I AM RETURNING TO AUSTRALIA AT THE END OF A CRUISE IN APRIL 2018 FROM VENICE. A DIRECT FLIGHT IS OUT OF THE QUESTION FOR ME DUE TO MEDICAL ISSUES. CAN YOU SUGGEST A DECENT STOPOVER? BEEN TO SINGAPORE MANY TIMES. S. BURNS, BATEMANS BAY NSW
The only practical stopovers in this case are either the Gulf State cities of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, or one of the major East Asian airline hubs – Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong.
If you make a one-stop flight from Venice to Sydney, you have no choice but to endure one long flight sector, at least 13 hours. If that's too long, you make this a two-stop flight, with your first stop in either of the three Gulf State hubs which all have non-stop flights from Venice.
From there, you could fly to one of the East Asian hubs, have another stopover and continue your journey to Australia. These flights take about nine hours.
One other possibility would be to fly from your Middle Eastern stopover to the Thai resort island of Phuket, a 6½-hour flight if you were to fly from Dubai. Spend some time at a beach resort, then take a non-stop Jetstar flight from Phuket to Sydney, which takes about 8½ hours.
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