EXPERT WEEKLY TRAVEL ADVICE ON YOUR TRAVEL DILEMMAS.
QAQI AM trying to find out the best way to visit Belgium, then travel to Austria, Bratislava and Budapest. We are in our 60s and would like ease of transportation if possible. A simple and uncomplicated way to travel through Europe is via the rail system. If, for example, you are starting your holiday in London, you could jump on the Eurostar and be in Brussels two hours later. The service runs every two to three hours and will cost about $70 in second class. From Brussels, you can choose to go on the daytime high speed train, or the Euronight sleeper to Vienna, Salzburg or Innsbruck. It’s about $85 via Cologne. There are three convenient methods of transport between Vienna and Bratislava — the train, the hydrofoil and the river boat. The train runs hourly and costs about $23 or take the boat for a change of pace. It travels along the Danube from city centre to city centre, operates all year with multiple departures in peak season, takes about 80 minutes and will cost about $40. Once you are on the Danube you can walk around freely. The hydrofoil is a little cheaper at about $25. Again, it is simple to jump on a train to get from Bratislava to Budapest. Trains run every two hours, it costs about $12 and the journey takes nearly three hours. Creative Holidays (creativeholidays.com) will be able to help you organise your travel and accommodation needs. MY husband and I are going on a Princess Lines cruise Brisbane-New Zealand-Brisbane in February next year. The cruise line states passports must be valid for six months from the return date of the holiday. Our passports expire five months and twenty days after returning to Australia. According to Australian immigration, passports are valid until the day they expire and New Zealand only require three months validity. Our travel agent is noncommittal about whether to renew these passports or not. I do not want to have to spend about $550 to renew our passports if it is not necessary. I spoke to a Princess Cruises spokesperson who said, “While passports and visas remain the responsibility of passengers, Princess Cruises recommends six months validity as that covers most nations’ requirements. In the case of New Zealand, Australian passport holders must have a minimum three months validity on their passport.” So you will be fine to travel on your present passport.
AI WANT to take my son on a trip to Gallipoli next year. I don’t want to sit on a bus with a big group of international tourists, nor do I want to hire a car. What do you suggest as an alternative for us?
QCruise Express (cruiseexpress. com.au) have put together a 17-day fly/cruise package to visit Gallipoli departing May 2014. You will fly with Emirates to Rome where you will stay for three nights. Then hop on board Celebrity Cruises new superliner The Reflection for an 11-night cruise. This will head through the Greek Islands, onto the Italian Amalfi Coast and then Turkey. There is an overnight in Istanbul where you will have the option of a full day trip to Anzac Cove. The package starts at $5490 per person, twin share, and includes flights, accommodation and the cruise. Or Boronia Battlefield Tours (boroniabattlefieldtours.com.au) have a 12-day In Depth Anzac Day Tour to Gallipoli next year. It is on a bus, but the group will be made up of Australians. You will stay 10 minutes from Anzac Cove. Prices start at $7185 per person including flights, accommodation and meals.
ADetails: Direct Flights, 7221 2517 or directflights.com.au