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unnamed (5)To mark the 50th anniversary of that classic film, The Sound of Music, Beyond Travel has released dedicated anniversary packages to Salzburg.

A special event will take place from October 16-18 at the Salzburg Summer Riding School Theatre, where spectators will be privy to a one-off Sound of Music anniversary performance by the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.

A four-night ‘Leopoldskron Palace’ package, for instance, allows you to stay within the grounds of the Palace, one of the film’s famous locations.

Priced from $825 per person twin-share, it includes four nights accommodation, daily breakfast, complimentary use of bicycle, wifi and public pool, half-day Sound of Music tour and a 2.5-hour city tour.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.

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Grasshopper Adventures … a chance to experience the real Cambodia.

Grasshopper Adventures’ new seven-day ‘Bike Cambodia For Families’ tour has been designed to provide an active, immersive and educational experience for parents and kids of any age who can ride a bike.

The trip from Siem Reap to the capital Phnom Penh balances short rides of no more than 30 kilometres a day with fun, engaging activities such as kayaking, riding the unique ‘bamboo train’, seeing a circus show and learning to fish the traditional way.

Prices start at about $2400 per person twin-share, including an air-conditioned support vehicle. Excellent food is provided throughout, from authentic street-side snacks to gourmet meals in great restaurants.

Visit grasshopperadventures.com.

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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge … the nearby waterhole draws animals of all types day and night.

Luxurious Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has released a special three-night package priced at about $1050 per person if you book by June 30.

The deal includes full daily breakfast, airport transfers, two traditional dinners, a guided tour of the Victoria Falls Rainforest and a sunset cruise along the great Zambezi River on the luxury deck of the Zambezi Explorer.

The lodge is just a few minutes drive from the cafes and markets of the township and has a superb view over a large waterhole which draws animals of all types day and night.

Visit www.vfsl.co.zw.

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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero has its own customised boat for photographic safaris.

Also straight out of the southern African top drawer, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, a riverside retreat on the edge of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, delivers an unforgettable safari experience.

Renowned for its immense teak forest, the park is home to the world’s largest remaining population of elephants, as well as an abundance of other wildlife including buffalo, bushbuck and antelope, and more than 400 species of birds, while lions, leopards and rare wild dogs roam the broad plains.

The lodge has its own customised boat for photographic safaris along the Chobe River.

Rates from June 15 to October 30 start at $1450 per person per night twin-share, including all meals and most drinks, park fees and game drives.

Phone 03 9536 1831 or visit www.sanctuaryretreats.com.


Spectacularly heart-stopping … the Glacier Express in the Swiss Alps. 

Cruise Express’s new 29-night ‘Very Best of Europe’ itinerary in September takes travellers from the plains of Spain to the Swiss Alps, combining spectacular train rides, scenic ferries, Europe’s highest cable car, luxury coaches and a deluxe ocean liner.

The package costs from $12,690 per person twin-share, including return flights from Australia and a 12-night cruise aboard Nieuw Amsterdam from Barcelona to Venice via the French Riviera, Florence, Rome, Naples, Sicily, Corfu, Dubrovnik and the fjord-lined medieval city of Kotor in Montenegro.

The escorted tour also features two of the world’s most spectacular train journeys — the Bernina Express, the highest railway journey in the Alps, and the Glacier Express, which takes in 91 tunnels and 291 bridges during a 7.5.hour trip through the Swiss Alps.

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

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Fiji’s Plantation Island Resort … get away from it all and relax.

Get two nights free when you pay from $435 per person twin-share for five nights at Fiji’s Plantation Island Resort.

The special rate is available until June 30 for stays during select periods from October 15 to March 31 next year, and includes free accommodation and a meals program for children, transfers, welcome shell lei, free club activities for kids and teens, use of beach and sporting equipment, cooking and basket weaving lessons, native medicine tours, and free use of water park for kids under-15.

The resort is located on the 553-acre island of Malolo Lailai, 16 kilometres offshore west of Nadi, set amidst tropical landscaped gardens on a stretch of white sandy beach which fronts a beautiful blue-water lagoon.

Visit www.travelonline.com.

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Yarmouth … features significant Acadian communities.

Newly launched Nova Star Cruises is offering a scenic way to journey between Maine, USA, and Nova Scotia, Canada.

Guests can drive their vehicles or walk on board the brand new ship to experience 10 hours of picturesque views along the sparkling bays and historic harbours of Maine, and the charming coastline of Nova Scotia, with its quintessential clapboard houses, craggy cliffs and isolated lighthouses.

Yarmouth, at the Nova Scotia end of the journey, features significant Acadian communities — reminders of the French colonists who settled in the area in the 17th century.

Visit novastarcruises.com and www.explorenovascotia.com.

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 Watching whales off Sydney Heads with Captain Cook Cruises.

Captain Cook Cruises will be using its new catamaran Maggie to run whale-watching cruises off Sydney Heads from May 16 to November 1.

If a whale is not spotted, passengers are offered the opportunity to cruise again for free.

Maggie is equipped with two passenger decks and spacious outdoor and indoor viewing areas.

Book before July 31 and pay $49 instead of the normal $65.

Captain Cook Cruises is also offering a wildlife combo for $99, including a rocket ferry to Taronga Zoo, zoo entry, Sky Safari cable-car ride, and the whale-watching cruise.

For further information and bookings visit www.captaincook.com.au

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Adina Apartment Hotel Perth … save 20 per cent.

Book two nights at the 4.5-star Adina Apartment Hotel Perth and save 20 per cent.

Pay from $177 per night.

Features city-centre location; complimentary wifi; private balcony.

Book by 30 April for stays until 18 June.

Phone 1800 687 236 or visit Hotels.com.

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 The spectacular Bungle Bungles … a Kimberley highlight.

Explore the Kimberley in September with APT and save $1000 per person.

Pay, for instance, from $7995 per person twin-share for the 15-day small-group ‘Kimberley Complete’ package, including 38 meals and all sightseeing, park and excursion fees.

Includes APT Signature Experiences such as a helicopter ride over Mitchell Falls, a tour of Home Valley Station and exploring the Bungle Bungle Range.

Book by May 7.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit kimberleywilderness.com.au.

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Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill … pay from $125 per night.

Save 20 per cent when you book two nights or more in a one-bedroom apartment at Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill in the Hunter Valley.

Pay from $125 per night, including noon checkout.

Includes a complimentary bottle of wine and decadent petit four dessert plate on arrival.

Valid for stays Sunday to Thursday nights until May 31.

Phone 02 4998 7000 or visit www.leisureinnpokolbinhill.com.au.

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 Scenic, fast travel … a Trenitalia train speeds through the Italian countryside.

Get a free travel day when you book a Eurail One-Country Pass or a Eurail Regional Pass through Melbourne-based International Rail.

Pay, for instance, from $370 per person, for a four-day pass in second-class and get a fifth day as a bonus.

There are 28 regional rail passes to choose from with unlimited flexible travel for three to 10 days within a specific period of time.

Book by April 29.

Phone 1300 387 245 or visit www.internationalrail.com.au.

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