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January 5, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

65771e42-d6ba-456f-b20a-62d633fd309bActive Travel is offering a new eight-night walking tour of southern Italy’s Basilicata region, with a distinct emphasis on its gastronomic delights.

Highlights include Pollino National Park, where guests will stay in a mountain refuge for three nights, and the World Heritage city of Matera, where guests will stay in hotel rooms converted from the town’s original cave dwellings.

Prices start at about $4230 and include all accommodation, meals with wine, and the services of a support vehicle.

Book before February 15 and receive an extra night’s stay in a four-star hotel.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit


 antarctic.jpg — ‘Antarctic Journey’ … a fully immersive experience based on large images and video footage of wildlife.

Phillip Island’s already impressive Nobbies Centre has a new attraction — a fully immersive ‘Antarctic Journey’ experience that tells the story of the magnificent landscapes and wildlife along the journey from Phillip Island to Antarctica via the Southern Ocean, providing guests with a rare opportunity to experience up close one of the world’s last untouched wildernesses.

Large images and video footage of wildlife such as whales, penguins, albatross and seals guide visitors through the interactive exhibit.



 Bali’s five-star Ritz-Carlton … plenty of extras in TravelOnline’s five-night escape.

Save more than 30 per cent and receive a free room upgrade with TravelOnline’s five-night escape to Bali’s five-star Ritz-Carlton.

Priced from $1235 per person twin-share, the package includes breakfast daily, 60-minute spa treatment for two, one dinner for two, free kids club, free wifi, twice-daily housekeeping service with evening turndown, and return airport transfers.

Guests can also choose one of the following free extras — an 80-minute relaxation and reflexology session for two, whitewater-rafting adventure for two, watersports voucher or free family access to Splash Waterpark and Canggu Club.

The offer is valid for sale until January 31 and for travel from January 6 to March 31.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit


 Something for everyone … Ovation of the Seas.

Cruiseco is offering a series of packages next November based on a sailing of Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas from Singapore to Sydney.

Itinerary options are priced from $1029 per person twin-share for a six-night voyage from Singapore to Fremantle.

The full 15-night voyage to Sydney is priced from $2739 per person twin-share, with options to disembark in Adelaide and Hobart (with connecting flight to Melbourne) also being offered.

Ovation of the Seas has been especially designed for families, with interconnected, modular staterooms that offer greater flexibility.

Phone (02) 9492 8520 or visit


 Fascinating excursions are a feature of the journey from Singapore to Bangkok.

Railbookers is offering free accommodation in Singapore and Bangkok on all Eastern & Oriental Express 2016 departures for bookings made prior to January 15.

Prices now start from $3094 per person, including a two-night rail journey aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, with free accommodation in Singapore and Bangkok.

Travel from the elegant city of Singapore, through Malaysia and into Thailand to Bangkok, with fascinating excursions along the way, including a visit to the Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar, and a cruise along the River Kwai.

Phone 1300 938 534 or visit


 Silversea Discoverer … luxury aplenty for 120 guests.

Cruise Express is offering solo-passenger supplements as low as 10 per cent on a range of all-inclusive luxury cruises with Silversea Expeditions, which offers every passenger a butler-serviced suite.

Pay, for instance, from $18,095 as a solo passenger on a 16-night cruise aboard the 120-guest Silversea Discoverer in February from Dunedin to Honiara in the Solomon Islands, with calls in New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

All cruises with Silversea Expeditions include beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, guided land and Zodiac tours, free wifi, open-seating dining and stateroom butler service.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit


Hawaii … an idyllic starting point for a memorable cruise to Sydney.

Sail from Hawaii to Sydney next September, exploring idyllic French Polynesia and New Zealand along the way, with Cruise 1st’s 19-night fly-stay-and-cruise package.

Prices start at $3599 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($3799 ex Brisbane, $3899 ex Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne, $4199 ex Perth), including flight to Honolulu, one night of pre-cruise accommodation there, and an 18-night cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas.

The ship calls at Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora, Wellington and Picton.

The price also includes $100 of on-board credit per cabin as well as on-board gratuities.

Phone 1300 596 345 or visit


 Sapphire Princess … a five-night found-trip cruise from Singapore to Thailand.

Worldwide Cruise Centres’ nine-night fly-cruise-and-stay ‘Asian Geteway’ next March includes a five-night found-trip cruise from Singapore to Thailand (Bangkok and Ko Samui) aboard Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess, and two nights each of pre- and post-cruise accommodation in Singapore, including touring.

Prices start at $1999 per person twin-share, including return flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide.

The deal is available for sale until January 12.


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