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191407ca-b495-4f78-aed4-60902550e1f7If you’ve ever fancied riding along the riverbanks of the Rhine, wheeling your way around Vienna or exploring Bordeaux by bicycle then APT’s new cycling series is certainly worth a look.

The company is offering cycling enthusiasts of varying abilities the chance to experience some exciting cycle routes on two of its most popular river cruises — ‘Cycling Magnificent Europe’ and ‘Bordeaux by Bicycle’.

Guests will be fitted with their own high-quality touring or road bike at the beginning of each cruise.

Seven cycling experiences are available, for instance, on APT’s 15-day ‘Cycling Magnificent Europe’, which is priced from $8695 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit www.aptouring.com.au.


 Stella Australis … a 200-passenger expedition ship.

‘End of the world’ cruise line Australis is offering a night’s free accommodation in the Patagonian city of Punta Arenas before or after 14 cruises next summer to Cape Horn and the spectacular glaciers and fjords of southern Chile and Argentina.

The offer is valid for bookings made by July 31 on selected three- and four-night itineraries aboard the 200-passenger expedition ship, Stella Australis, between September this year and March next.

The cruises sail between Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia in Argentina — the two southern-most towns in the world.

Routes include the mountains and glacier-lined fjords of Tierra del Fuego, the Magellan Strait and Beagle Channel, with zodiac excursions ashore to legend-imbued places such as Cape Horn.

Prices for three-night cruises are from about $2150 per person twin-share.

Visit www.australis.com.


 Kasbah Tamadot’s new luxury berber tent.

Sir Richard Branson’s Moroccan retreat, Kasbah Tamadot, has added a luxury berber tent to its range of accommodation.

It offers guests the chance to soak up views of the Atlas Mountains on a private deck equipped with sun lounges and space for outdoor dining, and a private jacuzzi.

To celebrate the latest addition, the property is offering a free night plus 50 per cent off the full-board supplement when you stay for three or four nights in a suite.

This offer is available for stays until 31 August.

Rates for a three-night stay start at about $2900 for a berber tent and about $3500 for a berber tent with private jacuzzi.

Visit www.virginlimitededition.com.


 Captain’s Choice Europe 2017 portfolio.

Luxury cruises aboard privately chartered yachts, exclusive after-hours access to famous landmarks, and elegant rail journeys are among the features of the Captain’s Choice Europe 2017 portfolio of eight hand-crafted fully inclusive journeys.

Four new journeys have been added for 2017.

The ‘Alpine Adventure’, a 22-day journey through Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France, for instance, is priced from $27,160 per person twin-share, and includes travel on some of Europe’s most scenic railways — the Alpine Express, Bernina Express, Glacier Express, Ritter Railway and Golden Pass Panoramic Express.

Other highlights include a Bavarian welcome dinner at a local Brewery in Munich, visiting Mozart’s House in Salzburg and Ludwig XVI Castles, crossing the tremendous Dolomites aboard a cable car; and seeing France’s longest glacier, Mer de Glace.

Phone 1300 176 681 or visit www.captainschoice.com.au.


 Duke Paoa Kahanamoku … five Olympic medals.

Waikiki’s premier ocean sports festival, Duke’s OceanFest 2016, makes a splash this year from August 20 to 28, with ocean and beachside activities at venues throughout Waikiki.

As the long time official hotel sponsor, Outrigger Resorts is proud to support the annual event, which pays tribute to legendary swimmer and surfer Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, and is offering a special OceanFest package at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.

Guests can book a room starting at $279 per night, including daily breakfast for two, a 30 percent discount on Quiksilver and Roxy apparel, two Duke’s OceanFest souvenir T-shirts and two tickets to the KINE Great Hawaiian legends luau at the Waikiki Aquarium.

Visit outrigger.com/dukesoceanfest.


 Metro Apartments on Bank Place … $135-per-night winter deal.

Save up to $40 per night with this winter deal at central Melbourne’s Metro Apartments on Bank Place.

Pay from $135 per night, including accommodation in a one-bedroom apartment, complimentary wifi, complimentary bottle of wine on arrival and noon late checkout.

The deal is valid seven days a week from June 1 to August 31.

Phone 03 9604 4321 or visit www.metrohotels.com.au.


Pullman Khao Lak Katiliya Resort & Villas … five-star Thai luxury.

Enjoy eight nights at the five-star Pullman Khao Lak Katiliya Resort & Villas in southern Thailand for $999 per person twin-share (valued up to $5083), with up to two kids staying and eating for free.

Just over an hour’s drive from Phuket International Airport, Khao Lak is relaxed and home to some of Thailand’s best beaches.

The package includes all breakfasts, lunches and dinners for all guests, spa treatments, an eat-what-you-cook Thai cooking class, and $100 resort credit to spend on drinks.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit https://luxuryescapes.com/.


Sovereign Hill … all lit up for Christmas in July

Running from Saturday 25 June to Sunday 24 July, Sovereign Hill’s ‘Winter Wonderlights’ Christmas-in-July event will enable visitors to Ballarat to witness the complex’s Victorian-style buildings come alive through large-scale light projections.

During the day, visitors can take a stroll down Main Street as snowflakes fall at regular intervals, the smell of Christmas treats and spices fills the air, traditional carols ring out across the buildings, and a sense of anticipation builds as children await Saint Nicolas’s visit.

Visit www.sovereignhill.com.au.

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