Seniors Cruise – Lion Attack – Egypt Tour – China Tour

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John Crook 

Seniors special

I’ve just come across a deal which should be of interest to ‘we seniors’. has just released a special seniors’ fare from $979.  It’s a 12-night cruise on board the Century Celebrity, sailing from Auckland to Sydney. Make a booking prior to August 30 to capitalise on this deal.  Sail out of Auckland on December 12 and visit the Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and then Melbourne before arriving n Sydney.  The discounted fare applies only if one or more passengers are over the age of 55.  For conditions and bookings telephone 1300 369 848 or go visit    Special airfares to Auckland can also be booked.   Check the birth certificate and then go for it. 

Business class to Manila et al

Some really decent business class airfares are on offer with Philippine Airlines.  Try these for size.

  • To Manila ex Sydney $1688, ex Melbourne $1668.
  • To Hong Kong ex Melbourne $1858, ex Sydney $1878.
  • To Shanghai ex Melbourne  $1651, ex Sydney $1671.
  • To Tokyo ex Melbourne $1869, ex Sydney $1888.

Under the deal, return business class fares are priced per person when booked with a companion fare.  The prices are per person including taxes and must be booked in pairs.  The fares are on sale until June 30, 2011 and valid for travel until September 30 2011.  To get all the facts and conditions telephone the airline direct on 1300 888 725 or see your travel agent.

A Lion attack

Nothing to do with the Brisbane Lions, but rather a warning to those lucky enough to be able to take a safari tour in Africa.  Travel into wildlife parks is more commonplace these days and that, at times, may see a lack of care being shown by visitors.  To assist, first up make sure you have adequate insurance.  Stay in the vehicle if game watching.  Listen to your guide, always!  Keep your voice down and never turn your back.  Special care needs o be taken if on a walking tour.    Regarding the insurance, only travel with a licensed safari guide and ensure you have adequate travel insurance.  For more information go visit  

Classic sites await

Check out the savings on  a seven-day Taste of Egypt tour which includes a cruise on the iconic Nile, three nights in Cairo, transfers in Cairo,, Luxor and Aswan.  Priced from $1117 per person, twin share. To check on all the goodies, telephone 1300 558 987, or go visit  Terms and conditions apply.  Book for two people before June 30 and receive 40% off the second fare and a free hotel upgrade. 

What a picture!!

A 15-day Timeless China escorted small group journey opens the door to China, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, a full day tour of the Great Wall, the summer palace. And, the  Terracotta warriors !  A real highlight just has to be the giant Panda breeding research base in Chengdu.  Then, there’s the Jade Buddha Temple, the Tiger Leaping Gorge, and the world’s largest Buddha statue.  Priced from $4078 per person twin share.  In my opinion, worth every cent.  Get the terms and conditions and a full itinerary by calling 1300 836 764. 

* 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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