Monday, 26 September 2011

Peugeot Lease Europe - Qantas Smiles - Las Fallas Festival


John Crook 

Huge savings on Peugeot

Collect your Peugeot Lease vehicle in Europe before December 31 this year and benefit with savings, in some cases, of more than $1000 on a 21-day lease,  The offer is available through DriveAway Holidays.  Also check out the offer of 50% off delivery  and return fees with these brand new Peugeot vehicles which can be collected and returned from 45 locations in nine countries. Don't just take my word for it, instead go visit or telephone 1300 363 500 

Fabulous scenery in a selection of unique tours and destinations which are aimed at travellers looking for travel activity in lesser known and lesser travelled areas of Asia.  For instance, check out the 14-day Sichuan Explorer package which travels through some of China's  most spectacular regions including the Nine Villages Valley.  Or gather together details of tours worth including, simply get in touch with Wendy Wu Tours on  1300 727 998 or visit  This one is priced from $3923 per person twin share from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth. It's a fully inclusive group tour which includes international economy return fares, accommodation with all meals, English speaking guides, sightseeing, transport, visas for Australian passport holders and fuel surcharge and tipping which are subject to change. 

Returning to Qantas

I have not been a traveller on a Qantas ticket for some time.  I don't quite know what has happened to the Aussie airline, except that I reckon things have changed for the better.   

On a Melbourne/Brisbane flight last weekend the crew of the QF flight smiled their way through in-flight service.  From the flight deck both captain and first officer continued with a friendliness which I don't recall from any previous flight over the past couple of years.  Something is going on and it is all for the better ! 

Fiery Fiesta

One of Europe's craziest festivals,  Las Fallas is scheduled March 17 – 20 and a Topdeck package includes three nights multi-share accommodation at a centrally located hostel with daily breakfasts, a walking tour of Valencia, a Las Fallas information book, trip leader and a trip t-shirt.  The centrepiece  is the spectacular La Crema, the parading and burning of a 20-metre high effigies of politicians.  Las Fallas (the fires) is held in honour of St Joseph.  Contact Topdeck on 1300 886 332. 
* 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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Monday, 19 September 2011

Antarctic Peninsula - Sandboard Safari - Agnes Water and 1770


John Crook 

A true delight – Agnes Water and 1770

Words cannot match the pictures of that slice of Australia which Captain James Cook discovered.  Thanks a lot Jim. I've followed in his footsteps on a number of occasions, each visit making a promise to return again, and again.

Part of the attraction (in addition to the fabulous coastal scenery) may be attributed to Michael and Vera Ferinac.

They made their discovery years ago and that discovery includes the site itself, the tropical foliage and the pristine beaches.  One not to be missed is Honeymoon Bay.

For a 1770 Getaway holiday retreat, go visit    Check out the three-day package, which includes a coffee and cake.  Not you're ordinary cake,- Vera's are very special.  Also special are the pizzas from the wood-fired pizza oven. Just give Vera a ring for all the good news.  She is available on (07) 4974 9323.  

Another bonus from 1770 Getaway

An Agnes Water massage especially designed to relax and unwind.  Whilst staying at the holiday retreat, do take a massage.  For health fund rebates ad gift vouchers, call Emma, on 0438 549 512. 

And then –

Have you ever experienced a sandboard safari. It ls part of a full day tour of discovery and adventure.  For a sandboard lesson and board hire, lunch, and national park fees, you get all this for $110.   Each tour departs from the 1770 marina.  You will need socks, sun protection and a backpack. 

There are 2.5 k's of sand dunes to sandboard.   Get out there !  First up, telephone (07) 4974 9422. 

And for those travelling overseas

Experience the magic o the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.  It's a classic 13-day cruise.  It's just one of several memorable cruises on offer by Bentours.  Each voyage departs from Ushuaia.  Terms and conditions ply so best to make contact with the operators.  For the full story telephone 1800 221 712 or go visit  

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Saturday, 10 September 2011

Nile Cruise - Tuscany Umbria - Luna Park - Wollongong


John Crook 

Nile cruising

There is an 11-day tour, including a Nile cruise, of Egypt with return airfare from Melbourne flying with Etihad Airways from $3480, which is $880 per person less than the normal land only package.  The deal is on offer from October 1 until December 20 2011 and that includes a free side flight from Abu Dhabi to Muscat in Oman.  Bookings need to be made by November 4. From Sydney and Brisbane the deal is from $3599.  Check prices from other departure points.  Conditions apply. Telephone 1300 195 873 or go visit  

A brilliant mix of history and cuisine

Here's your chance to do just that plus get immersed in the arts and cultures of Italy's Tuscan and Umbria.  Accommodation on these tours provides a weekly change, over the three weeks.  If Italy is your choice, and may it be so, check the content of tours being offered by Carolinasusi Italia Tours. Each of the tours depart Rome.  Accommodation is twin share, and the tours include breakfasts, most dinners, a lunch with wine. Day touring is included by coach, rail and ferry.  I caught up with the movie Under The Tuscan Sun,- and lo and behold you get to visit the town of the author of that movie.  Don't delay, get on the phone and check out the inclusions, itinerary and conditions.  Ring 1800 770 599, or go visit  

Luna Park

It's years since I last visited Luna Park in Melbourne , so the upcoming school holidays provide the excuse to get involved again.

The attraction is open every day during the school holidays. Check the entry prices and get ready for a barrel of fun. For more information go visit 

Go visit the Gong

Spring is when Wollongong really sparkles and to entice your interest the city's best known hotel is offering a room for family of four. It's priced at $229 a night. The centrally located Downtown Motel caters for the budget market, with rooms priced from $100 per night for two adults.

There's heaps to do in the Gong.  For instance,- tandem skydiving, hang gliding, through to the brilliant  Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk.  Get to know more about this part of the world, - call 1800 240 737. 

* 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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Monday, 5 September 2011

Gladstone - Easter Island - Kimberley Cruise - Eastern Europe


John Crook 

Gladstone is truly a success story

The coastal city of Gladstone in Queensland has grown from a heavy industrial destination into a gem of a tourism 'attraction'. Today, this delightful community boasts some of the best seafood in the entire country.  Whether it be the tasty seafood platters, which display the rewards of commercial fisherfolk or the do it yourself anglers testing the waters in the inland lakes, - Gladstone has it all.  Check the 'other' side of Gladstone, with its parks and gardens, marinas, through to the free tours of industry, such as, you can take it from me, 'You will be surprised'.   For the full details  go visit or telephone (07) 4972 9000. 

And, what about Easter Island?

The eco-experience 'explora' alerts you of the upcoming 15-day Tapati Festival, which just happens to be one of the most important celebrations in all of Polynesia.  It's destination Easter Island when, from February 3 to 18, local artists and athletes form alliances which compete in 40 ancient sporting and cultural events.    'explora' has three and eight night packages, starting from $2385 per person, twin share.  Get the rundown on what is happening and how you can participate, by visiting or email  

Ten day cruise next year

There is a ten-day Adventure Quest Cruise which has been added to boutique Kimberley Quest 's program of six, ten and 14-day cruises along northern Western Australia's rugged Kimberley coastline. 

The deal on the new cruise, for example, means the price is from $7200 per person instead of from $9000.     The price includes cabin with en suite, all chef-prepared meals served on the shady stern deck or in the air-conditioned lounge.     Check it out by visiting or telephone (08) 9193 6131.  Get on the 'phone today.  I say this because amongst the scheduled tours, two of three eight-day fishing expeditions are booked out. 

Eastern Europe packages

Two new  special journey's have been added to the eastern European collection, by Beyond Travel.  There is bound to be terrific interest shown in the 11-day Bohemia to Budapest  tour which begins in Prague and travels through a variety of regions.  There are departures in May, July, August and September, which tie in with a selection of river cruises, priced from $3495.   Just call to  check on what's available, conditions and so on.   Telephone 1300 363 554 or email  

* 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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