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August 20, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

630af9ba-3063-4e8e-b296-1d1784d5abffCruise1st has released a fly-stay-and-cruise package taking guests from Tokyo to Vancouver next May aboard the five-star Celebrity Millennium.

The package is priced from $3099 ex Sydney and Brisbane ($3299 ex Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth), including flights to Tokyo and back from Vancouver, and two nights accommodation in Tokyo.

The 14-night cruise incudes visits to Hakodate and Sapporo in Japan, and Petropavlovsk, one of Russia’s oldest towns.

Phone 1300 596 345 or visit

View from Accademia Bridge on Grand Canal in Venice

View from Accademia Bridge on Grand Canal in Venice

 Venice … start and finish of Cruise Express’s 22-day ‘Indulgence’

Cruise Express has released a new cruise-tour of Italy and the Adriatic, including a week aboard the new 750-passenger five-star Seven Seas Explorer, billed as the most luxurious cruise ship ever built.

Every cabin aboard Explorer is a suite with a large private balcony, and all guests enjoy unlimited complimentary beverages, shore excursions, mini-bar and wifi.

Next April’s 22-night ‘Italian and Adriatic Indulgence’ cruise-tour is priced from $14,495 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane ($14,199 ex Adelaide and Perth), with the European component starting and finishing in Venice.

The ship will call at six ports — Urbino on Italy’s east coast, the walled city of Dubrovnik in Croatia, fjord-lined Kotor in Montenegro, Corfu in Greece, Taormina in Sicily and Sorrento on Italy’s spectacular Amalfi Coast.

The itinerary also includes an 11-night, small-group tour from Rome to Venice via Umbria, Tuscany, the Italian Riviera and the beautiful Italian Lakes District.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit


 Bird Week … a special time for twitchers in Kakadu.

Whether it is graceful sea eagles “fishing” on Yellow Water Billabong, or the remarkable jesus bird seemingly walking on water, or local favourites such as the jabiru and the tiny, but vividly beautiful, kingfisher birds, Kakadu is one of Australia’s most spectacular location for lovers of birdlife, especially during its Bird Week festival which runs October 1-9.

The region is home to over one third of Australia’s bird species and October is the perfect time to see the full diversity, after six months of ‘dry’ and birds flocking to the Top End in preparation for the next breeding season.

Yellow Water Cruises and Kakadu Tourism will offer visitors exceptional opportunities to get close to Kakadu’s rich bird life during the special week.

Yellow Water Cruises will offer a series of hosted three-hour cruises priced at $119 per person, and there are plenty of other activities.



Kata Rocks … five-star Phuket luxury for from $2999 per couple for five nights.

Save nearly $6000 and indulge in a five-night stay in a villa at Phuket’s five-star Kata Rocks for from $2999 per couple.

Kata Rocks sits on a private hill above Kata Beach and Koh Pu, overlooking the beach and the Andaman Sea.

The package includes daily a la carte breakfasts, return airport transfers, a three-course dining experience, a daily cocktail each, and massages.

Book by August 28 for travel until December 19.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit


Nomadic Knights … the first tour company to offer Royal Enfield’s new ‘Himalayan’ adventure bike.

In April next year Nomadic Knights will become the first motorcycle tour company to offer expeditions on Royal Enfield’s new Himalayan adventure bike, and to celebrate is offering a saving of about $650 to ride through the mountains which inspired the design.

The new bike is custom-designed for rough off-road mountain journeys and offers long-travel suspension, superior versatility, a brand-new engine design and upright, all-day comfort.

The company’s 13-night ‘Three Mile High’ tour next June is available is available for about $4220 for riders and $3960 for pillion passengers, for those booking by September 6, including accommodation, bike hire, fuel, breakfasts, dinners and also mechanical and logistical support throughout the trip.



 An Omo Valley woman adorned for a bull-jumping ceremony

Abercrombie & Kent has released its new collection of journeys through Africa, Arabia and Persia, covering 21 countries with a range of travel styles and focuses.

The Africa offering concentrates largely on the many wildlife experiences available, with a range of safaris to suit different requirements. Across Arabia the experiences also vary enormously, with cultural touring, Nile cruising, beach stays and desert camping just some of the options available. In Persia, outstanding cultural touring is on offer to the destination’s most impressive ancient sites.

Southern Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, for example, is home to a large number of different ethnic groups and provides the opportunity to explore local villages, learn about their fascinating local customs and wander through bustling markets.

A&K’s six-day ‘Tribes of the Omo Valley’ journey is priced from $5765 per person twin-share.


 Paperbark Camp … reputed to be Australia’s first ‘glamping’ resort.

Paperbark Camp, on the NSW South Coast, and reputed to be Australia’s first ‘glamping’ resort, is offering a 34 per cent saving for midweek stays this September.

The new spring package offers guests safari-tent accommodation for two nights, two gourmet breakfasts, a fine-dining dinner on one night, use of the camp’s canoes, paddleboards and bikes and a bonus whale and dolphin-watching cruise from Jervis Bay.

The package is available from $700 per couple and is valid Sundays to Thursdays from September 5-28.

Phone 1300 668 167 or visit


 Double Tree Resort Sonaisali Island … save 20 per cent. Image: Sandra Burn White.

Save 20 per cent and stay at Fiji’s four-star Double Tree Resort Sonaisali Island from $183 per night, valid for bookings until August 6 and travel until October 9.

The resort is located on a private island with a lagoon-style pool and private beach. Activities include water sports, hiking tracks, horseback riding, paintball, fishing and golfing.

There are two restaurants onsite, complimentary wifi and a kids’ club.

Phone 1800 687 236‎ or visit

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