Expert Opinions - 4 Consultants, 4 Must Do Itineraries

12 March 2015
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In this months edition of Flight Guide, we spoke with four experienced travel consultants and asked them to recommend a holiday and tell us why they loved it.

Contact Maggie, Elise, Tom or Johanna on their details below to find out about these great itineraries and many more.

Round The World with Cathay Pacific

 Maggie Robertson

Maggie Robertson - GM St Agnes
P: 1300 307 255

Maggie explains why she is excited about the new Cathay Pacific Round the World fare.

Cathay’s Round the World fare has everything – a huge range of stop over options, great side trips, very reasonably priced upgrade options, and all on a premium Asian airline that has recently been refurbished to accommodate a new Premium Economy cabin – what’s not to like?!

With Cathay's Round the World fares you really have so many options to circumnavigate our planet. Here is just one option – fly from Hong Kong onto New York or Boston where you can do the easy four hour coast drive between these great cities. Then fly direct to Paris, Zurich, Milan or Rome before heading home.

All this is achievable as part of the Round the World ticket which also allows you to upgrade to Business Class for your final leg home. So why not finish your amazing global experience in style and arrive home feeling refreshed so you can tell your nearest and dearest all about your incredible adventures.

Q Who should do this trip?
A This itinerary works for singles,couples, families or anyone who has a number of destinations across the globe on their must-see list.

Q What would you do again?
A I would spend more time in both Boston and New York. Both cities are so rich in things to see, do and eat.

Q Where to stay?
A The Beacon in New York is conveniently located in New York’s midtown near Central Park.

Prague and Vienna

 Elise Bradbury

Elise Bradbury - Wagga Wagga
P: (02) 69212055

Tap into your inner Sister Maria from ‘The Sound of Music’ flying Emirates into Europe. I flew into Prague to experience the gothic and medieval beauty of this amazing city. Then just a short train trip to Vienna and I was doing a few of my ‘favourite things’.

I was fortunate to be in this part of Europe early November when the Christmas Markets had just started to appear in Prague and Vienna. The markets were my favourite part of the trip and show how the Europeans take all things Christmas seriously
with stalls of Christmas food and beautiful decorations. The beauty of flying into Prague is that you get to see this amazing gothic city that is the only European city untouched by World War II. You also have an opportunity for a short train ride to see different cities and countries nearby. Allow at least three or four days for both of these cities, as there are so many
things to see and do.

Q Who should do this trip?
A This itinerary is perfect for all sorts of age groups, and families will love the Christmas period. You
can choose to walk as much as you want, with plenty to see and do over concentrated areas.

Q What would you do again?
A I would go back to Vienna in a heartbeat to see the Spanish Riding School and to do a lot more exploring
in this historical part of Europe.

Q Where to stay?
A The K + K Hotels were fantastic – a four star family owned chain, that were immaculately kept and had
fantastic staff. For the more upmarket, try the refurbished bank that is now the Park Hyatt Vienna.

Bangkok and Phuket

 Tom Brooks

Tom Brooks - Belgrave Vic
P: (03) 8706 9300

It’s two big thumbs up for a Thai Airways International itinerary to Bangkok and Phuket where you can enjoy beautiful Asian beaches and an exotic culture and experience.

We flew Thai Airways International who has fantastic food onboard plus an amazing array of in-flight movies available on your own seat-back screen. As part of your itinerary you can stay in Bangkok for one or two nights, which gives you the chance to see more than the nightclubs and shopping of Thailand’s capital.

Then fly down to Phuket for a two-day tour to Kho Lak, an hour’s drive north. Wonderful jungle experiences awaited us like white-water rafting, dirt-biking, and a cooking class where we went to the local markets to find the ingredients.

Q Who should do this trip?
A This is a great itinerary for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are well travelled or a first timer overseas. Thailand has enough variety to suit adventurers, relaxers and would-be chefs.

Q What would you do again?
A As part of our visit to Elephant Hills, north of Phuket, was a trip to an Elephant Sanctuary where
we prepared food for the rescued elephants – this was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.

Q Where to stay?
A Great family accommodation can be found at the Sands and the JW Marriott. And for more of a luxury or honeymoon experience, is the sumptuous boutique hotel Sarojin.

New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles

 Johannah Fergusen

Johannah Fergusen - Murray Bridge SA
P: (08) 8531 3264

I flew United Airlines to experience New York City with a visit to Washington DC and a stopover at Universal Studios in LA on the side - this was a great introduction to both the West and East Coasts of the USA.

United Airlines flies from Sydney to LA and onto Washington DC where a few days is required to see all of the big national landmarks like The Whitehouse and key museums. The best part, they are all free! I would recommend a Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Pass. You can walk the distances between the major iconic attractions but they can be long walks and you would miss out on the great views and tour guide information that you get on the double-decker bus.

Take advantage of how proud New Yorkers are of their town by going on some of the less known tours like the Brooklyn Pizza Tour or my favourite – the Central Park Cycling Tour. Here you can blend in with the local runners and riders and feel like you’re a local.

Q Who should do this trip?
A With the option to stop in LA, this is a great itinerary for everyone, especially for families where you can break up the long journey with a trip to Disneyland or Universal Studios.

Q What would you do again?
A I would definitely do the cycling tour again – in fact just spending time in Central Park gives you a real sense of this brilliant city.

Q Where to stay?
A In New York we stayed at The W Times Square, right in the heart of Times Square itself and in the middle
of all the action. I cannot speak highly enough about The W, it was a fantastic hotel and central to everything.

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