Iron­man mus­cles in on ad­ven­ture hol­i­day

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - NEWS -

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

Win­ter wan­der­ers

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

Two-wheel travel

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

Lodge changes

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

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