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unnamed (7)Princess Cruises will have six ships operating in Alaskan waters next year, providing an array of itinerary options for visiting this scenic wonderland.

Fares start from $1019 per person twin-share for the line’s signature ‘Voyage of the Glaciers’ itinerary, which offers superb glacier-viewing opportunities aboard Coral Princess, Star Princess and Island Princess on the scenic cruise between Whittier (Anchorage) and Vancouver.

Phone 1300 551 853 or visit www.princess.com.

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 Sacred ground … the memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.

Book by April 30 this year and get free return flights to Europe Cruise Express’s 2016 Anzac Day tour of the Western Front in France.

The tour has a particular focus on the French town of Villers-Bretonneux, which Australian Diggers famously saved from German occupation in 1918.

At dawn on Anzac Day next year, a war historian will lead the tour to the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux on the legendary Somme to honour the tens of thousands of Australians who fought and died on the Western Front.

The 21-night, all-inclusive package begins with a five-night tour in France and Belgium, including two nights with sightseeing in Paris, two nights at Amiens near Villers-Bretonneux and a night in the medieval Belgian city of Bruges.

Prices for the 21-night ‘Anzac Day on the Western Front’ package start at  $11,490 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

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 Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu. Image: Paul Arnold.

Renowned landscape photographer Paul Arnold will escort a series of photographic tours on Kakadu’s Yellow Water Billabong between April and November.

Paul will personally assist with light, positions and compositions, allowing participants to capture Yellow Water at its finest.

The two-hour cruises on Yellow Water Billabong are restricted to just seven participants and cost $250 per person.

Accommodation and meals are available at Kakadu Cooinda Lodge, with rates starting from $179 per night in the lodge and $41 per night for a campsite.

Visit www.paularnold.com.au or www.kakadutourism.com.

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 Magnificent Thai architecture … on the agenda for the 34-night ‘Great Global Getaway’.

Worldwide Cruise Centre’s 34-night ‘Great Global Getaway’ certainly crosses off many common bucket-list items.

It starts with a flight to Singapore for a night there, then a 10-night Asia cruise aboard Legend of the Seas to top attractions in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Then jet on to Spain for a three-night stay in Barcelona before sailing to Malaga on a 12-night trans-Atlantic cruise. To finish, spend three nights in New York and two nights in Hawaii before you flying home.

Prices start from $6799 per person twin-share ex Sydney or Brisbane ($6999 ex Melbourne or Adelaide, $7179 ex Perth).

Book by April 30 for departure October 10.

Visit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

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 Making the most of otherwise scrap metal … a scarecrow in Leura’s garden store.

The second Leura Harvest Festival will be held on May 3 among the cherry trees of the Blue Mountains village’s mall, where more than 60 street stalls will be set up.

The event will showcase many facets of sustainable living, including outstanding regional produce, handmade and recycled items and the latest clever initiatives uncovered by Blue Mountains folk.

Highlights will include regional wine and beer tastings, jam-making and knitting competitions, the traditional art of wool spinning and a chook show.

Visit www.leuravillage.com.au.

East Africa; Game Viewing

One the move … wildlife aplenty on A&K’s ‘Great Migration

Save up to US$5000 per couple on A&K’s small-group safaris to East Africa.

Pay, for instance, US$12,495 per person twin-share ex Nairobi for the 14-day ‘Great Migration Safari: Under Canvas Edition’, which takes in Amboseli, Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks, Ngorongoro Crater and Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Phone 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.

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 A fully electric quad-bike … ideal for exploring the Boranup Forest.

EcoAdventures Margaret River has started what it reckons are the world’s first electric-quad-bike tours — a new way to see the area’s stunning forests and beaches.

This fully guided, family-friendly tour takes visitors to hidden gems of the Boranup Forest in the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park to discover places very few locals have ever seen.

Smooth and quiet, the Eco Bike is a fully electric quad-bike that was hand-built specifically for this tour.

Phone 0498 654 588 or visit ecoadventuresmargaretriver.com.

Montana Scenery

 Heading through Montana … a mixture of prairies and stunning mountains.

Travel Directors is offering a new 30-day ‘Rail Across USA’ tour, departing San Francisco on September 19 this year, then travelling north to Crater Lake National Park and Seattle, before heading through Montana to visit Glacier National Park and then on to Chicago, Washington DC, New York and Boston.

Priced from $22,950 per person twin-share, this all-inclusive tour includes return airfares, quality accommodation with local meals, land and rail transport and entry fees for an array of guided sightseeing excursions.

Phone1300 856 661 or visit www.traveldirectors.com.au.

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 Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains … book three nights and get the third free.

Stay three nights at more than 1400 Accor properties around the world — including more than 130 in Australia and New Zealand — and get the third night free.

Pay, for instance, from $69 per night at Ibis Styles Cairns, from $126 at Melbourne’s Pullman on the Park, and from $199 at The Sebel Resort Noosa.

Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, The Sebel Apartments, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis properties are all included in the sale.

Book by April 14 for stays until May 31.

Visit www.accorhotels.com.

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 A great way to discover Port Stephens … by helicopter.

Save $50 per couple on helicopter flights over Port Stephens with Skyline Port Stephens.

Pay, for instance, $280 per couple for the company’s most popular tour, the 20-minute Blue Water Wonderland, provides an ideal opportunity to see Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay, as well as the Tomaree and Yacaaba Headlands, and take great photographs.

Other options include a weekend package that includes lunch in the Hunter Valley.

Valid until April 19.

Phone 02 4965 1800 or visit www.skylineav.com.au.

Argentina; Iguazu Falls

 Iguazu Falls … an awe-inspiring component of A&K’s 11-day ‘Argentine Reflections’.

Save more than $5000 per couple on A&K’s 11-day ‘Argentine Reflections’ journey.

Pay from $6300 per person twin-share.

Includes visits to the cosmopolitan and sophisticated capital Buenos Aires, the rugged landscapes of Patagonia in the far south, the alpine scenery of Bariloche and the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls.

Book by August 31 for travel October 5 to December 15.

Phone 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.

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  Trans Resort Bali … pay from $1399 per couple for eight nights.

Save more than $3600 per couple on an eight-night stay at the new five-star Trans Resort Bali in Seminyak.

Pay from $1399 per couple, with up to two children under five staying free.

The opening package includes daily buffet breakfasts, butler service, return VIP airport transfers, nightly cocktails at rooftop bar, multi-course lunch and dinner, afternoon high-tea, and five hours of decadent villa spa treatments.

Book by April 10 for travel until June.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit luxuryescapes.com.

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