Nordic sagas named it ‘tears of the sea’, Ancient Roman mythological tales refer to ‘petrified sun dreams’ and early European scribes referred to ‘gold of the north’ or ‘Baltic gold.
All were referring to amber — the petrified resin of primeval pine trees — which has the Polish city of Gdansk as its world centre.
Visiting Gdansk will be a highlight of Toursgallery’s 25-day escorted itinerary to the Baltic States and Poland next July.
Prices start at $9380 per person twin-share and the group will be limited to just 15 participants.
Phone 1300 307 317 or visit www.toursgallery.com.
A member of the Australian Light Horse during World War I.
The charge of the Australian Light Horse at Israel’s Beersheba on 31 October 1917 was one of the last great cavalry charges in history, and one of the greatest victories for the Allies on the Middle Eastern theatre of World War I — involving hundreds of mounted Australian troops.
To commemorate the event, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours has launched ‘Beersheba Centenary Tour 2017’, featuring a six-night itinerary departing Tel Aviv on October 26 and visiting ancient Nazareth, Tiberias, the Jordan Valley, Jerusalem and Beersheba.
Final price is still to be determined but will be about $3000 per person twin-share.
Phone 1300 880 340 or visit www.battlefields.com.au.
The Boston Tea Party Museum.
Witness the shores of Canada and New England come alive with autumn’s vibrant hues this October on a 13-day cruise from Montreal to New York aboard Viking Star.
Highlights include cruising the St Lawrence River, and visiting locations such as French-flavoured Quebec City, Saguenay, Prince Edward Island and Halifax.
There is an overnight stop in Boston before a rare crossing of the Cape Cod Canal en route to New York City.
Prices are from $7899 per person twin-share.
Phone 1800 131 744 or visit www.vikingcruises.com.au.
Waikiki Beach … a mecca for the world’s surfers.
Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 24-night ‘Fabulous Fire & Ice’ double-cruise-and-stay itinerary next September combines a cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage with Canadian highlights and a cruise exploration of the Hawaiian islands.
Prices start at $7199 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane ($7699 ex Adelaide and $7899 ex Perth), including a seven-night cruise on the Volendam, an 11-night cruise on Radiance of the Seas, a two-night tour of Vancouver and Victoria tour, and hotel stays in Seattle, Vancouver and Honolulu.
The package is valid for sale until April 30. Visit worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.
A Japanese Bullet Train … great for getting around the country.
Australian-based International Rail is offering special deals on a range of Japanese rail passes.
The Japan East Pass, for instance, is perfect for use during the ski season as it not only includes metropolitan Tokyo but also many of the popular ski regions such as Nagano, Niigata, Sendai, Morioka, Misawa and Akita.
It’s priced from $271, includes five days of travel over a 14-day period, and can only be purchased outside Japan.
Phone 1300 387 245 or visit www.internationalrail.com.au.
Noosa’s Main Beach … will become a culinary hub from May 19-22.
Foodies will descend on the Sunshine Coast from May 19-22 for the annual Noosa Food & Wine Festival as they discover new flavours while experiencing great Australian wines, artisan foods, fresh culinary talent and the finest Queensland produce.
Visitors will indulge in a range of events staged in the Festival Village, on Noosa’s Main Beach, as well as an array of other events held across the region in local restaurants and in the Noosa Hinterland.
The festival will be spearheaded by leading chefs such as Ben O’Donoghue, Pete Evans, Adriano Zumbo, Massimo Mele, David Rayner, Shane Bailey, Peter Kuruvita, David Pugh and Matt Golinski.
Historic Avignon … a highlight of southern France.
Scenic is offering a 13-day river cruise through the south of France from $8295 per person twin-share, including return flights from Australia, with a business-class upgrade option from $1995.
With no overnight sailings you’ll have an opportunity to step out and explore each destination you dock at in this picturesque region.
Highlights include a gourmet splurge in Lyon, an evening of fabulous entertainment in Tarascon, and a visit to historic Avignon.
The Warwick Fiji … five-night package from $599/
Pay half price on a five-star escape to The Warwick Fiji, located on the idyllic Coral Coast, just a 90-minute drive from Nadi International Airport.
The price of $599 per person twin-share includes five nights in a garden-view room, meet-and-greet at Nadi airport, return airport transfers, free wifi, some non-motorised activities and full buffet breakfast daily, plus free meals program, free kids club and free accommodation for children under 13.
The offer is valid for sale until March 13 and for travel from January 22 to March 31.
Phone 1300 883 887 or visit www.travelonline.com.