Holiday Packages and Travel Experiences
2017 Luxury Mediterranean Cruise Holidays
For Travellers with Uncompromising Standards
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
Richard organised my families travel on Emirates to Europe this winter with speed , great communication and considerable saving to me . I would not hesitate in recommending dealing with Richard for your European adventure.
Many, many thanks for all that you did to make our trip a most memorable one….the breakaway was awesome and most memorable and time with family in France was so very special. Also Kirstys mum kept in good health whist we were away and required no immediate change of plans and frantic trip back to Auckland. It was just brilliant I will certainly highly recommend your services. Lufthansa premium economy is highly recommended and the service very German and very efficient. Better than AirNZ despite my Gold Elite status. Please use our reference above if required.
Thanks so very much
Mark and Kirsty
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.
All prices quoted in New Zealand dollars unless otherwise specified
One of the most common reasons our clients give for looking at Business Class airfares to Europe is that they want / need the extra space on such a long flight (and a lie flat seat). The Emirates mixed Business Class / Economy Class airfare makes this a more affordable option on a premium airline.
“It’s yachting, not cruising” the SeaDream Yacht Club proudly states – and on closer investigation, their meaning is clear. At a time when “mega ships” make headlines and seemingly squeeze an impressive number of passengers into a floating theme park / shopping mall, SeaDream presents an alternative that has more in common with owning a private yacht.
There can be little doubt the American based airlines have a tough time "winning the hearts and minds" of the New Zealand traveller. One of the most common complaints we hear from clients who travel to North America is the step-down in onboard experience when they move from a longhaul Air New Zealand or Qantas flight onto a domestic airline in the USA. So why should you consider the new American Airlines direct service from Auckland to Los Angeles?
The release of discounted Business Class flights provides travellers from New Zealand with a wide variety of choices. The challenge can sometimes be finding the special that works best for you. The question we hear most often is whether there is a lie flat seat. But does picking up a discounted Business Class airfare mean you have to miss out in other ways?
I must confess that I fell into the trap of stereotyping the Las Vegas "food scene". "It'll be high volume, deep fried, quick turnaround to get the punters back into the casinos", I thought. After previously travelling through America's Southern States, and being amazed by the variety and sophistication of some of their cuisine, I should have known there was more to Vegas.
Fine Travel Consultant Sunita Shalivahan has flown Business Class with China Southern Airlines twice in 2016 (from Auckland). For clients looking for an affordable Business Class option from New Zealand to Europe with full lie flat seats, China Southern is a welcome addition to the New Zealand travel market. Sunita updated the Fine Travel team on her most recent experience.
Whenever the Oceania Cruises' ships come to Auckland the ship inspections are highly sought after. With a focus on cuisine and fine art, time onboard in Auckland gives the Fine Travel team a true appreciation of what our clients can experience in the Mediterranean.
Natadola, a place that you would only hear about in Fiji, if someone told you about it.
Luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises makes a welcome return to the South Pacific for the 2017 New Zealand cruise season with a range of luxury cruise itineraries departing from Auckland and Sydney.
For travellers from New Zealand looking for the best value Business Class Flights to Europe, the start of the 2017 Europe Earlybird season is the ideal time to book your airfares. And if you plan well, you can save even more by combining a European River Cruise.