Monday, 20 July 2009

No downturn at the Victoria Palace


John Crook

No downturn at the Victoria Palace

Movie stars, writers, painters and those folk who are looking for something special, have the Victoria Palace Hotel in mind. It's elegant, refined and a must even if the holiday budget only allows for one very special night. It should be a night to remember. Apart from all the positive words of praise it receives, there is a special note to remember. This is one classy Paris property which also makes families welcome, as it is known as a children friendly hotel. It is right in the heart of the romantic city,- the Left Bank and Mont Martre. This is one very special place and to check availabilities, or make a reservation, email

Check out this splendid slice of Paris, by visiting

Its time to make a reservation, courtside

Can't wait until my favourite players hit the court at the first grand slam tennis tournament for 2010. The price of $465 per person twin share includes one-night at Mercure Welcome Hotel, entry to Melbourne Park and reserved seating in Rod Laver Arena at two games of your choice and unreserved seating at outside courts. Airfares to Melbourne are not included. For bookings telephone 131 600 or visit

Singles benefit with no surcharge

The elegant Royal Scotsman charms 36 guests who get to travel in a nostalgia style akin the Edwardian age, when romance was king. Staterooms all have private facilities and steward service. Heaps of highlights, with exciting itineraries up to seven nights and inclusive pricing start from $3,940 per person. Single guests don't pay any surcharge for single cabins. You can book on trips which operate through to October, 2009. Get the facts by visiting or telephone 1300 851 800.

SAS and its bargain sale

SAS is one of the most respected airlines in the world, with special business class fares from $4,849 ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, via Bangkok.

These fares are available through until 31 August 2009. There's also a special economy deal, with prices from $1,679 available for travel Bangkok or Tokyo and with departures ex Cairns. There are complimentary transit packages available between Bangkok or Tokyo for passengers having international flight connections of six-hours or more. These packages include quality accommodation and transfers between airport and hotel. For more information telephone 1300 727 707 or visit

Third birthday coming up

Chocolate Rush returns for its third anniversary, with an invitation for you to sample some serious chocolate tastings and demonstrations. Local and celebrity chefs will be on hand participating in sessions every hour. The venue is the Melbourne Showgrounds. For ticketing visit or telephone 1300 737 363. The dates are August 8 and 9, from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Thirteen is lucky number

A 13-night cruise ex Sydney has destination New Zealand. The luxury-cruise is aboard the mega-liner Sun Princess which departs our shores on October 13 next year. Arguably this cruise is in the 'bargain price' department. The cruise comes with a choice of live-show lounges, a 24-hour buffet, three pools, a virtual golf simulator, spa and gym. Even a casino. The cruise includes visits to the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Napier, the Fjordland National Park, - just to mention a few. Ring 1300 369 848 for all the details 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. Block-out periods may apply.

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