It is 5:51 pm Friday evening, and I just realised I have not put fingers to the keyboard yet to write this week's Travel Hub. That might give you a hint of just how hectic it has been for us. I do hope this week's Travel Hub finds you in good spirits and happy.
So, I thought I would tease you with a few nice holiday options, that inspire me right at this moment. And hey, even if you are not in the travel mode right at the moment, it is still nice to read and dream!
Enjoy an election free weekend.
Princess' Largest Australian Deployment Ever!
Princess Cruises recently announced details of their 2020 & 2021 Australian Summer deployment, and it's going to be the largest ever! We'll see five ships sailing from Australian waters, TWO of which, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess, are the new Royal Class.
With a total of 123 departures across more than 70 different itineraries sailing out of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth (Fremantle), Auckland, Singapore, Shanghai & Hong Kong, we really are spoilt for choice; so much so that picking a sailing can be quite daunting.
To make things as easy as possible for you we have taken a selection of our favourites and combined them with flights & accommodation to create a number of easy-to-use packages; scroll down for just three options, but first let's look at some of the experiences that await:
Warbirds Over Wanaka
International Airshow & NZ Tour!
With a population of only 5 million it's no surprise that New Zealand is one of the quietest and most tranquil countries in the world; the only sounds you'll find in the countryside here are the scenic and mountainous fiord-like inlets that welcome cruise ships from around the world!
But this tranquility will be temporarily shattered over Easter 2020 for three days when the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow comes to town. This extravaganza of high-octane aviation excitement, firmly established as one of the world’s “must do” Warbirds airshows, will fill the skies with the sounds of Jukas, Spitfires, Mustangs, Messerschmitts, helicopters and even F-16s!
Experience all the excitement of this internationally renowned airshow, plus a fully escorted coach tour, taking in the scenic beauty of New Zealand, with a Grand Pacific Tours escorted tour. Each includes a 3 Day Gold Pass to the event.
The 3 Day Gold Pass gives you the best seats at the Airshow in a grandstand situated directly in front of the runway. Seats are elevated for unobstructed viewing, and celebrity pilots will be mingling. You will also have the opportunity to walk down the aircraft flight line!
Let's Fly Away!
Free Air With 2020 Uniworld River Cruises
If you're a fan of the finer things in life then now is the perfect time to book your 2020 luxury European river cruise journey with Uniworld - rated the #1 river cruise line by Cruise Critic’s editors and passionate, well-travelled readers. Not only will you have the opportunity to cruise along some of the world’s most legendary and scenic waterways in unparalleled style, you'll also be able to arrive in style, and for less, with free economy air and an option to upgrade to business class from just $3,999 per person.*
This offer is applicable to all 2020 European river cruises booked before June 30th, 2019.
Below we have included just a handful of itineraries that you can pair up with your air fare, along with a little more information about your hosts. So take a look and if one of them catches your eye don't hesitate to contact us to schedule a commitment free consultation.
Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland
11 DAYS FROM AMSTERDAM TO BASEL
Explore Europe’s history & Jewish heritage on an incredible discovery of The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Dive deep into the region’s culture, natural wonders, traditions and historical significance in a one-of-a-kind experience along the Rhine. Delve into the region’s world-renowned museums in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Cologne, Basel and Arnhem. Along the way, indulge in Central Europe’s delicious cuisine—Dutch cheese and fries, Alsatian choux-croute, Swiss-style sausages, Kölsch beer, unique wine vinegar aperitifs and Germany’s famous white wines.
Oh, and did we mention the scenery? Standing on the top deck of your ship, watching the ever-changing landscape turn increasingly dramatic, you’ll understand why people have been raving about the Rhine River Valley for centuries - and there’s definitely no cause to stop.
Portugal, Spain & The Douro
11 DAYS FROM LISBON TO PORTO
An extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travelers. Your journey starts in Lisbon, the city that launched some of the world’s most renowned explorers. Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings; enjoy private tastings of Port; and explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene.
Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university. Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. There’s no better way to discover Europe’s best-kept secret than this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise!
Imperial Waterways Of Russia
12 DAYS FROM MOSCOW TO SAINT PETERSBURG
The imperial cities, grand artistic treasures and spectacular architecture of Russia await your arrival. From the glittering metropolises of St. Petersburg and Moscow to the timeless towns along the Golden Ring, you’ll experience Russia in all its glory and splendor.
Explore the dichotomy of Moscow—rich with monuments to both 15th-century tsars and 20th-century communist leaders. Stand in awe of the massive Kremlin complex, onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral and the extravagant Moscow metro system. See some of Russia’s beautiful countryside as well as its delightful small towns, where locals still engage in traditional crafts.
Cruise along the Golden Ring to some of Russia’s most beautiful cities, including Uglich and Yaroslavl, which are known for their white-stone churches and gorgeous monasteries. Be amazed by Kizhi Island’s UNESCO-designated Transfiguration Church, a wooden structure built entirely without the use of nails. And uncover regal St. Petersburg, which boasts art-laden galleries and museums, fabled canals and elegant architecture from a variety of eras.
16 DAYS FROM BUDAPEST TO AMSTERDAM
Indulge your passion for majestic art, architecture, music and history on an all-encompassing journey through four countries along three great rivers— the Danube, Main and Rhine—and to numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites.
From exotic Budapest, “Queen of the Danube,” to imperial Vienna, “City of Waltzes,” to the sky-high spires of Cologne’s Gothic cathedral—centuries of intriguing history and culture unfold before your eyes. The Melk Abbey’s great library overlooking the Danube and the Würzburg Residence’s soaring ceiling fresco by Tiepolo will leave you mesmerized.
And throughout your journey, tantalize your senses with exclusive wine, apricot brandy and beer tastings, along with regional culinary delicacies. Discover the grand sweep of history and the dynamic present along legendary rivers on a magnificent journey that gives you the best of Europe’s great treasures as well as off-the-beaten-path gems.