Travel deals: Amalfi Coast, Berlin, Bordeaux, Moscow, Paris

Discount travel deals Europe: Amalfi Coast, Berlin, Bordeaux, Moscow, Paris are Taste for Travel’s latest travel bargains. And oh, there’s one for Wales. 

Hôtel Scribe, Paris (75)STAY in sophisticated luxury in the heart of Paris and save 20 per cent on selected dates when booking through Tempo Holidays. The 5-star Hotel Sofitel Le Scribe is just a few steps from the famous Opera Garnier in the Right Bank and combines 19th century splendour with contemporary style. The hotel features 217 rooms decorated in soft-toned colors and Louis Philippe-style furniture, a glassed-roof café, French fine dining restaurant, stylish cocktail bar, elegant tea room and ornate lobby decorated with wood paneling and frescoes reminiscent of the Opera decor. Guests also have access to the spa centre with free use of the hammams, jacuzzi and fitness centre. A 20 per cent discount applies to stays between July 12, and September 1, 2013 and December 13, 2013 to February 28, 2014 now from $A245 per person, twin share based on a Deluxe Room with breakfast daily. www.tempoholidays.com

St Basils Cathedral, in MoscowSAVE 15% on a guaranteed luxury departure of an 8-day tour exploring the cultural and historical heritage of Russia’s greatest cities. The Classic Russia small group journey from Cox & Kings features sightseeing in Moscow and St Petersburg, accommodation in centrally located 5-star hotels and a full day visit to the Hermitage Museum from $2739* per person, twin share for departure September 13, 2013. The itinerary includes a tour of Moscow taking in Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin and St Petersburg’s most famous sights including Nevsky Prospekt, Peter and Paul Fortress and Hermitage Museum. You’ll also visit Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin including the Amber Room, regarded as one of Russia’s truly great art treasures, and Peter the Great’s Summer Palace and gardens at Peterhof.travel@coxandkings.com.auwww.coxandkings.com.au/au/15off

Biking along the remains of the Berlin WallTHE friendly folk at Fat Tires Bike Tours,run a Cold War and Berlin Wall tour. Highlights: East Side Gallery, a kilometer-long stretch of still-standing Wall, famous for its graffiti; numerous examples of street art which sets Berlin apart from other European cities; See remaining sections not just of the Wall, but also of the breadth of no-man’s-land which was also known as the Death Strip where people were shot trying to escape to the West; a visit to Cafe Moscow along the historic Karl-Marx-Allee. This cafe, like the rest of the Stalinist boulevard, shows still-existing Communist propaganda. The tour takes 4.5 hours and is a 14km ride. 10 per cent discount available to Taste for Travel readers: click on the site and use our discount coupon code T4TTRAVEL13 citysegwaytours.com/berlin and fattirebiketours.com/berlin

Amalfi Coast vista from RavelloDISCOVER the picturesque towns of the Amalfi Coast, the ruins of Pompeii and taste wine and limoncello on a discounted 7-day small group tour through southern Italy. Back-Roads Touring is taking 15% off the 20 August departure of Enchanting Southern Italy now from $A2520 per person twin share. A 10% discount applies to the October 1 departure now from $A2534 per person twin share. Departing Naples, explore the bustling city’s historical and artistic treasures including the National Archaeology Museum of Naples, visit a farmhouse in Sant’Agata dei Goti for wine, buffalo mozzarella and olive oil tastings and enjoy a guided tour of the ruins of Pompeii. info@backroadstouring.com.au

Caernarfon Castle, North WalesSAVE $A371 on selected September departures of a 7-day small group adventure through Wales with Back-Roads Touring. Take in the major sites, learn about Welsh history, language and culture and explore some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery on The Wonders of Wales now from $2104 per person twin share, a 15% saving, for September 8 and 12 departures. The tour begins in Cardiff and features the National History Museum of Wales, a visit to a real mine at mining museum Big Pit, Brecon Beacons National Park and a tour of a whisky distillery and winery. You’ll also experience a Welsh male choir concert, imposing Caernarfon Castle, a chance to learn a few words of the ancient Welsh language, Snowdonia National Park and a ride on the Talyllyn narrow-gauge steam railway running through the beautiful mid-Wales countryside.  info@backroadstouring.com.au

Castle, southern FranceDISCOUNT of $A554 on 10-day tour exploring southwest France including the Bordeaux wine region, the stylish seaside town of Biarritz and the stunning scenery of the Midi-Pyrenees. Back-Roads Touring is taking 15% off the September 28 departure of A Taste of Bordeaux now from $3141 per person twin share. The small group journey begins in Bordeaux with highlights including wine tasting in Medoc and St Emilion, a full day to explore the beaches of Biarritz, a drive over the mountain passes of the Midi-Pyrenees and the mysterious town of Rennes-le-Chateau made famous by The Da Vinci Code. You’ll also visit the mighty fortified city of Carcassonne, the city of Sarlat built in the golden stone of the surrounding countryside, Sarlat Market to buy local specialities like cheeses, truffles and foie gras, and Lascaux Caves – home to some of the oldest art in the world. Back-Roads Touring caters for mature travellers with small group tours of no more than 18 people. The tours travel the back roads instead of major freeways, taking travellers to places larger coach tours can’t reach. info@backroadstouring.com.au

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