Ironman muscles in on adventure holiday
FORMER ironman Guy Leech has designed a range of health and adventure holidays at Hervey Bay’s Ramada Hotel, on Queensland’s Fraser Coast.
Leech ( below), who has trained Madonna and George Clooney, this month launched three, four and seven-day Guy Leech Health Adventures in conjunction with the hotel. package, for people who want to indulge their love of French cooking.
Starting from $ 617 a person twin share, the package includes three nights’ accommodation, a market tour, a cooking class with threecourse lunch and glass of wine, and three breakfasts.
Numbers for the market and cooking tour are limited to eight. Ph ( 03) 5722 1245 or see www. holidaystoeurope. com. au / specials
SAVVY travellers looking to save money are embracing winter touring, so much so that Insight Vacations has added 12 itineraries to this year’s program.
Its 2010 Winter Europe and Eastern Mediterranean brochure features 29 itineraries, including a new Christmas market tour and tours that journey to Jordan, Turkey and Israel.
An Insight spokeswoman says prices are up to 27 per cent less than comparable summer tours – and this year every escorted itinerary includes a special festive dinner and celebration.
She says more families travel during the off-season. www. insightvacations. com. au
MOTORBIKE enthusiasts can follow the trail of Genghis Khan on a new touring adventure next year.
Travel Directors has introduced the 22-day Baikal to Beijing tour, which travels from Siberia, through the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, and finishes in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Departing on August 23 next year, the tour costs $ 12,547, including flights.
Travel Directors also has a new 20-day Heart of Africa tour next November, which costs $ 14,947 and follows a route from the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda through Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania and finishes at Mt Kilimanjaro.
The new tours were introduced following the success of their inaugural Ride on the Roof of the World motorbike tour across the Himalayan Plateau. Ph 1300 856 661 or see traveldirectors. com. au
BINNA Burra Mountain Lodge is undergoing a multimillion-dollar transformation in a bid to become one of Australia’s leading ecotourism retreats.
The lodge – established in 1933 as a remote, slab-hut retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland – has embarked on a building and development plan that will see it enhanced and extended into a 4 to 4.5-star, family-focused property.
As well as a $ 12 million Sky Lodges complex with 18 luxury apartments, which will be sold to investors, there will be new selfcontained cabins, a seminar centre and health hub, better camping facilities, an eco-centre, walking tracks, picnic grounds, pavilions and viewing platforms. www. binnaburralodge. com. au Email travel news to [email protected] newsltd. com. au