Se­nior trav­ellers are spoilt for choice

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - Young At Heart Holidays -

YOUNG at Heart Hol­i­days of­fer ma­ture-age trav­ellers an ex­ten­sive range of di­verse hol­i­days to many parts of Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing desti­na­tions in ev­ery state and ter­ri­tory as well as Nor­folk Is­land and New Zealand.

Since 1989, thou­sands of sat­is­fied cus­tomers have en­joyed Young at Heart hol­i­days, with many re­turn­ing an­nu­ally (or more fre­quently) to en­joy the Young at Heart style of hol­i­day – ‘‘ pack your bag, we’ll do the rest’’ says it all.

Some of their cus­tomers from 22 years ago still travel to­day and have clocked up more than 30 trips.

The hol­i­days are de­signed for se­nior trav­ellers – most in their 70s and 80s – and there­fore re­quire a re­laxed pace of travel with a min­i­mum of fuss.

The fare cov­ers ev­ery­thing, there are ab­so­lutely no ex­tras to pay along the way, with all trans­port, ac­com­mo­da­tion, all meals, in­clud­ing morn­ing and af­ter­noon tea, and ad­mis­sion to at­trac­tions, cruises, tourist trains etc – what­ever is in the itin­er­ary is in­cluded.

Also in­cluded is metropoli­tan home pick-up at the start of all hol­i­days, as is home ‘‘ drop off’’ on con­clu­sion.

In ad­di­tion, all Young at Heart hol­i­days are fully es­corted with a friendly, knowl­edge­able and help­ful tour es­cort or coach cap­tain.

A max­i­mum of 20 pas­sen­gers, and an av­er­age of 12 per de­par­ture, makes for friendly travel and per­sonal ser­vice.

Young at Heart of­fers sev­eral dis­tinct hol­i­day styles. In re­cent years ‘‘ stay-put’’ hol­i­days have be­come pop­u­lar, rang­ing from five to 10 days and based at one des­ti­na­tion.

Short stay-put hol­i­days of five or six days in­clude desti­na­tions close to Mel­bourne in­clud­ing Sanc­tu­ary House in Healesville, RACV Re­sort, In­ver­loch, Gate­way Inn at Wan­garatta in the north­east, and Sebel Deep Blue at War­rnam­bool on the Ship­wreck Coast.

Among the stay-put desti­na­tions for 2011 are Clare Coun­try Club in South Aus­tralia’s Clare Val­ley, and Ho­tel Sands at Narrabeen, just north of Syd­ney.

Ten-day stay-put desti­na­tions in­clude the pop­u­lar Shoal Bay Re­sort at Port Stephens, fly­ing to and from New­cas­tle; Har­bour Lights Ho­tel in Cairns; Cullen Bay Apart­ments Re­sort in Dar­win; Shoal Bay Re­sort in Her­vey Bay; Catalina Re­sort at Ma­roochy­dore; Qual­ity Re­sort at Sor­rento Beach, Perth; and RACV Royal Pines Re­sort on the Gold Coast. These are re­laxed itin­er­ar­ies, with day trips start­ing about 9.30 or 10am and re­turn­ing midafter­noon ,with one day free.

Again, metropoli­tan home pick-up and all air fares are in­cluded.

Tra­di­tional ‘‘ coach hol­i­days’’ range from eight to 19 days and in­clude Queens­land In­land Ex­plorer, Queens­land Coastal De­lights and Queens­land Trop­i­cal Splen­dour, West Aus­tralian Wild­flow­ers and West Coast Ex­plorer, Across the Nullar­bor, South Aus­tralia’s Eyre and Yorke penin­su­las, Kan­ga­roo Is­land and Flin­ders Ranges, Cen­tral Aus­tralia, Ghan, Top End and the mag­nif­i­cent Kim­ber­ley – all fea­ture stun­ning scenic de­lights.

Young at Heart also of­fers spe­cial event hol­i­days, such as the Ren­mark Rose Fes­ti­val, Can­berra Flo­ri­ade Fes­ti­val, Spring Gar­den Spec­tac­u­lar, Christ­mas and Easter desti­na­tions and short trips to out­stand­ing mu­si­cal events, in­clud­ing Opera in the Alps and Opera in the Mar­ket.

In 2011, a new mu­si­cal event, Opera in the Caves, at the Nara­coorte Caves will open in Fe­bru­ary and fea­ture Opera Schol­ars, Aus­tralia – ‘‘ op­er­atic stars’’ of the fu­ture.

It’s a great value, all-in­clu­sive, seven-day hol­i­day de­part­ing Fe­bru­ary 16. Book now as seats are limited.

Also this year, Young at Heart Hol­i­days takes de­liv­ery of new sta­teof-the-art coaches. These small, com­fort-plus, air­con­di­tioned coaches are equipped with airbags and have 20 lux­u­ri­ous leather re­clin­ing seats for max­i­mum trav­el­ling en­joy­ment. They are with­out doubt the best (and new­est) ‘‘ small’’ coaches in Aus­tralia.

The 2011 Young at Heart Hol­i­days brochure is avail­able now – 100 full­colour pages of stun­ning itin­er­ar­ies de­signed and op­er­ated by Aus­tralia’s lead­ing op­er­a­tor of hol­i­days for ma­ture-age trav­ellers. Early­bird sav­ings ap­ply un­til Jan­uary 31. Ph 9875 1411, email hol­i­days@youn­gat­h­eart.com.au or write (no stamp needed) to Re­ply Paid 62885, For­est Hill, 3131 for your copy.

YOU CHOOSE: South Aus­tralia’s Clare Val­ley or whale watch­ing in Her­vey Bay are just some of the desti­na­tions on of­fer.

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