Monday, 16 August 2010

Arabian Odyssey includes Muscat

w/c August 16 2010


John Crook

Paths of the Alps

If travelling into the Geneva region of Switzerland, here's an offer which provides the key to  1,000 kms of walks at 5 centimes per km.   This one deserves checking out.      Check into, and stay for a couple of nights to become eligible for a free backpack, a map, a bottle of wine and a piece of local cheese.  Obviously accommodation and meals are at your cost.  To get the full facts and conditions it's just a matter of visiting  

A favourite of mine

A beautiful land, which doesn't lose its charm is now available as a special offer.  Vanuatu is the destination. Once visited, never forgotten.  Priced from just $288 per person, the package offers real value for an overseas escape.  Seven- nights for the price of five in a twin share room, continental breakfast daily, use of snorkel gear, kayaks and Maricat sailing.  There's more, so check that you can travel from November 1 to December 15 2010, or from January 15-31 or again, from March 15-31 2011. This slice of paradise is at Hideaway Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary.  Conditions apply and the price is per person and based on two adults.  Log onto  

Small group touring

The world's longest established travel company, Cox & Kings has on offer one heck of tour.  Priced from $2208 pr person twin share, this is an eight-day Arabian Odyssey departing Muscat on November 21 2010, with other departures throughout next year.   Tours by this company generally use first class four or five star hotels, lodges and camps.  Touring  is via air-conditioned vehicles, there's a tour escort, and included in the price are entrance fees and seven-nights accommodation. Ring the operators on 1300 836 764, or email or go ahead and  visit your local travel agent.  Terms and  conditions apply. 

Why Monto ?

When in the Bundaberg  North Burnett region of Queensland, do ourself a favour and head towards Monto,- a slice of pioneering Australia, yet with all the facilities expected by latter-day explorers.  Whilst this is a service town the big drawcard is Lake Cania and Cania Gorge.   Some of the oldest country in the world, and indeed one of the most attractive for those who like to get out into the bush.  For a slice of the real Australia, arrange to spend a few days in the area.  Rocky formations, spectacular escarpments, with sandstone cliffs 70 metres high.  Caravanners and those who get a kick out of sleeping under canvas have the choice of two excellent holiday parks at the gorge   This is heaven on earth.    For all the bits and pieces you need to know about the region,  telephone (07) 4153 8888 o go visit  

A touch of culture

Either living in, or heading towards Melbourne on or around September 3-4, insert a slice of culture into your plans and book for Don Giovanni which is playing at the National Theatre.     Book online at or telephone (03) 9525 4611. This is a brand new production produced by the he Opera School Melbourne and set in the swinging sixties. 

* 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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