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Just to let you know that we are back and had THE MOST fabulous Globus trip through Scandinavia and Russia through late May early June 2014. This was our second Globus trip and again we could not fault the trip. Fab tour leader – fab hotels. Have to confess we were a bit worried about Russia, we were so so wrong. Russia is amazing! Highly recommended.!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tim and Chris Walton
Thank you very much for your greetings and indeed my trip went well. I thoroughly enjoyed it, the music in Lucerne was brilliant and I had the company of my sister there too. Bayreuth for the marathon Wagner Ring cycle etc. was tradition all the way, a stay with friends near Munich airport (at Freising) was heartwarming, and a gathering with relatives in Norway was icing on the cake.
The Etihad experience was everything I expected. I was almost tempted to bid for an update from Business to First Class but decided that $1400 (NZ) and up extra per sector – minimum – was not worth doing. They sent a couple of Emails but I did not weaken! The chauffeur service worked well. Etihad rang the hotel the day before leaving, and arrived on time.
The only hitch during the Abu Dhabi stay, destination London, was that it was so hot at the airport they had to delay boarding for an hour while they cooled the cabins down, not surprising – my taxi driver told me on the way to the airport that the temperature outside was 52 degrees!
Generally, the Etihad cabin service was spot-on. Clearly the service is appreciated by the Aussies since the flight Abu Dhabi had lots of them on board. Even first class was full. Personally I found the long corridors at airports very draining for me and I think I might call for wheel chairs in future. Guess I am old enough for that, yet I could manage walking long distances elsewhere when not under the stress of an airport. So you may hear from me next year as my sister is already talking about another Lucerne orchestral festival next August.
Richard was very friendly to deal with and super organised, made travelling to Europe with our one year old feel like a breeze.
All prices quoted in New Zealand dollars unless otherwise specified
Fine Travel Founder, Paul Collins, recently experienced an Avalon Waterways River Cruise. With the 2018 Europe Business Class Earlybird airfares underway and Air Credit Specials available with Avalon for 2018 European River Crusies, it is an excellent time to be planning your 2018 European River Cruise plans.
Although our Air New Zealand Business Class specials offer excellent value in comparison to the full retail price, there are other ways to fly in "Business Premier" to Europe or the USA on our national carrier for even less.
Through Fine Travel's relationship with specialist travel wholesale partner World Journeys, we are pleased to share with you an insight into their travel experiences, and the expertise we can draw on when planning your holidays. With increased airline competition on routes between New Zealand and North America Fine Travel is seeing more frequent Business Class discounts, setting up our clients for memorable holidays.
With the Earlybird season for 2018 Business Class Specials to Europe approaching quickly, Cathay Pacific's discounted airfares are eagerly anticipated. Cathay Pacific has previously also released "add-ons" with its specials that appeal to the traveller looking for flexibility in the choice of routes and side trips.
With 2017 disappearing at an alarming rate, we are already seeing a lot of interest in 2018 Business Class Specials to Europe. Although planning ahead is a good idea, based on our past experience the best specials for 2018 travel to Europe are yet to come.
With so much to see and such geographic and cultural diversity, a South African holiday is best planned with the benefit of local knowledge and expertise. Fine Travel, in association with our specialist wholesale partner World Journeys, provide an overview of a leading South African itinerary taking in Cape Town, a Kruger National Park safari and Victoria Falls.
Fine Travel Consultant Kylie Bryers recently enjoyed her first river cruise with a two week European river cruise with luxury cruise line Scenic Tours. She reports back with her experience.
With China Airlines offering competitive Business Class airfares from New Zealand to Europe via Taiwan, Fine Travel Consultant Irene Field took the opportunity to experience China Airlines' Business Class and Economy Class to Taiwan.
In our blog post about how we expected the 2017 Earlybird Business Class and Premium Economy Specials to Europe to unfold, we explained that the start of the Earlybird season generally marks a reset of discounts to the lowest levels. From there, we predicted that as the specials expired we would see a gradual increase in prices as we got closer to peak travel times. This has played out as expected with prices increasing - and there have been interesting developments along the way.
When holiday time is precious, retracing your steps to connect with a flight home can feel a waste of valuable time. For many Fine Travel clients who take advantage of Business Class Specials to fly from New Zealand to Europe to spend time with family, a return flight from Heathrow makes good sense. But often European travel becomes much more than this.