Deal of the week

China, covered

Return flights, visas for New Zealand passport-holders, accommodation and all your meals on a 15-day tour in China are all covered in a package price which starts at $6180 pp, twin-share. You'll get to see the natural grandeur of the Three Gorges, cruise the Yangtze and visit the bustling cities of Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. The giant pandas of Chengdu are also in your travel plans. There are set departures. Book by April 15 next year.

Contact: House of Travel on 0800 713 715.

Ocean life


Get a taste of the cruising life aboard Holland America's ms Maasdam. A five-night voyage on one of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, with award-winning service, great dining and plenty of activities is a perfect way to test the waters. Tie it in with pre-Christmas shopping in Sydney and you won't have to worry how heavy your luggage is. Cruise in an interior stateroom for $869 pp. Bookings get a AU$200 air credit for pre-cruise flight from Auckland to Sydney.

Contact: Francis Travel Marketing on 444 2298.

Island escape

Seven nights in French Polynesia, with return Air Tahiti Nui fares to get you there and back from Auckland, are priced from $4399 twin-share. You'll fly from Papeete to Bora Bora for five nights in an Overwater Bungalow at Le Meridien Bora Bora, including daily cooked breakfasts. An extra $249 each will secure an Overwater Bungalow with a lagoon view. Two nights are spent at Le Meridien Tahiti in Papeete. Various travel periods are available. Book by March 31.

Contact: Our Pacific on 0800 500 598.

Ancient roaming

Meander through Venice and explore the Grecian remains of Agrigento on Trafalgar's 15-day Best of Italy and Sicily holiday departing from Rome on set dates, beginning in April. You'll be taken through the heart of Italy to Pompeii, Naples and Sorrento, before hopping to Palermo. From $5150 each twin-share, almost everything is covered, from accommodation and many meals, to transport and airport transfers, plus your guides. Early payment saving of 10 per cent for payments made by October 20, or return flights to Europe for $1199.

Contact: Your own travel agent or Trafalgar on 0800 484 333.

Touring Tuscany

An eight-day Tuscan Exploration dedicated to finding and tasting mouth-watering, local food and wine. You'll sip the wines of the Chianti Valley, learn the secrets of Italian bread-making, and lunch on local cheeses and meats. Selected departures between May and September next year, and the package is priced from $1887 each, twin share. Departures from Montecatini in Tuscany. Flights from New Zealand additional.

Contact: Your own travel agent or Cosmos Tours on 0800 000 883.


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