Travel deals: Cuba, Dubai, Europe, Singapore, UK

Jersey, British Channel Islands
Jersey, British Channel Islands

After a rocky few months the Aussie dollar has redeemed itself, mostly, and is jiggling around 94c to the greenback which is good news for travellers. Although bargain hunting is still high on priority lists as the triple-trillion-dollar US debt ceiling crisis makes the world’s economies nervous. Here’s our latest travel deals. and by the way Lowest Host/empire Technology Llc of Salt Lake City Utah, this section of the blog is not your personal content resource for you to plunder at will. Any other bloggers reading this – beware of this hideous low-life company. 

TRAVEL from London to Paris via the Channel Islands, sail remote Croatian islands on a private yacht or eat British pub grub on new tours from Back-Roads Touring. The small group tour operator has released its UK & Europe Summer 2014 brochure which features more than 30 tours and a 5 per cent early bird discount when booked and paid in full by December 15. New itineraries include the 11-day London to Paris via the Channel Islands from $A4289 per person twin share where you’ll learn about the German occupation of Guernsey, step into a world where there are no cars or buses on Sark and discover Jersey’s rich history including its Neolithic passage graves before taking the ferry to France to Dinan, Mayenne and more. The new Old Pubs & Great Grub tour explores the oldest of British establishments, the pub, along with its famous fare from $A1848 per person twin share.

Loughpool Inn pub, Ross-on-Wye
Loughpool Inn pub, Ross-on-Wye

The 5-day trip travels from Chester through Shrewsbury, Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye to London with a focus on meals in pubs renowned for their traditional atmosphere and outstanding food, as well as sampling of local produce from wines and cider to freshly baked breads. Other new tours include Croatian Wilderness Sailing, a magnificent 8-day journey aboard a private yacht which includes Korcula and overnight stays in secluded bays on Mljet, Lastovo and Vis islands – the most remote Adriatic islands from $A2845 per person twin share.

Korcula Island, Croatia
Korcula Island, Croatia

Each tour is limited to a maximum of 18 passengers, offers authentic local experiences such as learning the art of French cooking in a Renaissance chateau, and travels along the back roads of destinations, not freeways. The tours also use charming local accommodation from rustic rural retreats to castle hotels, operate at a leisurely pace and include culinary experiences such as a tapas tour in Andalusia, Spain. It’s worth noting that tours can be discounted up to 15% for last-minute bookings. Your might not get the choice, but the savings are great. info@backroadstouring.com.au

Colourful Cuba
Colourful Cuba

EXPLORE Cuba’s revolutionary history including Fidel Castro’s headquarters and Che Guevara’s mausoleum, swim under waterfalls and trek to the summit of the highest peak on a 15-day adventure holiday from Explore Worldwide. From just over $125 a day, Revolutionary Trails will take you from the faded colonial splendour of Havana and Trinidad to a trek through the lush jungles of the Sierra Maestra Mountains to Fidel’s 1950s rebel headquarters from$A1888 per person twin share. You’ll also experience a three day trek to the summit of Cuba’s highest peak Pico Turquino, walk through the forests of the Escambray Mountains and spend two nights camping out at haciendas (farm estates), explore lively Santiago de Cuba, visit Che Guevara’s mausoleum and swim in jungle waterfalls at Las Terrazas. There’s also plenty of time to discover Havana and its rich art deco architecture, and wander through Trinidad’s lovely colonial streets. The tour features small group sizes of no more than 16 people and includes 10 nights standard hotel accommodation, two nights’ camping, two nights in a cabin, 14 breakfasts, six lunches and five dinners, Explore tour leader, plus drivers and some local guides.  res@exploreworldwide.com.au or visit www.exploreworldwide.com.au

 

Dubai marina, lit up like a Christmas tree
Dubai marina, lit up like a Christmas tree

TEMPO Holidays has rolled out its Dubai Egypt 2014 brochure featuring new 24-hour check-in hotels in stopover favourite Dubai. The brochure offers 66 pages of tours, cruises and accommodation in Dubai and Egypt as well as plenty of holiday options throughout Jordan, Israel, Abu Dhabi, Lebanon and Oman. Check in any time of the day or night at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel – a brand new luxurious five star property with easy access to Dubai Airport, 292 contemporary rooms, outdoor pools, a state of the art health club and day spa and included buffet breakfast from just $A116 per person per night. Tempo’s most popular packages are back for 2014 including the 3-day Taste of Dubai – the perfect introduction which includes 2 nights’ accommodation, 2 breakfasts, arrival and departure coach transfers and a city tour with English-speaking guide from just $A184 per person twin share.

Or go on a luxurious desert adventure with the 2-day Arabian Nights which features an overnight stay at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, a night of Arabic cuisine under the stars and entertainment including a falconry display, camel caravan, horse show and Tanoura dancing from $A356 per person twin share. Sightseeing packages include the Factory Outlet & Dubai Shopping Tour which includes a visit to the 1200-store Dubai Mall from $A147 per person; and Lunch or dinner at the Burj Al Arab from $A193 per person.

The brochure also features a new Middle East Guarantee designed provide a safeguard for those travelling throughout Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. The guarantee provides the opportunity to cancel your holiday and receive a full refund should the Australian Government post an overall travel advisory of ‘Do Not Travel’ to those countries. The guarantee applies from the time you deposit your holiday up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival in the countries concerned.  info@tempoholidays.com

SingaporeFAR EAST Hospitality, Singapore’s largest operator of hotels and residences, has announced the expanded Holiday Savers+ promotion, extending its unique brand of Singapore-inspired hospitality to guests with discounts of up to 35 per cent on stays booked between 1 October 1 to November 30 2013 at participating FEH hotels in Singapore. In addition to savings, guests will have a choice of complimentary FunVee city tours and free unlimited Wi-Fi. In conjunction with the Holiday Savers+ promotion, FEH is also holding an online contest, “The Big Giveaway”, where participants stand a chance to win stays at participating FEH hotels at $S88 per night or stays at participating FEH serviced residences at 50% off.  Taste for Travel has stayed in Far East hotels in Singapore and gives them a big thumbs up. Singapore is sort of like South-East Asia for beginners. Or South-East Asia’s Dubai. The former British colony has a low crime rate, public transport is fast and efficient, you can pay as little as $S6 for a bowl of noodles at a street stall or splash out big in cool roof-top bars. Shopping is excellent. It’s surprisingly multi-cultural, considering the politics, and despite its intense urban environment – it’s a city state – there are open green spaces to offset that oh-so crowded feeling. www.stayfareast.com 

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