Experience Eastern Europe’s three cultural capitals and save $1050 per person on Abercrombie & Kent’s nine-day ‘A Tale of Three Cities’ package, which links Budapest, Vienna and Prague by the company’s exclusive Concierge Rail Service.
Each of these elegant cities has a rich history revealed by expert private guides through on-foot exploration of experiences from music to art and architecture.
With the saving, the price is from $8845 per person twin-share, and available travel dates are from 16 November to 13 December.
Phone 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au.
The stunning Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges.
Book a four-night stay at the Arkaba lodge in the South Australian Outback and receive a complimentary helicopter safari over the Ikara-Flinders Ranges. Furthermore, travel by 27 November and save $1690 per couple.
This awe-inspiring helicopter safari also takes guests to a gourmet lunch at the famous Prairie Hotel.
Pay from $3560, including meals with wine.
Phone 1300 790 561 or visit http://www.arkabastation.com.
The Lewis Chessmen … starred in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
A rare 2000-year-old bronze sculptural head of the Roman emperor Augustus is one of the remarkable treasures in the British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects exhibition, which is on at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra until 29 January.
The exhibition uses items from around the globe to explore the last two million years of human history, sourcing the oldest objects from the British Museum’s collection and incorporating those from the present day.
Highlights include an African stone-chopping tool that is one of the first known hand-crafted implements, the endearing Lewis Chessmen, which found fresh fame following their inclusion in the 2001 film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and a basket from western Arnhem Land.
Save up to $1000 on leasing a brand-new Citroen.
GlobalCARS is offering savings of up to $1000 as part of its new Citroen EuroPass Earlybird European program, which features 38 models of brand-new Citroen and DS vehicles.
The savings come in the form of up to 15 free lease days in France (on top of the minimum 21-day lease package) or five free days and free collection and return elsewhere in Europe, for leases booked by the December 22.
Leases include unlimited kilometres, full insurance and zero excess in 42 countries, no charges for additional drivers, no maximum age for drivers and 24-hour roadside assistance.
Phone 1300 789 992 or visit www.globalcars.com.au.
Grafton … home to more than 2000 jacaranda trees.
Large parts of Sydney and NSW will turn a delightful shade of blue in late October and November with the start of the 2016 jacaranda season.
The city’s Eastern Suburbs, North Shore and CBD will be awash with blooms as will the historic town of Grafton on the NSW North Coast.
Australia’s jacaranda capital and home to Australia’s largest jacaranda tree will host the annual Grafton Jacaranda Festival, which runs from October 29 to November 6.
Highlights include the coronation of a jacaranda queen, a street parade with themed floats, markets, live performances and fireworks.
Wildlife aplenty … a jabiru takes off in Kakadu National Park.
Book a 2017 nine-day Park Trek walking tour of the Top End by December 20 this year and save 20 per cent on this great way to experience Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield.
Walk through monsoon rainforest, among sandstone escarpments and past ancient Aboriginal art sites, plus take advantage of numerous opportunities for sightseeing, swimming, bird watching, photography and wildlife spotting.
Prices start at $2776 per person twin-share ex Darwin, including accommodation in Aboriginal-owned Anbinik Resort in Katherine, all meals, cruises on Yellow Water Billabong and Katherine Gorge, visits to Jim Jim and Twin Falls on a four-wheel-drive adventure, and swimming in the crystal-clear pools of Maguk in Kakadu and Florence Falls in Litchfield.
Phone (03) 9444 8341 or visit http://www.parktrek.com.au.
Menindee Lakes … among the gems of the NSW Far West.
Tri State Safaris’ new five-day ‘Great Outback Lap’ tour showcases the raw beauty and colourful characters of the NSW Far West, with visits to the underground town of White Cliffs, World-Heritage-listed Mungo National Park and the colourful towns of the red-gum-lined Darling River.
Adventurers travel in custom-designed, air-conditioned 4WD vehicles, tracing lonely desert trails and indulging in authentic outback experiences.
The four nights are spent in lodges, motels and cabins at Mungo, in the copper mining town of Cobar, the remote river town of Wilcannia and the opal town of White Cliffs, with all meals included.
Bookings made before November 30 will receive a 20 per cent discount. Pay from $1924 per person twin-share ex Broken Hill.
Phone 08 8088 2389 or visit www.tristate.com.au.
Ascending Mount Kenya on one of World Expeditions’ women-only adventures. Image: Lauren Bullen
World Expeditions has launched a range of active travel adventures for women only.
The 21 small-group tours all have a minimal-impact philosophy and aim to forge authentic cultural exchange and real exploration while retaining plenty of fun times.
The seven-day ‘Salcantay Trek & Machu Picchu’, for example, takes participants along a great alternative to the classic Inca Trail and is priced from $2080 per person ex Cusco.
And the challenging 10-day ‘Women’s Vietnam Charity Challenge’ treks through small villages of northern Vietnam while raising funds and awareness charities. It is priced from $1990 per person ex Hanoi, plus a fundraising component.