Monday, 22 November 2010

SeaDream Barbados - Bundaberg Turtles - Cuba Singles Adventure - Holgate Beers - Greek Tour Deal

Travel Briefs

John Crook

Elegant informality aboard SeaDream

That's how president Bob Lepisto describes life aboard his luxury motor cruisers, SeaDream 1 and SeaDream 11.  Here's a chance to check him out!

Departing Barbados on February 13 2012 SeaDream 11 sails 20 days to Manus and Iquitos,  and 20-days back to Barbados.

These near-3 week adventures on the Amazon River are priced from US$12,919 per person, twin share.  The price is inclusive of all 5-star dining. Drinks from the open bars, nightly cocktail gatherings, wines with lunch and dinner, power and sail watersports in ports permitted.  There's a 50-course golf simulator, onboard gratuities and port charges.  Really, all you have to do is pack your bag, show your passport and get ready for a truly luxury cruise.  For all the information on these quite amazing Amazon cruises, just go visit or contact your travel agent.


Each year, hundreds of turtles return to the waters of Mon Repos, 15 kilometres from the Queensland city of Bundaberg.    This small beach comes alive between November and March when patience is rewarded.  The daily activities schedule includes appearances on the beach of Mon Repos Conservation Park.  There is a proviso, due to the fact that there is no guarantee the turtles will appear on cue.  Patience please..

To witness this remarkable journey is to  experience a miracle of nature.   Night after night, this procession of motherly love and affection, plays out before your very eyes.  It is live theatre. 

Such is the popularity of a visit to this natural wildlife attraction it is essential bookings be made in advance of any visit.

Tickets can only be booked through the Bundaberg Region Visitor Services by telephoning (07) 4153 8888, or go visit

Singles welcome on Cuba Adventure

Explore Worldwide has recently released a selection of specially designed tours for solo travellers, without the added cost of a single supplement.  As an example, check out the eight-day Cuba Solo Adventure priced from $1187 per person.  Sailing the Caribbean really offers the chance to become involved.  It could be learning how to make a delicious cocktail, through to exploring the streets of Havana and Trinidad.   This deal is for solo travellers only.

Call 1300 414 151 for the relevant information, or go visit

Feel like a beer?

Then head towards Woodend in Victoria and check out the local traditionally brewed beers at Holgate.  Stay awhile in this mountain town and take in the views.  Stylishly refurbished queen-sized bedrooms are a feature of this hotel.  Each with a new ensuite.  Bed and breakfast accommodation is available from $135 for an Alley room, of from $165 for a room with a village view or for a mountain view room, from $ 185.  Those rates are per night for two people.  Family rooms are also available.     Holgate Brewhouse may be contacted by calling (03)5427 2510 or go visit

A 10% reduction on Greek tour

Mykonos and Santorini are part of a terrific deal which sees a10% reduction in island hopping packages if booked and paid in full by December 15 2010.    These two glorious slices of Greece and her islands are great value.  That package includes nine nights accommodation with breakfast, priced from $1062 per person twin share.

Should your holiday plans fall outside the close off book and pay date, the packages are available  for sale and travel until October 31 2011.  To benefit from the 10% discount package though, call the folk who have all the details.  Close off date for the discount is December 15 2010.   Confused ? – then talk with the experts on 1300 558 987.

* 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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