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unnamed (14)Save $816 per person by staying for three nights and paying for two at Wild Bush Luxury’s rustic but luxurious 10-guest Arkaba Homestead in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges.

Pay $1632 per adult for three nights, including all gourmet meals, beverages and daily wilderness safaris with a team of expert field guides.

The offer is valid for stays between October 15 and December 15. Phone 1300 790 561 or visit

Fuerstbischoefliche Residenz Wuerzburg, Frankonia-Brunnen, Westfassade, Ehrenhof bei Daemmerung, UNESCO-Welterbestaette, Franken, Bayern, Deutschland | Residenz Wuerzburg, palace at dusk, Bavaria, Germany

 cruise_express.jpg — The Wurzburg Residence … German baroque magnificence.

See eight million tulips at Holland’s Keukenhof Gardens — the world’s largest flower garden — sip the real deal in Champagne, and taste fine Belgian chocolate in medieval Bruges.

As well, ascend perhaps the most beautiful staircase ever built — in Germany’s magnificent baroque palace, the Wurzburg Residence.

Those are some of the highlights of Cruise Express’s 29-night European tour next April.

Prices start from $12,990 per person twin-share, including a 14-night cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers.

Three nights are also spent in the Somme region to visit Western Front battlefields and commemorate Anzac Day at the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit

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Whales frolicking in Alaskan waters

Cruise1st’s 16-night ‘Fire and Ice’ fly-cruise-stay package combines the glitz of Las Vegas with a seven-night Alaska cruise on board the five-star Celebrity Solstice.

Prices start from $3599 per person twin-share ex Sydney and Brisbane ($3749 ex Melbourne and Canberra; $3799 ex Adelaide; $3999 ex Perth), including the cruise, four nights in Las Vegas, two in Honolulu and one each in Vancouver and Seattle.

Cruise highlights include Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, the Alaskan Inside Passage and Victoria, British Columbia.

Phone 1300 596 345 or visit

Theme night: Gatsby

Get back to the Roaring 20s with P&O Cruises.

P&O Cruises will take guests back to the flappers and style of the Roaring 20s with its latest party concept – a new Gatsby evening which swings into action across the fleet this month.

Passengers will be able to revive the extravagance of the era through a DJ, live music and a specially crafted menu of cocktails featuring manhattans, gin gimlets and kir royals.

Art deco theming includes a full-on chandelier, feather boas and even a shoeshine boy.


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 Gaudi’s yet-to-be-finished Barcelona masterpiece … La Sagrada Familia.

Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 18-night ‘Funfilled Florida to Brilliant Barcelona’ combines both sides of the Atlantic via a 14-night cruise on board Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Spirit.

Prices start at $4399 per person twin-share, including return flights from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, including stays in Orlando and Barcelona.


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The Pyongyang Marathon … running through one of the world’s most secretive places.

Elite athletes and budding runners alike now have the rare opportunity to add North Korea to their marathon list and get a glimpse of the world’s most secretive country on Intrepid Travel’s new ‘Pyongyang Marathon Expedition’ taking off in April next year.

International runners have only been allowed to participate over the past two years, with runners participating in an opening ceremony in the Kim Il Sung Stadium before running through the city and finishing at Pyongyang’s Arch of Triumph.

The trip includes a flight from Beijing into Pyongyang and will visit landmarks within the city as well as surrounding sights, including the demilitarised zone (DMZ), Mount Myohyang and the city of Pyongsong.

Prices start at $3295 per person twin-share, with departure next April. Visit unnamed (20)

  Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort.

Spend six nights at Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort from $2435 per person twin-share, including breakfast and dinner daily, plus return airfares from Australian east coast capitals ($2059 ex Perth).

Resort highlights include four swimming pools, three restaurants, four bars and the Navasana Spa.

Rooms are located to take advantage of both sunrise and sunset at the resort’s beachfront Bel Ombre location.

The deal is available until October 31. Phone 1800 462 254 or visit

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 Big4 Sunshine Holiday Park’s Shipwreck Island … plenty of entertainment for the school holidays.

Big4 Sunshine Holiday Park, at South West Rocks on the NSW Mid-North Coast is offering fully themed entertainment for families over the September/October school holidays.

The park’s new $1 million Shipwreck Island will come alive as an adventure is acted out over five days, involving swashbuckling pirates running amok in the chase to retrieve Black Beard’s treasure using a map that might be real or might be fake.

Powered campsites are available from $81 per night and cabin accommodation starts at $270 per night.

The development of the Shipwreck Island attraction has been part of a total upgrade of the holiday park, which has also included the addition of luxury cabins and all-weather facilities for children.

Phone (02) 6566 6142 or visit

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 Cruising the Kimberley Coast in absolute luxury with Active Travel.

Book a 10-night Active Travel Kimberley cruise on board the five-star Silver Discoverer and get free return flights from any Australian capital city.

Pay from $11,650 per person twin-share.

Includes complimentary butler service, champagne on request, guided excursions ashore, drinks, and a scenic flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungle Ranges.

Book by September 30 for cruises March-May 2016.

Phone 1300 783 188 or visit

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 Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel … great Old Town location.

Save 25 per cent on a stay at the Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, in Edinburgh’s popular Old Town.

Pay from $225 per night.

Explore nearby features such as Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum of Scotland.

Book by September 30 for stays until March 24.

Phone 1800 687 236 or visit

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 The Jacobite Steam Train … better known as the Hogwarts Express. Image: Travelmarvel.

Get an early-booking discount of $1000 per couple on 14 Travelmarvel escorted European ‘Great Rail Journeys’ next year.

Pay, for instance, from $2995 per person twin-share for a nine-day ‘Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands’ itinerary which includes rail travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow, a ferry to the Isle of Mull to visit Duart Castle, and a stop at Loch Ness enroute to Inverness before boarding the Kyle Line to Eilean Donan Castle.

Includes a journey aboard Scotland’s Jacobite Steam Train, better known as the Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter films.

Available till allocation exhausted.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit


Beachfront fun … Seashells Comet Bay at Mandurah.

Take a three-day break for the price of two at any of Seashells’ West Australian seaside properties.

Pay from $78 per person per night twin-share for a one-bedroom apartment at Seashells Broome.

Offer applies to properties at Scarborough Beach (Perth), Comet Bay (Mandurah), Broome and Yallingup (Margaret River).

Book by September 20 for stays until December 17, plus January 3 to March 24 in Broome.

Phone 1800 800 850 or visit

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