A new 11-day wellness tour on New Zealand’s South Island next March promises an elixir to anyone seeking to beat stress and kick start a new approach to physical and mental health.
Active Travel’s ‘ReVitalise’ package will be led by Australian naturopath Sharron Speldewinde and includes a four-night stay at the secluded lakeside Aro-Ha health retreat in the Southern Alps.
The package is priced from $9425 per person twin-share.
The tour also includes a scenic ride on the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, visits to Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, relaxing soaks in the rainforest-lined hot pools at Franz Josef and a scenic flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound.
Phone 1300 783 188 or visit www.activetravel.com.au.
Fiji … a heavenly destination for snorkellers
Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has released the 2016 and early-2017 departure dates for its seven-night 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise, seven-night Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise and 11-night Lau-and-Kadavu Discovery Cruise.
The 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise is the first-ever cruise to circumnavigate Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second-largest island. Living up to its name, this cruise gives passengers the ultimate chance to discover and experience four distinctive Fijian cultures: Ellice Islanders (Polynesian), Banabans (Micronesia), Fijian (Melanesia) and Indians.
Fares start from $2132 per person twin-share for the seven-night cruises and from $3708 for the 11-night cruise.
Phone 1300 863 454 or visit www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com.
Machu Picchu … a worthy three-day sidetrip.
Cruise Traveller’s 39-night ‘Grand South America Discovery’ next March includes a voyage in the boutique-sized G Expedition along the full length of the continent’s west coast, from Ushuaia in Argentina’s deep south to tropical Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
Prices start from $25,399 per person twin-share if booked by September 18 — a 20 per cent saving — including return affairs, several nights ashore and a three-day side trip to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Phone 1800 507 777 or visit www.cruisetraveller.com.au.
China’s Harbin Ice Festival … the biggest and most elaborate ice sculptures in the world.
Intrepid Travel has added China’s Harbin Ice Festival to its range of festival-themed trips.
The five-day trip ex Beijing to China’s north-east corner uncovers a winter wonderland of the biggest and most elaborate ice sculptures in the world, with recreations of famous buildings, monuments and characters lit up in technicolour.
Features last year included an enormous seated Buddha, a supersized Chinese fisherman and the Moscow Kremlin.
Prices are from $1650 per person twin-share.
The Taj Mahal … a highlight of any Indian journey
Travel into the heart of India and experience the country’s enchanting blend of culture, sights and cuisine on Cruiseco’s 27-night land-and-cruise adventure, ‘Authentic Asia India’.
Pay from $17,199 per person twin-share, including return airfares and a 10-night cruise aboard the RV Ganges Voyager between Kolkata and Patna.
The 17-night land adventure takes guests from spice-laden markets and humble villages to opulent palaces and ornate temples, while staying in five-star hotels.
Phone (02) 9492 8520 or visit www.cruising.com.au.
The QT … an arty five-star hotel in the heart of Sydney.
The five-star QT Sydney is offering an ‘Art Attack’ package in conjunction with the Sydney Contemporary art fair, which will run September 10-13 in Carriageworks, the arty reincarnation of the old Eveleigh Rail Yards.
Package prices start at $330 per night (two-night minimum) including accommodation, breakfast daily for two, general entry tickets for two to Sydney Contemporary, and a complimentary Sydney Contemporary Art Map.
Sky Bridge … offers an insight into an otherwise inaccessible location.
If your ideal getaway involves exploring the jungle, then Malaysia should be on your list of potential destinations.
One spectacular attraction is the Sky Bridge, on the island of Langkawi, and it’s definitely a must for the adventure seekers.
This curved pedestrian bridge stretches around the summit of Mount Mat Cinchang and swings right out over the landscape, offering an insight into an otherwise inaccessible location.
Chateau Tahbilk … one of Australia’s most beautiful and historic family-owned wineries.
Central Victoria’s historic Chateau Tahbilk winery is the latest addition to Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia, a consortium of award-winning wineries offering unique wine experiences, food-and-wine matching, wine education and gastronomy in spectacular locations.
Established in 1860 and purchased by the Purbrick family in 1925, Tahbilk is one of Australia’s most beautiful and historic family-owned wineries, now headed by fourth-generation winemaker Alister Purbrick.
Experiences on offer include: an Inside Look at Tahbilk, Old & New ($45); lunch at the Wetlands Café with current vintage and museum wine pairings with regional food ($135); the Art of Blending, which finishes with a personalised bottle of wine ($60); an ecological tour of the wetlands ($40); and A Day at Tahbilk, which includes all four experiences ($250).
Dunvegan Castle on Scotland’s Isle of Skye.
Sail with APT on its 12-day ‘Britain and Ireland Explorer’ and your companion will receive free return flights to the UK.
Pay from $10,995 per person twin-share, which covers your cruise aboard the 114-guest Hebridean Sky, all sightseeing, complimentary drinks while onboard, all meals, wifi during the cruise, an APT cruise director and all port charges, tipping, airport transfers and porterage.
Sightseeing highlights include the chance to explore the uninhabited archipelago of St Kilda, including the village of Hirta which has been restored by the National Trust of Scotland, as well as the chance to see Atlantic puffins and sail past two of the world’s largest gannetries.
Book by October 31 for departure August next year.
Phone 1300 196 420 or visit aptouring.com.au.
Amadeus Elegant cruises through Budapest.
Book a range of 2016 European and Russian river cruises with Beyond Travel and receive between $200 and $1000 per couple in flexible Discover More Travel Vouchers.
Pay, for instance, from $5480 per person twin-share for a 12-day Paris-to-Budapest cruise-tour, which comes with $600 worth of travel vouchers.
Vouchers are valid for a year and can be used on any additional Beyond Travel product, such as hotel accommodation, additional sightseeing and European rail passes.
Offer is valid for bookings made before December 31.
Phone 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.
Ikara Safari Camp … glamping in South Australia’s Finders Ranges.
Save up to 45 per cent at Wilpena Pound Resort and Ikara Safari Camp in South Australia’s Finders Ranges.
Pay from $130 a night at Wilpena Pound Resort, and $161 a night for a safari tent at Ikara Safari Camp (minimum each of three nights).
Experience carpets of colour with wildflowers in bloom and discover the culture, history, wildlife and inspiring geography of the heart of South Australia.
Valid for sale until 21 September and for travel until 31 March.
Phone 1800 805 802 or visit www.wilpenapound.com.au.
Part of Outrigger Fiji’s summer deal … four days of Meimei nanny service.
Get discounted summer family rates Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, plus four days of Meimei nanny service for stays of six nights or more.
Pay from about $1085 for a six-night deal, including a kids-eat-free deal.
For parents the resort has several adults-only venues, including Vahavu Pool, Bar and Bistro with its swim-up bar, Bebe Spa Sanctuary and Kalokalo hilltop bar.
Book by August 31 for travel from November 1 to December 26 this year and from January 16 to March 25 next.