Monday, 6 December 2010

Mekong Cruise - Russian Arctic - NZ Ski Package - Adelaide Circus - Turkey Tour


John Crook

Seven night Mekong adventure

Steaming down the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam and a whole new world awaits.  Even for those who have travelled Vietnam previously, there's so much more to discover.  It's almost time that I revisited south east Asia and arguably there could be no better way of 'doing' a return than  by joining the group on a seven-nights cruise  aboard the replica colonial steamer Indochina Pandaw.  On March 6 2011 she sails Angkor to Saigon. Pay from $5999 for the first passenger and a low $1399, twin share,  for the second passenger, with inclusions of daily breakfasts, select lunches and dinners, daily shore excursions and more.  Visit the floating markets,  the French colonial buildings from another era,  museums highlighting Khmer culture, temples and even a silk-weaving village.  A word of advice!  This is one of those great tours which do not disappoint when it comes to inclusions.   Cruisco's cruise-specialist travel agencies can help.   For the good news go visit  

Secrets of the Russian arctic

Here's news of an adventure just waiting to happen.  Aurora Expeditions has two brand-new voyages into the Russian Arctic, aboard an ice-strengthened research ship built in 1982 and refurbished 2008.  Each cruise carries just 54 passengers. Prices start from $US6,900 per person twin share.  For details and conditions it's just a matter of visiting  

The voyages are staffed by premium expedition leaders, naturalists, historians and geologists and obviously each of the Russian crew members is keen to show the natural beauty of their country.

Kiwi ski packages

Skimax has just released an array of early bird packages in New Zealand's north and south islands.   These are competitive.  The packages include one free night and one free day's car.  The packages are scattered throughout kiwi-land.  For instance Ski Queenstown offers seven days compact car rental, seven nights twin share in a standard room at Sherwood Hotel  and a three-day ski pass valid at Coronet Peak and the aptly named The Remarkables.  This package is priced from $579 per person twin share. Conditions apply, with a book and pay by January 15 2011 with  travel  dates  June 15 to September 30 2011.

Adelaide circus theatre premiere

Australia's largest outdoor arts festival precinct features the nation's best carnival venues at the Garden of Unearthly Delights,- so popular with Adelaide's festival goers.  The action begins Thursday February 10 with a concert program and entertainment wonderland.  Why would you want to be there?  Quite simply because of the following! The Adelaide premiere of Cantina which is a delicious piece of circus theatre. The program features comedy-festival stars, funny men and funny girls, nightly acrobatic drummers and heaps of music.   Just some of the reasons why you should consider being in Adelaide for the February event/s !  For more information and bookings go visit  telephone (08) 8121 5122.  

Classic Turkey

There's an eight-day tour which includes Istanbul and a great range of historic and classic sites in Turkey, with the package valid for travel until October 15, 2011 and priced from $1921 per person twin share.   The advertised price is valid for departures April 9 to October 11.

Guests on this tour will have the chance to visit the Gallipoli, Anzac Cove, the World Heritage site of Troy and the Temple of Aphrodite.   There's much more of the best advice, so call 1300 836 764.  Terms and conditions apply and subject to change and availability.  For bookings email  

* 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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