Monday, 1 March 2010

Escorted Viking Tour includes Denmark, Iceland, Greenland the Shetland and Orkney islands

W/c March 1

John Crook

Bali for schoolies week 2010

Club Cactus is the destination for many  students in search of a fun and affordable holiday with a twist. A Schoolies escape package  is on offer from just $413 per person share and that includes seven-nights accommodation with breakfasts, personal airport transfers, Club Cactus freebies, souvenirs and services of an exclusive activities officer.  This year Schoolies runs from November 20 to December 12.  For bookings and details of conditions, go visit

Pay 2nd class and travel 1st

Switzerland rail travel is different.  Different in that it is possible to travel 1st class yet pay second class.  This is a new deal from Rail Plus, with free upgrade for travel up to May 31 if booked before March 29. The upgrade applies to adult, child, saver and youth tickets and valid for the Swiss continuous pass and the Swiss flexi pass.  Conditions apply, so check with 

Hone your golf swing

Get the help of a pro-golfer whilst enjoying the supreme beauty of Mauritius.  Whilst airfares are not included in this offer, the deal is still appealing, with prices starting from $1940 per person twin share.  That includes five nights accommodation in a deluxe room, transfers, breakfast and dinner.  The five-day golfer's package starts from $570 per person or $799 per couple.  Add the sums and it still looks enticing.    More details by ringing 1800 044 066.  Conditions apply and prices subject to change.

Free vehicle upgrades

Year 2010 is off to a good start with vehicle upgrades or reduced rates tor those travellers who book early to enjoy the best value in car rental,.. particularly in the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal.  Also in the USA and Canada.  Auto Europe offers real value-for-money offers. It's just a matter of booking before March 31 2010 and collect your vehicle any time between April 1 and March 31 2011.  To ensure you get the best deal, I reckon the best thing to do is go visit 

Butcher, baker and winemaker

A decade or so ago, the  Barossa Valley launched a VIP experience voucher book priced at $65 but with over $100 value. The Butcher, Baker, Winemaker voucher book includes a souvenir hamper including a stainless steel cheese knife, mini chopping board, napkins and dipping bowl. There's more though.  For the full story telephone Tourism Barossa on (08) 8563 0662.  Then, go sample 'Barossa style'.

Go pray in a circa-AD1111 church

There's a 19-day fully-escorted tour in August of this year to the lands of the Vikings.  The itinerary includes Denmark, Iceland, Greenland the Shetland and Orkney islands en-route to Aberdeen in Scotland.   Volcanoes, hot springs, geysers and the site of the world's first parliament will be visited. This is one tour which needs to be considered.  Don't just take my word for it, arrange for a brochure by visiting or call 1800 083 141,

* 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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