GREAT EUROPE ESCAPES
Mediterranean magic: Book a four-night stay at the fivestar Casa Angelina on Italy’s Amalfi Coast before March 31 and save 10 per cent on the best available rate (rooms from $656 a night). The earlybird deal, for stays between May16 and October 27, includes a 10 per cent discount on dinner at the property’s UnPiano Nel Cielo restaurant, a bottle of champagne and fruit platter on arrival and early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability. More: casangelina.com; slh.com. Hot to trot: OnFoot Holidays has introduced a selfguided hike through the World Heritage-listed Serra de Tramuntana mountain range on Mallorca. The eightnight trail begins in the Mediterranean island’s capital, Palma, traversing labyrinthine streets, palace courtyards, museums and the city’s Gothic cathedral before heading for the hills that run down the island’s east coast. Highlights include learning to cook paella at a family-run hotel, restaurant and castle visits. March-June and September-December departures; £865 ($1578) a person twin-share, including bed and breakfast, one evening meal and luggage transfers. More: onfootholidays.co.uk. Andso to Bled: Save $400 a couple on Discover Croatia Holidays’ Discover the Hidden Croatia tour departing Zagreb on June 12 by mentioning ‘‘Holidays to Europe’’ when booking. The 16-day tour, discounted to $5699 a person twin-share, visits Ljubljana and Bled in Slovenia and ends in Dubrovnik. Accommodation, most meals, a day’s sailing, local guides and transfers are included. More: holidaystoeurope.com.au. GoDutch: Enjoy the highlights of The Netherlands with an Amsterdam and Countryside Day Tour from Direct Flights. For sale until February 28, the package includes a morning coach tour of the Dutch capital and an afternoon excursion to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, with visits to a clog maker and cheese farm, and the fishing villages of Volendam and Marken. From $2017 a person twin-share (departing Sydney); $2023 (Perth); $2119 (Melbourne), $2123 (Adelaide) and $2158 (Brisbane), including return flights to Amsterdam with KLMRoyalDutch Airlines and five nights at the Hotel City Garden Hotel. More: directflights.com.au. DownPat: Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Dublin with a four-day package from TempoHolidays. From $673 a person twin-share, the offer includes three nights’ accommodation, hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus pass, entry to the Guinness Storehouse and time to experience the St Patrick’s Day parade on March 17. For stays on March 14, 15 and 16. More: tempoholidays.com. Gofor a song: Sea Cloud Cruises has music lovers in its sights with a seven-night Musical Easter Cruise along the cities of the Danube on River Cloud II. Departing Vilshofen, Germany, on April 17, the cruise will visit Passau; Melk, Krems and Vienna in Austria; Bratislava in Slovakia and Hungary’s capital, Budapest. Highlights of the package include two nights in Vienna during the OsterKlang musical festival and the colourful Easter market. Amongoptional excursions are an organ concert in Melk, wine tasting in Krems and a city walking tour and concert in Bratislava. From j1995 ($3030) a person twin-share, including meals and beverages, and bottle of champagne on arrival. More: seacloud.com/en/. Barge in: Save up to j750 ($1140) a cabin on bespoke barge tours along the canals and rivers of Europe with boating and cruising holiday specialist Outdoor Travel. Discounts are available on various six-night cruises in France and Italy through August, if booked by March 28. The all-inclusive barge holidays include the services of a captain/host, chef, hostess and driver/tour guide, plus all meals, wines and spirits, daily excursions (including cost of entry to attractions) and use of facilities such as bicycles and boules. Upto j2500 the standard price of a charter is also available under the deal. More: outdoortravel.com.au. Russian highlights: Visit the Kremlin, Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and Stalin’s underground rail system in Moscow before travelling by Sapsan high-speed train to spend two days in St Petersburg with a new six-day escorted tour from Beyond Travel. The package, from $945 a person twin-share, includes five nights in threeand-a-half-star hotels with breakfast daily, guided sightseeing, rail travel and airport transfers. For departures between MayandSeptember, with optional pre- and post-travel accommodation and bookings for ballet and opera performances available. More: beyondtravel.com.au.
Casa Angelina offers front-row views of Italy’s glorious Amalfi Coast