Monday, 11 April 2011

Indochina Tours - Il Gioco del Ponte - Cirque du Soleil - Q Station - Rio Brazil


John Crook

Wendy Wu

Indochina specialist Wendy Wu is offering a $200 per person discount on their Vietnam departure  July 09m 2011.  One of the conditions is that bookings need to be made prior to 31 May.  It is an 18-day tour which takes in some of Vietnam's key attractions including, the dynamic city of Saigon, the Mekong Delta which includes a homestay, Hoi An, Hue and the treasures of Halong Bay.  The package is now priced from $3889  for departures from Sydney and Melbourne, for those travelling ex Brisbane and Adelaide it is priced from $4089 and from Perth $4191.  Prices are per person, twin share and include return economy airfares and taxes, 16 nights accommodation, comprehensive touring, visa fee for Aussie passport holders, fuel surcharge and gratuities.  For more information and to confirm the conditions and prices, telephone 1300 727 998.

Could be you in battle

An historic event known  as Il Gioco del Ponte is a colourful and violent ritual where two opposing camps fight over the town's main bridge, an event which dates back to the Middle Ages.  That's how it once was.  These days the event is more of an endurance course rather than a blood thirst battle.  Get to the location early in the day and grab a good spot to catch the marching, the 'battle' and the huge military parade.  Best advice I can give is to go visit or contact the Italian Government Tourist Office in Sydney.  The email address is or telephone (02) 9262 1666.  It all happens the last Sunday in June.

They're back– be warned !

Something a little different is happening in Brisbane in July.  Tickets are currently available for Cirque du Soleil – Saltimbanco, playing at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Boondall from 8 July to 17, 2011.  Starting as a group of street performers in 1984, the company has grown somewhat, now boasting 5,000 employees, including 1,300 artists playing to the world.   For more information and other play dates contact Ticketek  on 132 849.   You can also catch the show at other locations,- Perth April 21, Adelaide May 25, Melbourne May 26, Hobart June 15, 2011.

Manly's Q Station

Impress Mum on May 8 with a night at Manly's Q Station, located within Sydney Harbour National Park. A special Mother's day package awaits.  It is priced from $210 and includes accommodation for two in a deluxe Queen ensuite room, a full buffet breakfast and a late checkout time of 1pm on Sunday.  Mention it's a Mother's Day when booking and  also receive a comp bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.  To book contact (02) 9466 1500 or g visit    The deal is valid for stays May 7 and 8, 2011, with the late checkout valid only on the Sunday.

Rio and more

Here's your chance to really get to know the  most exciting parts of South America,- exploring Rio, the Iguassu Falls, historic Salvador and the rhythms of  Brazil.  The 11-day small group tour is priced from $3967 per person, twin share.  Make a promise to yourself that you will make contact with Cox & Kings for the full story of a quite remarkable tour of adventure,.. and rhythms of Brazil. Call 1300 836 764.

* 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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