Travel Deals: India, Italy, Jordan, Russia

Travel deals: SIT back and enjoy Italy without worrying about getting lost or stuck in traffic with Tempo Holidays’ Rome to Venice rail tour. This independent 7-day package is an easy, hassle free way to see some of Italy’s greatest sights and includes rail tickets, accommodation and sightseeing from $A1129 per person twin share. Departing Rome, travellers will enjoy guided tours of the Eternal City with admission to the Colosseum as well as tours of Florence and Venice. It also includes six nights in centrally located, 3 or 4-star hotels with daily breakfast.

Tempo can help break up the flight to Italy with the 3-day Taste of Abu Dhabi stopover package. It includes two nights at Centro Yas Island Hotel – just minutes from the airport and close to Ferrari World and the Grand Prix racing track, a private city tour taking in the Grand Mosque and return coach transfers.

EXPLORE the highlights of Jordan including Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea on an escorted private journey with Cox & Kings. Travelling in your own vehicle with a guide, the 8-day Splendours of Jordan departs Amman and visits the ancient city of Jerash, the biblical site of Mount Nebo and the 12th Century Crusader castle of Kerak. Other highlights include two full days to explore the red rock city of Petra, the chance to swim in the Dead Sea’s curative waters, a 4WD excursion through the Wadi Rum desert and Madaba, home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

The journey includes superior accommodation with daily breakfast, sightseeing and entrance fees, services of a tour escort/local guides, transfers and comfortable air-conditioned transport. Splendours of Jordan operates as both a small group journey and on a private basis, so single travellers and travelling parties of any size can depart on any day of the year. Private journeys start from $A1838 per person twin share and can be tailored to suit specific interests. or

DISCOVER Italy beyond pizza and pasta with two delectable food and wine journeys from Tempo Holidays. The 7-day Gastronomic Tuscany features 6 guided food and wine tastings, sightseeing tours and accommodation from $A2081 per person twin share. Highlights include visits to a pecorino producer in Pienza to learn about cheese-making and tastings at Florence’s oldest ice cream parlour and an organic olive oil farm. The package departs Pisa and includes guided tours of Florence and Siena, 6 nights at Villa Il Palagio in Chianti, daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and sightseeing. The 6-day Gastronomic Umbria departs Rome and includes 7 guided tastings including a visit to a pastry shop to sample chocolates with chilli and saffron from $A1876 per person twin share.

The package also includes guided tours of Orvieto and Assisi, 5 nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners and sightseeing including the Chocolate Museum in Perugia. Both tours embody the Slow Food principles of sustainable, traditionally produced cuisine and include a Slow Food gift and presentation kit as well as a free photo book. The tours offer guaranteed departures and will depart with 2 passengers, operating with a maximum of 25.

THE world’s longest established travel company Cox & Kings is celebrating its second year in Australia with 25% off companion fares across its entire range of escorted small group journeys. The offer applies to all small group journeys departing by March 31 2013 which are booked and deposited during June and July. The booking must be for two people travelling together staying in a twin/double room. Nearly 70 unique itineraries are on offer across 49 countries as diverse as Russia, Japan, Burma, Kyrgyzstan, Albania, Turkey, Nepal and Peru. One of the most popular tours, the Train to Machu Picchu is now from $A3277 per couple. The 13-day small group journey explores Peru’s wonders, from the archaeological site of Machu Picchu to Cuzco, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca. Other discounted journeys include the 8-day Classic Russia from $A1916 per couple; 9-day Journey through the Baltic States from $A1455 per couple; and 14-day Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan from $A3193 per couple.  Bookings must be deposited by 3pm Tuesday July 31, 2012. or



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