Explora Chile – Guadalcanal – Avalon Europe – Tuscany – Calgary Cowboys

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Travel Briefs

John Crook 

Purchase a four night stay and save

Chilean-based travel company explora has announced the arrival of their 100,000th visitor and to celebrate they are offering all travellers, who book a four-night program, with a complimentary stay at any of its three luxurious eco-lodges.  Four night packages, include accommodation, meals, soft and alcoholic  beverages, transfers from local airport plus equipment.  Prices commence at AUD2640.  Check for conditions by visiting www.explora.com   Your local travel agent should also be able to provide more info.  Guests will receive their fifth night free when they visit before August 31 2011. 

The bloody battlefields of Guadalcanal

This is the resting place of HMAS Canberra, which was sunk during the battle of Savo Island.  It is also the base at which JFK was stationed with his PT109.   A Guadalcanal  69th anniversary tour, featuring highlights of the battlefields, is scheduled for a seven-night tour from August 5.  Full details of the tour can be checked by ringing 1300 880 340 or visiting www.battlefields.com.au   Prices begin from $3197 per person and that includes first-class hotel accommodation, excursions, entry fees. Daily breakfasts and lunches, two dinners, tips and educational site pamphlets.  The tour has been planned by  leading Australian war historian Mat McLachlan.  This is a living museum of the 1940’s. 

Suite ships

Two new luxury ‘suite ships’ lead the most modern river cruise fleet in Europe. Not only that but  they tell me that 2012 river cruises are on an average  10 per cent cheaper than 2011. Avalon’s  Panorama was launched last week.

Such has been consumer reaction, Avalon has commissioned another two ‘suite ships’. The 83-cabin Avalon Vista and the 64-cabin Avalon Visionary enter service on the Danube and the Rhine in 2012.    So many options are available right now, so to get the full facts go visit www.avalonwaterways.com.au    Conditions apply. 

Tuscan food and wine

Get the full story on Italy’s best food and wine based packaging and do the visit as an independent traveller. Add that little extra such as a three-day Great Wines and Tuscany package which is priced from $751 per person twin share.   Tempo Holidays has a bundle of food and wine experiences.  To check on the range and conditions, call 1300 558 987 or visit your local travel agent, or check out the facts by visiting www.tempoholidays.com  

Real cowboys.- yippee

The Calgary Stampede is widely known as the Greatest Show on Earth.  Well, – it’s on again in Calgary from July 8 to 17.  Four day packages start from $758 per person twin share.  That includes three nights accommodation, a two-day light rail transit pass to and from the Stampede grounds, reserve ticket to the afternoon rodeo including admission, reserve seating in the Gold Outdoor Balcony section to the evening chuckwagon races and grandstand show,  There’s also a skyride pass, a carry bag, polo T-shirt and a Calgary Tower elevation pass.  Got that?  Next job is to make a booking.  Telephone  1300 303 343 or visit www.ventureholidays.com.au  

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  The information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agent. 

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