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Qantas Global Sale
Tantalising Tuscany - The Cultural and Gourmet Heart of Italy
Save with Silversea in 2016 - Free Upgrades or Up to $1,500 Onboard Credit
Sliversea and FirstClass.com.au Golf Day
In the News
And Finally
Qantas Global Sale
Qantas First Class
Qantas A380 First Class Fully Flat Bed - available on select routes. 

 

Qantas First Class Sale

 
North America

 

Times Square $15950 from $10,975
Save $4975

 
Europe

 

Houses of Parliament $13400 from $11,925
Save $1475

 

Qantas Business Class Sale

 
Europe

 

$8895 from $7,425
Save $1470
 
North America

 

Times Square $8450 from $5,975
Save $2475

 
Hawaii

 

Honolulu $4775 from $3,475
Save $1300

 
Africa

 

Safari $5795 from $4,675
Save$1120

 
Asia

 

Hong Kong Skyline $3525 from $3,075
Save $450

 
South America

 

$7050 from $4,875
Save $2175

  • Valid for sale until 15Feb16
  • Travel dates vary depending on destination
  • For full terms and conditions please contact one of our travel specialists 
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Tantalising Tuscany - The Cultural and Gourmet Heart of Italy

The Tuscan Landscape is an Experience all on its Own

Take a moment to imagine strolling across rolling fields of vineyards as the smell of freshly pressed olives and sea salt drifts through the Mediterranean sun soaked air. Nearby a group of chattering locals is setting up a table covered in a white cloth adorned with local delicacies as the smell of fresh Italian cuisine joins the Symphony of your senses. This is Tuscany, a romantic dream, wrapped in Renaissance history and delicious culinary delights.

Located in the heart of Italy just over an hour North of Rome, the region of Tuscany, is synonymous with the images of romantic bygone golden era. It conjures to mind pictures of black and white era movie stars like Grace Kelly sipping on glasses of rich red wine, while they stroll across boundless grape covered fields.

The region also calls to the most discerning culinary traveller.  Be it wine or food, the region is abounding with excellent choice, from famous vineyard areas like Chianti to Brunello di Montalcino you are spoiled for choice amongst the vineyards of Tuscany. While romance and wine may be what Tuscany is renowned for around the globe, it's seat at the heart of Italian Renaissance also means that the history buff is truly spoilt for choice, from Florence to Siena the region is awash with culture. So climb aboard and let us give you a luxury taste of Tuscany.

Visit Florence and see the Duomo with Abercrombie & Kent

Florence

There is nowhere better to begin a trip to Tuscany then in the region capital of Florence. This ageless city has been a pilgrimage for global tourism since the Renaissance, with its breathtaking architecture and vibrant local culture it's is a city-stay worthy of a place on anyone's bucket list. Connections to the city are easy, the local airport is serviced by an array of continental services or you can jump aboard a train from Rome and take in the scenic route through the golden countryside of central Italy.

When you first set foot in Florence you may find yourself overwhelmed by the abundance of sights and experiences.  The top of your list if time is limited is the central area of the city that surrounds the iconic Duomo or the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore. This marble dome cathedral is the beating heart of the city. Resplendent in green and white stone it is gorgeous to behold from the outside and breathtaking inside. The structure is over 600 hundred years old and stepping inside you can only imagine the awe the 15th centuries Florentines must have felt crossing the threshold. Inside the basilica is decorated in intricate mosaics atop enormous ceilings that draw the eye up to face the heavens. 

A walk to the top of the building is well worth the small admission fee for the breathtaking view of the Duomo and Florence that awaits you. Around the cathedral are am abundance of shops, cafes and museums to take up your time. But try not to get stuck staring to long at the central marvels, much more awaits you around the city. From the famous Galleria dell’ Accademia that houses the original Michelangelo’s David to the daunting Palazzo Vecchio out the front of which the replica statue stands. Take some time to visit the old bridge in the city and try some of the best ice cream in Italy on the opposite city side, before continuing to the verdant Boboli Gardens that overlook the city.

See the Leaning Tower of Pisa with Abercrombie & Kent

Pisa

If you hope on board a train in Florence it is only a short ride to the nearby city of Pisa, home of one of the most famous photo opportunities in Southern Europe. Made famous for the leaning tower which bears its name, Pisa is not just a stop over to take your own picture holding up their bending marble monolith, it also sports an amazing collection of historical buildings and sights that rival its sister city of Florence. In the central area where the Leaning Tower resides, you can also see the stunning Battistero, or baptistery. This 12th century intricate marble dome boasts one of the most unique experiences in the region, climb up to the upper gallery where you can hear one of the custodians demonstrate the buildings remarkable acoustics with a mesmerising chant that fills the space. This experience usually happens every half hour, but can change depending on the season.

Along the way to Pisa is the small town of Vinci, made famous by the prolific Italian painter and great Renaissance personalities, Leonardo da Vinci. This small town in the countryside is the place where the famous artist was born and amongst the cobbled streets you can find the Leonardo da Vinci museum which holds many of his great inventions, some of which he never even got to construct himself. This includes his famous flying machine!

Siena

South of Florence at the bottom edge of the Tuscan region, Siena is an often overlook and underrated destination in Italy. The ancient city seems like an open-air museum to travellers who stroll through the plazas and side streets with the towering gothic architecture making you feel as though you’ve stepped through a doorway into history. The central Piazza del Campo is the best place to get a feel for the city with a vibrant collection of shops and markets all overlooked by the famous Sienna tower, Torre del Mangia.

Visit Exclusive Wineries with Fufluns and their 5 Day Tour

Wine Regions

If you’ve heard of Tuscany then you’ve definitely heard of Tuscan wines, the region that spans from the West coast of Italy to the centre of the nation has hundreds of rolling vineyards creating world class wines served with outstanding food. From Brunello to Chianti and everywhere in between there is a depth of great places to visit, wineries to tour and foods to taste. While an abundance of regions does exist, a lot of great wineries aren’t open to the public, but private tours can still get you access. Check out some of the great tours that we have on offer below.

Best Experiences and Tours of Tuscany

The Ultimate Tuscan Experience: Supertuscans meet Andrea Bocelli
In July, as the gentle hills are swept by summer breezes and fields of sunflowers bow reverently to the bright blue sky and warm sun, Andrea Bocelli will be coming home to Tuscany once again to hold another sublime concert within Teatro del Silenzio’s spellbinding setting.
5 Day Best of Tuscan Wines Tour with Fufluns
Discover the best of Tuscany with this incredible 5 day custom itinerary that boasts an all star roster of the greatest wineries in Tuscany. Throw in a top seafood restaurant, meals at iconic estates as well as a stay in the best hotel in Chianti, and you've got an amzing trip with no equal.
11 Day Italian Connections Tour with Abercrombie and Kent
Begin with a Rome tour including the Colosseum and Campo de Fiori, and then explore Florence and its Uffizi Gallery with an expert guide; the coastal Cinque Terre; and the many lavish treasures of Venice.
8 Days Tuscany Food and Wine with Abercrombie and Kent
This week long journey focuses on the rich gastronomic traditions of Tuscany and its extraordinary fresh produce and providores. You'll visit vineyards and medieval hilltop towns, enjoy wonderful culinary experiences and explore the medieval towns of the Etruscan Coast.
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Save with Silversea in 2016 - Free Upgrades or Up to $1,500 Onboard Credit

Cruise with Silversea and Save

Silversea is ushering in the new year in style with this incredible offer available on a choice of 57 worldwide voyages.

Guests who are new to Silversea, and have never sailed the seas with them before, will receive a US$1,200 shipboard credit per suite, while returning Venetian Society guests receive a US$1,500 shipboard credit per suite or 2-category suite upgrade.

This incredible offer is available on select 2016 voyages below when you book by 29Feb16.

Come cruise into the holiday of your dreams and discover why the world’s most discerning travellers prefer the world of Silversea. Small ship sailing at its most divine. Below is just a taste of the voyages that are available on the offer, ask your Travel Specialist for more details or look at the complete list here.

7 Days Barcelona to Rome with Silversea
2-Category Upgrade
OR Up to $1,500 Ship Credit
7 Days Barcelona to Rome with Silversea
Departure Date: 01Apr16
Depart From: Barcelona, Spain
Cruiseship: Silver Cloud
From: AU$3850
Ends in: Rome, Italy
Cruiseline: Silversea

11 Day San Juan to Fort Lauderdale with Silversea Cruises
2-Category Upgrade
OR Up to $1,500 Bonus Ship Credit
11 Day San Juan to Fort Lauderdale with Silversea Cruises
Departure Date: 18Mar16
Depart From: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Cruiseship: Silver Wind
From: AU$5050
Ends in: Fort Lauderdale, USA
Cruiseline: Silversea

14 Days Athens to Istanbul with Silversea Cruises
2-Category Upgrade
OR Up to $1,500 Ship Credit
Anzac Day at Gallipoli
14 Days Athens to Istanbul with Silversea Cruises
Departure Date: 23Apr16
Depart From: Athens, Greece
Cruiseship: Silver Wind
From: AU$6950
Ends in: Istanbul, Turkey
Cruiseline: Silversea

12 Days Hong Kong to Singapore with Silversea
Bonus Suite Upgrade
OR Up to $1,500 Ship Credit
12 Days Hong Kong to Singapore with Silversea
Departure Date: 26Nov16
Depart From: Hong Kong, China
Cruiseship: Silver Shadow
From: AU$8145
Ends in: Singapore, Singapore
Cruiseline: Silversea

7 Days Rome to Barcelona with Silversea
Bonus Suite Upgrade
OR Up to $1,500 Ship Credit
7 Days Rome to Barcelona with Silversea
Departure Date: 29Oct16
Depart From: Rome, Italy
Cruiseship: Silver Spirit
From: AU$4095
Ends in: Barcelona, Spain
Cruiseline: Silversea
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Sliversea and FirstClass.com.au Golf Day

Tee off in style with Silversea Cruises and FirstClass.com.au at the Concord Golf Club

Silversea Cruises and FirstClass.com.au Golf Day returns this autumn to the prestigious Concord Golf Course! With an illustrious history spanning back over a century, The Concord Golf Club has played host to a number of championship tournaments including the Australian PGA, NSW Open, ANZ Championship and Australian Women’s Open.

So come down and tee off on this historic course with us on Thursday 3rd of March and enjoy a day of golf with the chance to win a number of prizes!

Secure your place today by emailing your details to Golf@firstclass.com.au.

 

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In the News

Making News this Month...

New Brisbane Airport Lounges For Qantas, Singapore And Air New Zealand
Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand are all set to open new lounges in Brisbane Airport over the coming years. They will be joined by an airline-independent "Plaza Premium Lounge" for those...

Etihad To Open Spectacular New First Class Lounge In Abu Dhabi
If airport lounges are the modern-day refuge for the weary traveller, then Etihad Airways hopes to have created the ultimate “world’s best” in luxury waiting areas at its first-class...

Emirates Launches Second Daily A380 Flight to Perth
Emirates will commence a second daily A380 service from Dubai to Perth on 01Aug16, replacing the current 777-300ER aircraft operating on EK424/EK425. The second daily A380 service to Perth follows Em...

Also in the News...

Emirates Expands Swiss Routes with New Flights
Malaysia Airlines Announces Codeshare with Emirates to Dubai

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And Finally

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