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Book a selected Peregrine Adventures Antarctic voyage by September 30 and save 30 per cent, or up to $9400, with the company’s earlybird booking deal.

Prices start at $9300 for an 11-day voyage including visits to the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.

A new 18-day journey to the Falklands and South Georgia is priced from $16,640, offering savings of up to $8275 during the earlybird sale.

The epic expedition offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the ‘Galapagos of the Poles’, with South Georgia renowned for its abundant wildlife, including king and macaroni penguins and petrels, albatross and burrowing seabirds.

Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, naturalists and researchers, the onboard program focuses on guest interaction and education.

Phone1300 854 445 or visit www.peregrineadventures.com.

 Walking Dubrovnik and some of Croatia’s Adriatic islands … an idyllic experience.

The natural and cultural beauty of Croatia’s Adriatic islands take centre stage during an On Foot Holidays seven-night, self-guided walking tour through the narrow alleyways of the walled city of Dubrovnik and across some of the country’s idyllic, car-free islands.

In Dubrovnik, guests can wander the spectacular Stradun (the city’s main street), explore an historic Franciscan Monastery, taste local fare at one of the city’s many eateries or visit the third-oldest operating pharmacy in Europe.

Then it’s a ferry trip to the car-free island of Lopud, which provides excellent walking opportunities down winding paths, with churches and forts to explore along the way, as well as the opportunity to swim in one of the Adriatic’s bays.

The island-hopping continues to Kolocep, the smallest island in the area, where guests can walk around the island’s cliffs and coastline in a day. The tour concludes with two nights on the larger island of Sipan, where guests can opt to ascend the Velji Vrh mountain to get a view of the whole island as well as walk along the dramatic coastline.

The package costs about $1200 per person twin-share.

Visit www.onfootholidays.co.uk.

 The spectacular Timkat ‘Baptism of Christ’ Festival … an annual Ethiopian highlight.

Travel Directors is offering a $500 discount on its ‘African Dawn’ itinerary, which includes trekking to see gorillas in Rwanda’s rainforests, attending the spectacular Timkat ‘Baptism of Christ’ Festival in Ethiopia, and having a picnic at the source of the Nile in Uganda.

The 27-day trip is priced from $19,950 per person twin-share and the offer is valid to August 30, with departure from Australia on January 4 next year.

It begins on the shores of Lake Victoria, before boarding a boat to view the source of the Nile, then visiting chimps in the wild at Rwenzori, and heading to Queen Elizabeth National Park for game-viewing experiences.

Other highlights include a visit to Parc National des Volcans to visit the mountain gorillas, followed by a tour of the Rwandan capital Kigali, before flying to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, where a feature is the annual Timkat Festival.

Phone 1300 856 661 or visit www.traveldirectors.com.au.

 La Siesta Resort & Spa Hoi An … special four-night packages.

Save 10 per cent on a four-night package at central Vietnam’s La Siesta Resort & Spa Hoi An.

Pay $325 per person twin-share, including breakfast daily, free wi-fi, welcome cocktail and fresh fruit platter, complimentary bottles of water, afternoon tea served in room or poolside, and return airport transfers.

Bookings must be made more than 60 days prior to arrival and the offer is valid for sale until October 18, and for travel from October 1 to December 18.

La Siesta Resort & Spa Hoi An is a short walk from Hoi An old town, with features including freshwater and saltwater swimming pools, free use of bicycles and a shuttle service.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit www.travelonline.com.

 The Dijon Markets … a wonderland of cheeses and other ingredients.

European Waterways has added new experiential enhancements to its culinary-themed charter cruises for 2018, incorporating more immersive, on-location cooking classes, behind-the-scene tours, as well as exclusive wine, cheese, and gourmet mustard tastings.

Guests will also enjoy daily cooking demonstrations by the hotel barge’s onboard master chef using fresh local ingredients.

The 12-passenger deluxe hotel barge L’Impressionniste cruises France’s Burgundy Canal and introduces guests to the lush Burgundian countryside and its much celebrated history of viticulture.

Among the highlights are a tour and an exclusive cheese tasting at the Abbaye de Cîteaux, a visit to the marketplace and a lunchtime cooking lesson in old Dijon, followed by the preparation of a meal made from locally sourced ingredients.

Phone 1800 828 050 or visit www.gobarging.com.

Coral Discoverer … will track the Sydney-to-Hobart fleet.

Coral Expeditions has launched a Sydney-to-Hobart maritime-themed itinerary which sets sail with this year’s Sydney-to-Hobart Yacht Race.

It will be the first time that the 72-passenger Coral Discoverer, which underwent a significant refurbishment at the end of last year, will carry passengers from the Australian mainland to Tasmania.

Guests will see the spectacle of the race start, cruise alongside the yachts as they race along the east coast, and arrive in to Hobart in time to witness the winners’ celebrations.

Guest lecturer on-board will be John Longley, who has participated in the race four times.

He will also join the expedition team in leading excursions to maritime attractions such as the Killer Whale Museum in Eden, the Davidson Whaling Station in Ben Boyd National Park and the Bligh Museum of Pacific Exploration.

The cruise will conclude with a New Year’s celebration and a to visit the Taste of Tasmania festival in Hobart.

Prices start from $4180 per person.

Phone 07 4040 9999 or visit www.coralexpeditions.com.

 HeliSpirit … offering a bird’s eye view of the Pilbara coastline.

New helicopter flights from Karratha are offering a bird’s eye view of the Pilbara coastline, in Western Australia’s north, where red earth, white beaches and turquoise waters spectacularly unite.

Operated by HeliSpirit — already well known for its Kimberley chopper tours — the 18-, 30- or 45-minute scenic flights depart from near the Karratha Visitor Centre and head out to the pristine Dampier Archipelago and Burrup Peninsula.

The provide guests with the chance to spot turtles, manta rays, dugongs and other marine life from the air.

A 30-minute flight over the Burrup Peninsula and Angel Island is priced at $325.

HeliSpirit has also partnered with Ngurrangga Tours to offer discounted packages to explore ancient rock art with the region’s traditional Aboriginal owners.

Visit www.helispirit.com.au.

 The Seven Peaks Walk … a challenging trek on Lord Howe Island.

With more than 4.3 million domestic and international overnight visitors choosing to hike in NSW as part of their holiday experience last year, it’s little wonder that the state is increasing its portfolio of walking tours.

New walks include the Seven Peaks Walk, a challenging hike for experienced walkers on Lord Howe Island, with a few sections off-track and requiring a steady head for heights.

And also new is the three-day ‘Light to Light’ walk which hugs the coastline between Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation in Ben Boyd National Park on the Sapphire Coast.

If hiking in luxury is more your style, Light to Light Camps can carry your gear, set up camp each night and cook your dinner.

Visit www.destinationnsw.com.au.

 An idyllic setting, especially with a glass of bubbly in hand … heading down for Angullong’s Outstanding in the Vines lunch

Given the pace at which the year is moving, the Orange Wine Festival isn’t all that far away — Friday 13 October to Sunday 22 October are the dates to note.

It is the Central Western NSW region’s opportunity to celebrate the thriving wine industry and high-quality cool climate wines that its vignerons produce.

The program features more than 90 events and can be downloaded by visiting brandorange.com.au.

A major highlight is Angullong’s Outstanding in the Vines lunch on October 14. Sit between the vines and the dam and enjoy a feast and some very good wines served at a long table dressed in flowing white tablecloth.

The cost of $150 per head includes return transport from Orange to vineyard on the slopes of Mt Canobolas.

Visit www.angullong.com.au.

Ruston’s Rose Garden … a marvellous place to wander through and enjoy a relaxing cuppa.

The Renmark Rose Festival, which this year will be held from October 20-29, has grown into the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere — a true celebration of community and the Riverland region, including magnificent produce and arts as well as a bevy of open gardens.

Renmark is home to Ruston’s Rose Garden, which houses the National Rose Collection and has 27 acres planted out to roses and ornamentals. It’s a marvellous place to wander through and enjoy a relaxing cuppa.

Visit www.renmarkroses.com.

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