Cruise aboard Seabourn 18-Day Australia & New Zealand

March 21, 2013

Spend the Christmas holidays this year aboard one of the luxury yachts of Seabourn sailing between Austalia and New Zealand.  Experience life on the award winning ship Seabourn Odyssey complete with stellar service, amenities and the finest shore excursions.

Be sure to arrive in Sydney at least 4 nights prior to your cruise so you have time to explore the Sydney Opera House (perhaps take in a play or symphony), dare to climb the Sydney Bridge & explore one of the 30 bays surrounding Sydney.  Board your yacht on Dec. 23rd and cruise under the Sydney Harbor Bridge while indulging in French chamapgne - Bon Voyage!

If you too would would like to get on onboard - Call the Travel Gal today for fabulous

Virtuoso pricing as well as added amenities at 800-644-6659 or email Teresa@Luxuryhideaways.net

Day Date Port Arrive Depart
0 23 Dec 2013 Sydney, Australia
1 24 Dec 2013 Sydney, Australia 02:00 PM
2 25 Dec 2013 At Sea
3 26 Dec 2013 Melbourne, Australia 08:00 AM 08:00 PM
4 27 Dec 2013 At Sea
5 28 Dec 2013 Hobart, Australia 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
6 29 Dec 2013 At Sea
7 30 Dec 2013 At Sea
8 31 Dec 2013 Milford Sound, New Zealand 08:00 AM 09:00 AM
8 31 Dec 2013 Cruising Fiordland Natl Park
9 01 Jan 2014 Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
10 02 Jan 2014 Port Chalmers (Dunedin), NZ 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
11 03 Jan 2014 Timaru, New Zealand 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
12 04 Jan 2014 Akaroa (Christchurch, NZ) 07:00 AM 07:00 PM
13 05 Jan 2014 Wellington, New Zealand 10:00 AM 11:00 PM
14 06 Jan 2014 Picton, New Zealand 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
14 06 Jan 2014 Cruising Queen Charlotte Sound
15 07 Jan 2014 Kaikoura, New Zealand 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
16 08 Jan 2014 At Sea
17 09 Jan 2014 Tauranga (Rotorua) New Zealand 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
18 10 Jan 2014 Auckland, New Zealand 07:00 AM

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Escape to Romantic Thorngrove Manor Hotel

July 20, 2012

Thorngrove Manor Hotel BedroomSleeping Beauties Castle here we come - and its not at Disneyworld! Thorngrove Manor Hotel is a picturesque castle (truly a luxury hideaway) located in the southern part of Australia, in the outskirts of Adelaide city.

Upon arrival at Thorngrove Manor Hotel, you will be transported back in time due to the iconic baroque towers, flamboyant interiors and fantasy turrets.  You will also discover antiques, exquisitely crafted rooms and furniture, winding staircases, friezes, stencilled designs at every turn.  You will also experience the utmost in privacy and service while staying here.

Thorngrove manor is 20 minutes from the Adelaide city centre, in South Australia’s oldest wine region. It is a romantic retreat perfect for fabulous day trips to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Barossa Valley and the Clare Valley. A scenic marked walking trail winds its way to the nearby village of Stirling.

Thorngrove is part of the unique Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and has been considered as one of the world’s most outstanding, romantic and artistic lodges in the planet.

Lets organize your Australia cruise to include a few nights at this romantic retreat either before or after your cruise! Contact me, the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@Luxuryhideaways.net

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An Australian Holiday - City and Island Adventure

May 30, 2012

Do you want to organize an Australia vacation or honeymoon but not quite sure where to begin? Do you have 2 weeks to spare and want to relax on the beach as well as enjoy the city?  I suggest a bit of Melbourne, the Whitsunday Islands and finish up in Sydney! Here is a great sample itinerary - this is a great one for a family holiday as well as honeymoon - of course we will be able to customize it for you:

Day 1 Fly USA to Melbourne
Please note international air from the USA has not been included in the package price.

Day 2 You cross the International Dateline
The International Date Line is an imaginary line on the earth’s surface that approximately coincides with the 180th meridian (LONGITUDE), and separates the calendar date. Traveling east across the line takes the traveler back one day; traveling west, takes the traveler forward one day.

Day 3 Welcome to Melbourne, Australia
On arrival into Melbourne, you will need to clear customs and make your way through the main arrivals hall where you will be transferred to your accommodation.

At first glance, Melbourne may resemble any other modern city with its skyline full of concrete & glass. However, if you look a little closer, you’ll find the real Melbourne, a city of unique charm.  There are the clanging trams (street cars), swanky boutiques, friendly taxi drivers, Australian Rules Football, fickle weather and ‘BYO’s’, by the hundred (restaurants to which you bring your own liquor or wine). Add to this, Melbourne’s traditional virtues of tree lined boulevards, glorious parks, elegant buildings & imposing Victorian Banks & Churches, and of course the giant Melbourne Cricket Ground and you’ll have some idea of the city.

Day 4 Melbourne tour
Melbourne is famous for its magnificent parks and gardens which surround the city. See the famous Floral Clock, Botanic Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens and inspect Captain Cook’s Cottage in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens.  See the colorful Victoria Market, Old Melbourne Gaol, Shrine of Remembrance and travel over the Westgate Bridge for panoramic views over Port Phillip Bay.

Day 5 At leisure, Melbourne
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and a cultural hub, is known for the good things in life - fashion, food, entertainment and sport. This is a city of style, architecture, trams, theatres and art.

Day 6 Fly Melbourne to Whitsunday Islands
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Whitsundays. Upon arrival you will board a luxury cruiser for your launch service to Hayman(Deluxe option only.)

Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and 74 tropical islands in the calm waters of the Coral Sea, the Whitsundays lie midway along Australia’s Queensland coast.

Days 7-9 At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
Discover the wonder that is Heart Reef. Sink your feet into the white, silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach. Or simply sail at sunset across our crystal-clear waters and take in the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 10 Fly Whitsunday Islands to Sydney
Launch from Hayman to Hamilton Island(Deluxe option only.)

Sunny, sexy, sophisticated - Sydney basks as the shining star of the southern hemisphere. The stunning Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy, but there’s much more to offer.

Sydney’s sparkling harbor is the jewel in the city’s crown. It’s flanked by golden beaches and bush land, and is bisected by one of the most famous bridges in the world. Islands sprinkle its waters, and it’s crisscrossed by all manner of craft, from water taxis and yachts to tour boats and ferries.

Day 11 Sydney city tour
Enjoy a morning touring Sydney’s glorious city, harbor and famous beaches. Pass through the historic Rocks area and circular en route to Bondi Beach where we stop for morning tea (own expense). The tour will travel through Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross and Double Bay, and you will view the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair.

Days 12-13 At leisure, Sydney
At your leisure to explore Sydney. Most of the major attractions of the city are within easy walking distance from your accommodation - Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Centrepoint Tower, Circular Quay, The Rocks, etc.

Day 14 Fly Sydney to USA

You will be met and transferred by private vehicle to the airport for your departure flight.

11 nights From $2,275.00 per person based on double occupancy - land and internal air; prices subject to change; black outs apply; ask for sw-city/island trip.

* Please note international air from the USA has not been included in the package price.

For more information on travel to Australia - contact the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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Where is the Luxury Expedition Ship - the Clipper Odyssey?

April 27, 2012

Over the years I have received many calls looking for the 110 passenger luxury small ship Clipper Odyssey i.e. where is it sailing, what is it doing and which company is it attached to these days.  Great news - the Clipper Odyssey is with Zeagrahm Expeditions sailing amazing itineraries to remote islands around the world.

Zeagrahm Expedition trips are both educational and environmentally-focused, and are led by top experts in their respective fields. Zeagrahm strives assemble the “ultimate dream team” for the destination: marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, and dive masters. Zegrahm field leaders are well-known throughout the world; many of them are published writers, authors, and photographers.

Clipper Odyssey is one of the finest adventure ships afloat, carrying a maximum of 110-passengers, this luxury expedition vessel is ideally suited for cruising in off-the-beaten-path locales.

Clipper Odyssey Upcoming Expeditions:

For more information on any of these amazing adventures, contact the Travel Gal at
800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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Sea the Great Barrier Reef Australia Cruise Adventure - Coral Princess Cruises

June 20, 2011

Australia Cruise Experience Up Close & Personal

  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Glass bottom boats
  • Luxurious spa treatments & therapies
  • Delicious Cuisine
  • Only 35 guests on board
  • On board guest lecturers & specialists
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Coral Princess Cruises In Australia

Discover a paradise of remote and uninhabited islands on your Australia Small Ship Cruise - become a lazy beachcomber or an inquisitive adventurer on one of our 3, 4 or 7 night cruises between Cairns and Townsville. [Read more]

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Have You Ever Wanted to be Married in a Rainforest?

December 30, 2008

rainforest weddingImagine you and your invited guests, in an intimate celebration with nature as your backdrop for as far as you can see… Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa located just outside of Cairns, Australia offers an exclusive waterfall platform situated at the base of the pristine waterfall, this is the ultimate in uniqueness!

For a different experience, rainforest weddings can include Aboriginal culture (i.e. Aboriginal pastor, corroboree, or a special smoking ceremony), a tropical twist or dinning on the Daintree River… just to get you started!

Rainforest Weddings at Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa ensure your special day is tailored to suit your individual needs and budget. Beginning your new life together in a celebration at an exclusive rainforest retreat offers you the ultimate in tranquility, privacy and seclusion.

Design your rainforest wedding experience to be as formal or informal as you like. Whether you are attracted to the privacy, the rainforest setting or the uniqueness of the property, this is your day.

After your wedding - finish off your Australian holiday with a small ship cruise along the Great Barrier Reef.

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