Cruise the Rhine for less

Spicers Hidden Vale is set on a 12,000 acre working cattle station just an hour from Brisbane.
Spicers Hidden Vale is set on a 12,000 acre working cattle station just an hour from Brisbane. Contributed

TO launch its 2012 Europe River Cruising preview brochure, APT is offering 2012 cruises at 2011 prices, and free return airfares to Europe on a variety of suite categories.

All offers relate to bookings made before April 30, 2011.

The deals apply to the new Rhine-Rhone itineraries, as well as the other 2012 cruises listed in brochures issued to travel agents this week: 15-day Magnificent Europe (Amsterdam to Budapest), 18 and 21-day Magnificent Europe with Prague and Paris, 25-day Eastern Bloc and Magnificent Europe, 28-day Switzerland and Magnificent Europe, 31-day Italy and Magnificent Europe and 27-day Croatia and The Balkan Peninsula.

The price includes the cruise, all meals, sightseeing, entertainment, transfers and tipping.

Call 1300 229 804, see or your local agent.

ALBATROSS Travel's 14-day La Francaise tour is designed to take in the great sights of regional France and give you the time to relax and savour the French way of life.

Three-night stays amongst the Chateaux of the Loire Valley and the vineyards of Bordeaux, plus two-night stays in the delightful Dordogne and Burgundy ensure the leisurely pace.

Group sizes are limited to 30. Price $5589 per person twin share. There are two departures from Paris on July 15 and September 16.

Contact The Albatross Travel Group on 1300 135 015 or visit

BENTOURS is taking 10% off its Fabulous Scandinavia and Czars Route on some July departures if booked by February 28.

Discover the majestic landscapes of the Norwegian fjords, Stockholm and Helsinki, and the architectural treasures of St Petersburg and Moscow on the route, which is made up of six modules that can be booked separately.

The full 19-day tour is now priced from $3415 per person for July 7 departure.

Accommodation is in 3.5 and four star hotels and price includes some meals, tour escort, sightseeing and ferry/train tickets.

Contact your travel agent or Bentours on 1800 221 712,

SWAP I Spy and service stations this Easter for rolling countryside and outback adventure at Spicers Hidden Vale.

Set on a 12,000 acre (4856ha) working cattle station just an hour from Brisbane, Spicers Hidden Vale has two, three, four and five-night Easter packages available from $369 per family, per night.

The package includes bed and breakfast for two adults and two children, a bottle of wine for mum and dad and free dinner for the kids on the first night.

Bookings on 1300 410 048 or

THIS royal wedding year is the perfect time to explore all things British with Tempo Holidays' nine-day Olde England and Heritage coach tour from Edinburgh to London via the English and Scottish countryside, priced from $1904 per person twin share.

Highlights include Stirling Castle in Edinburgh, a traditional Scottish evening with haggis and bagpipe music, a steamer cruise in the Lakes District, the Yorkshire Dales, a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a Beatles-themed tour in Liverpool and historic Chester.

Contact Tempo Holidays at, 1300 558 987.

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