Monday, 29 August 2011

Avoca Cup - Split Sailing - Vietnam Battlefield Tour - Air Pacific - Turtle Season


John Crook 

Backing the favourite

The PJA Blue Pyrenees Avoca Cup is scheduled for Saturday October 15.  That gives you plenty of time to make plans to include a visit to the  country race meeting.   This is not just any 'old' country race meeting, rather it is to experience country racing at its best.  Sponsored by Blue Pyrenees wines, this is the blue ribbon event at he Avoca Shire Turf Club, hosted by Blue Pyrenees winemaker Andrew Koermer.   For more information go visit  

For 18 to 30 somethings

Should you be between that age bracket, you just may be interested in picking up some information on an 8-day Split to Split sailing experience, or something even grander, ie a 26-day summer fun and sailing Top Deck holiday. The latter visits 14 countries, and features a unique 3-day sailing adventure from $3371. There's a whole pile of options which are available.  Download the latest brochure which features all the options, discounts and conditions.  The address is  A hard copy will be released in October.  There's a telephone number at your disposal, - 1300 886 332. 

Pilgrims embrace Vietnam

The inaugural Vietnam commemoration tour will take place  from March 19 to April 3 2012.   The tour is being conducted with the full cooperation of the people of Vietnam and it takes in all the key Australian sites of the war, long with many of Vietnam's cultural reassures.   A 15-night tour to be escorted by Gary McKay, a former platoon leader, will attract enormous attention, so   obtain the details as soon as you can.  

For more information and for bookings go visit   

2011-2012 turtle season

Ticket prices have changed for the upcoming turtle season. Bookings for the season are essential, and it should be remembered that some nights do get booked out.  For an update on prices and availabilities, check with the visitor information centre in Bundaberg on (07) 4153 8888.

By the way, the next season commences on Saturday November  5th. 

A great deal for travellers

You would be aware that Air Pacific is turning 60. But, did you catch up with the latest news on your inclusion in the celebration and fly off to Fiji with adult return fares from $636 including taxes (ex Sydney).

Children get to fly for $60 return, including taxes.  Conditions do apply and availability is limited.    Check with your travel agent. 

* 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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Monday, 1 August 2011

Machu Picchu - Rail Africa - Barge Germany - Emporium Hotel Brisbane


John Crook 

Visiting Latin America

The lost city of Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca are absolutely 'musts' for intrepid travellers and to make it easy for adventurers check the itinerary which has been released by Tempo Holidays.  It has those two wondrous highlights included, along with visits to markets, handicraft options and that scenic train ride to the Machu ruins.    Several tours are listed.  For the story and the conditions, call 1300 558 987.  Take a good long look at the inclusions within the Best of Peru tour, priced from $2510 per person twin share.   Departures are from Lima.  Conditions do apply. 

Tickets please

A 16-day rail itinerary awaits at a cost from $5910,- destination Africa.  The deal includes two free nights with breakfast and a themed dinner at five star hotels, simply by joining this year's two remaining Shongololo rail safaris.  The special offer has departures on September 28 and November 8, 2011. The price includes a sleeper cabin on the train, breakfast and dinner, airport transfers, sightseeing excursions every day in air conditioned vehicles carried on the train.   Also included are entry fees to attractions and game parks.  A simply super way to explore Africa.  May I suggest you check this out by calling 1300 195 873.  That's the direct telephone contact for Bench International. 

Bike it ! Barge it!

There's easy cycling along the banks of the River Saar and also the Moselle.  Spot ancient castles, try the wines, journey into some fascinating old towns of Germany, visit Germany's oldest river, Trier.   There are savings to be made as well. The 8-days/7-nights cruise is now great value at $1430 (down from $2185).  A journey of a lifetime.  There's so much included in the tour so be sure to move quickly and telephone 1800 331 582 or go visit  

George and Harry

Something a little different. The Emporium Hotel (Brisbane) offers the art of High Tea and High Fashion when, on Thursday September 8, Australian design duo George Cross and Harry Who put on one heck of a showing of their creations on centre stage.  Champers, towers of tasty sweet and savoury treats, and fashion.   What a mix !  Check the time and availabilities by visiting  

* 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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