European Waterways is offering a 10 per cent discount off select departures from March through to late August next year for those who book by December 31 this year.
Participating hotel barges include the 20-passenger La Bella Vita, which cruises the Venetian Lagoon and Po Valley; the eight-passenger Rosa, which takes guests through the rural landscape of Gascony in south-west France; and the 12-passenger Panache, which plies the historic Alsace-Lorraine region.
Guests experience the local gastronomy and enjoy private wine tastings as they discover the culture and history of each region.
Phone 1800 828 050 or visit www.gobarging.com.
Red Square … the heart of Moscow.
Receive up to $500 per couple in free travel vouchers when you book a select 2017 Beyond Travel Eastern Europe holiday by December 30.
Destinations include Austria, Russia, Czech Republic, the Baltics and Germany.
The 20-day escorted ‘Moscow & the Baltics to Vienna’, for instance, is priced from $5290 per person twin-share tour and travels from Moscow to St Petersburg, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Prague and Vienna.
Beyond Travel’s flexible Discover More Travel Vouchers are valid for a year. These can be used on any additional Beyond Travel product, such as pre or post hotel accommodation, small-ship cruises and European stopovers.
Phone 1300 363 554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au.
The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa … great base for a round of golf.
Enjoy a day on the greens at Byron Bay Golf Club, plus a two-night stay at the Byron at Byron Resort & Spa.
The package is priced at $1166 per couple, including full buffet breakfast daily, 18 holes of golf for two, premium club hire, two $25 Byron at Byron Spa vouchers, complimentary daily yoga and complimentary wifi.
The package is available until 30 April next year, excluding some peak periods.
Phone 02 6639 2105 or visit https://www.thebyronatbyron.com.au.
The snow monkeys at Jigokudani Yaen Koen.
Wendy Wu is offering a complimentary two-night Hong Kong stopover on some of its 2017 Japan tours for bookings made by this November 30.
The deal includes accommodation, breakfast daily and return airport transfers.
Included in this offer is the new 16-day ‘Trails of Japan’ tour whose highlights include the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo, a Japanese drumming lesson, Mt Fuji, the snow monkeys at Jigokudani Yaen Koen, the Skinkansen bullet train, and a Japanese tea ceremony in Kyoto.
The tour is priced from $10,940 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth using Cathay Pacific.
Phone 1300 815 749 or visit https://www.wendywutours.com.au.
Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve … a guided boardwalk tour of ancient rock carvings.
Celebrate Australia Day on a four-night Murray Princess cruise and enjoy Australia Day festivities while discovering some of the real touches of the Outback.
The cruise departs Mannum on 23 January and is priced from $1076 per person twin-share.
Included are games such as two-up and thong throwing, and a special Captain’s Australia Day buffet dinner.
On-shore excursions include a guided walking tour of Swan Reach, a visit to the Swan Reach Museum, and visiting Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve, one of Australia’s most significant archaeological sites, for a guided boardwalk tour of ancient rock carvings.
For further information, visit www.murrayprincess.com.au.
Raffles Singapore … about to get a complete restoration
The iconic Raffles Singapore hotel is about to get a complete restoration, beginning in January with a facelift for its landmark arcade, which houses 40 regional and specialty shops, function areas such as The Ballroom and The Lawn, and a variety of restaurants and bars including the Long Bar, home of the famous Singapore Sling.
The second phase will begin in mid-2017 with restoration works being carried out efforts on the main hotel building and lobby as well as a portion of the hotel suites. The hotel will close for a period from near the end of 2017 before a grand reopening in the second quarter of 2018.
The Ayeyarwady River … Myanmar’s longest and best-known
Imagine the romance of drifting down a river, past ancient monuments and intriguing villages.
Cruising the Ayeyarwady River, Myanmar’s longest and best-known, is one of Sanctuary Retreats’ top three river journeys, along with the Nile and the Yangze.
The most accessible section of the river flows between Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city, and Bagan, famous for its temple-strewn plains.
Mandalay, an important Buddhist spiritual centre, is home to thousands of monks and more than 2500 Buddha images, mostly carved from alabaster from the Saygin Hills near Madaya. The ancient capital of Bagan, now a World Heritage site, contains around 3000 pagodas, temples and Buddhas, including the world’s largest reclining Buddha.
Three-night cruises aboard Sanctuary Ananda are priced from about $1450 per person twin-share.
The Strand Cruise … 30-per-cent-off deals on selected departures this December.
And talking of cruising Myanmar’s Ayeyarwedy River between Bagan and Mandalay, it’s also worth considering The Strand Cruise, a 28-cabin cruise ship which is offering some attractive 30-per-cent-off deals on selected departures this December.
Rates on a three-night cruise start at about $2985 per person twin-share, including a night pre- or post-cruise in the newly renovated Strand Yangon hotel and return flights between Yangon and point of embarkation/disembarkation.