Travel Deals: Australia, cruising, Egypt and Italy

Travel Deals: ELEVEN countries in 25 nights on a fascinating European cruise and the starting price is a bargain $A93 per person, twin share per day. That’s the latest hot deal from MSC Cruises for last-minute cruisers wanting to board MSC Magnifica for the September 8, 2012, sailing from the Danish capital of Copenhagen to Italy’s Genoa. Such exciting ports as Stockholm, St Petersburg, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona and Casablanca are included on a sailing where an inside cabin can be had from $A2,372pp twin share, ocean view cabin from $A2,582pp twin share.

TEMPO Holidays is offering a two-for-one deal on an 11-day adventure through Egypt when booked by November 15. The Wonders of Egypt combines the great cities of Cairo and Alexandria with a 4-night Nile cruise and El Alamein from $A3,188 per couple. The offer applies to two people travelling together and sharing a twin/double room. See Cairo’s biggest sites including the Giza and Sakkara Pyramids, the Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and the colourful Khan El Khalili bazaar before flying to Luxor to explore the Niles ancient wonders by boat such as the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and Philae Temple. The independent itinerary also includes a visit to the Catacombs, Pompeys Pillar and Alexandria Museum in Alexandria and a full day tour of El Alamein’s World War II battlefields and cemeteries.

Glamping at Spicers, a far cry from your bog standard camping ground

SPICERS Peak Lodge (2011 Best Luxury Accommodation Queensland) is offering a two night winter stay from just $A499 per couple per night. This package includes luxurious lodging at the mountain-top retreat, complimentary drinks and handmade chocolates on arrival, a gourmet breakfast each morning and a five-course degustation menu for two on one evening. Spicers Peak Lodge offers a unique blend of luxury accommodation and fine dining and is an idyllic retreat where the only thing you need to do is relax. Spicers Peak Lodge is located in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, just two hours’ drive south-west of Brisbane.  Enjoy a 5-star camping experience at Spicers Canopy, an exclusive, permanent campsite nestled in the spectacular Scenic Rim. Stay two nights during winter and watch the sun rise over misty fields and the 2000 acre private nature refuge. Starting from $A550 per couple per night, this all-inclusive stay includes a guided eco-walk into the site, a luxury safari-style tent with king bed, plush furnishings and luxury linens, a one hour guided walk, plus all meals and beverages during your stay.
EXPERIENCE Rome, Tuscany, Florence and Venice in style with Tempo Holidays’ Italian Discovery coach tour. The eight-day tour explores the best of northern Italy while staying in centrally located, 4-star hotels close to all major attractions. It also features four dinners with drinks, an English-speaking tour escort and guaranteed departures from $A1,897 per person twin share. Highlights include a full day sightseeing in Rome taking in the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Colosseum and Roman Forum, the medieval hilltop town of Siena and wine tasting in the Chianti countryside. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Florence including Michelangelo’s masterpiece David, a stop in Verona, a walking tour of Venice and Lake Como and Milan. Italian Discovery departs Rome and also includes daily breakfast, transport by deluxe coach, entrance fees in Siena, Florence and Venice.



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