Travel deals: Bali, Egypt, Fiji, Norway, Russia

With economic crises making much of the world’s economies wobbly, getting the best travel deals has never been more important. Here’s some of the best. Deals are quoted in Australian dollars, but all travel companies are worldwide and will quote you prices in the currency preferred.

Save 10 per cent on popular coach tours through Scandinavia and Russia with Bentours when booked by December 16. Starting in the ancient Viking capital of Oslo, the nine-day Magical Norway explores Norway’s fjord highlights, picturesque villages, waterfalls, glaciers and World Heritage-listed landscapes from $A2,733 per person twin share. Alternatively, experience Scandinavia and Russia on the 19-day Fabulous Scandinavia & the Czar Route. Departing Copenhagen, the tour explores the Norwegian fjords, Stockholm (pictured above) and Helsinki and the architectural treasures of St Petersburg and Moscow from $A3,644 per person twin share. Bentours also offers the deluxe 22-day Scenes of the North which journeys through the highlights of Scandinavia, Estonia and Russia including Copenhagen, Oslo, Geiranger, Tallinn, St Petersburg and Moscow from $A7,032 per person twin share.

Gateway Travel has launched its 2012 Russian Tours! Duration of tours range from three to seven nights and take in the majesty of Russia’s major cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novgorod the Great.
Tours are available year round and some tours are reversible. Join the Classic Moscow to St. Petersburg tour from just $A2336 per person twin share in the 3 star option for an eight-day/seven night tour or enjoy a Moscow Short Break from just $A1262 per person twin share in the 3 star option for the 5 day/4 night tour.

Create the ultimate itinerary through Latin America with a range of tempting packages from Tempo Holidays. The four-day Taste of Buenos Aires is the perfect introduction to the exciting Argentinean capital, a great gateway city to begin your journey, from $A822 per person twin share. The package includes a city tour that takes in the colourful areas of La Boca and Recoleta, an evening at the Carlos Gardel Tango Show with drinks, three nights at the American Buenos Aires Park Hotel. From Buenos Aires, make your way to Rio de Janeiro to join the world’s biggest party with the five-day Rio Carnival Extravaganza 2012 from $A2298 per person twin share. Tempo also offers the five-day all inclusive Discover Cuzco & Machu Picchu from $A750 per person twin share.

Club Med has costed its Nusa Dua Bali packages available today, against the same family deals for this time last year. The price is nearly 20 per cent less for a family getaway, available for the holiday period, January 2012.  For a family of four (including two adults and two children between 4-11 yrs) the deal for seven nights, all-inclusive for land content only and local transfers, is $A5,212 (last year was $A6186) (based on superior connecting with a balcony room.) If there’s just two in your family, there’s a 50 per cent off the 2nd person deal available too. The resort is right on the edge of the white, sandy private beach, secluded in 17 hectares of tropical gardens.

Taveuni Palms Resort received top honours at the World Travel Awards in Bangkok as 2011’s Australasia’s Leading Boutique Resort for the second year running and Fiji’s Leading Resort The World Travel Awards are considered the Oscars of the worldwide travel and tourism industries .This year, a phenomenal 213,000 industry professionals participated in the voting process, which is scrupulously monitored and independently audited. Owners and general managers of Taveuni Palms Resort, Tony and Kelly Acland are celebrating their win by offering a once in a lifetime package “Your Wedding, With Compliments” for bookings throughout 2012. Couples who book a seven-night honeymoon at Taveuni Palms Resort will receive, with compliments, a wedding package, tailor-made.

Tempo Holidays has extended its 50 per cent discount on its new Wonders of Egypt package which combines Cairo and Alexandria with a 4-night Nile cruise. Discover 5000 years of history on this unforgettable 11-day journey from just $A3500 per couple when booked by November 30. The price is inclusive of discount, based on two passengers travelling together and sharing a twin or double room and is valid for travel until September 21, 2012. Enjoy private touring in Cairo exploring highlights such as the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and Khan El Khalili bazaar before boarding the M/Y Mirage at Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the High Dam, Philae Temple and more. The package continues to Alexandria to explore the Catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar and El Alamein’s World War II battlefields.

The tour includes expert guiding of a qualified Egyptologist for visits to main historical sites and museums, private touring in Cairo and Alexandria, 10 nights’ accommodation at 5-star hotels and aboard the M/Y Mirage, sightseeing, flights from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo, transfers and selected meals.


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