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December 10, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

unnamed-21Until January 31 Aspire Hotel Sydney is offering accommodation in a premium room, with breakfast for two people and late checkout, from $169 per night (Sunday to Thursday) and from $189 (Friday to Saturday), based on a minimum two-night stay.

Aspire is located in Ultimo, and close to attractions such as the Powerhouse Museum. Paddy’s Market, Chinatown and the Sydney Entertainment Centre



Dubrovnik … save $600 per couple on an eight-day round-trip cruise.

Beyond Travel is offering earlybird discounts on a range of its 2017 Eastern Europe, Balkans and Russia itineraries.

Save up to $600 per couple, for instance, on the company’s eight-day ‘Adriatic Odyssey’ cruise

This round-trip from Dubrovnik, aboard the recently renovated MS Panorama, visits coastal towns in Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece.

It is now priced from $2748 per person twin-share.



 Crystal Blue Yacht Charters … exploring the Gold Coast’s famous waterways.

Designer hotel QT Gold Coast has launched a new experiential package in conjunction with Crystal Blue Yacht Charters.

Guests will discover the Gold Coast’s famous waterways aboard a luxurious 80-foot vessel departing Marina Mirage every Friday from 4.50pm.

The ‘Crystal Blue Summers at QT’ package is priced from $365 per room per night, including welcome cocktails at Stingray Lounge, sunset cruise, a bubbly or beer,

and breakfast for two at Bazaar Restaurant.



Sacred Mount Fuji … an obvious Japanese highlight.

Cruise from Tokyo to Vancouver and then head on to Las Vegas on a Cruise1st 22-night fly-stay-and-cruise holiday departing Sydney next May.

The package includes two nights accommodation in Tokyo at the Citadines Central Shinjuku before embarking on a 14-night Celebrity Millennium voyage stopping in Hakodate and Sapporo in Japan, one of Russia’s oldest towns, Petropavlovsk, before finishing in Vancouver.

The package also includes flights to Las Vegas from Vancouver and a three-night hotel stay at the Luxor Hotel.

Prices are from $2999 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne ($3249 ex Canberra, $3299 ex Adelaide and $3499 ex Perth).

Phone 1300 596 345 or visit


 Peter FitzSimons … will share his extensive knowledge of war history.

Scenic has announced three hosted river 2017 cruises featuring Getaway host Catriona Rowntree, author and historian Peter FitzSimons and TV presenter Ray Martin.

Catriona will host an 11-day round-trip Seine River cruise ex Paris, visiting Honfleur, the Normandy beaches, Giverny and Monet’s Garden, and Auvers-sur-Oise to explore Vincent van Gogh’s room.

Prices are from $8190 per person twin-share, including return flights to France.

Peter will also host a Seine river cruise, sharing his extensive knowledge of the war history of this region of France, including visits to the Somme Battlefields, Villers-Bretonneux and Normandy beaches.

Prices are from $7645 per person twin-share, including return flights to France.

Ray will host an eight-day Mekong River cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City, including visits to Phnom Penh, the historic town of Tan Chau and its Cao Dai temple, the floating market at Cai Be and the ancient capital of Oudong.

It is priced from $3595 per person twin-share, plus a saving of $250 for bookings made by 30 April.

Phone138 128 or visit


 SeaLink … providing ferry transport to Kangaroo Island.

You’ll need to be quick for this one, but SeaLink is offering reduced rates on its three-day, two-night American River self-drive package to Kangaroo Island for departures up to 22 December.

The price is from $365.50 per adult twin-share using your own car and from $582.50 per adult twin-share using a hire car.

The price includes return SeaLink coach and ferry travel to Penneshaw, two nights accommodation at Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge, buffet breakfast daily, a $50 dinner voucher at the Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge, a self-guided nocturnal walk and entry to various attractions.



 Sunset Bungalows Resort … 180-degree lagoon views.

Save 30 per cent and enjoy a free romantic dinner on TravelOnline’s seven-night Vanuatu escape at Sunset Bungalows Resort.

Pay from $612 per person twin-share, including fire-dance show and airport transfers.

The offer is valid for sale until December 31 and travel from January 16 to March 31.

Sunset Bungalows Resort features 180-degree lagoon views, overwater restaurant, large freshwater pool and hammocks.

phone 1300 883 887 visit


 Hands Up Holidays … making Christmas adventures more meaningful.

Hands Up Holidays has announced a series of inspiring travel ideas for families to make the Christmas season even more meaningful and fulfilling.

The trips celebrate the essence of Christmas: giving back and helping those less fortunate.

New destinations include serving meals to refugees and other homeless people in Rome — and combined with selected highlights such as Florence, Sicily, Sardinia, Venice, Amalfi Coast, Puglia or Lake Como.

In Zimbabwe, tourists will help build a home for a needy family, interact with them and hear their stories, then finish off with visits to Victoria Falls and a big-five safari game park.


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