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UTracksis offering deals on two self-guided bike-and-barge trips along the Danube River for bookings made by March 31.

The seven-night ‘Danube by Bike and Boat’ itinerary is priced from $1380 per person twin-share, a saving of $100 per person.

It follows the Danube through three European countries — Austria, Germany and Slovakia, from Passau to Vienna via Bratislava.

There are departures 6 and 13 May.

Save $200 per person on the 14-night‘Danube to the Iron Gates by Bike & Boat’ journey departing April 22, paying $2550 per person twin-share ex Passau.

The itinerary travels through Germany, Slovakia, Serbia and Austria, from Passau in Germany to the Iron Gates National Park on the Romanian-Serbian border.

Both trips include all meals and accommodation aboard the barge, bike hire and detailed information packs.


Shawn Klush … will be one of six top Elvis impersonators aboard Radiance of the Seas.

Some of the world’s best Elvis impersonators will entertain passengers aboard Radiance of the Seas in November next year on the ship’s seven-night ‘Cruise’n’Groove — Elvis Meets the Legends’.

Cruise Express is offering earlybirdsavings of $100 per person for bookings made by March 31 this year.

The round-trip cruise from Sydney takes inNoumea and the island of Mare in New Caledonia, and is pricedfrom $2645 per person twin-share.

Aboard the 12-deck ship will be six of the world’s top Elvis tribute acts —Shawn Klush, Justin Shandor, Elvis to the Max, Dean Z, Jake Rowley and Bill Cherry — backed by a band which will also celebrate the music of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit

A parade of Queens … Queen Elizabeth leads Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2. has created a 33-night package from Rome to New York sailing on board all three of Cunard’s Queens.

The package includes eight days around Italy and France on Queen Victoria, an 11-day Iberian adventure on Queen Elizabeth, and a trans-Atlantic crossing from Southampton to New York on Queen Mary 2.

Prices start at $10,949 per person twin-share, including return airfares from Australia, pre-and post-cruise hotel accommodation in Rome, Barcelona, London and New York, all transfers, sightseeing passes in London and New York, and port charges and government taxes.

Also included on board are gourmet meals, 24-hour room service, entertainmentand educational programs.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit

SeaDream II in picturesque Croatian waters.

SeaDream Yacht Club is offering a 10 per cent discount on the second week of 14-day back-to-back Mediterranean sailings aboard its two boutique mega motor-cruisers.

SeaDream I and II each carry just 112 guests served by 95 crew,and can visit off-the-beaten-track towns, villages and harbours that larger cruise ships simply can’t access.

As an example of the back-to-back itineraries, SeaDream II departs Dubrovnik on August 19,calling atKotor in Montenegro, Korcula, Trogir and Hvar in Croatia,and Vieste in Italy,before returning to Dubrovnik.

This can be followed by a second week of cruising from Dubrovnik to Piraeus, with the itinerary includingItea for a visit to Dephi, a transit of the historic Greek Corinth Canal, and days ashore in Hydra, Patmos, Agia Anna and Mykonos.

Each week’s sailing is priced from about $6560 per person twin-share, with about $600 per person discount for the second week, including award-winning cuisine, premium wines, spirits and bar drinks, power and sail water-sports, golf simulator, fitness centre, port charges and taxes, and gratuities.

Business-class comfort … China Southern’s seats convert to fully flat beds.

Wendy Wu Tours is offering a $99 one-way business-class upgrade on some of its China tours this year, for bookings made by April 13.

The upgrade is available with China Southern Airlines flights out of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth on 14 China tours with 140 departure dates to choose from.

An upgrade to business class both ways is priced at $599 per person.

Included in this offer, for example, is the 14-day ‘Majestic Yangtze’ tour, which is priced from $4680 per person twin-share ex Australia.

The tour travels from Shanghai to Beijing and includes a visit to the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, the giant pandas in Chengdu, the Great Wall in Beijing and a four-night Yangtze River cruise.

Phone 1300 815 269 or visit

Beauty and the Beast High Tea … includes a range of French-inspired delicacies.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth has several deals in conjunction with the movie release of Beauty and the Beast on March 23.

Its ‘Disney Family Fun Package’ is priced from $379 per room per night, including overnight accommodation for two adults and one child in a decoratively styled room, buffet breakfast, a themed welcome gift and complimentary dinner for one child up to 12 years of age.

The ‘Beauty and the Beast High Tea’, priced at $69 per adult and $29 per child, includes French-inspired delicacies such as passionfruit cheesecakes, white chocolate dome and strawberry rose tartlets. Each child will receive a colouring kit.

The packages are available to June 30.

Phone (02) 9228 9188 or visit

Maria Island … one of the best places in Australia to see wombats.

Tourism Australia has chosen 12 exceptional wildlife encounters and brought them together as the Australian Wildlife Collection, which features the common thread of a commitment to conservation.

Among them is Tasmania’s ‘Maria Island Walk’, a four-day guided national-park hike that includes pristine beaches and a heritage-listed convict settlement.

Maria Island is one of the best places in Australia to see wombats, tasmaniandevils, cape barren geese, kangaroos and wallabies. The bird life is also an attraction, with 125 species including all of Tasmania’s endemics such as the endangered forty-spotted pardalote and swift parrot.

The ‘Maria Island Walk’ takes in the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay, the peaks of Mt Maria or Bishop and Clerk, and the largest stand of giant Tasmanian blue gums.

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Travelodge Southbank Melbourne … get a night of free accommodation.

Enjoy a short break in Melbourne and geta night of free accommodation with this deal from Escape Travel.

Pay from $195 per person twin-share and receive three nights for the price of two at the four-star Travelodge Southbank Melbourne.

The deal includesfree wifi and is valid for sale until June 30 and for travel from April 4 to August 31.

Crown Casino, the MCG, Melbourne Aquarium, Rod Laver Arena, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Melbourne Exhibition Centre are just minutes away.

Phone 1300 799 783 or visit

The Tank Stream hotel … special Easter deal

One of Sydney’s newest hotels, the4.5-star Tank Stream, is offering accommodation deals over the Easter break with a discounted rate of $199 per night per room, including of free high-speed wifi and in-room movies, complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar and Nespresso coffee.

The hotel is in Pitt St, just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, the historic Rocks,Barangaroo and the Pitt Street Shopping Mall.

The hotel’s Le Petit Flot restaurant offers bistro-style dining with an emphasis on share plates and local produce, and a laneway wine bar idealfor enjoying classic wines from around the world and light meals.

The hotel can arrange a tour withTank Stream & Hidden Laneways, providing a two-hour insight into Sydney’s development in early days of the British colony as it traces the path of the Tank Stream.

The deal is valid from 14-17 April.

Phone (02) 8222 1211 or visit

 Explore the Great Barrier Reef on a luxury sailing catamaran.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef by sailing from Cape Tribulation Daintree National Park to Mackay Cay aboard a luxury Lagoon 500 sailing catamaran, the first of its kind in Australia.

Sailaway’s new full-day outer-reef adventure takes guests 10 nautical miles off the coast, where a glass-bottom tour and snorkel adventure await, including a guided underwater tour with a marine biologist to see turtles, clam gardens and the spectacular coral reef systems.

A buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and coffee are supplied, along with snorkelling gear.

Prices start from $248 for adults and $171 for kids. Tours commence April 7.

Phone 0417 993 109 or visit

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