Monday, 21 March 2011

Tasmania - Sardinian Festival - Easter Escape - Greek Islands - Machu Picchu


John Crook 

Time to return to Tassie

Join us  on a charity flight with 180 like-minded charity folk having fun whilst supporting the 2011 Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.  This is an exclusive experience  taking in a rich heritage, distinctive wildlife  and scenery galore.  Tickets are on sale for $299.  To purchase and to get more information simply dial 1300 659 115.          Ring between 10.00am and  4-00pm Monday to Friday.  The program includes a walking tour of the World Heritage listed Port Arthur historic site.  Also you will be able to get up close and personal with Tassie Devils at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park.    The flight is from Melbourne to Hobart (return) and it all takes place on Good Friday. 

Sardinian Cavalcade

May 22nd is the date thus year for the Sardinian Cavalcade, a gathering of locals and visitors who parade in their colourful costumes, participate in various traditions including a parade of horsemen. Commemorating a special day way back in 1899 when the king and queen arrived in town.  Unlike most Sardinian feasts  this festival is not a religious event,- but rather a chance to participate in an historic cultural celebration.  More information is available through travel agencies which have an Italian bent.  Or email

The Easter bunny package

It's indulgence time in Brisbane.    An Easter Escape package including all things Easter, starting with accommodation and a king suite and a bottle of French champagne for starters,- for $275 per night.  Then it's just a matter of adding items from the 'pure pamper menu' which are priced individually.  These include one- hour full body massage in-suite, a dozen long stemmed red roses, chocolate dipped strawberries for two and/or a celebration cake for two.    His and hers bathrobes, to take home as a memento, can also be added to the list.  For all the information and conditions call the good folk at the Emporium Hotel  on (07)  3253 6999 or 1300 883 611. 

Follow the path to the icons

The lesser-known Greek islands of  Sifnos and Milos are included in an 11-day private tour, with tours available  any day during the May – September season.   The price ranges from $3465 to $4930 per person, twin share, with a minimum of two passengers on each departure.  This is a novel way of being part of a 'small group'.  For starters the tours include driver, accommodation, all breakfasts and one lunch, transfers, meet/assist services, private guides, fast ferries and entrance fees, listed on the published itinerary. Check the conditions and inclusions by ringing 1300 853 953 or your local travel agent.  The islands are part of the Cyclades group which are located 130km east of Athens.     

Another option for Easter

To the hinterland of Queensland's Sunshine Coast  and a true Easter indulgence. The package includes Estate suite accommodation, daily Parisian breakfast for two, a bottle of Moet and also on arrival Lindt chocolates.  For this package, starting from $1974 per couple, there's luxury accommodation for three nights, a one-hour chocolate facial and body scrub in a Spa Anise day spa. French or Italian cooking school, lunch and a three-course dinner in the exquisite  French-inspired Long Apron restaurant.  That's the three-day/night experience,- just wait until you get to check out the five day package !    To do that,  contact Spicers Clovelly Estate on 1300 717 027, or go visit  

How could you bypass this ?

Spectacular Peru, via complete comfort, awaits with a train journey to Machu Picchu.  A 13-day escorted small group journey explores the wonders of this exciting country.  The itinerary includes the archaeological site of Machu Picchu , the Colca Canyon's snowy peaks, and a full-day tour of the floating islands of Titicaca.    The price starts from $2783 per person twin share.  It's a once in a lifetime experience.    The package  is valid for sale until December 24, 201.  At least make the effort to check on this package,  You can do that by 'phone, 1300 836 764.  Terms and conditions apply. The advertised price is valid departures July 4, 16 and 25, 2011. 

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  The information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agent. 

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