Travel deals: France, Greece, Spain, Turkey

Cycling through Provence

A cycling adventure through Provence, a French Riviera cruise and a tapas-based short break in the Basque Country are among the new tours added to Tempo Holidays 2013 France & Spain program. 10% earlybird discount on the new 7-day Treasures of Spain coach tour when booked and paid by December 31, now from $A889 per person twin share. This great value coach tour travels through Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo and includes 4-star accommodation in central hotels with daily breakfast, three dinners with wine. The tour is exclusive to Tempo and conducted only in English.

Get some fresh air and exercise while exploring France and Spain’s most beautiful locations with the new 8-day Cycling in Provence in France which visits ancient vineyards, hilltop villages and elegant chateaux from $A932 per person twin share; and the 12-day Camino de Santiago in Spain, which follows Europe’s best-known pilgrimage route through the breathtaking scenery to Santiago de Compostela from $A1687 per person twin share.

For river cruise enthusiasts, Tempo Holidays has introduced the Romantic Rivieras cruise a stylish 8-day voyage departing from Nice encompassing the French Riviera, Corsica, the Italian Riviera and Monaco from $A2611 per person twin share. A range of culinary packages are available in Spain including the 3-day Pamplona Tapas Experience – a must-do tour for food lovers – which includes a walking tour of the citys best tapas bars from $A194 per person twin share. Travel deals: www.tempoholidays.com

The Alhambra, Spain

Sample wine and tapas in Valdepenas, enjoy a flamenco show in Seville and explore the magnificent Alhambra Palace on the Spanish Inspiration small group tour. Back-Roads Touring is taking $A182 off the 10-day journey through Spains southern province of Andalusia now from $A3468 per person, twin share when booked and paid in full by December 15. The tour travels from Madrid to Malaga with highlights including a half day tour of the capital taking in Real Palace, a visit to Toledo, wine and tapas sampling in Valdepenas, the Cordoba Mezquita, a tapas and sangria making lesson and flamenco show with Andalusian dinner in Seville.
Spanish Inspiration can be combined with Back-Roads 8-day Discover Portugal & Galicia tour which explores Lisbon, Porto and the Silver Coast.

Save $A145 on a small group tour through France visiting grand chateaux, vineyards and charming seaside towns. The 9-day La Belle France by Back-Roads Touring explores Brittany, Normandy and the Loire Valley from $A2750 per person twin share a 5% saving when booked and paid in full by December 15. Departing Paris, it includes the picturesque harbour of Honfleur, a walk through the seafront towns of the Normandy Corniche, a visit to a local producer of cider and apple brandy for tastings, a cruise around the WWII landing beaches of Normandy, Mont St-Michel, wine tasting in medieval Chinon and entry to some of the Loires greatest chateaux. The journey includes eight nights accommodation with European breakfast daily, driver/guide companion, four evening meals and wine, cider and brandy tastings. Back-Roads Touring caters for mature travellers with small group tours of no more than 18 people (average of 10). info@backroadstouring.com.au

Agia Sophia in Istanbul

Cruise1st is offering a $A300 per person saving on a new 16-night fly, stay and cruise package exploring rarely visited ports in the Black Sea, the Greek Islands and Istanbul. Spend 12 nights sailing aboard Celebrity Cruises’ 5-star Celebrity Constellation from Istanbul to Sevastopol, Yalta and Odessa in Ukraine, Burgas in Bulgaria, Mykonos and Athens in Greece and Ephesus in Turkey. The last night is spent docked in Istanbul. The package departs October 4, 2013 and includes return flights with Malaysian Airlines and a two night pre-cruise stay at the Radisson Blu Asia in Istanbul. Departures are available from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from $A3599 per person twin share when booked by December 31 or until sold out.

Cruise highlights include the Blue Mosque of Istanbul, the famous Potemkin Steps of the Black Sea port city of Odessa, Burgas; the gateway to some of the Black Sea coast’s best beach resorts and historic towns, the windmills of Mykonos and the ruins of Ephesus, one of the world’s best preserved Greco-Roman cities. www.cruise1st.com.au.

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