- The Washington Times - Friday, February 16, 2007

For information regarding Goway’s Waltzing Matilda tour and its other tours of Australia and New Zealand and to order brochures, go to www.goway.com or call 800/387-8850.

One of North America’s largest and most experienced tour operators, Goway is the only one that owns its own office in Australia. The company can customize tours for an individual or groups and assist in independent travel.

The cost of the Waltzing Matilda tour is $8,299 to $8,879, depending on season, and is based on double occupancy. “The reason we now book all our tours through them,” a couple told us, “is that so many others suck you in with a seemingly low price, then sock you with tons of extra charges for things Goway includes as part of the package.”

The luxury train journey aboard the Ghan from Alice Springs to Adelaide is an extra, starting at $807.

Every hotel, meal and tour was top of the line; the guides also were excellent.

The seasons in Australia and New Zealand are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. For our tour, which covered a diverse climate area, anytime of the year seems to be a good time to go.

Australia and New Zealand are generally considered two of the safest travel destinations in the world, and the people of both countries also are considered to be among the most hospitable and friendly.

We wouldn’t think of flying, especially on a long trip, without our Bose noise-canceling headphones. They really do block out a great amount of annoying and distracting noises, and you also can use them to experience better sound for the in-flight movie or CDs, DVDs or MP3s — go to www.Bose.com or call 800/999-2673.

Being medically evacuated home while traveling could cost tens of thousands of dollars. We cover ourselves against this with membership in MedjetAssist — www.MedjetAssist.com or 800/963-3538.

Fodor guides are always outstanding, and the ones for Australia and New Zealand are as good as guides get — comprehensive and dependable. Always take along a DK Eyewitness Travel Guide for any destination. This series’ “highlights at a glance” sections and maps alone make them worth buying, and their photography adds nice mementos of your trip.

U.S. citizens do not need a visa for New Zealand, but they do need one for Australia. Goway handles that for its customers.

Fred and Karen Eckert

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