Travel deals: As one of Australia’s premier resorts, award-winning Daydream Island Resort and Spa is the ideal winter getaway escape for families, couples and adventure seekers alike. As the temperature across much of Australia plummets, Daydream has extended its Winter Warmer’s package to enjoy three nights in a tropical island winter paradise in Queensland’s iconic Whitsundays from just $A350 per person twin share when booked by August 28, 2012. The deal includes three nights in a luxurious Garden Balcony room, a scrumptious full buffet breakfast daily and over 20 free guest activities including kayaking, an open air cinema, stingray and shark feeding shows, a gym, rainforest walk, catamarans and more. Free WI-FI is available 24 hours a day in the Atrium. Call reservations on 1800 075 040, visit www.daydreamisland.com/winter
Sample the flavours of the exotic Spice Route with a new fly and cruise package from Cruise1st. The package departs April 17, 2013 and includes 14 nights on Azamara Cruises’ 5-star Azamara Journey sailing from Singapore to Mumbai. Highlights include Penang’s capital Georgetown – home to a fusion of European, Malay and Chinese cultures and customs, Colombo and its World Heritage-listed cave temples, Kochi and the nearby Kerala backwaters and Goa, famous for its beaches and relaxed vibe. The package also includes return flights from Australia with Singapore Airlines. Prices from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth are from $A3699 per person twin share; and Canberra from $A3999 based on an inside stateroom. Call 1300 596 345, visit www.cruise1st.com.au.
Enjoy an earlybird saving of 7.5%, or $A127, on the Vienna & Prague winter tour from Back-Roads Touring when booked by July 31. The 5-day small group journey explores the best of both cities including Schonbrunn Palace and St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and the iconic Charles Bridge, Astronomical Clock and Old Town Hall in Prague from $A1568 per person twin share. The tour also includes a gala dinner and concert in Vienna as well as visits to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, and Brno, one of the oldest and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. The tour departs Vienna and operates between December 2012 and February 2013, with visits to Christmas markets in Vienna, Brno and Prague included in selected departures. The tour also includes four nights’ accommodation, driver/guide, mini-coach transport, European breakfast daily, two evening meals and entrance to Schonbrunn Palace, Sound of Vienna dining experience and concert, Old Town Hall Tower, St Vitus Cathedral and Terezin Memorial. Contact Back-Roads on 1300 100 410 or email@example.com
Experience the Greek Islands for less than $A100 a day with a great value package including accommodation in centrally located hotels, daily breakfast, fast ferry tickets and all transfers. Tempo Holidays’ independent 10-day Mykonos & Santorini deal combines Greece’s most popular islands with Athens from just $A776 per person, based on two people travelling together sharing a twin/double room. The offer applies to new bookings only and is based on tourist class hotels. The package begins in the ancient capital followed by Mykonos, famous for its golden sandy beaches and iconic windmills. The itinerary continues to Santorini – home to some of the best sunsets in the world, stunning white-washed villages and spectacular caldera views – before returning to Athens. The package departs daily and is available for sale and travel until 31 October 2012. Upgrades to superior class hotels start from $A917 per person twin share. Tempo Holidays at www.tempoholidays.com, 1300 558 987 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience Italy at its most magical on the new An Italian Winter Indulgence tour from Back-Roads Touring. The 8-day program travels through Rome, Florence and Venice taking in traditional Christmas markets with elaborate nativity scenes and delicious seasonal treats like ‘torrone’ from $A2437 per person twin share, a 7.5% earlybird saving when booked by July 31. The itinerary explores Rome’s ancient wonders including the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain before moving through Orvieto, Montepulciano and Montalcino in the picturesque Tuscan countryside. It continues to Florence before finishing in Venice where highlights include a vaporetto ride, a ‘secret itineraries’ tour of Doge’s Palace and a visit to the historic glass-making town of Murano. The tour operates between December and March 2013. Some departures take in the Venice Carnival in February. Contact Back-Roads on 1300 100 410, email@example.com