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Travellers’ Good Buys Compiled By John Rozentals

March 10, 2018 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Save 60 per cent on a stay at the recently fully refurbished Anchorage Port Stephens.

Pay $399 instead of $1007 for a two-night package for two adults in an Anchorage Room with marina views, including daily buffet breakfasts, welcome drinks, a complimentary bottle of wine when dining at The Wild Herring, unlimited in-house movies, noon checkout, and discounts on local experiences.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit www.luxuryescapes.com.

 Metro Hotel Perth … kids under 12 stay and eat breakfast for free on latest deal.

Stay at the Metro Hotel Perth from $129 per room per night in a standard room that is suitable for four and can be configured to take two king beds or one king and two singles.

One night’s accommodation for two adults includes buffet breakfast for two adults.

Kids under 12 stay free, with free breakfast.

Also included are complimentary wi-fi and car parking, plus get a bottle of wine on arrival.

The offer is valid for stays from Thursdays to Sundays until September 30.

Visit www.metrohotels.com.au.

 The Tank Stream Hotel’s Le Petit Flot … relaxed contemporary bistro-style dining.

Spend some of this Easter on a getaway in the heart of Sydney with a stay at the Tank Stream Hotel, which is offering savings of up to 40 per cent on full rates.

The Easter package comprises two nights accommodation, including breakfast, for $399 per room, and also includes free high-speed wi-fi and in-room movies, complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar items and Nespresso coffee/T2 teas.

The package is available from March 30 to April 2.

The hotel’s restaurant, Le Petit Flot, offers relaxed contemporary bistro-style dining, while the laneway Dave’s Deli offers home-style dishes during lunch hours.

Phone 02 8222 1211 or visit www.tankstreamhotel.com.

 Guests on ‘Coral, Crocs and Rocks’ will certainly visit some wild country.

Australia Zoo, in partnership with Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, will run an expedition to the Great Barrier Reef and the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on Wenlock Island in Far North Queensland.

The 10-day ‘Coral, Crocs and Rocks’ expedition will allow participants to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing natural wonders of the world, including the World-Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and the ‘misunderstood’ apex predator, the saltwater crocodile.

Lady Elliot Island is the southernmost coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef. Dive into some of the clearest waters on the reef and you’re likely to see manta rays swimming in unison and colourful fish among the coral.

On Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve participants can become part of a team that catches, tags and releases crocs.

Also, from Weipa, guests will be flown to Cobbold Gorge, a place where the geological landforms date back more than 135 million years, and to Undara Lava Tubes Lodge.

Prices start at $7990 per person twin-share.

Visit australiazooexpeditions.com.au.

Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary Phuket … an idyllic adults-only spa resort.

Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary Phuket is an adults-only boutique resort with 12 idyllic spa sanctuary pool villas, each located in a secluded setting, with the backdrop of the resort’s famous tree-lined lagoon or garden.

Inside the villa there is an artfully decorated master bedroom pavilion with a king bed draped in sheets of pure Thai silk and overlooking a decorative lotus pond.

Nestled among the surrounds are relaxing sun lounges which are a great spot for practising yoga or pilates followed by a cooling swim in a private pool accompanied by a separate jet pool equipped with bubble beds.

Visit www.banyantree.com.

 May … the best time to visit Japan’s gardens.

Join Toursgallery’s Best of Japan Tour in May to see the country’s springtime gardens in full bloom.

Azaleas, wisteria, iris and roses will be viewed in gardens, parks and rural villages.

Traditional Japanese landscape gardens of Suizenji, Kenrokuen, Kinkakuji and Ryoanji will be visited, in addition to serene Moss Gardens and The Imperial Palace East Garden.

Luxury hotels, ryokans with spa baths, banquet dinners, all breakfasts and a private coach for touring will make this a stylish holiday for the discerning traveller.

Toursgallery guests will stroll around picturesque thatch-roof villages, be inspired by volcanoes, tour up onto Mt Fuji and visit the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Garden.

The 17-day escorted small-group tour is priced from $10,850 per person twin-share and is limited to 12 guests.

Phone 1300 307 317 or visit www.toursgallery.com.

 A lithe member of the ‘Big Five’ on the prowl … the elusive leopard.

Africa’s ‘Big Five’ — lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinoceros and African buffalo — was originally a term coined by big-game hunters, but these days the hunt is usually only by camera and binoculars.

Sanctuary Retreats offers a range of safari experiences in this regard, including at Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, a classic safari destination and one of only a handful with populations of all five species.

Lying in a high plateau between the Ngorongoro highlands in northern Tanzania and the Masai Mara Reserve in neighboring Kenya, Serengeti National Park is considered one of the best places to safari for one very specific reason — the Great Migration.

This annual event sees hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra pass through the park in search of food — and with the herds of grazers, come the predators.

A stay at Kichikani Serengeti Camp is priced from about $765 per person twin-share per night and moves between three different locations, with significant discounts for stays of three nights or more.

Visit www.sanctuaryretreats.com.

Long Island … a charming, beachfront contrast to the urban, chic New York experience.

There are many reasons to visit Long Island, which for years has been regarded by New York city dwellers as their beachfront backyard — including well over 200 kilometres of beaches and rich farmland on the eastern end that makes for award-winning wine country.

This year Long Island also hosts a couple of significant sporting events.

From June 7-9 there will be the Belmont Stakes race meeting, part of the famous Triple Crown.

And from June 11-17 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club will for the fifth time be the site for the US Open Championship.

Just a short train ride away from New York City, Long Island is a charming, beachfront contrast to the urban, chic NYC experience.

Visit www.discoverlongisland.com.

 On camp with Extreme Bike Tours in Mongolia.

For the first time Extreme Bike Tours is offering an off-bike extension tour to its range of guided, motorbike expeditions, beginning with an add-on 4WD and horseback tour to the most remote and roadless corners of Mongolia to get up close and personal with the mysterious reindeer nomads of the Mongolian plains — the Duhka people.

The five-day reindeer-nomads extension tour involves mixing with a culture and civilisation shut off from the world, staying in a traditional tepee and getting to see first-hand the daily routines and traditions of a centuries-old community.

The extension will run at the end of Extreme Bike Tours’ 11-day ‘Mongolian Adventure’ tour, which gives thrillseekers the opportunity to open-throttle on the back of a 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet.

Including the reindeer-nomads extension tour, fares for the Mongolian adventure are from $7770 for licensed riders and $5715 for pillion passengers.

Visit www.extremebiketours.com.

 The Pyramids of Giza … last remaining of the ancient wonders.

On The Go Tours has added group departures to its 31-day ‘World Wonders’ tour, which takes in five continents and visits the new Seven Wonders of the World and the last remaining of the ancient wonders, the Pyramids of Giza.

Kicking off this month-long adventure is Rome and a trip to the ancient Colosseum before flying to Cairo to marvel at the Pyramids of Giza.

The archaeological wonders continue, with a quick flight to Jordan to walk through the Siq to arrive at the Rose City of Petra. The next country on the agenda is India, visiting the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest tribute to love, at sunset. After guided touring of Old and New Delhi, the group will jet off to Beijing to walk along the Great Wall of China.

Travellers then leave behind Asia for Latin America, landing in Mexico to spend a day exploring the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. The group then heads south to Peru to take the scenic train journey to arrive at the astonishing Machu Picchu. The final stop on the tour is Rio de Janeiro to look down at the amazing views of this extraordinary city from where Christ the Redeemer stands.

Prices start at $13,495 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 855 684 or visit www.onthegotours.com.

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