Travel deals: Australia, Greece, New Zealand

Fiordland, in the South Island of New Zealand

Our latest travel deals: Cruise through Australia and New Zealand from $A112 a day with a cruise and flight package from Cruise1st. The 18-night Radiance Bottom End journey by Royal Caribbean departs March 6, 2012 from Perth from $A2029 per person twin share, including flights, departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth when booked by January 29.

Travelling aboard the 4-star rated ship Radiance of the Seas, the itinerary explores Albany, Esperance, Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart before cruising through New Zealand’s Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound in Fiordland National Park –1.2 million hectares of protected mountain, lake, fiord and rainforest environments.

The cruise also explores Dunedin, the gateway to Queenstown and its adrenaline-fuelled activities, the beautiful old French town Akaroa and the capital Wellington before setting sail to Sydney. The newly-renovated Radiance of the Seas features a range of dining experiences including a Brazilian-style steakhouse, a nursery, VIP guest lounge, outdoor poolside cinema, spa facilities, a fitness centre, rock climbing wall, jogging track and Broadway-style entertainment in the three-storey Main Theatre.

Combine the highlights of mainland Greece with the famous Cyclades islands or follow in the footsteps of the Anzacs in Crete with two new tours from Tempo Holidays. Tempo has launched its 2012 Greece and Turkey brochure featuring the 11-day Athens, Classical Greece & Cyclades from $A2175 per person twin share.

A combination of escorted and independent touring, the itinerary includes Athens, a 3-day coach tour of Olympia, Delphi and Arachova, a 6-day independent visit of Mykonos and Santorini, 10 nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast, two dinners, shared airport and port transfers, ferry tickets, guide, coach transport (days 3-5) and sightseeing as per itinerary. The new 6-day In the Steps of the Anzac self-drive package explores some of the key sites in the Battle of Crete in 1941 including Galatas – famous for the five-day defence by New Zealand troops, Rethymnon, home to the Hellenic-Australian memorial and Sfakia, the evacuation point for thousands of ANZACs. From $A747 per person twin share, the tour includes 4 nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast, overnight ferry to Chania, shared transfers, 4 days car rental, a historical information booklet and a complimentary photo book with each booking.

Broome and The Kimberley Holidays have combined The Ghan – the legendary train  journey through the heart of Australia – with a wilderness cruise of the Kimberley coastline in our 2012 Ultimate Rail Cruise holiday for 2012.

A Gold Class journey on The Ghan is an adventurer’s way to travel to the two jewels of Australia’s Northern Territory – the Red Centre and the tropical Top End. The Ghan’s timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer views of the passing landscape; from the sweeping Adelaide Plains unfolding before your eyes to the majestic Flinders Ranges.

Arrive in Darwin, the relaxed capital city of the Northern Territory to spend three nights at Mantra on the Esplanade, experience the city’s fascinating history on a ‘Frontline Australia, WWII Bombing of Darwin’ tour and see spectacular tropical rainforest & waterfalls on a tour through Litchfield National Park.  Step on-board the Oceanic Discoverer for a 10 day Kimberley Cruise of a lifetime.

This is the perfect opportunity to cruise close to dramatic waterfalls, gorges, wildlife and marine life. Your Kimberley Cruise arrives in the remote outback oasis town of Broome, where the desert meets the sea in stunning colour; 3 nights at the renowned Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa to watch the famous sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

Broome and The Kimberley Holidays 18-night package includes a Gold Class rail journey on The Ghan (from Adelaide to Darwin), all meals onboard the Ghan and Oceanic Discoverer, 3 nights accommodation at Mantra on the Esplanade in Darwin with tours, 3 nights’ accommodation at the renowned Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa in Broome, a pearl farm tour and a brewery lunch and beer experience.  This package is on sale for $A10,799. Save up to $A1500pp. Sale ends February 29, 2012.


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