Travel deals: China, Egypt, India and a cool cruise

AUSTRIA and GERMANY: Save $A244 on a WWII-themed journey through Austria and Germany with Back-Roads Touring when booked and paid by December 15. The nine-day In The Footsteps of the Third Reich travels through Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Nuremberg and Berlin from $A3011 per person twin share. Explore Vienna by foot, take in the view from Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest hideaway, visit Munich where the Nazi party was formed and learn about the rallies which took place in Nuremberg. The tour also visits the Buchenwald concentration camp and the spot where Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’ was ratified.

Most of the regular travel deals quote Australian dollars but the deals are through companies operating worldwide.


CHINA: Club Med’s Yabuli ski resort in China is offering a sensational half price deal for the second adult when booking an all-inclusive five-night package to the chic mountain ski resort in Heilongjiang Province, north eastern China. The resort offers 18 ski runs including five newly-opened blue slopes for intermediate skiers. The resort is also equipped with the first new magic carpet at the top of the mountain, which enables even beginners to ski at the top of the mountain, overlooking the spectacular view of the mountains. Adults from $A1300 for the first adult, and $A750 for the second adult (twin share), and children 4-11 from $A580 for a five-night stay.

EGYPT: Abercrombie & Kent is offering two irresistible ways to discover — or rediscover — Egypt, a land of ancient majesty and new-found freedom, if you avoid troubled Cairo. Nile in Style Platinum
 nine-day itinerary
 twin share: from $A5,085 1st person, companion FREE; single share: from $A3,703 (includes saving of $A3,703)
 Valid for departures: October 1, 2011 – December 19, 2011 &  January5  –  March 29, 2012. Land of the Pharaohs Platinum 
12-day itinerary
 twin share: from $A7,080 1st person, companion FREE
 single share: from $A5,148 (includes saving of $A5,148)
 Valid for departures: October 2011 – December 20, 2011 & January 4 – April 3, 2012 .

INDIA: Tempo Holidays has a seven-day Golden Triangle tour from $A881 per person twin share. Departing Delhi, highlights include a visit to the pink city Jaipur – home to Amber Fort and the amazing Palace of the Winds, the majestic Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. The 14-day Trails of the Tiger is the perfect itinerary for wildlife lovers from $A2668 per person twin share. The itinerary departs Delhi and includes game drives through Kanha National Park – prime tiger wilderness and the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s famous Jungle Book, and Pench National Park. Departing Bangalore, the 11-day Southern Holy Places, Jungles & Backwaters explores southern India and includes the magnificent Maharajah’s palace in Mysore, game drives at Nagarhole Tiger Sanctuary and an overnight deluxe houseboat cruise in the tranquil Kerala backwaters from $A1830 per person twin share.

The Pink Palace in Jaipur, one of the most spectacular sights in India

ABU DHABI to UK: Fares from $A91 per person per night are on sale for a 20-night cruise from Abu Dhabi, across the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic to Southampton aboard MSC Lirica. The stunning voyage, from March 11, 2012, will begin with a sailing to Oman’s Muscat and Salalah before the cruise ship reaches Aqaba in Jordan to begin the pass through the famous Suez Canal.  MSC Lirica will also call on Barcelona and Lisbon before berthing in the UK. Priced from $A1829 per person, twin share, the fare includes meals and entertainment. Port charges are also included. Children aged under 18 years cruise free as with all voyages on MSC Cruises year round program when sharing a cabin with two paying adults (need only pay port charges).

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