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Ecruising.travel has created a range of packages in conjunction with Holland America’s 2018 Cuba cruises, which all include on-board credit of up to $150 per cabin.

The 19-night ‘Eastern, Authentic Cuba Caribbean & New Orleans’ package, for instance, is priced from $6549 per person twin-share, including a 14-night round-trip cruise from Miami and port visits in the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands as well as towns in Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

The highlight is an overnight stay in Havana, allowing guest two full days to explore the city.

The price also includes return economy airfares from Australia, two nights pre-cruise at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach resort, three nights at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside with a guided city tour and a Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise, plus transfers.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit www.ecruising.travel.

 South-west Bulgaria … some dramatic landscapes on this six-day walking tour.

On Foot Holidays is offering a new six-day fully guided, inn-to-inn walking tour through south-west Bulgaria, beginning in Sofia, the country’s capital.

The price of about $1120 includes bed-and-breakfast accommodation, plus five dinners and five lunches. Luggage will be transferred each day, leaving travellers to just carry a day pack.

The adventure begins with a short, guided walk around the centre of the city — known as the ‘Paris of the Balkans’ — and an acclimatisation walk to the nearby mountain of Vitosha.

A highlight of the tour will be the descent through meadows and oak woodlands to the World Heritage Rila Monastery, one of Bulgaria’s most significant cultural and historical monuments. Dating back to the 10th century, the still-functioning monastery features an ornate church, museums, artefacts, ornate artwork and architecture.

Visit www.onfootholidays.co.uk

‘Nepal Schoolies Everest Trek’ … a meaningful way to celebrate the end of Year 12.

World Youth Adventures has launched a new 15-day ‘Nepal Schoolies Everest Trek’ for those seeking a meaningful way to celebrate the end of Year 12.

The itinerary involves trekking in the Himalayas to the base camp of Ama Dablam, past stunning views of Mount Everest and sharing memorable cultural experiences in the small villages on the way.

Participants will camp in a combination of the company’s comfortable private eco campsites and wilderness camps as well as a few hand-picked eco lodges in the main villages.

Trip highlights include encounters with the Sherpa culture, meeting with Buddhist monks at Thyangboche Monastery, a fully porter-supported camping-based trek with three hearty meals per day, a Himalayan mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and time to explore the shops and markets of Kathmandu.

Prices are from $2490 per person ex Kathmandu.

Phone 1300 707 734 or visit www.worldyouthadventures.com.

 Seabreeze Resort … nestled on a private secluded bay.

Stay a minimum five nights at the adults-only Seabreeze Resort Samoa and receive resort bonuses to the value of $1315 per room.

The offer is valid for all bookings made by June 30 and for travel between November 1 and March 31.

Resort bonuses include a three-course dinner for two, return airport transfers, one 30-minute massage per room per stay and a welcome tropical cocktail.

The 4.5-star Seabreeze Resort is nestled on a private secluded bay on Samoa’s south-east Upolu coast.

It features 12 air-conditioned villas, all with ocean, lagoon or reef views.

A five-night stay starts from $1979 per room, including a la carte breakfast daily, nightly turndown service, complimentary mini-bar replenished daily, use of new smart phones, complimentary food platter in room for arrivals between 9pm and 7am, and complimentary use of glass-bottom kayaks and snorkelling equipment

Visit www.seabreezesamoa.com.

 SeaDream I off Prickly Pear Island in Antigua.

SeaDream I and II will both be in the Caribbean this Christmas — SeaDream I in Guadaloupe in the French West Indies, and SeaDream II Virgin Gorda’s North Sound in the British Virgin Islands.

Both 100-guest luxury motor yachts will have departed port on December 21 on seven-day cruises.

Fares for the cruises start at about $6800 per person twin-share, inclusive of gourmet cuisine, premium wines, spirits and bar drinks, power and sail watersports and golf simulator.

Visit www.seadream.com.

 Crystal Symphony … 12 nights from Perth to Sydney.

Journey twice across Australia next January — by rail and sea — on a new trans-continental package from Cruise Express.

The adventure begins with three nights aboard the iconic Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth in Gold Class, with gourmet meals and complimentary beverages.

After crossing the starkly beautiful Nullarbor Plain, the train will stop at the remote WA jackeroo outpost of Rawlinna for a roast dinner under an Outback sky.

After a two-night stay in Perth, board the Crystal Symphony for a 12-night voyage back to Sydney, with inclusions such as beverages, specialty dining, enrichment classes, wi-fi and gratuities.

Ports of call include Bunbury, Albany, Esperance, Melbourne, Burnie and Hobart.

Prices are from $9790 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

 A snowy Hydro Majestic … winter in the Blue Mountains means Yulefest.

Some of the top hotels in the NSW Blue Mountains will be actively participating in the district’s renowned Yulefest celebrations this winter.

The Escarpment Group’s Lilianfels Resort & Spa, Echoes Restaurant and the Hydro Majestic Hotel will all be offering festive flavours, toasty fires and cheery decorations — and perhaps even a layer of snow.

Each Friday and Saturday throughout July, for instance, visitors to the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath, can indulge in a decadent high tea featuring nostalgic flavours such as ginger, cranberry and roast pork.

The Hydro Majestic experience begins on arrival, as guests wander through the grand Casino Lobby with its iconic domed roof and spectacular chandelier before entering the Wintergarden Restaurant with its ornate fireplace and often-misty Megalong Valley views.

Visit hydromajestic.com.au.

 Archer Point … feel completely off-the-grid with Dragon Adventures.

Go off-road from rainforest to reef in Queensland’s Tropical North with Dragon Adventures 4WD tours.

Make tracks from Port Douglas on a two-, four- or eight-day experience up to Cooktown and Lions Den, Cape Bedford or Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park and Cape York.

Feel completely off-the-grid in places rarely explored, diving into hidden swimming holes, camping in rugged ranges under a galaxy of stars, and immersing in local Indigenous culture.

Tours start from $1170 per person for a two-day adventure and $4185 per person for an eight-day drive.

Phone 07 4099 6006 or visit www.dragonadventures.com.au.

Park Hyatt Melbourne … offers the ultimate night in.

Park Hyatt Melbourne’s ‘Winter Edition’ provides travellers with a comfortable escape from the cold and an excuse for the ultimate night in.

The hotel is located in the heart of the city and is offering an indulgent stay from $395 per night in an oversized guestroom or suite with a plush king bed and deep soaking tub, as you watch unlimited movies, with an assortment of handcrafted treats and wine being delivered to your door.

The price includes valet parking, wi-fi, late check out at noon and a full buffet breakfast.

The offer is valid till September 30.

Phone 131 234 or visit melbourne.park.hyatt.com.

 Hunter Valley Gardens … transformed into a winter wonderland.

Hunter Valley Gardens will host it annual ‘Snow Time in the Garden’ from June 24 to July 16, turning the resort into an icy, glittering winter wonderland.

Activities include: an ice-skating rink which can fit up to 200 skater; fair-ground rides such as a ferris wheel, swing chairs and a traditional-style carousel; two snow-play areas; jumping castles and obstacle courses; a 40-metre-long ice-toboggan ride; and a 35-metre slide.

Tickets are priced at $32 (adults), $25 (children 4-15 years) and $102 (family pass for two adults and two children).

Visit www.hvg.com.au.

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