It's guinea pigs on the barbie and Pi Mai in Laos: travel deals March 24, 2013
|To die for: Sofitel Sydney's Addams Family suite.|
INDONESIAStay five nights in a deluxe room at Kuta’s Hard Rock hotel and get two extra nights free. The offer includes breakfast daily, shopping vouchers and airport transfers as well as a massage, white-water rafting adventure or water-sports experience. Travel from April 1 to June 30. Costs from $519 a person, seven nights. 1300 883 887, travelonline.com.
Laos celebrates Pi Mai from April 13-15. The best spot to experience it is in the Luang Prabang. Stay three nights in a garden room at the former royal residence, the 25-room Maison Souvannaphoum and they’ll include a boat tour on the Mekong to watch the celebrations, guided tour of the Lao New Year parade, market fair and city festivals and a Lao Prince dinner as well as half-price spa treatments. Costs from $488++ a room. 856 71 254 609, angsana.com.
Celebrate winter in style at the famed luxury lodge, Matakauri Lodge, and save 33 per cent. Set outside Queenstown, the view from the 11 suites is of Lake Wakatipu with the remarkable Remarkables towering behind. Stay two nights in a deluxe suite between May 1 and July 31 and get a third night free: the offer also includes pre-dinner drinks, breakfast and gourmet dinner. Costs from $1430+ a person, three nights. +64 3 441 1008, www.matakaurilodge.com.
It’s veteran tour leader Jeanette Savage’s last European hurrah when she leads Interlude Tour’s 36-day journey through Europe, departing September 18. Just 17 guests will fly to Paris and travel to the Loire Valley, visit Bilbao’s Guggenheim, see Gaudi’s masterpieces in Barcelona and revel in the beauty of Provence, Cinque Terre and the Swiss Alps, staying in boutique hotels. Book by April 19 and they’ll include airport transfers and two nights’ accommodation for two at the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok on the way home. Costs from $12,240 a person, twin share, includes economy air fares. (02) 9405 2218, interlude-tours.com.
Intrepid My Adventure Store is cutting 25 per cent, or $550, off its two-week tours from Beijing to Shanghai when booked by April 15, for travel May 20 and June 3. The tour ticks off the Chinese icons, including the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and Tienanmen Square, as well as volunteering at the Bifengxia Panda Breeding Centre and staying at a rural farm. Costs from $1500 a person. 1300 021 123, myadventurestore.com.
|Celine Cousteau in underwater action.|
With a pedigree that lists Jean-Michel Cousteau as her father and Jacques Cousteau as grandfather, you know that an adventure with French explorer Céline Cousteau is going to be a wild ride, indeed. Céline will spend three days with you on Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands as part of Contiki’s 11-day Galapagos & Ecuador tour. Remember, it’s still South America, so expect guinea pig on the barbie, hip-flinging salsa and a chance to stare into the abyss at Cotopaxi volcano. As part of Earth Month, Contiki will donate all profits from this trip to local Oceanic initiatives in the Galapagos. The tour departs April 21. Costs from $2685 a person, twin share. 1300 266 845, contiki.com.au.