Music Festivals

Combine a music festival into your trip

Here are a diverse range of Music festivals in different locations worldwide to consider. Plenty more to suggest as well.

COACHELLA

Held in late April out in the desert close to Palm Springs in California. Largely aimed at a younger age group. This is a 3 day festival held over 2 weekends and camping facilities are provided. A great diversity of musical genres. Crowds of approx 50,000 per day.

SARAWAK RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Held in June in Sarawak approx 40 mins from Kuching. This is a 3 day festival and invites musicians from all continents plus many Indigenous musicians from Borneo. A small intimate festival in a unique environment. This is an event for all ages.

HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Held in October in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco over 3 days. This is a free festival and was started by a venture capitalist Warren Hellman initially focusing on Bluegrass music but has now expanded to an Americana/Roots music festival.

ROCK IN RIO

Held in September in Rio De Janeiro. This is a massive event and will be over 7days with possibly up to 700,000 people attending. What better combination can you get. Major rock groups will be on the bill.

GLASTONBURY

Held in June at Pilton in the UK. This is a very large outdoor festival and camping is the attraction with potential for lots of mud and fun. Long running festival of 42yrs duration.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Held at the Fairgrounds racetrack in New Orleans over 2 weekends from late April to early May. 11 stages with a great mix of music styles for everyone. This is a music city and lots of night gigs also on in combination with the event.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

Held in Austin at Zilker Park in October. Big festival set over 2 weekends. Good mix of all music styles presented on 8 stages. Excellent time of the year in this unique music city. Plenty of night gigs to attend as well.

LOLLAPALOOZA

Held in August in Tel Aviv over 3 days. Largely aimed at Alternative rock music. This festival has been in operation for 20yrs now and is placed in different cities each year. This location would provide a terrific opportunity to explore the Middle East as well.

JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL

Held in Clarksdale, Mississippi 11-14 April. This is a festival like no other. Small town fair combined with a celebration of the blues. Lots of free entertainment, even pig races. Visit up to 20 odd juke joints with lots of local performers in action.

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Sri Lanka 17 Day Tour

From just $2,500 per person (not including airfares) or from $3,715 with airfares.

Day 01, Arrive Colombo  – Negombo

Upon your arrival in Colombo airport you will be met and assisted by tour co-ordinator in the arrival lounge followed by an assisted transfer to your hotel in Colombo.

Day 02, Negombo

Day is free at leisure to explore the city. (No transportation or guide services provided_. (B)

Day 03, Negombo – Anuradhapura – Habarana

After breakfast travel to Anuradhapura the ancient capital of Sri Lanka from 05th century BC to the end of the 10th century AD and was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s greatest treasure are its dagobas constructed of bricks and are hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagobas are the Ruvanveliseya dating back to the 2nd Century B.C. and is 300 feet in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370 feet and the Thuparama Dagoba is enshrined with the collarbone of the Buddha.

The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, “Sri Mahabodhi” which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. After that travel to Habarana for overnight stay. (B)

Day 04, Wildlife & Polonnaruwa

After breakfast enjoy a visit to Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. As of today the city remains as one of the best planned archaeological relic sites it the country, a standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers. It is now declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO.

Afternoon proceed for a wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park. The Park is based largely around a huge tank (reservoir) and serves as an important gathering place for Sri Lanka’s large elephant population. Besides elephants, Minneriya is also home to many species of mammals; like the deer, sambur and sloth bear. Enjoy Habarana lake excursion in the evening with local fish man. (B)

Day 05, Chena Village experience

After breakfast at hotel transfer to a point off the main road where you begin this amazing experience. Hiriwaduna is an archetypal Sri Lankan village which is traversed during the visit which begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a “Wewa” or manmade reservoir. The reservoir, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning activity. Amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks of fishing or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake. Experience the pleasures of village life as it awakens to a new day.

You wade through a shallow stream and the sense of adventure heightens when you need to get to a Chena Cultivation (Jungle Farmers plot) via a wider tributary which needs to be crossed on an obliging boatman’s catamaran!! It is then time to experience an ancient mode of transport mounted on a Bullock cart, as you plot your way through the winding country roads. Witness the green rice fields as you approach the village and Chena cultivation. A great opportunity to try authentic local cuisine for Lunch. Hiriwaduna is home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, and elephant. Later return back to the hotel and in the evening visit Dambulla Cave temples. Overnight In Habarana. (B, L)

Day 06, Habarana – Kandy

After breakfast travel to Kandy stopping en-route at Sigiriya rock fortress. This world heritage site, consists of the remains of a palace on the top of the rock, a mid level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’, the lower palace on the slopes below the rock, and the moats, walls and water gardens that extend for some hundreds of metres out from the base.

Thereafter you will be transferred to your hotel in Kandy en route stopping at Matale to a traditional spice garden for a cooking demonstration where you will learn about the unique uses of spices in Sri Lankan cuisine. You can assist in the preparation of some of the local dishes which you will then sample during lunch served out doors using lotus leaves instead of plates. Proceed to Kandy on reaching check-in at the hotel relax until 6:00 pm then get ready to enjoy a drum and dance cultural show before concluding the day. (B, L)

Day 07, Kandy

After breakfast enjoy an excursion to the elephant orphanage at Pinnewala. In the afternoon enjoy the city tour and visit the Market Square, Botanical Gardens and the fascinating temple of the Tooth Relic. Evening is free for you to explore the city. (B)

Day 08, Kandy

Day is free at leisure. (No transportation or guide services provided). Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 09, Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya in the Train (subject to availability and running on the day). Travelling by train in Sri Lanka is a unique experience. The railway track stretches across scenic hill country, magically untouched countryside, and secluded beaches of the Indian Ocean. The train still runs on the legendary route built in the 19th century. From Peradenya the road starts to ascend steadily and in the late morning, shortly before reaching Nuwara Eliya, you will have climbed 1’500 m. You are now in the tea country; where ever you look, you will see tea plantations, the rich full green of thousands and thousands of tea bushes. And out of the green in regular intervals the white coloured tea factories will enchant your eyes. Occasionally you can see a few rice fields and near the villages, vegetable plantations or gardens. The small resort town of Nuwara Eliya, situated at 2’070 m above sea level, lies on a little lake and is surrounded by mountains covered over and over by tea bushes. At the town boundaries there are a lot of vegetable plantations and flower fields, but also along the roads of Nuwara Eliya and in most of its gardens flowers are blooming. On arrival transfer to the hotel and stay two nights in Nuwara Eliya. (B)

Day 10, Trek to World’s End

In the morning leave for Horton Plains National Park – 20 miles (32 km) from Nuwara Eliya via Ambewela and Pattipola, is the Horton Plains only 3160 hectares in extent. Known to Sri Lankans as Mahaeliya, it became Horton Plains after Sir Robert Horton, British Governor from 1831- 1837.Horton Plains became a Nature Reserve in 1969 and upgraded as a National Park in 1988 due to its unique watershed and bio-diversity values.

Its flora has high level of endemism. The hills are covered with diverse wet low evergreen forest with even large trees grown flattened to the ground on the higher windswept slopes.

Horton Plains harbours 52 species of resident birds and 11 species of migrant birds. More than 2,000 to 3,000 Sambhur, Bear Monkey, Leopard, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel, Fishing Cat, Wild Boar and Hares roam in the forests and grasslands but only seldom they could be seen other than the Sambhur in the evening and morning.

Two escarpments- “World’s End” and “Little World’s End” falling from the Horton Plains 1000 feet and 3000 feet respectively, to the land below and the Baker’s fall are places you should visit. This is the only Park where visitors could walk on their own on the designated tracks. Afternoon is free to relax or explore this small town. (B)

Day 11, Nuwara Eliya – Yala / Tissamaharama

Leave Nuwara Eliya this morning after breakfast, traversing the high misty plateaus of Horton Plains to Yala National Park. Tissamaharama is a town in south-eastern Sri Lanka. It used to be the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the 3rd century B.C. Only few buildings from that period can still be seen today. The large artificial Tissa Wewa Lake, which was a part of a sophisticated irrigation system, also dates from that time. Today, the town mainly serves as a starting point for visits to Yala National Park and Kataragama. Evening is free for you to explore. (B)

Day 12, Wildlife Safari

Today enjoy morning wildlife safari in Yala National Park to spot vast verities of wild animals, birds and reptiles including the leopards, elephants, langurs and crocodiles. Afternoon is kept free for you to relax or alternatively enjoy a long walk. (B)

Day 13, Yala – Galle

After breakfast drive to Galle. Galle was the most ancient and important harbour of the country, until the Colombo harbour was established. Galle is indentified as the ‘Tarshis’ of the bible. This was captured by the Portuguese in 1587 A.D, Dutch in 1640 A.D, and British in 1796 A.D. Most of the existing buildings date to the Dutch period. The Bastians are still using Dutch names such as Zwart, Akesloot, Aeloes etc. Explore the Bazaare for local hand-crafted souvenirs. (B)

Day 14, Galle – Bentota/ Beruwala

After breakfast drive to Bentota. Overnight in Bentota beach resort. (B)

Day 15, Bentota/ Beruwala

Day is free at leisure by the beach. (No transportation or guide services required). Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 16, Bentota/ Beruwala

Day is free at leisure by the beach. (No transportation or g0uide services required). Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 17, Bentota/ Beruwala – Colombo departure by flight (TBA)

After breakfast relax at the hotel. Check out around 1200hrs and visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery- operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. Also do a Madu River Boat Safari.

Later in the evening transfer to Colombo International Airport to board onward flight back home. (B)

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Elephant Hills Jungle Lake Safari

Stay at Elephant Hills Camp in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand. Highlights of this independent tour include interaction with the resident elephants, a jungle river canoe trip, exploring the islands and lake by boat and discovering the flora and fauna on a jungle walk.

Elephant Hills Camp – From just $502 per person

During our Elephant Experience you will get close to and experience hands on these magnificent animals, interact with them and learn the secrets of their mahouts.

You must prepare and feed them one of their daily meals, scrub and clean and watch them bathe. Feed them their dietary supplements that help with digestion and overall well being and plant some of their food which will be ready for next year’s crop, you will not sit on or trek with our Elephants.

Our trained guides will also offer information on Elephants, their conservation and also about their handlers or Mahouts. Truly a once in a lifetime chance to experience the Asian Elephant, the largest land animal in this part of the world.

Day 1: Phuket – Elephant Hills

Transfer to Khao Sok with en-route glimpses of tropical rural life along the way. Arrive at the elephant camp, where you can learn about the life of Thai elephants, about the elephant project the company is running and the mahouts, the elephant’s carers. Participating in the Elephant Experience you will get close to and experience hands on these magnificent animals by feeding and cleaning them and plant some of their food. A once in a lifetime chance to experience this amazing creature. After lunch take a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. Drift along the jungle river passing limestone mountains and forest animals. On return to the camp enjoy a refreshing drink before dinner.  (L) (D)

Day 2: Elephant Hills

Transfer to Cheow Larn Lake where there is the opportunity to explore the lake by longtail boat. Check-in at the Rainforest Camp, before an afternoon of activities including selfpaddle canoes, and swimming in the emerald waters of the lake. You can also take a guided canoe safari for some wildlife spotting.  (B) (L) (D)

Day 3: Elephant Hills – Phuket

After seeing the jungle by boat, you can now trek on foot for the opportunity to discover this unique environment in a different way. Opportunity for more canoeing or swimming in the lake waters.Birds such as the hornbill live high up above, gibbon can often be heard calling to their mates, a macaque or leaf monkey may be heard swinging through the branches, every day is different. Return to Elephant Hills where you will be transferred back to your Phuket resort or the airport.  (B) (L)

*All prices shown are for low season, per person, twin share

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Discover Prague, The Rhine and the Danube

Experience 4-star cruising with CroisiEurope and enjoy 2 river cruises through the heart of Europe, with flights from Australia and hotel stays in Amsterdam, Budapest, Prague and Dubai.

From $6999*pp ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER or Single Traveller from $8899*

Package Details:

The package starts with flights from Australia to Amsterdam for 1 night pre-cruise stay before embarking the first cruise aboard MS Victor Hugo for 6 nights cruising the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Strasbourg, France.

Cruise through Holland and into Germany, along the Romantic Rhine passing Koblenz and the legendary Lorelei Rock. This is the most beautiful section of the Rhine, where lush vineyards and castles stretch as far as the eye can see along both banks of the river.

The first cruise ends in Strasbourg, with an overnight stay in this UNESCO world heritage city, rich in architecture and history.

Next, board the MS Victor Hugo and cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube; through picturesque German villages including Miltenberg and Nurnberg; through Austrian cities including Linz, Melk and Vienna; through Slovakia and visiting its capital Bratislava; and finally reaching Budapest.

There is 3 nights on board the ship while moored in Budapest, with the opportunity to join the optional excursions offered, followed by 2 nights hotel stay in the city.

Return to Australia via 2 night stopovers in both Prague and Dubai.

Ship: MS Victor Hugo
Cruise Departure Date: 16 April 2013
Duration & Cruise Type: 28 night fly, double-cruise & stay

Full Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip economy class airfare flying Emirates ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER-Amsterdam / Budapest-Prague-Dubai-SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER including taxes as at 11/9/2012
  • Transfers – AMSTERDAM – Airport-Hotel, Hotel-Port; BUDAPEST – Port-Hotel, Hotel-Airport; PRAGUE – Airport-Hotel-Airport; DUBAI – Airport-Hotel-Airport
  • 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Amsterdam at the Doubletree Hilton (4-star)
  • 6 night cruise aboard MS Victor Hugo along the Rhine from Amsterdam, Holland to Strasbourg, France in an outside cabin with private facilities
  • 1 night hotel stay in Strasbourg (3-star), including breakfast
  • 12 night cruise aboard MS Victor Hugo along the Rhine, Main and Danube from Strasbourg, France to Budapest, Hungary in an outside cabin with private facilities
  • All meals on board each cruise
  • French wines (red & white), beer, mineral water and fruit juices with lunch and dinner onboard each cruise
  • Welcome cocktails & Gala Dinner onboard each cruise
  • 2 nights hotel stay post-cruise in Budapest at the Boutique Zara (4-star), including breakfast
  • 2 nights hotel stay in Prague at the Venezia Old Town (4-star), including breakfast
  • 2 nights hotel stay in Dubai at the Belvedere Court (4-star), including breakfast
To book, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au