Each week we invite three competing companies to give us their best deals for a particular holiday. The result is great offers for our readers
Contiki 11-day package
BUDDING photographers can focus their lens on the sights of Italy and capture perfect photos with the help of an expert on this guided 18-day photography tour priced from $5559 a person, twin share. Picture Perfect Italy by Insight Vacations, visits Venice, the Italian Lakes, Santa Margherita, Tuscany, Orvieto, Positano and more and will be guided by a professional photographer who will teach travellers tips and techniques to improve their photography skills. The tour includes 17 nights in premium hotels, breakfast daily, a highlight lunch in the Chianti wine region, four dinners, travel by luxury coach, services of a tour director and guided sightseeing. Bookings must be made before September 10 for a September 17 departure.
Ph 1300 939 414 or see flightcentre.com.au
Cox & Kings 23-day package
GO stargazing in the US on a unique 23-day astronomythemed tour priced from $9630 a person, twin share, including return economy airfares from Melbourne. The Grand American Astronomical Experience is a one-off tour led by Astronomical Society of Melbourne founder Cris Ellis. It visits main observatories including Mt Wilson Observatory, the Palomar Observatory, the Lowell Observatory, Mt Graham Observatory and the Kennedy Space Centre. You will also visit Hawaii, the Nevada desert, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Tucson and Florida’s resort area of Orlando. The tour departs October 4 and includes accommodation in first-class hotels with breakfast daily, airconditioned touring coaches, sightseeing and entrances fees as per itinerary and professional local guides.
Ph 1300 836 764 or email email@example.com
EXPERIENCE the beauty of Ecuador and the Galapagos on an 11-day tour to coincide with Earth Month 2013. Priced from $2685 a person, twin share, this tour includes an exclusive dive with environmental activist Celine Cousteau, granddaughter of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau. Go snorkelling with the sea lions and rays, relax on the beach with a giant Galapagos tortoise and enjoy a ‘‘ Panga’’ boat ride to spot the famous Galapagos penguin. This tour departs on April 21 and 100 per cent of the profits will go to local oceanic initiatives in the Galapagos. The price includes 10 nights’ hotel accommodation, transfers in a private airconditioned vehicle, two internal flights and transfers, nine breakfasts, five lunches and three dinners, tour manager and English-speaking local guides.
Flight Centre 18-day package Ph 1300 266 845 or see contiki.com