Win at travel expo
OVER its three decades as South Australia’s biggest travel showcase, the AFTA Sunday Mail Holiday Expo has given away almost 40 international trips as prizes plus numerous domestic holidays to lucky visitors.
Last year it was Kay Taylor of Millswood (pictured) who found herself the winner of a dream holiday for two.
Taylor went to the expo looking for information on a European river cruise and came away as the winner of a romantic eight-day Avalon Waterways cruise for two along the Seine from Paris, including a visit to the D-day landing beaches at Normandy. The prize valued at $10,000 – courtesy of the Sunday Mail and Turnstyles Exhibitions & Events – included return flights with Malaysia Airlines from Adelaide to Paris and insurance with QBE Travel Insurance.
Taylor is now a cruise convert after the Avalon trip.
‘‘ We had never experienced cruising before and thoroughly enjoyed it – it was faultless,’’ she said. ‘‘ We sailed on the Avalon Creativity and everything was just wonderful, from the idea of unpacking just once to the floor-to-ceiling windows in our cabin, to the excellent service and fabulous food.
‘‘ We saw a lot of the country we would not otherwise have seen and had a terrific time, so much so we would like to have another cruise.’’
The Avalon Waterways cruise started with a welcome reception on board after arrival in Paris. The next day included the sights of Paris, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the commemorative Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-elysees and the Eiffel Tower.
On day three the ship sailed down the River Seine, passing through suburban Paris with options at Conflans, including a guided excursion to Auvers-sur-oise, where Van Gogh lived and died, or Napoleon and Josephine’s Chateau de Malmaison.
The cruise continued to Vernon, where options included a guided tour of Claude Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny or a visit to Bizy Castle.
Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy and an important commercial city, then followed. It is perhaps best known for its connection to Joan of Arc, who was burned at the stake in the marketplace in 1431.
Later options included excursions to the coastal town of Honfleur or to the port city of Le Havre followed by a choice of a full-day excursion to the historic Normandy landing beaches or an in-depth look at the regional area.
This year the AFTA Sunday Mail Holiday Expo will again have a trip of a lifetime for two on offer for a lucky visitor. Full details will be in next week’s Escape section, but imagine a Turkish delight . . .
The 2012 AFTA Sunday Mail Holiday Expo will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, North Tce, starting on Friday, February 3, from 4pm-8pm, and continuing on the Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Entry is $9, seniors/concession $8, with free parking at the Torrens Parade Ground.
A special supplement as a guide to the expo will be published in the Sunday Mail on January 29 and will include a map of the expo booths, full details of exhibitors, cinema timetables, handy travel tips and other information. More than 150 exhibitors will be at the expo offering the best in holiday ideas, from major world tours to weekend getaways.
Exhibitors will include national tourism organisations, major airlines, luxury resorts, travel companies and domestic tourism commissions offering holiday ideas ranging from beach breaks to ski adventures, from escorted coach tours to rail and selfdrive breaks, from European vacations to Asian, African, American and Antarctic escapes.