No.66 June 2015
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A personal note from Yvonne

The time has come” the walrus said "to talk of many things"!

As of 01July we have restructured the companies we are associated with.

Mike Tuzee has acquired my shares in Impact Organisation (Events) and will be sole owner of the Events company.

Mathew Lazarow has acquired sole ownership of Amaco Small Group Tours. Amaco was previously a division of Impact Events.

Yvonne & Mike Lazarow will remain the sole owners of Impact Organisation-Travel. This incorporates Pharmacy Small Group Tours.

We are all remaining in the same offices with all the same staff to give you the same outstanding service that you have always received from us. 

Please do contact any one of us should you have any questions as regards the new structure.

I have listed below some of the forthcoming Small Group programmes we have planned over the next eighteen months so you can plan well ahead. We have also now included the Poland and Czech Republic dates and tours.

Koula is about to head off for a wonderful six weeks in Greece with a relaxing resort stay on Corfu. We wish her a trip filled with sunshine and ouzo - and will be happy to have her first hand report on Greece and the islands and the economy on her return.

Pauline will be returning a few days a week to help out for the next three months - so do not be surprised when you hear her voice on the phone.

Yes - it is true, I am not travelling again until late August when I will be off to Cuba and the Southern States of the USA on our Pharmacy Small Group Jazz and Blues Tour.


Until next time,

Yvonne Lazarow
Managing Director

 

 

INFORMATION ON FUTURE AMACO/SMALL GROUP TOURS 

As so many of you have requested what is in the pipeline here is a preview of what we will offer:

Jazz and Blues Tour
22 August - 15 September 2015 to Cuba, New Orleans and a Mississippi River Cruise (SOLD OUT)


Vietnam Tour with extension to Cambodia
14-26 September 2015 (
www.amacovietnam2015.com.au). Registrations will be closing shortly so contact us now to see if there are still places available.

Japan Tour
7 - 20 April 2016. Our 2016 conference year will kick off with an amazing GP and Specialist Medical Conference and Small Group Tour to Japan in April... timed perfectly for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Running from 7 - 20 April 2016, the all-inclusive itinerary spans 13 nights and includes Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Hakone. The group is limited to no more than 60 participants. Take a look at the information below or visit
www.amacojapan2016.com.au for more information and to download a registration form. This conference is open to participants who are not necessarily doctors but like the way we do the small group tours.

Poland and Czech Republic
The second of our planned conferences will take place in Poland from 6 - 14 June 2016. The itinerary will focus on the beautiful cities of Warsaw and Krakow with the option to extend to the Czech capital of Prague from the 14 - 19 June 2016 available for those with a little extra time. Mathew recently visited Prague to put the finishing touches to our itinerary and hopes to have a full brochure to you in the coming weeks. 


Golden Pagoda Tour to Myanmar
4 - 22 October 2016 plus four nights in Bhutan (no website as yet – the site inspection is scheduled for early November). We are taking expressions of interest.

 

 

 

 

LUXURY ASIA CRUISING SPECIAL OFFERS UNTIL THEY SELL OUT

Luxury Asia Cruising

~ 2 For 1 Offers ~
 

Cruise Tour

Cruise Style

Cruise Date

Suite Category

Price WAS
Per Person

Price NOW
Per Person

8 Day Cruise
Saigon to Siem Reap

River Cruise

20 July;
3, 10, 17, 24 Aug 2015

Window

$2,595*

$1,298*

8 Day Cruise 
Saigon to Siem Reap

River Cruise

31 Aug;
7, 14, 21, 28 Sept 2015

Window

$3,195*

$1,598*

8 Day Cruise
Kolkata Return

River Cruise

12, 22 Sept 2015

Window

$5,995*

$2,998*

THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL OFFER ON A QUALITY SHIP!!!

Solo Traveller Offers
 

Cruise Tour

Cruise Style

CruiseDate

SuiteCategory

Price WAS From
Per Person

Price NOW from Per Person

12 Day Cruise
Saigon to Siem Ream

River Cruise

18 July;
1, 8, 15, 22 Aug 2015

Window

$6,245*

$4,595*

12 Day Cruise
Saigon to Siem Ream

River Cruise

29 Aug;
5, 12, 19, 26 Sept 2015

Window

$7,145*

$5,195*

8 Day Cruise
Saigon to Siem Ream

River Cruise

20 July;
3, 10, 17, 24 Aug 2015

Window

$3,745*

$2,595*

 

 

 

PLAN AHEAD - THE THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED   

Planning Ahead. Before you start any journey, research the conditions and requirements for your trip. Check travel regulations – which are always changing! Do your research, make a checklist of the things you absolutely need and start packing. Allow yourself plenty of time so you don’t forget necessary items or hurriedly over pack with things you don’t need.

Communicate. Remember to let friends, family and trusted neighbors know where you are going, how long you’ll be gone and how to reach you. If you’ll be away for an extended period of time, have the post office hold your mail and put a hold on your newspaper subscription. Research your telephone options before you go and know the local calling procedures and prices.

Protect Your Home. Arrange to have pets boarded or cared for by a friend. Water houseplants well before leaving, or set up a time-released watering system. Set timers on the interior and exterior lights in your home. Hide valuables somewhere in the house rather than leaving them in your jewelry box or an underwear drawer; be sure to let someone else know your hiding place in case you forget.

Take along extra digital camera memory. Whether you spend them visiting family or exploring exotic locales, vacations are full of once-in-a-lifetime photo ops…so make sure that you won’t have to pass any up because you’ve run out of camera memory!

Don’t Take the Kitchen Sink. When planning, keep in mind that many hotels offer a variety of amenities that you won’t need to bring from home. For example, many facilities feature hairdryers in each room; therefore you can leave yours at home and reduce the bulk in your suitcase.

Keep it Simple. As you plan your outfits for the week, try to keep the bottom half of your wardrobe (pants, shorts, skirts) very basic. Take khaki and black bottoms along that can be mixed with different tops to create new outfits. Select shoes that can be worn with multiple outfits.

A Wrinkle in Time. If you prefer to travel with your clothes on hangers in a garment bag, you can help prevent wrinkles by placing each garment in its own dry cleaner bag. Use a clothing compression system in your carry-on, as well as in your checked luggage, to make the most of the space. Or, save room and creases by rolling clothes instead of folding them.

Step in the Right Direction. If you’re flying to your destination, it’s usually a good idea to wear your bulkiest pair of shoes onto the airplane. To help save space in your bag, you can stuff socks and undergarments in the shoes you’re packing.

Lighten the Load. Make copies of information that is pertinent to your trip from travel magazines and guidebooks — there’s no need to bring the entire guide. Keep the papers together in a pouch so all the information is organized and accessible and fits flat inside your suitcase.

Be your own doctor. You should be prepared for the unexpected but you don’t need to bring along the entire medicine cabinet to remedy the situation. Prepare a small first aid kit with only the basics and a travel-sized sewing kit. You’ll be glad you have them when you need them.
 

 

 

TOP TEN COUNTRIES TO VISIT IN 2015 FOR AUSTRALIANS

Lonely Planet's lists are compiled from hundreds of ideas that are submitted by Lonely Planet's staff, authors, bloggers, travellers and tweeters which are then refined by a panel of in-house travel experts based on topicality, excitement, value and that special x-factor. 

The top 10 places are chosen for their merits and the unique experiences they may offer travellers.

Making a surprise number one entry for best country is the Australian traveller's favourite stopover destination, Singapore.

Why?

Because Singapore is celebrating its Golden Jubilee, or 50 years of independence and they're partying in style. Beside the smattering of attractions they already possess, such as designer hotels and a burgeoning fashion and dining scene, new developments are expected to be ushered in as well as improving their already award-winning Changi airport.

Those on a budget should looking towards the African continent, where the best bargains can be had in South Africa.

Australia's only gong went to Tasmania, ranked fourth-best region, well behind the winning Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

A spokesperson from Lonely Planet explains Tassie's selection; "Modern Tasmania has adopted a fresh, hip and inclusive attitude sparked by the brilliant revival of its now super-cool waterfront capital, Hobart, and the development of an eclectic year-long events calendar".

The Top 10 Countries to visit in 2015

1. Singapore
2. Namibia
3. Lithuania
4. Nicaragua
5. Ireland
6. Republic of Congo
7. Serbia
8. The Philippines
9. St Lucia
10. Morocco

 

 

BUCKET LIST PLACES TO VISIT. 
HAS ANYONE BEEN TO MORE THAN FIVE?

1. Cesky Krumlov (Bohemia, Czech Republic)


"I love Cesky Krumlov. It's the most beautiful place I've ever seen."

2. Annecy (Rhone-Alpes, France)


"Very nice views, wonderful channels, old town is beautiful."

3. Polperro (Cornwall, England)


"Polperro is wonderful - remains a true Cornish fishing village."

4. Sintra (Portugal)


"Do not miss Sintra and this incredible palace... the colours, the vegetation really transport you to a different era."

5. Liguria (Italy)


"It is a fairly small, half ruined castle at the top of the hillside village of Doceacque. Getting there is a fascinating walk."

6. Bonifacio (Corsica, France)


"Bonifacio is the scenic jewel of Corsica. The old town is quite charming with interesting attractions and restaurants."

7. Trogir (Croatia)


"Glorious Trogir. Full of history, lovely architecture, narrow streets full of like and character and amazing restaurants!"

8. Gruyeres (Switzerland)


"One of the most charming castle villages in Switzerland."

9. Valldemossa (Majorca, Spain)


"Valldemossa is a beautiful, scenic mountain village with a huge monastery in the centre."

10. Hallstatt (Austria)


"We never saw anything as charming as this town before. It was like a fairytale."

A TIME TO SMILE

Inner Peace: This is so true    

  
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, 
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, 
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, 
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment ,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without a glass of wine,
if you can sleep without the aid of drugs,


 

...Then You Are  Probably 
...The family dog!!
And you thought I was going to get all spiritual.


                                                                                                         

 

 

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