The Road Ahead : October November 2007
OCT/NOV 07 39 TRAVEL TIPS TRAVEL DIARY WITH RACQ TRAVEL Country charms Europe, here we come To help members make an informed decision on the best way to see Europe, RACQ Travel will again hold a series of 'Look before you book' information sessions. Guest speakers from Trafalgar Tours and Insight Vacations will highlight the value-for-money features of organised coach tours. They will talk about selecting a tour itinerar y, tour inclusions and exclusions, what to pack, currency, tipping and local customs. On the Trafalgar nights, RACQ travel consultants will present ideas on Eurail Passes and self-drive holidays using rented or leased vehicles. We'll feature cruising on the European riverboats and offer a wide range of accommodation, from English countr y cottages and B&Bs to chateaux in France and villas in Tuscany. Our presentations with Insight Vacations will feature quality coach touring, as well as cruising in the Mediterranean and the Baltic. Don't miss these informative previews. Most impor tantly, don't be rushed into booking a trip without learning how RACQ's Britain and Europe exper ts can help you arrange the holiday of a lifetime. Dates to remember: Trafalgar: Townsville (Oct 30), Robina (Nov 12), Brisbane central (Nov 14), Brisbane nor thside (Nov 14.), Brisbane southside (Nov 15), Maroochydore (Nov 15), Toowoomba (Nov 19) and Bundaberg (Nov 27). Insight: Brisbane central (Oct 24), Cairns (Oct 26), Townsville (Oct 27), Brisbane southside (Oct 31), Maroochydore (Nov 5), Bundaberg (Nov 7), Her vey Bay (Nov 8), Bribie Island (Nov 9), Redlands (Nov 10), Brisbane nor thside (Nov 13), Toowoomba (Nov 17), Robina (Nov 19) and Ipswich (Nov 23). Contact your nearest RACQ Travel office on 1300 888 449 to reser ve seats. Great rail deals for members Get away to Cairns and enjoy the per fect tropical break. Book a one-way journey from Brisbane to Cairns in Queenslander Class on The Sunlander, and receive three free nights at Mantra Trilogy in a one-bedroom apar tment, with breakfast daily. This contemporar y resor t is near the centre of Cairns. Prices star t at $743 per adult twin share or $669 twin share for concession card holders. The package is valid for travel up to March 31, 2008 and is subject to availability. Conditions apply. Call 1300 888 449 for bookings. Tassie experts in Brisbane If you've not yet booked your Tassie holiday, make sure you meet the 24 tourism exper ts at 'A Taste of Tasmania', to be held between 12 noon and 4 pm on Wednesday, October 17. RACQ consultants will be on hand to help you plan the per fect Tassie holiday. The venue is Gianni At Por tside (Brisbane Cruise Terminal building at Hamilton). Call 1300 888 449 for details. WITH KATHY ROUSSEL, RACQ TRAVEL Watching the Tour de France on TV recently, I saw many of the villages and back roads I'd visited on my travels off the beaten track from Paris. There's more to France than Paris, Versailles, and the Cote d'Azur. I suggest to many of my clients that the excellent countr y roads tours are a great way to capture the essence of France or Italy. Many of the chateaux are beautiful and medieval towns and villages like Troyes, Vezelay and Rocamadour are stunning. If you can manage a shor t walking tour, I urge you to step back in time and follow your guide along the narrow cobbled streets of Carcassonne to see the amazing 'La Cite'. It's said that La Cite was the inspiration for the Fair ytale Castle in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. It has a drawbridge over a moat and you'll see the jousting area. I like the Insight Vacations 15-day Countr y Roads of France tour that star ts in Paris and takes in the delightful Champagne and Chablis wine regions. You'll travel through the French high countr y to Chamonix and on to Aix-les- Bains, a lovely spa town on the Route Napoleon. RACQ travel consultant Kathy Roussel lived in France for five years and took ever y oppor tunity to travel around this fascinating countr y. Kathy is based at the RACQ office in For titude Valley. Members can make an appointment to book holidays to France or other countr y roads tours in Europe by calling 3872 8485 or emailing kathy.roussel@ racq.com.au. "There's more to France than Paris, Versailles, and the Cote d'Azur."
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