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July 27, 2013 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

monacoImmerse yourself in the excitement of the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix with’s 10-night fly/cruise/tour package next May.

Pay from $6549 per person  twin-share, including return flights with Emirates, three nights at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai, three nights at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo and a four-night round-trip cruise from Nice on the Azamara Quest. Also includes private helicopter transfer from Nice to Monte Carlo.

Book by September 30.  Phone 1300 369 848 or visit

Cycle Tours Global ( offers a new, free website that claims to provide the Cycling through China’s beautiful Guilin regionworld’s most comprehensive database and search engine for bicycle tours.

It profiles more than 5500 bike tours in 104 countries on six continents, providing easy and fast evaluation and comparison.

Tours range from an easy 1.5 hour ramble along Manly Beach in Sydney for $89 to an epic 132-day Silk Route adventure across Asia from Shanghai to Istanbul costing US$11,900.

Special deals include a 20 per cent discount on a seven-day cycle tour through the rustic Lot Valley region of south-west France.

Wine aplenty in MacarthurThree wineries in the Macarthur region, just south of Sydney, will combine to present a progressive, self-drive lunch on Sunday August 4.

The Macarthur Progressive Wine Luncheon will start at 11.30am with canapes served at the Fussy Grape winery near Camden, followed by the main course at Trattoria La Vigna in Camden, and dessert at Razorback Ridge Wines south of Camden.

A complimentary glass of wine will be available with the main course and dessert while wine tasting and an address by the wine makers will also be offered at each vineyard.

Monthly tours will continue to run throughout 2013.

Cost is $65 per person. Phone Razorback Wines on 0416 521 753 or visit  Macau ... historic architecture in the former Portuguese enclave

Creative Holidays is offering a range of packages to Macau, where attractions include Chinese and Portuguese cuisine, 500-year-old Taoist temples and the new Macau Giant Panda Pavilion.

Pay, for instance, from $1659 per person twin-share, including flights and four nights at the five-star Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, with full breakfast daily and return airport ferry transfers. Valid for travel from October 7 to November 15.

Phone 1300 301 711 or visit

Make the most of the Northern Territory’s dry season with Travelscene’s seven-night Icons Bamurru Plains ... Stunning Northern Territory accommodationpackage.

Pay from $5749 per person twin-share, including Gold-Service travel from Adelaide to Katherine on The Ghan, two nights at Cicada Lodge in Nitmuluk National Park, dinner cruise on Nitmuluk Gorge, scenic flight transfer over Kakadu from Katherine to Bamurru Plains, two nights accommodation at Bamurru Plains including all meals, beverages and scheduled activities, and a night at Darwin’s Skycity.

Book by July 31 for travel until October 30.

Phone 13 13 98 or visit

Pay from $500 per couple for a three-night Wild Weekend Getaway package at The Retreat PortWhale-watching off Port Stephens Stephens.

Includes cabin accommodation, breakfast hamper on arrival, a three-hour whale-watch cruise and unlimited sandboarding on the nearby dunes.

The retreat features barbecues, camp fires, a pool, a games room and a playground area.

Deal valid to October 1. Phone 02 4982 1244 or visit

Tall ships from around the world will dock in Hobart’s Sullivans Cove from September 20-25 to celebrate the Royal Australian Navy’s 100th anniversary.

Adding to the nautical side of the Tall Ships Festival will be a showcase of local produce in Princes Wharf No 1 and live entertainment on the lawns of Parliament House.


Breathe, live and experience Indonesia’s culture and historical architecture at Alindra Villa, 20 Alindra Villa, 20 minutes from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airportminutes from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Each of the four ethnic villas comes from the owner’ s personal collection of antique wooden Indonesian homes, while within each modern pool villa are displayed paintings by the owner and personal antique items.

Phone +62 361 777 149 or visit

Save up to $1870 per couple on APT’s 13-night New Orleans-to-Nashville itinerary.

Cruising the mighty MississippiPay from $8495 per person twin-share, including return flights, a seven-night Mississippi cruise from New Orleans to Memphis, plus two nights at The Roosevelt in New Orleans, an overnight stay at The Peabody in Memphis and two nights at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown.

Highlights include a high-speed airboat adventure skimming across the famous bayous in search of alligators, a trip to Graceland, and a backstage tour of The Grand Ole Opry House.

Book by October 25 for departures April-June next year.

Phone 1300 278 278 or visit

Save 20 per cent on five-star accommodation in the heart of Paris.

Pay from $245 per person twin-share per night at Hotel Sofitel Le Scribe, which combines 19th-century splendour with contemporary style, just a few steps from the famous Opera Garnier.

Includes breakfast and free access to the spa centre.

Until September 1 and between December 13 and February 28.

Phone Tempo Holidays on 1300 558 987 or visit  Shanghai’s historic Bund

Save on eight Wendy Wu Tours’ group itineraries to China.

Save up to $250 per person for most adults, up to $380 for over-65s and up to $400 for children aged from 12-16. Also, save up to $600 for children aged 8-11 on the October 20 departure of the nine-day In Pursuit of Pandas tour.

Full-service flights with Cathay Pacific.

Book by October 24 for departures between August 1 and November 15.

Phone 1300 727 998 or visit

Adina Apartment Hotel PerthSave 25 per cent on accommodation at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Pay from $141 per night at Adina Apartment Hotel Perth.

Complimentary car parking and noon checkout.

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.


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