Monday, 11 May 2009

French all the way


By John Crook

Three free nights in Capetown

Return airfares from Australia and domestic flights in South Africa are part of an eight-day wildlife and scenery package.  Also included are three free nights at the Cape Cadogan Hotel in Capetown, those three nights at Lion Sands River Lodge with all meals, local drinks and game viewing.  The deal, costing $5540 pe person , also includes an overnight in Johannesburg.   If interested, the deal is available for travel until September 30 2009, so hop onto or telephone 1800 221 451.  Check on the conditions.

Inclusions at Green Island resort

Stay in an island suite from $150 per person per night, twin share. If my maths are correct this represents a saving of  up to $115 per night/person. Inclusions are return catamaran transfers from Cairns, full buffet breakfast, use of snorkelling equipment and a glass bottom boat tour.  For information and bookings visit or call 1800 002 233.

French all the way

There are six new self-drive itineraries on offer, allowing you to travel at your own pace, yet staying at pre-booked accommodation. Prices, for a tour of Champagne, Burgundy and Beaujolais, include seven days from $1075 per person, twin share.   Touring for this itinerary starts in Paris. Other tours head off from Avignon, and the Loire Valley and it's possible to combine any of the itineraries with others creating a grand tour.  Book before May 29 and Renault Eurodrive offers seven days free for bookings of 21 days or more, with pick-up before December 31 2009.  Telephone 1300 858 304 or visit 

Heritage class

There is a third level of cabin class aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, with a fifteen-day package priced from $11,530 as compared to the former lead-in price of $18,455.

The package includes accommodation, gourmet meals, a generous drinks' allowance and a range of sightseeing excursions from the train.   The Heritage Class cabins have bunk beds with a standard double bed on the lower level.  There are eight cabins to a carriage ands the ninth is equipped as a bathroom. Telephone 1300 363 554 or visit  

Pandaw's luxury cruise into Borneo

Eight-nights cruising into the very heart of Borneo definitely offers something out of the box.  Join the replica colonial-ere riverboat as one of just 60 guests sailing the swift-flowing Rajang River from Sibu.  Surprises such as walking into remote villages which were once home to head-hunters, and marvel at the amazing flora and fauna.  The price from US $4995 per cabin, with twin occupancy, includes all meals, local beers and spirits, gratuities and daily guided shore excursions.  More details from travel agents or telephone (02) 8080 5622 or visit  

Kayak touring

Mossy Point is the nearest point to Region X boat shed, which is offering touring aboard glass bottomed kayaks. The other grid point would be Broulee on the south coast of NSW.  The tour-hour Marine Park Sanctuary tour is priced at $55 per person (half price for the kids).  For more info ring 0400 184 034.  

* 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