Avalon Waterways is offering a fly-free deal with 2017 itineraries aboard its newest river cruise ships in Asia — the Avalon Siem Reap and Avalon Myanmar which were both launched last year and offer a range itineraries along the Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers through Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar.
From now until 31 May, travellers can choose between free return economy return flights from Australia or a saving of $1000 per person on the cruise price.
A sample itinerary is the 13-day ‘Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River’ between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap, including the Cu Chi Tunnels, Phnom Penh and the iconic temples of Angkor Wat.
It is priced from $6159 per person twin-share.
Phone 1300 230 234 or visit www.avalonwaterways.com.au.
The guards’ colonial cottages at Fremantle Prison … ideal base for a family holiday.
Stay in the recently opened guards’ colonial cottages, just outside the jail walls at Fremantle Prison YHA and get three nights for the price of two.
There are three self-contained, lovingly restored historic cottages, each with its own distinctive history dating back to 1857. The cottages are ideal for families, groups and friends wanting to stay somewhere special when visiting the historic maritime city.
Each cottage has two bedrooms, sleeping up to six people in double and bunk rooms, plus fully equipped self-contained kitchen/dining/lounge room, private bathroom and outdoor patio in the backyard.
Prices are from $250 per cottage per night. The three-nights-for-the-price-of-two offer is valid for stays to September 30.
Phone (08) 9433 4305or visit www.fremantlecottages.com.au.
Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort … beachside luxury.
Meals are on the house at Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort as part of a discounted deal that is priced from $2600 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide ($2050 ex Perth), including return airfares with Air Mauritius, all meals and six nights accommodation.
Honeymooners will also receive a bottle of champagne, a dinner served on the beach, one special honeymoon turndown service, fruit amenities on arrival and a 30-minute couples massage at the resort’s Navasana Spa.
One child up to 12 years of age, sharing accommodation with parents, stays, plays and eats for free.
Book by June 30 for travel from May 10 to September 30.
Phone 1300 362 166 or visit aboveandbeyondholidays.com.au.
Ovation of the Seas … four new cruises out of Sydney.
Royal Caribbean International is offering four new cruises next January and February out of Sydney on board its new Ovation of the Seas.
Ovation of the Seas will offer two short cruises as part of its season extension, including a five-night Tasmania taster priced from $959 per person ex Sydney, as well as a three-night weekend sampler priced from $599 per person.
It will also undertake an eight-night voyage to Tasmania and South Australia priced from $1599 per person, and a 12-night sailing to New Zealand and the South Pacific, priced from $2319 per person, before commencing a 14-night repositioning cruise from Sydney to Singapore, priced from $1889 per person.
Phone 1800 754 500 or visit www.ovationoftheseas.com.au.
The Village Coconut Island in Phuket … its own private beachfront.
Save $3000 per person on an all-inclusive seven-night beachside escape at The Village Coconut Island in Phuket.
The price of $999 per adult twin-share includes unlimited gourmet dining (breakfast, lunch, dinners every day), free-flow of beer, wine and cocktails, VIP airport pickup, plenty of spa treatments and day trips.
The resort has its own beachfront overlooking Phang Nga Bay.
Book by May 15 for travel until October next year.
Phone 1300 889 900 or visit www.LuxuryEscapes.com.
Ponant’s L’Austral … will embark on a 40-night five-star circumnavigation of Australia.
In early 2018, Ponant’s five-star, 246-guest French mega-yacht L’Austral will embark on a 40-night circumnavigation of Australia, calling at 25 destinations, including quite remote ones such as the northern tip of Cape York and the tiny, isolated community of Thursday Island in Torres Strait.
Bookings made through Cruise Express by May 16 will attract a saving of $2500 per person, reducing the lead-in price to $26,500 per person twin-share, including a full beverage package, gratuities and five zodiac excursions.
Rather than just visit capital cities and large ports, L’Austral’s in-depth voyage will feature small towns such as Beauty Point in northern Tasmania, Grassy on King Island, and Port Campbell, just 10 kilometres from the spectacular Twelve Apostles.
Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.
Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa service … superfast connections in Italy.
Melbourne-based International Rail has opened its reservations system for European trains over the coming summer period, with bookings available for travel up until mid-August on all high-speed train services throughout France, Germany, Italy and neighbouring countries.
Passes and an extensive range of advance-purchase fares have been discounted up to 50 per cent, starting from $29 for a second-class ticket from Rome to Florence.
Phone 1300 387 245 or visit www.internationalrail.com.au.
Thou Walla Sunset Retreat … luxury camping.
Ten new waterside ‘glamping’ safari tents, complete with flatscreen TVs, electric fireplaces, ensuites and balcony daybeds overlooking the dolphin-filled waters of Port Stephens, are now welcoming indulgent campers at the Thou Walla Sunset Retreat at Soldiers Point.
To mark their opening, the resort has a special offer of $299 per two-person tent for two nights until September 30.
The package also includes a welcome bottle of Port Stephens wine and a range of discount offers on dolphin cruises in Port Stephens, quad bike tours and dining at The Point Restaurant in the adjacent Soldiers Point marina.
Phone 1800 600 204 or visit www.twsr.com.au.