The Road Ahead : August 2010
GRAND PACIFIC TOURS LUXURY COACH HOLIDAY SPECIALISTS New Zealand BONUS FREE NZ TRAVEL GUIDE** 19 DAY GRAND NEW ZEALAND TOUR Over $750 pre paid activities & attractions Discover the best of New Zealand's North and South Islands on this comprehensive but well paced tour. Enjoy deluxe accommodation including four 2 night stays, 24 iconic attractions and 38 superb meals. Tour includes airfare, taxes, meals, sightseeing & attractions Valid for Departures: 1 Sep 2010 - 31 May 2011 LUXURY TOURING FROM $4519* PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE *Conditions apply. Price valid for travel ex BNE & OOL and includes pre paid taxes, correct at time of print but subject to change. Single supplement available. **One book per household. Not valid on Probus, Regional or Special Group departures. No other special offers or discounts apply. Applies to new bookings only. Lic No 32046 Latin Rendezvous *Terms and Conditions: Prices are based on per person twinshare, subject to change due to currency fluctuation. Valid for sale until further notice. Valid for travel until 28Feb'11. Subject to availability at time of booking. Seasonal surcharges may apply. Lic No. 2TA 5 870 $2,270* RACQ Travel Agencies 1300 188 713 racq.com/travel This is a wonderful introduction to South America's dynamic cities, history and natural wonders of the world this package includes: 4 star accommodation, 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner, transfers, sightseeing: Devils throat, Mount Corcovado, Sugarloaf to name a few and airfares between Argentina and Brazil. 9 nights from per person twin share* DEPARTURE INTERNATIONAL visit www.racq.com/travel MAKES YOUR DAY AUG/SEPT 2010 THE ROAD AHEAD 27 MORE INFO capped Andes Mountains that hem the city 300 metres below. At the foot of the mountains, you'll find El Pueblito de Los Dominicos, an artisans' village where the best of Chilean craftsmanship -- in works of timber, stone, silver, ceramics, glass, and alpaca fibre -- is on display. And among Santiago's sprawling maze of streets lie tranquil parklands with their ancient woodlands, and more architectural treasures -- such as the 18th century mansion Palacio Cousiño with its exquisite decor of marble, gold, and velvet, and the city's oldest building, the San Francisco church, that was constructed in the late 16th Century. If you return to the heart of the city as the day draws to a close, you'll be greeted by a new cast of entertainers. And as you wander along the Ahumada, past shop windows crammed with Gucci shoes, designer dresses and mobile phones, and past traders whose temporary stalls are piled high with inexpensive clothing and cheap plastic toys; you'll be reminded yet again that Santiago is a city of dramatic contradictions. FACT FILE GETTING AROUND: Ta x is are relatively affordable and the drivers generally helpful and courteous while Santiago 's underground railway network and its modern fleet of buses are efficient and inexpensive. WHERE TO STAY: Tariffs charged in many of the city's are dramatically reduced if rooms are booked and paid for online. A couple of the best choices in the centre of the city are Hotel Plaza San Francisco (about $133 a double per night, www.plazasanfrancisco.cl) and (for those on a tight budget) the Residencial Londres (around $45 per night, www.londres.cl). NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: The beaches of Viña del Mar and the adjacent port town of Valparaiso are approximately 120 km north. Ski fields in the Andes Mountains are easily accessible.
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