Monday, 11 January 2010

Tosca on the Nile


John Crook

14-night fly, cruise and stay in Egypt

Follow the tracks made by the ancient pharaohs , traders and explorers touring some of the world's most ancient monuments.  Pay up front before January 29 for an extra early booking discount of $800 per couple   To get the full details of pricing and savings it's just a matter of calling 1800 225 656.  The inclusions make this tour such an exciting package.  There's a three-night stopover in Dubai staying at the Hilton Dubai on the way home, with transfers and a half-day city tour.  Two nights in Cairo  at the deluxe Marriott Hotel, and sightseeing highlights including major temples,  the Pyramids, the sphinx, a flight to Luxor and too many memory making  inclusions,- not the least being  a week aboard the most luxurious riverboat on the Nile.  Far too many highlights to include in this travel brief, so I suggest an immediate  visit to for the details.

But first, how about a lesson on coffee?

The Merlo family leads again with a series of lessons on coffee making.  There's a three-hour commercial session, priced from $195 per person.  Or, if time is of the essence, you could try for a Merlo coffee appreciation session, which is an hour-long introduction to the joys of coffee.  Either breakfast or brunch.  The choice is yours Each session includes a light continental breakfast or brunch, a tour of the roasting factory with a short history of coffee, a sample of two origin beans and a Merlo coffee blend.  All this with some extra a forget the sample bag.  Price for the session is $25 per person.  Check it out by visiting

15% discounts on motorhome bookings in Canada

The only catch is that bookings need to be confirmed by January 31 2010. Travelling Canada in your 'own' motorhome is one of the most exciting ways to do-the-trip. Offering  absolute independence is a key feature when travelling this mode.  Vehicles are covered by insurance and may be collected from eight depots including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

Prices vary per night between $104 and $295, depending on the season and vehicle type.  If interested ring 1300 302 591 or go visit

The big event for SA

In just six days from now a chance to get up close and personal when cyclists from around the world hit the roads of Adelaide and regional South Australia and the Santos Tour Down Under.   Returning to hopefully retain his crown, is the event is the title winner from last year Allan Davis. He will be part of the Astana team. The Tour Down Under is scheduled from January 17 to January  24.  For all the details go 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.    Need a holiday ?  We're archived on