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December 19, 2015 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

79f3027c-3292-4e0f-9fae-c388f631de72One of the great European challenges is to follow the network of tracks known as the Camino Way, which took medieval pilgrims through France and northern Spain to the Holy Door of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.

Book your 2016 self-guided walking tour with before December 31 and receive a 10 per cent discount on the adventure.

Next year is an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy — and the perfect time to experience the Camino, as a host of special events will be organised.

Prices start from about $775 per person for a six-night walk, including half-board accommodation, luggage transfers and holiday pack with walking notes and maps.



Spectacular views at every turn … Tasmania’s new Three Capes Track.

The much anticipated, cliff-hugging Three Capes Track in southern Tasmania is open for business, its 46 kilometres of dry-boot walking being suitable for a range of ages and abilities.

The walk takes four days to complete, starting with a Pennicott Wilderness Journeys cruise from the meeting point at Port Arthur Historic Site to the start of the track at Denmans Cove.

Nights are spent in comfortable, environmentally sensitive cabins at Surveyors, Munro and Retakunna.



 Celebrity Millenium sails by Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier.

Sip cocktails in Waikiki, sail past spectacular icebergs in Alaska and enjoy the view from iconic Mt Fuji in Japan on a 29-night ‘Pacific Rim of Fire’ cruise-fly-stay package from Cruise1st.

The package includes a 23-night cruise of Alaska, Russia and Japan on Celebrity Millennium, a two-night stopover in Honolulu, one night of pre-cruise accommodation in Anchorage, a scenic glass-domed rail transfer from Anchorage to Seward, two nights of post-cruise accommodation in Tokyo, a Mt Fuji tour and flights from Australia to the US, returning from Tokyo.

The cruise commences on August 26 next year and is priced from $4999 per person twin-share ex Sydney.

Phone 1300 596 345 or visit


Onboard indulgence … Oosterdam’s spa area.

A boat cruise on Italy’s Lake Como joins in-depth guided tours and hotel stays Barcelona, Rome and Milan to add special flair to a new 18-night holiday centred on a 12-night Mediterranean cruise aboard Holland America Line’s Oosterdam.

Worldwide Cruise Centres’ ‘Roman Walls to Northern Lakes’ package is priced from $4899 per person twin-share, including flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Barcelona, returning from Milan.

The holiday departs Australia on July 8 next year.



 An artist impression of the new Regal Princess.

Three port calls in Scandinavia, plus Glasgow, Belfast and a host of great ports along America’s north coast are highlights of’s 26-day trans-Atlantic repositioning cruise package which includes 21 nights aboard the new Regal Princess.

It sails out of Copenhagen on September 8 next year and then crosses the Atlantic from Cork, with stops in New York for two days, Boston, Saint John at the renowned Bay of Fundy, Newport, Bar Harbor and Halifax in Nova Scotia.

The ‘Fjords, Big Apple & Fall Colours’ package also includes a two-night stopover at the famous Raffles Hotel in Dubai, two nights of accommodation pre-cruise in Copenhagen and a three-night stay at the Westin Grand Central in New York after the voyage.

Prices start at $8479 per person twin-share, including return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Phone 1300-369 848 or visit


 Honolulu’s iconic Waikiki Beach, with Diamond Head in the background

Enjoy five nights at the luxurious Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk in Honolulu from $1370 per person twin-share, including free wifi and return airport transfers.

The deal is valid for sale until December 18 next year and for select travel periods from February 5 to December 21.

The hotel is located near the famous Waikiki Beach, with boutique shops, a wide variety of restaurants and entertainment just moments away.

Facilities include a swimming pool, restaurants and bars, a nanny service, fitness centre, business service and wireless internet access.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit


Ta Prohm, Siem Reap … part of the magnificent Angkor Wat complex.

Experience the best of Vietnam and Cambodia on Wendy Wu Tours’ fully inclusive 16-day ‘Angkor to the Bay’ package, which showcases a variety of historical treasures, compelling landscapes and enveloping cultures.

There are 10 departure dates in the first quarter of 2016 and prices start at $4560 per person twin-share ex Sydney and Melbourne ($4860 ex Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra; $5380 ex Perth).

Highlights include Cambodia’s Siem Reap in Cambodia to view the striking temples of Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Saigon, cruising the Mekong Delta, experiencing the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, visiting the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed city of Hoi An, strolling the boulevards of Hanoi, and cruising Halong Bay on a traditional Junk Boat.

Phone 1300 727 998 or visit


Stradbroke Island YHA … base for spotting manta rays, dolphin pods and endangered loggerhead turtles.

YHA’s Australian summer specials are priced from $99 per person for two nights and include opportunities such as snorkelling on Stradbroke Island, exploring caves at Kosciuszko, hiking the Grampians or getting up close to wildlife in South Australia’s Port Elliot.

The ‘Straddie Ocean Adventure and Snorkelling Tour’, for instance, is priced from $160 per person for two nights in a double/twin room and includes a half-day guided ocean snorkelling tour plus return ferry tickets to Stradbroke Island.

Head out by boat to spot manta rays, dolphin pods and endangered loggerhead turtles.


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