Two persons sharing hotel accommodations can fly round trip to Australia/New Guinea for the price of one ($1,245) under an arrangement with World Travel Consultants of Glendale. Departures each Friday from LAX. Offer is good through March (passengers must be ticketed by Feb. 15). The two-for-one air fare is part of a nine-day trip to Cairns near the Great Barrier Reef followed by a visit to Papua New Guinea. The land portion ($1,699 per person) is extra. In New Guinea two nights will be spent in the Owen-Stanley Mountains at the upscale Ambua Lodge. Other stops in Karawari and Port Moresby.
World Travel Consultants, 1000 E. Broadway, Glendale 91205. Telephone (818) 507-7813 or toll-free (800) 432-7436 (in California) or (800) 854-6733 (outside California).
A note for romantics: Aston Hotels & Resorts is promoting a "San Francisco Romance" package at the Regis Hotel (in the theater district) and the Majestic (described as the "most beautiful small hotel in San Francisco" by San Francisco magazine). The Majestic is a restored Victorian (perched on Cathedral Hill). Features French/English antiques, hand-painted four-poster canopied beds. Good reports on the restaurant.
The Regis favors French antiques, canopies and pedestal beds, refrigerators, honor bars. Rates at both hotels: $79 (single or double) through March 31. Roses for the ladies. (Complimentary limousine service to Union Square for guests at the Majestic.)
See your travel agent or call Aston Hotels & Resorts toll-free at (800) 922-7866.
In 1954 a handful of Frenchmen set out to create a chain of small privately owned inns and hotels between Paris and Nice. Now, 35 years later, the group has a membership of 375 in 35 countries. In the Dordogne region there's a restored farm that offers cozy rooms with fabrics from Provence, magnificent gardens and a barn that serves as a restaurant. This charming hotel with its ivy-covered walls rises beside a 12th-Century church in a medieval village. (Address: Le Vieux Logis et ses Logis des Champs, 24150 Tremolatt, France.) Other countries belonging to this same organization include Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, South America, the Caribbean, the Seychelles, Australia, New Zealand, Japan.
For a free copy of the 272-page booklet titled "Relais & Chateaux," write to the French Government Tourist Office, 9454 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 303, Beverly Hills 90212-2967. The office asks readers not to telephone.
Biking in Vermont is a joy. Gorgeous scenery (verdant meadows, maple-covered hills, covered bridges, roadside streams). Bike Vermont offers both weekend and weekday tours. On the weekday tour, groups pedal to a different inn daily. A support van carries all the gear. Pedal at your own pace. A Florida biker raved about the experience. "The inns, the innkeepers, the quaint rooms, the villages, the scenery, the meals--it was all perfect." Prices start at $180 for a weekend, $500 for five days. This is Bike Vermont's 13th year. Tours are planned for all ages. No more than 20 bikers to a group.
Bike Vermont, P.O. Box 207 SD, Woodstock, Vt. 05091.
Sentimental Rail Journeys is gathering a group for a trip to Oakland and San Francisco (March 10-13). Travel will be aboard a 1950 vintage dome car. In Oakland the passengers will be guests at Paramount's 57-year-old theater for a screening of the silent flick, "Phantom of the Opera." Headquarters for three nights will be San Francisco's Monticello Inn. "This will be train travel the way it used to be," says Rod Pick of Sentimental. Meals will be served on the train, continental breakfasts/afternoon teas at the hotel and dinner before the Saturday night film showing. Price: $645.
Sentimental Rail Journeys, P.O. Box 4574, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 91360. Call (805) 499-9306.
The Wine Circuit
Wine Country Inns is tossing a party for grape lovers (May 7-8) in Sonoma County. Two nights, $375 per couple. Includes accommodations both nights at one of the participating inns, a wine and food reception, daily breakfast, a couple of cases of Sauvignon Blanc, a picnic at one of the wineries and a barbecue.
Wine Country Inns of Sonoma County, P.O. Box 51, Geyserville, Calif. 95441. Telephone (707) 433-4667.
New Mexico has outdone itself again with its latest vacation guide. Contains 148 pages. A slick publication crowded with details on the state's hotels/motels, B&Bs, skiing, golfing, parks/recreation. Lists addresses, telephone numbers of chambers of commerce throughout the state. Listings of events, attractions, museums, galleries, bicycling clubs, Indian art and culture. The guide is divided into six geographic regions. Contains a state map.
Free copies from the New Mexico Tourism & Travel Division, ED & TD, Room 751, Joseph M. Montoya Building, 1100 St. Francis Drive, Sante Fe, N.M. 87503.