Monday, 21 September 2009

Go in style to Istanbul


John Crook

Go in style to Istanbul

Set aside part of your May 2010 plans and cruise from Athens and the Greek Islands to Istanbul.  This is too good to miss!  Travel aboard the super-luxurious Seabourn Odyssey.  It includes two nights pre-cruise accommodation at the Athen's Grand Bretagne Hotel,  two-nights post cruise at the Swissotel Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul and there's a free night in Singapore's Raffles Hotel enroute.  This is a 12-night  fly, cruise and stay package.  Return air from mainland capitals including air taxes are part of the deal.  There's heaps more to check out.  Book early-bird through up until December 10 this year and that brings the price down to as low as $8349 per person twin share. Telephone 1300 369 848 for details and conditions.

Book this one before Sept 30 2009

There's a good choice of top hotels offering huge discounts for travel to Singapore pre December 31 2009. Typical is the 50% discount at the five-star Regent Singapore which offers bed and breakfast for $212 a night. For the budget conscious Fragrance Hotels, which operate six properties, offer rates from $92 upwards.  For information and bookings call globalCARS on 1300 789 992.

Check these incentives

Adventure World is including incentives such as inclusive meals and free nights,- part of some seven-night packages to the exotic Maldives. For instance Makunudu Island resort is offering most meals in its seven-night packages which are priced from $1067.  Packages include most water sports activities.  The deal is open for sale until December 31 and for travel at varying times from May until July 2010.

Conditions apply and airfares note included.  Check out the details by calling 1300 363 055 or visit

The French connection

Departures from Paris for the grand circuit of France welcome you in May, July or September.

The tour includes three days to explore the Loire Valley, three in Bordeaux and Burgundy plus stunning medieval villages of the Dordogne.  There's a $300 per person earlybird discount on these signature tours in 2010.  Full price is from $5899 pp twin share (including discount).  This requires tours to be booked and deposited by December 31 2009.  Get the details and conditions by calling 1300 858 304 or go visit

Exotica yoga

To the  Bali Hills and holistic ritual special to Santi Mandala Villa & Spa on the outskirts of Ubud. Priced from $365 per person the package includes return private car transfers from Denpasar Airport, two nights accommodation, one yoga and body package including meditation, deep relaxation therapy, two-hour body treatment, one vegetarian lunch or dinner, breakfast daily, fruit basket on arrival, daily mineral water and afternoon tea. This is traditional Balinese style accommodation and lifestyle. Surely there's a misprint here?  Valid for travel until December 24 2009 and from January 6 to March 31, 2010. Check my facts out by visiting

Christmas here I come

Don't know for sure which is happening first, ie the arrival of Christmas or me off to London.  It matters not just so long as I experience the Christmas package on offer by Red Carnation hotels.  For those who stay at any of their luxury London properties, here is what is on offer!  Overnight accommodation in a beautifully appointed bedroom, suite or fully serviced apartment.  A warming glass of mulled wine or a mug of the ultimate hot chocolate, full English breakfast daily, as festive afternoon tea, a festive turndown treat at bedtime, free movies for those who want to snuggle up wit a great film, and a 6pm checkout on the day of departure.  Stay Chrismas Eve and there's a stocking full of surprises.  First up though, for a head start to a happy Christmas, I suggest a visit to

* 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