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Couples and solo travellers booking by February 28 can save up to $3000 on a new circle-Japan tour to be hosted this October by Cruise Express.

The 17-night ‘Autumn in Japan’ itinerary is based around a nine-night circle-Japan cruise on board the 2670-passenger Diamond Princess, which boasts the largest Japanese bathhouse at sea.

It will call at four Japanese ports, with highlights including the feudal castles and gardens of Aomori, the Samurai culture of Akita, the cosy teahouses of Toyama and the hot sand baths and springs of volcano-flanked Kagoshima in the south. The cruise will also take passengers to the South Korean city of Busan.

The tour also includes two nights in Tokyo and a four-night, guided overland tour including a ride on the scenic Komagatake Ropeway, a bullet-train ride, a visit to the ancient capital of Kyoto and spectacular Osaka Castle.

The package is priced from $6990 per person twin-share ex Australia.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit

LaZat cooking school … a great way to learn about Malaysia’s cuisine heritage.

Malaysian cuisine ranks amongst the most delicious and tastiest in Asia, with a palate underpinned by a wide diversity of influences including Chinese, Indian and Portuguese, not to mention the many spices characteristic of South East Asian food.

One of the best places to experience Malaysian food in all its glory is Kuala Lumpur,with KL Food Trails providing a great way to uncover the city’s culinary gems.

The self-guided walks reflect the cultural background of a particular area, highlighting seven or eight outlets that offer most authentic signature, must-try dishes.

A local cooking class is another great way to learn about Malaysia’s cuisine heritage, and the LaZat Malaysian cooking school is one of the city’s best.

Each class begins with a visit to the local market to learn about Malaysian ingredients, followed by a cooking class held in a typical Malaysian home using traditional stone and wooden utensils.


— Celebrity Millenium … a voyage around the Pacific Rim is offering in a 17-night Pacific Rim voyage this September from Vancouver to Tokyo on board the recently refurbished Celebrity Millenium.

Priced from $3799 per person twin-share, the package includes flights from Sydney to Canada and back to Australia from Tokyo, plus a night accommodation in each of the Shangri-La Vancouver and Shangri-La Tokyo,plus airport transfers.

Ports of call include Dutch Harbour in Alaska, and Otaru, Hakodate and Yokohama in Japan.

Phone 1300 106 466 or visit

Moraine Lake … a gem in the Canadian Rockies

Discover the spectacular glaciers and snowy mountains of the Canadian Rockies and Alaska with a 14-night package from Cruise1st this August.

The holiday is priced from $4099 per person twin-share ex Sydney or Melbourne ($4199 ex Brisbane, $4399 ex Canberra and Adelaide, $459 ex Perth), including return airfare, a five-night coach tour of the Canadian Rockies, and a seven-night cruise on the Celebrity Infinity.

The coach tour includes Jasper National Park, Banff, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, while the cruise takes in Vancouver, the Inside Passage, Icy Straight Point, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau and Ketchikan.

Phone 1300 596 345 or visit

Temple in Segesta, Sicily


Travellers wanting to delve deeper into the colourful history of Sicily can uncover the ancient island’s fascinating past and its wonderful culture on a 14-day adventure in May with cultural-tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels.

The tour is priced at about $7070 per person twin-share ex Catania and takes in Sicily’s remarkable history and magnificent scenery while allowing plenty of time to explore its meandering streets and colourful piazzas, and sample its celebrated wine.

The tour includes a boat-ride visit to the ancient island city of Motya and a guided walk among the woodlands, lava fields and craters of Mount Etna, led by an expert volcanologist.

Between adventures, guests will be able to sample some of Sicily’s exquisite cuisine, with visits to specially chosen restaurants, wineries and local trattorias showcasing the best of the island’s epicurean offering.


Mutawintji National Park … offers an authentic Outback experience

Out of the Ordinary Outback is offering a 10 per cent discount on its one-day expeditions these April school holidays to Mutawintji National Park, an ideal spot to explore the red landscapes and rich Aboriginal heritage of far-western NSW.

The deal isavailable for bookings made by 28 February.

The tours come in two formats: a full-day coach tour, including morning tea and lunch, priced from $198 per adult, and a tag-along tour for 4WDs priced from $108 per adult.

Launched last October by passionate bush lover and tourism businessman, Scott Smith, Out of the Ordinary Outback includes Tri State Safaris, Warrawong on the Darling, the iconic White Cliffs Underground Motel and also Cobar’s Copper City Motel and the Ivanhoe Hotel.

Phone 1300 688 225 or visit

Lizard Island’s exclusive Pavilion … complete privacy with a spectacular 270-degree panorama.

Save up to $2254 when you book a twin-share room at Queensland’s luxurious Lizard Island for a four-night stay in the resort’s exclusive Pavilion.

Positioned high above the Coral Sea and set on the point of Sunset Bay, the Pavilion is the definition of serene luxury, combining complete privacy with a spectacular 270-degree panorama of Anchor Bay, Osprey Island and Sunset Beach.

Pay from $5644 per night for the ‘Pavilion Perfection’ package, including accommodation, three gourmet meals daily, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages plus a fine selection of wine, beer, spirits and sparkling wine, mini-bar with champagne and canapés daily, use of non-motorised water sports and motorised dinghies, an exclusive in-room dinner, full-day access to Fascination Charter for fishing and diving, apersonalisedtwo-hour in-room spa treatment per adult, private research-station tour per adult, private guided hike to Lizard Island’s highest peak per adult.

Phone 1800 837 168 or visit

Mantra the Observatory … from $162 per night at Port Macquarie.

Mantra the Observatory at Port Macquarie — One of Australia’s few certified 100 per cent carbon-neutral hotels — is the latest addition to Mantra Group’s accommodation portfolio.

Overlooking Port Macquarie’s main Town Beach and 400 metres from the town centre, the property boasts 85 hotel rooms, and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, many with ocean views and large private balconies, plus gourmet kitchens and coffee-pod machines.

Onsite leisure facilities include an indoor heated lap pool, sauna and heated spa, and barbecue entertainment area.

There is also an endota day spa, free in-room wifi and secure undercover car parking.

Opening specials start from $162 per night for two people staying in a hotel room on a minimum two-night stay.

The deal is valid for sale and travel until 31 August.

Phone 131 517 or visit

Noosa Food & Wine Festival 2017 will run from 18-21 May, featuring 70 events and 45 visiting chefs from some of Australia’s best restaurants.

The program will take place in two across two festival villages — Noosa Main Beach and The Woods.

Leading restaurants will also enjoy local collaborations as they play host to a number of visiting chefs.


QT Gold Coast … five-star Easter special.

Pay from $449 per person twin-share and receive three nights for the price of two this Easter at the five-star QT Gold Coast in a king ocean view room

The price includes freewifi and return airport transfers by private vehicle.

It is valid for sale until February 27 and for travel from April 13-18.

Or celebrate in the city from just $909 per person twin-share including three nights in a Deluxe City Room at the five-star Langham Sydney, including return airport transfers.

Phone Travel Associates on 1800 044 066 or visit

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