package is priced from $4,695 per person, twin share. It would be a wise move to check out the package, by visiting or telephone 1300 88 99 53. 

Not just an AFL football stadium

The national airline of the United Arab Emirates is doing much more than putting its name and logo on what was once Telstra Dome.  The  airline has some jolly good deals at the moment.  Take Switzerland for example. Geneva, Zurich and the other magical towns and cities of that country, can now be visited by flying Etihad with return fares to Geneva from $1,863 from Sydney, $1,825 from Melbourne and $1,861 from Brisbane. Get the full story by calling 1800 998 995 or visit  

Good Lourdes

There's a terrific two-day package via return TGV Atlantique train from Paris to the Christian pilgrimage market town of Lourdes in southern France, with departures from Paris each Wednesday from April 8 to October 21, 2009.  The package includes pre-arranged second class rail, accommodation in Lourdes, one breakfast and one dinner.  There are two transfers also included. Get the facts by visiting or telephone 1300 558 987. 

A private tour of France

Mount your own private Tour de France with some wonderful self-guided cycling tours.   Set your own pace, stay at pre-arranged accommodation and forget the luggage as the organisers look after that.  The tours range from four to eight days.  The Burgundy leg  is a four-day experience, priced from $1658 per person, twin share. And based in a four-star chateau.  

The tour package includes cycle hire, accommodation, daily breakfasts, maps and instructions.  Make contact with French Connection at 1300 858 304, or pay a visit to  

Remember to do it before April 15

South America is calling and to help you along the way LAN Airlines has some  last minute return airfares  to Santiago, starting from $799 plus taxes ,- that is if bookings are made prior to  April 15.  Travel must be taken before August 31 2009. For information and bookings contact or 1330 363 055. 

Anyone for a laugh.

If you have a keen sense of humour, you should get a laugh and a giggle at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival.  Log onto and take a looksee at some of the accommodation packages.  The Intercontinental Melbourne, in the heart of the city, offers accommodation, breakfast and valet parking from $269 per room, per night.  Or, try Citigate Melbourne with standard rooms available from $149 per room per night.  Bookings via the hotel hotline 1800 005 125.

One of my favourites

Love that Daydream Island. To sample what's on offer on this magical island, get there over Easter with the special package or that period.  It offers 4.5 star luxury, a buffet breakfast daily, return Fantasea cruise transfers, one $20 spa voucher per room per stay and one $30 food and beverage voucher per room per stay.  The package costs $278 per room per night and a four-night stay applies.  Rooms sleep up to four people with children using existing bedding Telephone 1800 075 040 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.   Blockout periods may apply.   

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