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September 12, 2015 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

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Here’s something for active adventure-seekers looking to get further off the beaten track.

APT’s new 15-day Kimberley Challenge requires guests to be regular bushwalkers who are confident and able to tackle some of the more demanding terrain.

Prices start at $8795 per person twin-share, including an air credit of $1200 per couple if booked by December 15 for 2016 departures.

The adventure includes the opportunity to walk three different sections of the famous Bell Gorge, hike to the end of stunning Manning Gorge, and take a six-hour hike through El Questro Gorge

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit

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athens.jpg — Ancient Athens … a highlight of any Mediterranean journey

Explore the ancient wonders of Turkey before relaxing on a cruise in the sunny Mediterranean, with a new cruise-fly-stay package from Cruise1st.

The package is priced from $3499 per person twin-share ex Sydney, including three nights in Istanbul, a two-day Gallipoli tour, and an 11-night Mediterranean cruise aboard Celebrity Constellation.

Port stops will include Katakolon and Corfu in Greece, Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia, Athens in Greece, and Kusadasi in Turkey.

Phone 1300 596 345 or visit

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 The giant pandas of Chengdu … definitely a China highlight

Scenic’s 2016 China and Japan program includes four new itineraries, eight new destinations, and a number of new Enrich experiences and Freechoice activities.

The new 13-day ‘Natural Wonders of China’ travels from Chengdu — home of the giant pandas — to Shanghai and visits a number of World Heritage sites and natural wonders which showcase a side of China most people do not realise exists.

Prices start at $8890 per person twin-share.

For more information call Scenic on 138 128 or visit

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scotland.jpg — Wild country … the Scottish Highlands

Cruise Traveller’s 29-day ‘Scottish Highlands to French Riviera’ next May and June includes a visit to Queen Elizabeth’s private retreat at Sandringham Estate, a seven-night cruise aboard Ponant’s 132-cabin luxury mega-yacht Le Boréal, lunch in a pub where Jamie Oliver grew up, and a couple of nights each in London, Paris, Lyon and Nice.

Prices start at $15,999 per person twin-share, including return flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Dublin and back from Nice, flying with Etihad.

Phone 1800 507 777 or visit


 sommer.jpg — The village of Oia on the island of Santorini, one of the highlights of ‘Cruising to the Cyclades’

Peter Sommer Travels offers a spectacular island-hopping adventure in Greece next April on its two-week ‘Cruising to the Cyclades’ adventure to some of the ancient sites of the Aegean Sea.

It is priced from about $8180 per person twin-share and includes world-renowned destinations like Santorini as well as hidden treasures like remote Astypalaia and tiny Anafi.

The expedition mostly avoids the crowded tourist trails to explore secluded coves and unspoilt locations as well as the picturesque and historic harbours, while at the same time enjoying superb traditional food and wine served onboard by a private chef.


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 volcano.jpg — Mt Aso … a crater rim stretching 128 kilometres

More than 30 years of escorting Australian visitors to Japan have provided a great deal of experiencing in safely showing off many of the country’s volcanos, including, of course, the most famous one, Mt Fuji.

Perhaps the most spectacular one is Mt Aso, on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, with a crater rim stretching 128 kilometres and holding sleepy country villages, cattle grazing in lush green fields, a network of roads and a very active small volcano called Nakadake

“We regularly take our guests for a walk around the rim of Nakadake volcano, where they can look directly down into a deep crater full of bubbling mud, hot water, steam and gas,” said Ken Osetroff, director of Toursgallery.

Toursgallery offers escorted small-group tours to Japan priced from $6988 per person twin-share (land-content only).

Phone 1300 307 317 or visit

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 waymouth.jpg — Peppers Waymouth Hotel … the first Peppers property in Adelaide

Boutique luxury hotel brand Peppers has its first property in Adelaide — the five-star, 202-room Peppers Waymouth Hotel, situated among key locations such as the Adelaide Convention Centre, Casino, Rundle Mall and the cultural boulevard of North Terrace.

Opening special rates start from $149 per night in a deluxe room.


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whales.jpg — Hervey Bay … a unique spot for whale watching

Hervey Bay, with its stretch of pristine water between the Queensland mainland and Fraser Island, claims a unique spot in the world of whale watching — one of the very few places where whales stay up to 10 days, with mothers and their calves interacting, resting and playing in the Great Sandy Strait.

The Fraser Coast offers a range of whale-watching tours such as the half-day tour aboard Tasman Venture, including expert commentary, refreshments and antipasto platters, underwater windows and unique viewing platform, a hydrophone to hear the whales sing, and free whale DVDs.

Visit for further details of tours.

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 Bali Dynasty Resort … a choice of free bonus extras

Enjoy a five-night Bali beachside escape with TravelOnline at Bali Dynasty Resort.

Pay from $539 per person twin-share, including breakfast daily, free kids club, free wifi and return airport transfers by private car.

Plus choose one of the following free bonus extras — an 80-minute relaxation and reflexology session for two; whitewater rafting adventure for two, watersports voucher, family access to Splash Waterpark and Canggu Club; or unlimited seven-day access to Splash Waterpark and Canggu Club for two adults.

WHEN: On sale until September 30 for select travel periods up to March 31.


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 Nitmiluk Gorge … readily accessible from Cicada Lodge

Get special rates at the Northern Territory’s Cicada Lodge.

Pay from $495 per room per night.

Visitors can canoe, swim, cruise of fly over the Nitmiluk Gorge and learn the ancient stories and culture of the Jawoyn people from local guides.

Valid until December 31.

Phone 1800 242 232 or visit

Proyecto Ecuador Travel, Ministerio de Turismo.

 ‘Middle of the World’ marker in Ecuador

Partner gets free return flight to South America on Scenic’s 22-day ‘Peru Adventure, Galápagos and Amazon Cruising’ tour.

Pay from $18,795 per person twin-share.

‘Enrich’ experiences including a private performance by local Andean musicians, an Ecuadorian chocolate demonstration and tasting, and meeting students and teachers at a local community school supported by Scenic.

Book by September 30 for departures from February to October next year.

Phone 138 128 or visit

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Sapphire Princess … 11-night return voyage out of Singapore

WHAT & WHERE: Save up to 40 per cent on’s 14-night cruise package next January on Sapphire Princess’s return voyage from Singapore to Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei and Thailand.

THE DEAL: Pay from $2199 per person twin-share, including return flights to Singapore.

FEATURES: Also includes three nights accommodation at centrally located Holiday Inn Clarke Quay in Singapore and Singapore City Sightseeing Pass.

WHEN: Book by September 30.

DETAILS: Phone 1300 369 848 or visit

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