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June 24, 2019 Headline News, Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Issue 41: Friday, 21 June 2019

Win a trip for two to Europe

Love AFL and plan on heading to Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium during the season? If your team’s game happens to fall on a Saturday you are in luck. You have the chance to win yourself and a friend a flight to Europe. All you have to do is write in 5 words or less why you barrack for your AFL team. A winner will be announced at the end of each month. Details here

Europe from $1069 return

There are some excellent airfares around this month to Europe offered by premium carriers. For instance, fares offered by Qatar Airways to Greece, Italy France start at $1069. Plan your next adventure to your choice of over 55 European cities on board the world’s best airline, as voted by 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Book by 4 July 2019 for travel between 1 July 2019 and 31 March 2020. Details here

Break your journey in Dubai

Emirates is another premium carrier on sale – prices start at $1249 to Athens. It is a great idea to break your journey to Europe in the space age city of Dubai. Split fares are also available on the Emirates web site – nothing better after your holiday than to relax in business class all the way home. More details here

Value Ski USA packages

Heading to the snow in the US this year?  Right now you can get an excellent package deal with Virgin Australia. Salt Lake City ex Adelaide for instance is priced from $1498 via Melbourne and LA. Or, how about Aspen? There are a number of destinations included. The deal is on sale from 17 June 2019 until midnight 30 June 2019 unless sold out prior. More details here

Red carpet rail in Europe

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express promises to take you not just across Europe, but to transport you back in time. With its polished wood, sumptuous upholstery and antique fixtures, the train epitomises the glamour and elegance of the Golden Age of travel. There is a special deal going right now – but hurry. Save up to 25% on journeys in August, October and November. Details here 

Historic Tassie hotel upgraded

Prospect House Private Hotel, one of Tasmania’s oldest and most elegant country house hotels, is now welcoming guests after new owners, John and Libby Pooley, invested more than $5m in refurbishing and upgrading the historic property. Opening specials include a two nights accommodation in a King Room from $1,190 – dinner and breakfast each day inclusive. Details,

Cruise to $99 deposits

Princess Cruises has moved into the Australian market in a big way – and is keen to snatch as much business as quickly possible. Deals included in its mid year clearance sale include $99 deposits pp, a 30% saving on launch fares or quad share sail from $489pp. Christmas and New Year Eve sailings are available from $1399pp. More details here

Solo deals to Canada, Alaska

Evergreen Cruises & Tours has released its 2020 Canada, Alaska and USA brochure with new wilderness and wildlife exclusive departures, great value solo traveller deals. Partnering with Don Enright, one of Canada’s most renowned naturalists, the company has designed a custom made itinerary to provide an authentic wildlife experience. Have a look here

Outback adventure free for kids

Kings Canyon Resort in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre is offering visitors a chance to experience the region in style with the launch of its new glamping tents. Three tents are designed for couples, while three family tents feature a king bed plus two king single beds. Rates start at $390 per night and include breakfast. Children 12 years and under stay free. See here

Melbourne/Port Vila non-stop

Air Vanuatu, Vanuatu’s national carrier, has commenced non-stop service between Melbourne and Port Vila, Vanuatu, with the inaugural flight touching down in the South Pacific capital on Thursday. The service is a big win for Victorian travellers as well as holidaymakers in Tasmania and Adelaide who use Melbourne as a hub to reach overseas destinations. Details here

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