Monday, 8 November 2010

Eastern Europe - Ski Japan - Snakes - Seabourn Sojoum


John Crook

Decent savings - eastern Europe

How about this?  There's a 13-day package  covering Eastern Europe which includes the magical cities of Vienna, Budapest and Prague.   Tradition, cultural heritage and accommodation in first class hotels.  For those who are interested the Eastern European Panorama package is priced from $2371, the inclusions feature highlights such as Vienna's Hofburg Palace, a drive through the stunning Slovakian countryside and the beautiful Saxony Baroque city of Dresden.  To benefit from a $120 saving per person, you will need to book with deposits paid by 1 December 2010.    The advertised price is inclusive of discount and is valid for selected departures between 14 May and 13 October 2011.  For more information just pick up the 'phone and dial 1300 558 987.    Conditions apply and pricing subject to change based on availability, season, currency fluctuation and accommodation type.

Ski Japan and benefit

The location is Furano and the Furano Prince Hotel, which lies about three hours from the new Chitose Sapporo Airport,- right in the very heart of Hokkaido, which just happens to be the location of Japan's powder paradise.   If you take up on the Furano Prince deal on offer, it means you pay for five and get seven nights,  or pay ten and get 14 nights, plus pay for a five day lift pass and get the 6th day free.  Seven night land packages start from $937 per person, twin share. The price includes return airport transfers, seven nights twin share room in the new hotel, plus the six-day Furano skl lift pass.

If perchance I've lost you, with all those figures, take the easy way out and telephone 1300 137 411, or go visit

You have until November 30 2010

Wyoming Travel and Tourism is offering travellers an opportunity to enjoy a seven-day  winter getaway for two persons, in the beautiful mountain resort of Jackson Hole and neighbouring Yellowstone National Park.   More details by visiting  then click on to Wyoming  Winter Getaway Sweepstakes found on the home page.    Visitors will be asked to  share their favourite Wyoming memory, or their ideal escape in 25 words or less.  Deadline for entries is November 30 2010.   Conditions and the details may be found on that website.  Or, call (02) 9144 6015.  The competition includes land content only, that is, a round trip from any major city in the United States. 

Snakes alive

Considered one of the best reptile parks in the country, Snakes Downunder Reptile Park has grown from a small but tidy display of snakes, lizards, to  a full scale (pardon the pun) 'snake show', educational of course, but also a chance to overcome that specific phobia, namely Ophidiophobia.    Ian Jenkins and his team, at the Childers reptile park, have developed an attraction which offers the real reptile experience.   Demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day,- including venomous reptile handling, and getting up close and personal with a pair of saltwater crocodiles.  Admission is $18 per adult concession $16, child 4 to 12 $9 and there's a family pass on offer as well at $48.   For details of the attractions and activities go visit or telephone Ian on  (07) 4126 3332.

Too good to miss

In January and February of 2011 go cruise from Auckland to Sydney, aboard the ultimate in luxury.   The 5-star Seabourn Sojoum sets sail  from Auckland on January 25 for Wellington, Akaroa, Lyttleton, Christchurch, Port Chalmers for Dunedin, a cruise of the Fjordland, and across the Tasman Sea to Hobart and then on to Sydney where there is a night aboard ship.   An air, cruise and stay package through Cruiseco includes one-way economy class airfares and taxes from Sydney, two-nights pre-cruise at the Westin  Lighter Quay in Auckland with breakfasts, airport/hotel/port transfers and all gourmet dining, nightly entertainment and gratuities aboard Seabourn Sojoum.  The 14-night Auckland to Sydney fly, cruise and stay package is priced from $8770 twin share.  For more information 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


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