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Crooked Compass has organised a 10-day women’s-only journey through Nepal, departing September 12 and embracing the country’s simple lifestyle.

Wake up with a morning yoga classe before jumping head on into Kathmandu’s addictive buzz, mingling with ethnic minority groups and learning about two of the world’s great religions, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Unwind at one of Nepal’s finest spa resorts, which offers a blend of Vedic philosophy, Buddhist medicine and traditional Himalayan knowledge.

The package is priced from $4237 per person twin-share.

Visit www.crooked-compass.com.

 MV Harmony G … with the Greek island of Santorini in the background.

Beyond Travel is offering discounts of up to $2500 per couple on its eight-day ‘Classical Greece’ cruise through the Aegean Sea during the upcoming summer season from May until August.

As an added bonus, guests will receive free shore excursions to the value of $1000 per couple. These can include the ruins on Delos (the birthplace of Apollo according to Greek mythology) and the palace of Knossos (the capital of Minoan Crete).

The voyage is aboard the 21-cabin MV Harmony G, which offers spacious social areas and is able to dock at smaller ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

The cruise is now priced from $2835 per person twin-share, including two meals a day, tea/coffee and mineral water throughout the day, use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, services of an experienced captain and crew and port charges.

Phone 1300 363 554 or visit www.beyondtravel.com.au.

 Top of the range … a suite on Oceania’s Marina.

Oceania has introduced fly-cruise packages for all its voyages, providing guests with a built-in option for joining its worldwide range of cruises.

The packages are available from major airports throughout Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin and Cairns.

Fly-cruise packages to Europe, for example, are priced from $4250 per person twin-share for a seven-night cruise, including return economy airfares with Qantas, Emirates or Singapore Airlines. Business-class upgrades are also available.

The company will continue to also offer cruise-only options.

Phone 1300 355 200 or visit www.oceaniacruises.com.

 

Rimba Jimbaran Bali … 12 distinct swimming pools surrounded by lush landscaping.

Rimba Jimbaran Bali, part of the Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, is offering a special deal on family friendly accommodation — a connecting room at half price, allowing parents that elusive combination of family fun and privacy.

The total per-night rate for two rooms starts at $501, including taxes and breakfast for four.

Room types include hillside, ocean-view and pool-access, within a resort that has a safe private beach and 12 distinct swimming pools surrounded by lush landscaping and connected by a network of waterfalls, fountains and streams.

Dining options include buffet breakfasts and all-day dining at To’ge, authentic Cantonese cuisine at Ah Yat Abalone Seafood Restaurant, traditional Balinese dishes at Kampoeng Bali and afternoon tea at Orchid.

Visit www.ayana.com.

Dining in style … lunch on a Viking river cruise.

Viking has launched its 2018 river-cruising program, which features destinations across Central Europe, France, Portugal, China and South-East Asia, including new itineraries to Ukraine and Egypt.

A Kiev-to-the-Black Sea itinerary is new for 2018 and takes guests on an 11-day journey to some of Ukraine’s most historic cities, including Zaporozhye, the ancestral home of the Cossacks, and Kherson, which was founded in 1778 by order of Catherine the Great.

Prices start at $5395 per person twin-share.

Meanwhile, a 12-day cruise-tour, ‘Pathways of the Pharaohs’, explores Luxor, the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, the Temple of Horus in Edfu and the iconic Nile River.

Prices are from $6895 per person twin-share.

Earlybird offers on bookings made by June 30 include savings of $2000 per couple on any 2018 river cruise, and fly-free deals on river itineraries of 13-or-more days.

Phone 138 747 or visit www.vikingrivercruises.com.au.

 Barnbougle’s new ocean villa … overlooks Bass Strait and Barnbougle Beach.

Barnbougle golf resort in north-eastern Tasmania has added a two-bedroom luxury ocean villa to its accommodation portfolio, which also includes 22 two-bedroom cottages and the 50-room Lost Farm Lodge.

The villa is perched atop the coastal sand dune at The Dunes golf course, which, like the Lost Farm, is rated by US Golf Digest as one of the world’s 50 great courses.

If offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms, open-plan living and dining, plus a large deck overlooking Bass Strait and Barnbougle Beach.

The villa is priced from $500 per night.

Phone 03 6356 0094 or visit barnbougle.com.au.

love-nsw.jpg — One of my favourite NSW places is Greg Powell’s Bundle Hill Cottages near Bawley Point on the South Coast. I snapped this shot there early in the morning … the bush, the ocean and a new day. Image: John Rozentals.

Looking for a new camera? Destination NSW is offering the opportunity to win one of eight Canon EOS M3 Single-Lens kits worth $999 plus the choice of photography tutorial during the Vivid Festival or a two-hour Skype session offering tips and tricks on better snapping.

What’s required is to upload videos or photos of a memorable NSW travel experience to www.visitnsw.com/Ilovensw by May 18.

Entries will be judged in the following categories: nature and outdoor, beaches and surf, food and wine, arts and culture, Aboriginal culture, history and heritage, and NSW events and festivals.

Top entries will be short-listed for a Destination NSW video promoting the state.

 The Mayfield Garden … opening its gates to the public every day of the year.

The majestic Mayfield Garden at Oberon is using its flamboyant autumnal colours to launch a dynamic annual entertainment program that will see its gates open to the public every day of the year for the first time.

The program in the 64-hectare European-inspired garden includes luxe food events, yoga retreats, public gatherings, foraging, corporate retreats, weddings, major outdoor performances, and food-and-garden workshops.

Visitors can row across lakes and marvel at an 80-metre cascade, stroll through the stunning six-acre water garden and grotto, and take in a dedicated English rose garden, palatial chook houses, a walled kitchen garden and a garden centre.

Mayfield also presents a great food experience, with its café and store sourcing 80 per cent of its produce from the grounds, and the remaining 20 per cent from the Oberon region.

Visit www.mayfieldgarden.com.au. 

 Port Macquarie’s stunning nine-kilometre coastal walk … one of Australia’s best.

Reconnect with your inner-self on a healthy getaway in Port Macquarie, which is emerging as a NSW hot-spot for yoga festivals, farm-gates, glamping tents and nourishing bush-walks.

Experiences include the Ekam Yoga Festival from September 2-3, the Tucker Table cooking school, a new farming-chef program at Near River Produce, and Studio 6’s fermentation workshops.

Port Macquarie’s stunning nine-kilometre coastal walk is regarded as one of the best in Australia, and as well there are three-kilometre boardwalk at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, and the option of heading inland to Boorgana Nature Reserve’s Rawson Falls Walk.

Visit www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au.

The beach at Francois Peron National Park … one of many natural attractions at Shark Bay.

Western Australia’s Shark Bay, 800 kilometres north of Perth and perched on the westernmost point of the Australian continent, has just celebrated 25 years on the UNESCO World Heritage List and next month [May] will mark its tenth on Australia’s National Heritage honour roll.

Shark Bay’s best-known visitors are the friendly pod of bottlenose dolphins that come in to meet you at Monkey Mia — thought to be the only place in Australia that dolphins choose to approach and interact with humans every day.

But its dramatic red cliffs, white sands and turquoise waters hold other treasures as well, including a massive stretch of sea grass that provides a smorgasbord for around 10,000 resident dugongs.

You can also see world’s biggest and most diverse collection of stromatolites — the oldest living fossils on Earth — from boardwalks at Hamelin Pool, or relax on pure white shores at Shell Beach, one of the world’s only beaches formed by billions of tiny shells.

Visit www.sharkbayvisit.com.au.

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