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November 30, 2013 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

bridgesA voyage from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to Sydney Harbour Bridge forms part of a new 29-night trans-Pacific fly-stay-and-cruise package from Cruise Express next September.

Fly from Australia to Honolulu for a three-night stay at the Pacific Beach Hotel on Waikiki Beach, followed by a flight to San Francisco for another three nights at the Bijou Union Square Hotel.

Then set sail for Sydney on board Celebrity Century, via the Hawaiian island of Maui, Papeete and Bora Bora in Tahiti, Lautoka in Fiji and Noumea incycleNew Caledonia.

Prices start at $4999 per person twin-share. Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

A bike tour along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast is one of the latest two-wheeled holidays listed by www.cycletoursglobal.com, an online hub for more than 5500 bicycle tours in 112 countries.

UTracks’ Croatia Cycle Adventure is a 10-day island-hopping tour by bicycle and ferry form Split to Dubrovnik via the beautiful islands of Brac, Hvar and Korcula and through sleepy, seaside villages, tiny walled medieval towns and idyllic pebbled bays, all backdropped by majestic pine forests.

Prices start at $2390 per person twin-share, including apartment accommodation, nine breakfasts, ferry and coach transfers, bike hire and tour notes and maps.

globalEurope has some of the finest motorways and road systems in the world but there are some perils for self-drive holidaymakers — especially the idiosyncrasies of different road rules in each of Europe’s 30-odd countries.

Not being aware could be costly, with heavy fines facing motorists who commit infractions, many of which relate to laws which aren’t in place in Australia.

In Greece, for instance, police are empowered to confiscate the number plates of illegally parked vehicles. Imagine the red tape confronting someone using a leased or rented car from another country.

European motoring expert Andrew Morgan, a director of Sydney-based globalCARS, and a former tour bus driver in Europe, has put together an online document which outlines varying road rules.

Phone 1300 789 992 or visit www.globalcars.com.au.  highlands

Experience five-star hospitality on the slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain within the formal gardens and beautifully restored Highlands Country House.

Highlands offers a selection of loft or pool rooms, executive rooms, luxury rooms as well as a honeymoon suite. Elegantly furnished, every room overlooks the formal Italian gardens, the water features or one of the two sparkling pools.

luglocIt is close to golf courses, Newlands rugby and cricket grounds and the beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard and the Indian Ocean, all just 15 minutes away.

Visit www.highlands.co.za.

Chances are that you’ve lost luggage sometime on your airline travels. After all, it’s estimated that 30 million bags go missing in transit each year.

The new LugLoc luggage locator is a small, thin device that can be slipped into any bag and locate your misplaced baggage within minutes in any airport in the world.

Buy online (www.lugloc.com.au) or at David Jones for $49. river

CruiseAway has built a new 24-day summertime holiday in France around three CroisiEurope river cruises through the countryside: a five-night Gironde Estuary and Dordogne River Cruise, a five-night night Provencal Rhone cruise, and a four-night Paris to the Normandy Coast Seine River cruise.

The holiday also includes five nights accommodation at a centrally located three-star hotel in Paris (with daily breakfast) and a night’s stay in a heritage-listed apartment hotel in Lyon — plus three great French train trips.

Prices start from $6999 twin share per person, including return flights. Valid for sale until end of January for departure July 10.

Phone 1300 887 590 or visit www.cruiseaway.com.au.  seadream

SeaDream II has commenced the company’s first Asian season and will operate 18 itineraries there before departing in April.

As an example of sailings still available, seven nights from Singapore to Bali departing January 11 is priced from US$3954 per person twin-share.

The mega motor cruiser caters to a maximum 112 guests served by 95 crew, open bars and wines with meals, sonaisalionboard gratuities included, and free use for guests of a wide range of land and water sports and fitness facilities.

Visit www.seadream.com.

Fiji’s quite luxurious Sonaisali Island Resort is offering 40 per cent discounts, with room rates from $220 per night, until March 31.

This includes full American buffet breakfast daily. Guests can also purchase a $75-per-person-per-day deal that includes, unlimited local beer, house wine and soft drinks, unlimited wifi, various nightly live performances, welcome cocktail, free Kids Club, complimentary jungle cruise per person, complimentary use of non-motorised water sports, complimentary use of tennis courts, complimentary beach volleyball and introductory scuba pool splash.

Phone +67 9 670 6011 or visit www.sonaisali.com.  oaks_cable

Save up to 38 per cent off regular rates with Oaks Hotels & Resorts in Broome.

Pay from $55 per person twin-share per night in Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary and Oaks Broome in central Roebuck Bay.

Central locations, onsite pools and restaurants.

Valid to April 30, two-night minimum stay.

samoaPhone 1300 880 861 (Cable Beach) or 1300 822 010 (Broome). Visit www.oakshotelsresorts.com.

Stay a minimum of six nights at the adults-only Seabreeze Resort Samoa and receive a free wedding ceremony valued at NZ$960.

Pay from NZ$2126 per couple for six nights, including return airport transfers and breakfast daily.

Ceremony includes up to 10 decorated chairs on the beach or poolside; a local warrior dressed in traditional gear to escort the bride; performance by the Seabreeze Choir; a bouquet of tropical flowers for the bride; minister or celebrant; all fees, license and administration costs, including registration of marriage; personal wedding planner.

Valid Until March 31 next year and between 1 November 2014 and 31 March 2015.

Visit www.seabreezesamoa.comsemara

Celebrate Christmas in luxury at Bali’s Semara Uluwatu resort and save up to 70 per cent.

Pay from US$356 per room per night.

Includes breakfast, 20-minute spa treatment, entrance to Finn’s Beach Club, gym, tennis, use of putting green and free wifi.

Valid to December 26.

topdeckVisit www.semarauluwatu.com.

Get a 10 per cent earlybird discount on Topdeck’s eight-day cruising adventure in a traditional wooden gulet exploring the Turkish and Greek islands.

Pay from $986 per person twin-share ex the Greek coastal city of Fethiye.

The itinerary stops in the 12 Islands region to swim and snorkel, the beautiful Greek Island of Rhodes, the small but picturesque island of Symi, the charming village of Bozburun, Ekincik – a region with many wonderful hidden coves and bays, and Bedri Rahmi Bay, another great spot with ruins dotting the coastline.

Book by January 15.

Phone 1300 886 332 or visit www.topdeck.travel.

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