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July 2, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

50154175-b3ff-495e-ac86-2b208b4a31acAPT has launched a new range of China and Japan holidays for 2017, including luxury land, rail and cruise journeys, and there are special flight deals on offer.

Book the 13-day ‘Best of China’ itinerary by October 31, for instance, and receive a free return economy flight to China, inclusive of air taxes of up to $800.

The journey is priced from $6345 per person twin-share, including three nights in each of Beijing and Shanghai, two in Xi’an and a four-night river cruise aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

The company’s Signature Experiences include being taken to a rarely visited stretch of the Great Wall’s Badaling section to enjoy lunch complete with free-flowing beverages, and a private cruise aboard a traditional vessel around the shores of Beijing’s Summer Palace.

Included are 32 meals, all flights within China, international wine and local beer with lunch and dinner during the cruise, all sightseeing, gratuities and airport transfers, and the services of an APT tour director throughout.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit


Capella Lodge … offering a bonus suite upgrade

Lord Howe Island’s Capella Lodge is offering a bonus suite upgrade as part of its ‘Fly-Free-Stay-7-Pay-6’ deal for those travelling between August 6 and September 10.

The seven-night package is priced from $4500 per person twin-share ex Sydney or Brisbane, including gourmet breakfasts, sunset drinks and canapés, open bar with premium wines and spirits from 6pm, dinners, use of mountain bikes, and island airport transfers.


 Cartagena … a gem on Colombia’s Caribbean coast

Abercrombie & Kent has added Colombia to its Latin America holiday portfolio.

A new 11-day hosted journey in the company of Bogotá expat and foreign correspondent Richard McColl will explore the country’s major cities and its abundant natural attractions.

Itinerary highlights include Bogota’s Gold Museum, the charms of colonial Villa de Leyva, the lush landscapes of Valle de Cocora, the newly happening vibe of Medellin and glorious Cartagena on the Caribbean.

Prices start at $8295
 per person twin-share, with a $1995
 single supplement and a maximum 18 guests.

Phone 1300 590 317 or visit


Exploring Antarctica on National Geographic Orion.

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has added two new departures — November 7 and November 17 — to its Antarctica 2016 season, the 50th anniversary of the first citizen explorer voyage to Antarctica led by Lars-Eric Lindblad.

Both departures use the 102-guest National Geographic Orion, and will follow the 11-night itinerary of the  ‘Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent’ expedition.

The adventure will include kayaking among icebergs, Zodiac cruises past resting leopard seals, and hikes on the continent with an expedition leader, eight veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, a certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist.

Rates begin at $16,700 per person twin share, including complimentary flights between Santiago and Ushuaia.

Phone 1300 361 012 or visit


Queen Mary 2’s refurbished atrium … inspired by the art-deco movement

Cunard’s flagship liner Queen Mary 2 has set sail on its first voyage following a $177 million refurbishment.

It sailed into Southampton on flanked by Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, and is now en route to New York, continuing its schedule of iconic trans-Atlantic crossings.

The luxury liner has gained new contemporary interior designs and guest experiences, many of which take inspiration from the original Queen Mary which was launched at the height of the art-deco movement in the 1930s.

Australians will be able to see the newly remastered ship in local waters when it visits next February during its 2017 world voyage.


Cormoran Fishing, Yangshuo, China

 Yangshuo, China … surrounded by karst mountains and winding rivers.

Scenic has launched its 2017 China and Japan program, which includes six new itineraries, several new destinations and a number of new ‘Freechoice’ activities.

In China for instance, the comprehensive 24-day ‘Journey to Shangri-la’ travels from Shanghai to Kunming, and includes a Yangtze River cruise plus two new cities for Scenic — Hangzhou, which was made famous by Marco Polo, and the ancient water city of Suzhou, known for its beautiful classical Chinese gardens.

Scenic is offering early-bird offers for bookings made by 30 November, including flights to China on journeys over 21 days.

Phone 138 128 or visit


 Tomamu ski resort … and the ski-in-ski-out Tower Hotel has released a package to the lesser-known Hokkaido winter resort of Tomamu, 90 minutes from the new Chitose Airport by coach.

Book by August 31 to get the following $753 deal:

Meet and greet at Chitose Airport, return airport coach transfers, seven nights twin-share accommodation in the ski-in-ski-out Tower Hotel, six-day lift pass, and breakfast daily.

Tomamu has two mountains with a large selection of trails to choose from.

Activities include snowmobiling, snow rafting, backcountry tours, cross-country skiing, paraskiing, snowshoeing and dog-sledding.



 Tunxi …  fascinating architecture along Ancient Street. Image: Ken Duncan

Leading Australian photographer Ken Duncan will escort a 13-day Helen Wong’s Tours itinerary to China in October, covering some of the country’s most scenic regions.

‘Discover China through the Lens’ is priced from $9200 per person twin share, including return Cathay Pacific airfare, domestic airfares, accommodation with meals, and visas for Australian passport holders.

The itinerary includes Hangzhou and its scenic West Lake, Tunxi and its fascinating architecture along Ancient Street, and Huanglong and its valley shadowed by snow-capped peaks.

Phone 1300 788 328 or visit

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