Car leasing Spring deal in Europe
with Renault: Up to 9 free days + subsidised or free deliveries!
safe on your travels - Scams to watch out for
Highly recommended hostels in Europe
City sightseeing: Hop on /
Hop off Sightseeing - great for independent travellers
Fixed price attraction passes - Good value - especially
Motorhomes: Timely advice
Benefits of booking with us
Lingo - translations when driving in Europe
Want a Cruising bargain?
Up to 75% off...
Our quarterly competion:
Canal & River Boat Specials in UK
Travelling to Canada?
Great to see and do - dont miss ....
The Free things in Life...free to see and do.
To celebrate the start of Spring
in Europe, we have a short terms special...Valid if you book
by 29 April 2005.
CAR LEASING SPRING DEAL IN EUROPE
ENDING 29 APRIL 05
Book any model (except Modus) and get 7 free days.
Book a Scenic and get 9 free days!
Book an air-conditioned car and receive a $245 subsidy
on your total Delivery and Return fees. This means you
can use France for one sector and then the following cities
free of charge: Amsterdam,
Brussels, Zurich, Barcelona and Frankfurt.
See full details on:
STOP PRESS: We have just been advised that the Peugeot
leasing earlybird deal has been extended until 29April05.
STAY SAFE ON YOUR
TAVELS - SCAMS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
There have been
a few cases of break ins into motorhomes of late. So please people,
be aware. Some people suggest leaving the curtains open as thieves
do not like to be observed, others prefer to leave the curtains closed
and a small portable radio playing. I even know of one family who took
a wig and a cap and make it look like someone was sleeping in the vehicle!
Do not leave valuables in the vehicles, perhaps even leave your air
tickets locked up in the safe of the motorhome company whilst you are
travelling. Just remember to get them back when you leave!
Now there are a few scams out there. Please don't be paranoid but forwarned
is forarmed...Just be careful and aware and you will be fine.
1. Be careful of groups of gypsies. Age old trick when a lot of gypsy
kids surround you, begging, perhaps holding cardboard signs...one of them
could be rifling your pockets. You will also get women
breastfeeding/carrying their babies - trying to distract you. Or a bunch of
them crowding you...when one will lift your wallet and pass it through the
crowd, never to be seen again.
2. Try and avoid purses and wallets. We suggest you keep your
money/passport in one of these wallets which you hang around your neck and
under your clothes.
3. Be very aware of people who ask for directions to the airport and then
offer to sell you 'samples' of goods. They may purport to be brand name
sales reps on their way home and they dont want to have to carry excess
stock with them. The goods are fake! Even if they have business cards....
4. Be aware of people who ask you to go into a brand name shop like Cartier
etc and buy something for them. They will use excuses
is a limit to the number of items we can purchase". They could be
giving you counterfeit money.
5. Fake bottled water: When you order bottled water - make sure the seal is
sealed. It some instances, tap water is substituted into mineral water
6. In Paris and in Rome be aware of people making small talk and then
trying to put a friendship bracelet around your wrist. They then try and
embarass you into paying for it...
7. Count your money! When handing over large amounts, count it out in front
of the person. When getting your change, make sure you count it!
8. Keep refueling receipt when returning cars. When you fill the car
before you return it. Make sure you pay by credit card/or get a receipt so
that should the car company charge you a refueling charge, you can dispute
it - with proof!
9. When eating at a restaurant, dont let the waiter take your credit card
away to charge. Walk over with him...don't let the card out of your sight
as it could be charged twice or the numbers copied.
10. When staying in a hotel, dont think you can hide your passport/money
etc away whilst you go out. Thieves know ALL the usual hiding places...
11. Taxi scams - take 'official' taxis from the rank, even if you have to
wait as unofficial taxi's often overcharge you and check that the meter is
at zero before you start.
12. When travelling in a train, especially when overnight, sleep on your
bag and make sure it is locked and your valuables under your clothes. Don't
even trust the people in your compartment.
13. If you are taking photo's...be aware of your bag. Don't put it on the
ground as someone could grab it and run off.
Also be careful of whom you ask to take a photo using your camera! Ask other
'family' types !
14. When paying by credit card, check that the amount on the charge slip
matches what you are actually paying.
15. Commission free changing of travellers cheques!! Yup, sure but check
the lousy exchange rate that they use! If you have American Express trav
cheques, try and go to American Express Travel office and change or go to
one or two banks. Be wary, some banks charge to cash cheques, others don't.
The Flying Pig in Amsterdam: Located at Vossiusstraat
46, 1071 AJ Amsterdam www.flyingpig.nl
Euro Youth Hostel, Bad Gastein in Austria: Great location, 100m from
the train station
Kabul Youth Hostel, Barcelona: Great location... www.kabul.es
Circus Hostel, Berlin: 2 locations. All you can eat buffet breakfast... www.circus-berlin.de
Bauhaus International Youth Hostel, Bruges, Belgium www.bauhaus.be
CITY SIGHTSEEING - HOP ON HOP OFF - GREAT FOR INDEPENDANT
Maybe you don't have much time or you don't know what to see or how to get there.
Consider the Open top double decker sightseeing buses. Tickets are valid for
24 hours and include pre-recorded English commentary or live guide or multi-lingual
commentary depending upon the location. Plus you just pre-purchase your ticket
from us - and pitch up! No pre-booking is necessary. It is a great opportunity
to see all the attractions and you can hop off at the ones you want to see and
then re-board and continue. We actually used these tours on our last trip. In
Paris, it is particularly good value as the 2 day ticket is only a couple of
dollars more than the 1 day ticket - so on the first day we covered all the themed
routes and hopped off at a couple and went back to the sites we really wanted
to see on the second day. In Madrid, there was so much to see, that we would
never have been able to find all the places ourselves...so the bus was really
good for us. The prices are very reasonable too... Paris 2 day ticket only $49
per person, Florence $36 per person, Rome $34 per person including a cruise,
Naples $30 per person, London $39 per person including a Thames Cruise etc. They
are available in many popular cities including Berlin, Brussels, Cambridge, Copenhagen,
Dublin, Edinburgh , Glasgow, Istanbul, Malaga, Munich, Oxford, York, San Francisco
etc We can book these for you - just ask. .
FIXED PRICE ATTRACTION PASSES - GREAT VALUE ESPECIALLY IF
YOU PLAN AHEAD:
If you know that there are quite a few attractions you want to visit and then
gasp when you see the price....there is a solution. In quite a few countries
they have come out with a set price Travel card where for one price you get free
admission to many attractions as well as savings at shops and restaurants. For
example in San Francisco, you can get a One day card for Australian Dollars $65
and a two day card for Australian $103. The price includes a 132 page full colour
pocket guidebook with map to help you plan. Some cities offer discounts for
In New York you can choose from a 1, 2, 3 or 6 day pass starting at $70 for adults
and $57 for kids for a one day pass and you get free entry into over 40 of New
York's most popular attractions including the Empire State Building, Statue of
Lierty and Ellis Island and the Gugenheim Museiu. You'll also receive discounts
at more than 25 retailers including Macy's, Bloomingdales and the Hard Rock
cafe. Preferred access ie. no queueing at many attractions when you use the card
and you get a 140page guide book too.
Lets look at London : A one day pass is $69... But you could visit
these places free of charge - normal entry fee in brackets - Windsor Castle ($30),
The Tower of London ($34) , London Zoo ($30), ride a free bike from the London
Bicycle Tour Company, London Aquarium ($22), Hampton Court Palace ($28), Chelsea
FC Stadium Tour, Catamaran Cruisers, Sherlock Holmes Museum ($15) plus heaps
of other attractions and discounts.
Tell us the cities you're visiting and we'll show you how to get great
value from your pass...
This is not sales talk...
If you want a motorhome in Europe this summer - book
something quickly - even if you book
with someone else! We are already struggling with availability
- especially in Germany, France and UK.
In the USA and Canada - save heaps of money - often up
to 50% and more if you book in advance using the Flex rates...or
take advantage of the re-location specials at up to 80%
If you are planning on travelling to the World Cup Soccer in Germany
next year - it is NOT too early to book. Earlybirders will
catch the worm. Ask about our discount packages.
TRAINS ....WHY NOT TRY THESE?
If you don't want to miss a thing on your trip to Europe, be sure to
take one of the Overnight Trains. Traveling overnight gives you plenty
of daytime opportunity to explore some of the major cities of Europe.
Leave from Paris and wake up in Madrid on the Train Hotel Elipsos - Also
know as the Talgo Night, these hotel trains give a new dimension to travel. Overnight
journeys through Spain, France, Switzerland and Italy are a breeze on Train Hotel
Elipsos. Take the Francisco de Goya from Paris to Madrid, the Joan Miro from
Paris to Barcelona, the Pau Casals from Barcelona to Zurich or the Salvador Dali
from Barcelona to Milan. From Paris to Madrid takes approximately 13h20. Or what
about the Artesia -
: Travel from Paris to Milan in 10hrs 30 minutes and continue to Florence or
If you are heading to Germany try the high speed Paris-Berlin-Hamburg
Along this beautiful countryside, the train passes
through such prominent cities as Paris, Hamburg, Hannover, Bremen, and
Berlin. Specifically designed to accommodate travelers throughout the
night with a variety of sleeping accommodations, this night train makes
it possible to arrive at your destination having had a good night's
sleep and refreshed for the next day. Reservations are compulsory.
Eurail Passholders are welcome, however a supplement is required.
We can book these trains for you. To give you some ideas of duration:
Paris-Berlin take 11 hrs, Paris to Hannover - 9 hours.
In Canada, why not try the famous Rocky Mountaineer
Vancouver to Banff or Jasper or vice versa. The train only
travels in daylight. This world renowned two day adventure
winds through more than 1000kms of breathtaking scenery
in temperature controlled comfort with huge picutre windows
. The tour includes one nights accommodation at Kamloops,
onboard meals, transfers between train station
and accommodation in Kamloops.
The price is just CAD$529 one way for travel in April,
CAD$579 in May and CAD$699 between June and October. GST
must be added to these prices but Book during the month
of April and we will pay the GST for you and throw in a
Nike day bag for the first 10 bookings.
In the USA, what about The Southwest Chief? Amtrak's fastest trip
from Chicago to the Pacific is along part of the Santa
Fe Trail first used by Native Americans then by Spanish
conquistadors, mule caravans, wagon trains and stage-coaches.
You travel 2,230 miles through eight states, passing wheat
fields, ranches, missions, pueblos, mountains and deserts.
Sometimes the canyons you go through are only a few feet
wider than the train. Perhaps stop at theGrand Canyon.
If you are travelling from East to West consider The Sunset
Limited. From Orlando head west past the swamps of bayou
country, skirt the Mexican border crossing mountains, deserts
until you reach sunny California.
We can book all these great train journeys for you...just
let us know your details.
Benefits of Booking with us...
Besides our great service guarantee and discounted travel
insurance - we will help you with touring info pertinent
to your destination, offer you a helpful travel pack with
hints and tips AND now we offer you great discount vouchers
from specially selected suppliers. For example - 10% discount
on Columbia Clothing, 10% when you order maps or guides,
50% off the book "Europe by Van and Motorhome", and free
membership to the Travel Doctor Walkabout Club and 10%
off vaccines and products.... (good idea to take a small
first aid kit)...
Details in our travel pack which you receive with your
receipt once you have booked.
LINGO YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN TRAVELLING
|Essential driving translations
||defense d entree
||chaines de neige
||catene da neve
||cadenas para la nieve
Essential Everyday translations
||sil vous plait
Next issue: Motorhome translations....
Crispy Potato Galette
2 or 3 grated potatoes, season with salt and pepper
1 finely diced onion
some finely chopped parsley if handy or any other herb
2 tablespoons grated cheese (optional)
some finely chopped mushroom (optional)
Mix all ingredients. Heat olive oil in pan, spread in
pan and cook until golden on each side.
Serve with anything!! Or just add bacon and then you have
a tasty meal.
Chicken breasts served with.... so many things.
A personal favourite - quick and easy.
A large chicken breast per person
Wash the chicken and whilst damp press into the flour.
Heat oil in pan and fry. Can then be served with hot, buttered
and parmesanned pasta or just a simple salad and crusty
bread or boiled potatoes or the recipe above or take away
hot chips!! Yum.
Want a Cruising Bargain? Up to 75% off...We
have been able to access very specials rates for cruise lines
who within 90 days of sailing have not sold all their rooms.
Rather than offer "sale" prices to the public and thus undercut their
full-fare business with
traditional travel agents, top cruise lines prefer to discount
to certain exclusive agencies with whom we will be
So if you are flexible and want a bargain - find the cruise
you want from
well known companies like: Carnival , Celebrity, Clipper,
Delta Queen, Disney, Holland America,
MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Oceania Cruises, Orient, Peter
Radisson, Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean,
Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea etc. and ask us
for a quote. You
will be surprised!!
OUR QUARTERLY COMPETITION
- ENDS 31MAY05
Tell us about your best travel memory .... happy, sad, 50
years ago... whatever. What
sticks out for you? The best memory, in our humble opinion, will win a
$100 travel voucher, a portable discman, a wheelie suitcase
and travel bag.
By entering you do allow us the right to publish your story on our website. We
will just refer to your initials if requested.
CANAL & RIVER BOAT SPECIALS
Take the kids!! In periods D&E travel with
1 child under 18 and get a 5% reduction and travel with 2
under 18 and get a 10% discount.
Crown Blue: For all departures up to 6 May
2005 and from 16 September for boats hired in Ireland, Germany
and in Aquitaine/Burgundy regions of France - pay for 7 days
and get a 10 day holiday.
Nicols: Get 15% discount off your second
week or get 10% off if you rent 2 or more boats
France Passion Plaisance: If you are a couple,
get 10% discount on selected boats or get 3 weeks for the
price of two on selected boats and regions.
Black Prince in the UK: Cruise between 02April
and 09 July, get a 2nd week at half price or if you are flexible
about your start base - get 20% discount and at least, 2
weeks notice of your cruising base.
European Waterways - luxury, catered and
crewed. Book by 30 April and pay 2005 rates for 2006 and
a 5% discount.
Amadeus Waterways - River boat cruising
in Europe. All catered. 5% off all cruises.
The second largest country in the world
so as you can imagine there is so much to see and do.
COUNTRY - CANADA
The country is divided into 7 distinct regions. Each region
will delight you with its natural beauty and attractions.
The individual regions do a fantastic job when it comes to
promoting their regions and have great websites so I dont
see the need to repeat that info here - so we will give you
the websites for you to peruse. Each month we will then take
a more in-depth look at each region
Canada's North: Canada's highest mountains, midnight sun and Northwest
Passage all belong in Canada's North. The Yukon, Northwest
Territories and Nunavut combine to offer an unmatched wilderness
experience. Polar bears, grizzly bears, buffalo, icebergs,
gold rush history, hiking, Inuit culture and arctic islands.
Share in this amazing part of the world. See: www.touryukon.com , www.explorenwt.com, www.nunavuttourism.com
British Columbia: Mighty nature reigns, but cities
are cosmopolitan and towns are welcoming. Cruise majestic
fjords or drive on modern highways to every corner of this
diverse and beautiful province. Home to Whistler - famous
for skiing. Fantastic website: www.HelloBC.com (I have to just add a personal favourite
- Please visit Butchart Gardens on Victoria Island. Absolutely
stunning and even non-flower lovers will be impressed!
Alberta: Some of the worlds most photographed landscapes
make Alberta the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts
and adventure seekers. Home to The Rocky Mountains, Banff,
Jasper, Calgary and Edmonton.
Atlantic Canada: From rugged crags to soft pink
beaches, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick
and Prince Edward Island call you to the sea. Shrelines
dotted with colourful villages. The thrill of seeing a
breaching whale. The lifestyle and cuisine of the Acadian. The golden
age of sail and famed lobster suppers. A region of festivals
and pure joy! See: www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca , www.noviascotia.com or www.gov.nf.ca/tourism
Quebec: The crade of North American civilisation and
exhiarating joie de vivre. From the charming villages
and resorts of the Laurentians and Eastern Townships to
the cosmopolitan sparkle of Monreal with its kilometres
of under-ground shopping and glittering casino...and thehistoric
romance of Quebec City with its cobblestone streets, picturesque
17th century homes and colourful artistes. It all says
'Bienvenue' - Welcome!
Ontario: The retion with some of the biggest, tallest,
longest, most unusual, most exciting of everything! The
world's third largest English speaking theatre centre and
a stadium with the world's first retractable roof. Hop
aboard a train called the 'Polar Bear Express'. Paddle
the world's largest network of canoe routes...See the world's
largest tulip display (come on Holland!!) ...Read more
Saskatchewan and Manitoba: The pioneer and explorer
spirit is alive in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Canada's
hritage-laden Heratland offers you the glories of the Northern
Lights, the richness of a farm vacation, fishing legendary
rivers and lakes and is also the home of the Royal Canadian
Mounted police. Find more info at www.sasktourism.com and www.travelmanitoba.com
Canadian National Holidays: Most banks, post offices and
businesses are closed on these days:
Victoria Day 24 May , Canada Day 01 July, Labor Day 06 September,
Thanksgiving Day 11 Oct, Remembrance Day 11 November and
of course, Christmas and Boxing Day 25&26 December.
del Pesce - Harbour Camogli. Fancy a free lunch? On
the 2nd Sunday of May this town offers a free bbq'd fish
lunch down at the harbour.
GREAT TO SEE AND DO....
USA Chattanooga, Tennessee. For fantastic view across 7 states, in
good weather, take the "Incline' - up Lookout Mountain. Built
by John Crass and the Lookout Mountain Includine Railway Co. this technical marvel
boasts an incline of 72.7% at one point, making it the steepest passenger incline
in the world.
San Francisco: Get a 3 day transport pass for this great city. Approx
USD$10 It allows trips on all bus, subways AND the cable cars (which normally
costs USD$2 per trip).
San Francisco: Visit the Farmers Market on Sat, Sun, Tue and Thrusday
at the Ferry Building, Market Street. Great cafes and coffee shops abound.
Porta Saragozza, Bologna, Italy: Visit the longest portico
in the world. With its 666 arches it winds its way into the foothilss
of the Apennines. At the top is the Santuario della Madonna di San Luca. Fantastic
views. Walkable or there is a bus from Meloncello to the city centre.
Canada: Vancouver - Hire a bike and ride around Stanley Park and visit the
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, train ride through the forest and a
guided horse-drawn carriage tour or children can enjoy the educational Science
Work on False Creek
Canada: Calgary - See the 'Greatest Outdoor show on Earth' - The Calgary Stampede
between 08-17 July 05
Canada: Ontario - Home to over 270 Provincial parks and 6 National
Parks including Polar Bear Provincial Park - Home to plar bears, beluga whales
and hundreds of birds.
Canada: Quebec- Don't miss the Quebec-Canada Ice Hotel. Built every year with
ceilings as high as 16feet and furniture carved in ice blacks.
New York: The Rooftop Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art : Visit
between May and October and see the magnificent sculpture garden. Great
views from all sides including great views of Central Park.
Monaco, France. Visit the Le Jardin Exotique and see
the magnificent cactus garden and the underground caverns with spectacular
stalagtites and stalagmites.
Budapest: Take the tram at Elizabeth Bridge and you will ride
along the Danube River and get a beautiful view of the Buda Castle district. The
tram passes under the Chain Bridge and passes through this UN Heritiage
listed area and the Hungarian Parliament Building. This costs less than AUD$1
Czech Republic: In Prague take the funicular up Petrin Hill. Great
views and great coffee from the cafe up top...
Barcelona: For 360 degree views, have lunch or a hot chocolate & churro
at the El Corte Ingles department store in the city centre when you come off Las
Milan: Bar Brera - where all the students eat.. Fresh sandwiches
made to your specs - for 5 Euros or go between 1700 and 2100hrs and have
their buffet antipasti which is free when you buy a drink!!
THE FREE THINGS IN LIFE:
USA - The Staten Island Ferry is free for foot passengers.. Departs
every half hour from Battery Park. Great viewsof the Statue of Liberty. See http://www.si-web.com/SI-Ferry.html for
USA: Los Angeles: The Getty Museum is free. Nice views
from a nice garden.
USA: Denver - Visit Hammonds Candies. Take a factory
tour...free candy. www.hammondscandies.com
Denver - Coors Golden
Brewery Tour in Golden, just outside Denver. Walking tour with
taste tests and sampling...(kids get cordial!). You must be over
21 years of age. www.coors.com
San Francisco: The Intel Museum located 2200
Mission College Blvd, Palo Alto, San Francisco. Birth
and development of the computer industry.
Angeles: Los Angeles
Times Builder, 202 West 1st Street, Downtown
See the workings of the the largest daily newspaper in Western North America.
Milan, Italy: Civica
Galleria - Modern Art Museum. Napoleon once lived here. Now a
modern art museum. Closed on Mondays.
On the last Sunday of the month the Vatican Museum is
free (normally Euro 10 pp)...
Spain: Museo de Bellas Artes,
Iturriza Park, Bilbao.
Tue-Sun. This museum contains the
most important collection of paintings in Northern Spain.
Both classical and modern are on display.
Madrid: Basilica San Francisco el Grande. Located south
of the city. See one of Goya's earlier fresco's.
Natal de Picasso. Home of the Picasso Foundation. Where
Picasso did live at one stage.
Fallas Festival takes place on the 19th of March - the Feast
of St Joseph.
Figurines that are made of paper mache
get accumulated and displayed throughout the year are burnt on
San Sebastian: International
Fireworks Competition held 11-18August. Every night
de Vino. On the 29th June you can drink as much wine as you
like. You can even throw it at one another...well this is
a festival promoting this as one of Spain's top wine
France: Paris. Visit the
store Samaritaine or Galleries Lafayette (where they have all those great
free fashion shows) and take the lift
to the top floor and steps to the roof terrace. Fantastic views over
France: In the
southwest of france - in Hendaye at the Bar Socoa, you can listen
to free jazz every Friday night after 1030pm.
Nice, France: Musee d' Art Moderne et Contemporain. See work by
Warhol, Lichtenstein and Gilbert and George.Fee entry on the first and
third Sunday of every month.
St Jean de Luz: Maison
Louis XIV. This house was built is 1643 and King Louis XIV
lived here before he was married.
Menton, France: Musee
de Prehistoire Regionale. This museum features exhibits pertaining
to early life.
Tours: Flea Market
every Wed and Saturday. Located at Place de la Victoire. Great
de la Garen. See the huge landmark to the gold virgin that
can be seen for miles around
des Accoules. Free on Wednesdays only. Great museum especially
Caves de Chartreuse: St
Pierre en Chartreuse. Free tasting of liquers. Need we
Palais des Ducs et des Etats
de Bourgongne, Dijon.
>Ths palace was the residences
of the Dukes of Burgundy. Now the Museum of Fine Arts.
Thuir in the Pyrenees. South
East of Millas, the lower Tet.
Visit this winery which is the
main producer of the red aperetif wine called Byrhh. Free tastings
and a tour.
Source Cachat, Evian. The
source of the Evian Water company. Help yourself to free spring
Dublin, Ireland: Visit the Guinness Hop Store. Free entry,
nice pint of Guinness and a great view of the City.
Copenhagen, Denmark : Visit the Carlsberg Brewery and the exhibition. You
get vouchers for free drinks in the bar. Incidentally, bikes can be used
free of charge. Just a deposit is required and returned when you return
Chicago, USA: Visit the John Hancock Tower, take the lift to
the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor and have a snack or a drink. This
way you dont pay the $8 entry to the observation deck and you've had a drink
Volunteer work in Britain: A range of conservation jobs on offer. Work
with rare birds and wildlife, repair ancient buildings, cut grass or pull out
Accommodation is generally free. Meals are usually self catering. Some
offer a low rate and include food. see: www.nationaltrust.org.uk or
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