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adc9ca96-61c6-4b65-b07e-544583853af3Active Travel is offering an international flight saving of $1000 on all its Antarctica cruises next summer with One Ocean Expeditions if booked before May 31.

Twenty-four sailings are available from October this year to March next year aboard two polar-dedicated expedition ships, Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov, which serve as floating wilderness lodges off the icy coast.

The cruises feature wildlife sightings, zodiac trips ashore, sea kayaking, lecture programs, the chance to camp on the ice for a night, and stunning scenery of glaciers, icebergs and mountains.

The popular 11-day Antarctic Peninsula Adventure, which departs the Argentine port of Ushuaia — the world’s most southerly city — is priced from about from $13,225 per person twin-share, including hire of polar wet weather gear and the opportunity to camp on the ice.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.au.


 Contemporary outdoor living … new balconies at Uluru’s Longitude 131°.

The experience at Longitude 131°, Baillie Lodges’ luxury desert camp at Uluru, has been enhanced by the addition of stylish new balconies, creating contemporary outdoor living areas while enhancing views of Ayers Rock.

Each balcony has been styled with modern daybeds, armchairs and EcoSmart fireplaces.

Central to the new concept is a bespoke luxury swag for two, a modern reinvention of the traditional Australian bushman’s bedroll, giving guests the option of sleeping beneath the stars.

The EcoSmart fires operate with bioethanol burners and are set in a stone and rosewood bench.

Phone 02 9918 4355 or visit http://longitude131.com.au.


 Child-friendly … one of six Village Hotel Bugis rooms decorated around movie themes.

Far East Hospitality, Singapore’s largest operator of hotels and serviced residences, is offering newly designed kids rooms in Village Hotel Bugis.

The eight rooms are designed around the theme of children’s movies — Captain America, Princess Sofia, Big Hero 6 and Cars — and can comfortably accommodate a family of two adults and one child, with the option of an adjoining room for families with older children.

Until 31 December the hotel is running a Kids’ First Promotion, which includes a child-friendly room, sofa bed, kids’ amenities, breakfast for two adults and one child, free unlimited wifi, and free hop-on-hop-off city tour for two adults and one child.

Visit www.stayfareast.com.


Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park … on the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Wendy Wu Tours has released a special journey that explores the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail — an ancient Indochina trade route which became a critical line for military support during what the Vietnamese describe as the American War.

Guests on the active-paced ‘Along Ho Chi Minh Trail’ tour depart Australia on October 15 to spend 24 days travelling to more remote areas of Vietnam and Laos, and learn all about the historic trails that had a great influence on modern Indochina.

The tour ends with two days in Hoi An to relax both the feet and the mind with beautiful beaches, fresh seafood and plenty of shopping.

The tour is priced from $6290 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Melbourne and Perth (from $6590 ex Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra), including return economy airfares, 22 nights accommodation including a night on a junk boat on Halong Bay and a sleeping berth on an overnight train to Sapa, most meals, return airport transfers, touring with local guides and entrance fees, visas for Australian passport holders, airline fuel surcharges and taxes.

Phone 1300 727 998 or visit www.wendywutours.com.au.


 Iririki Island Resort … the former British High Commissioner’s residence.

Save 15 per cent on a three-night package at Port Vila’s 4.5-star Iririki Island Resort and Spa, with its swim-up bar, day spa, tennis courts, gymnasium, snorkelling and beach activities.

Pay from $455 per person twin-share (kids under 12 stay free) at the former British High Commissioner’s residence, including full buffet breakfast daily, resort shuttle boat service, free kids club, use of non-motorised water-sports equipment and return airport transfers.

The special is valid for sale until May 31, and for travel from May 1 to June 24, then again from July 19 to July 31.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit www.travelonline.com.


Air Vanuatu’s new Boeing 737-800.

And still in Vanuatu, Hoot Holidays and Air Vanuatu are offering a seven-night package at Mangoes Resort, priced from $1140 per person twin-share ex Sydney ($1430 ex Melbourne; $1100 ex Brisbane).

Prices include return flights on Air Vanuatu’s the new Boeing 737-800, airport transfers, accommodation in a garden view bungalow, light breakfast daily, wifi, yoga classes, and a hotspots voucher booklet worth up to $1500 in savings.

The deal is valid for selected travel dates between May 15 and November 27.

Visit www.hootholidays.com.au and www.airvanuatu.com.


 Sea Princess cruising in Fiordland National Park.

Princess Cruises has announced plans to cruise from Adelaide for the first time, offering South Australians the unprecedented opportunity to enjoy a round-trip voyage to New Zealand from their doorstep.

The cruise line’s new 2017-18 summer program will see its Golden Princess make history when it departs Adelaide on a 17-night international cruise to New Zealand on January 8, 2018, with guests set to enjoy calls to Melbourne, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Gisborne, Tauranga and Auckland, as well as scenic cruising through the stunning Fiordland National Park.

The cruise is one of 25 round-trip cruises to New Zealand featured in the summer program.

Phone 1300 551 853 or visit http://www.princess.com.


Remarkable Rocks … iconic Kangaroo Island landmarks.

Visit South Australia’s idyllic Kangaroo Island and stay four nights for the price of three with a self-drive deal from SeaLink, starting from $304 per person, including

return ferry travel to take your car between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw, accommodation at Emu Bay Holiday Homes, and a discount-voucher booklet to use around the island.

The deal is valid for travel until September 15.

As well, SeaLink is also working with 104 accommodation properties on Kangaroo Island, offering special bonus deals during autumn and winter.

Phone 131 301 or visit www.sealink.com.au.

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