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expressIs a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and a stay in a luxury Venice hotel on your travel bucket list?

Railbookers has a three-night package priced from $5280 per person twin-share, including the train journey from London to Venice, or vice versa, plus two nights in the five-star Cipriani Hotel Venice.

The rail segment includes onboard entertainment, a four-course meal, afternoon tea and your own private compartment, all accompanied, of course, by inspiring views of the Swiss Alps and Italian and French countryside.

Phone 1300 938 534 or visit www.railbookers.com.au.


 Textbook Bohemian charm … the village of Hrubá Skála.

The weakness of the Euro has enabled On Foot Holidays, one of Europe’s leading self-guided walking tour operators, to cut its rates slightly for the 2016 season.

Its six-night ‘Bohemian Paradise’ hike in the Czech Republic — a trail dotted by fairytale castles and soaring rock towers — was priced at about $960 per person twin-share, but should come in at up to 4 per cent less when next year’s prices are released in October.

The trail also boasts tranquil lakes and meadows, and offers walkers the chance to sample local wines, herbal liqueur and beer, for which the republic is famed.

Visit www.onfootholidays.co.uk.

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 An abundance of wildlife attracted Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands.

G Adventures is celebrating 25 years of taking visitors to Ecuador with a six-night package that includes a four-night cruise through the Galapagos Islands on board the yacht Queen of Galapagos.

Prices start at $3599 per person twin-share, including two nights in Quito, flights to and from the islands, snorkelling equipment, six breakfasts, four lunches, four dinners and all landings, excursions and transportation.

A highlight will be a visit to the island of Floreana, where G Adventures has partnered with locals in a new initiative to offer low impact, community-based ecotourism.

Phone 1300 853 325 or visit www.gadventures.com.au. For general tourist information about Ecuador visit www.ecuador.travel.

Beautiful view of Kinkakuji Temple (The Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto’s Golden Temple … a highlight of imperial Japan.

The modern and imperial capitals of Japan — Tokyo and Kyoto — will feature in a week’s immersion in Japanese culture and history as part of Cruise Express’s new, 17-night land-and-sea tour that also includes a circumnavigation of the northern island of Hokkaido.

The tour showcases the many faces of Japan, from its ancient and glorious castles, temples and gardens to the frenetic, neon-lit streets of Tokyo and the 320-kilometres-per-hour bullet trains that dash past the spiritual peak of Mt Fuji.

Departure is next June and prices start from $6990 per person twin-share, including return flights and a nine-night cruise on Diamond Princess.

Phone1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

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  Spectacular scenery from the roof of the world.

SpiceRoads Cycle Tours is helping Nepal recover from its earthquake disaster by donating US$250 (about $340) for every rider booked on a Nepal tour from now until the end of March next year.

The company offers a range of cycle tours to the Himalayan country, such as the 11-day 

Wonders of Southern Nepal
, a leisurely ride amongst the soaring peaks of Nepal, from the Kathmandu Valley to the diversity of Chitwan National Park and then to the lakes of Pokhara.

That tour is priced from about $3300
 per person, including use of well maintained mountain and road bikes and support vehicles.

Visit www.spiceroads.com

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 Paperbark Camp … offering mid-week spring escape rates.

Paperbark Camp, at Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast, claims to have founded the concept of ‘glamping’, or glamorous camping, in Australia, and is offering spring escape rates with savings of up to $440 per couple for mid-week campers and a free whale watch cruise for weekend guests.

The luxury, tented bush camp is offering Sunday-to-Thursday stays with full breakfast from $250 per couple per night, a saving of 36 per cent on normal tariffs.

The rates are available from August 31 to October 1, with a minimum two-night stay.

Weekend guests will receive a free whale-watching cruise from Huskisson valued at $130 per couple. Two-night weekend packages are available from $1030 per couple including dinners and breakfasts over the two days and use of kayaks and bikes.

Phone 1300 668 167 or visit www.paperbarkcamp.com.au.

Josie Torrisi at Falls Creek (VIC) with 'The Dancer' pose.

 Aerial artist Josie Torrisi … will lead an optional class. Image: Chris Hocking.

Trackers Mountain Lodge at Falls Creek Victoria will host its first ‘Snowga’ retreat this September — a five-night retreat that combines skiing and yoga in the one holiday.

Kate Taylor and Donna Buchanan from the Yoga Vine in Perth will run the workshop sessions and there will also be an optional class led by aerial artist Josie Torrisi.

The cost of from $995 per person twin-share includes breakfasts, dinners, yoga, afternoon teas, guided village tours, welcome and farewell functions.

Phone 03 5758 3346 or visit www.trackers.com.au.

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 The Waitui Beach Club … an adults-only enclave.

Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa has opened the Waitui Beach Club — an adults-only area with its own pool, champagne bar, poolside cabanas and restaurant.

Rates start from $299 per night, with four-night packages from $1420 per person ex Sydney and Brisbane ($1520 ex Melbourne).

The club provides a range of health and wellness options, a personalised butler,

dedicated poolside seating and a large range of healthy dishes put together by Sydney nutritionist Lucinda Zammit.

Other features include a private check-in area, a 25-metre lap pool, state-of-the-art gymnasium and enhanced room amenities.

Visit www.sofitelfiji.com.fj.

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 Save up to 33 per cent renting popular makes such as Peugeot.

Book through globalCARS and save up to 33 per cent on rental vehicles, such as Fiat, Peugeot, Citroen, Volkswagen and Hyundai, in France, Italy Germany and Spain.

Daily rates start at $18.60 in Barcelona, $31.47 in Rome, $31.92 in Frankfurt and $33.79 in Paris.

Rates include unlimited mileage, third-party liability protection, theft waiver, collision damage waiver, airport fees and breakdown assistance.

Book by August 31 for hire September 1 until December 31.

Phone 1300 789 992 or visit www.globalcars.com.au.

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 Exclusive Great Barrier Reef luxury … Hayman Island Resort.

Save more than $2000 per couple on a five-night stay at Hayman Island Resort on the Great Barrier Reef.

Pay $1499 per person twin-share (usually $5195 per couple).

Includes daily buffet breakfasts, nightly three-course dinners, free wifi.

Book by August 16 for travel until September next year.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit www.LuxuryEscapes.com.

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 Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney … history on the doorstep.

Save 25 per cent on a stay at the 4.5-star Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney.

Pay from $211 per night.

Boutique hotel in the heart of Sydney’s historic Rocks district, close to ferries and major attractions.

Book and stay by September 30.

Phone 1800 687 236‎ or visit Hotels.com.

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Trekking Tasmania’s coast … exhilarating stuff.

Save $400 per couple on Life’s an Adventure two-night Tasmanian walking tours to destinations such as Bay of Fires, Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula and Bruny Island.

Pay, for instance, from $999 per person for a Bay of Fires walk.

Includes accommodation, transport daily of luggage, all meals, Tasmanian wines.

Book by August 31 for walks September-April.

Phone 02 9975 4553 or visit www.lifesanadventure.com.au.

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