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unnamed (8)Book a 2016 APT European river cruise by October 31 and get free flights to Europe and a free cabin upgrade.

The 15-day ‘Magnificent Europe’ itinerary between Amsterdam and Budapest, for instance, is priced from $6795 per person twin-share.

Prices include all meals aboard the cruise, complimentary beverages throughout, room service and butler service in select suites, all sightseeing and entertainment, plus transfers, port charges and tipping.

Phone 1300 196 420 or visit www.aptouring.com.au.

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 Catholic church, Lake Bled, Slovenia.

Boutique adventure operator Travel Directors has introduced a new 29-day ‘Sequel to the Balkans’, especially designed guests seeking a more in-depth Balkan experience.

The new itinerary includes visits to Serbia, the Hungarian capital Budapest, Slovenia, an 11-day voyage aboard MS Emanuel along the Dalmatian coast and a visit to the Plitvice Lakes on the way to Zagreb in Croatia.

The cruise itinerary covers the northern Dalmatian coastline from Pula to Split, offering a deeper experience of the islands, extraordinary townships and superb National Parks of the region before travelling by road via the Plitvice Lakes to Zagreb.

Prices start at $17,990 per person twin-share.

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

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Havana … see the Cuban capital before the fabulous old atmosphere drifts away

Change is coming to Cuba and next year brings the opportunity to visit the Caribbean island in style before the fabulous old atmosphere drifts away.

Cruise Traveller’s 17-night ‘Cuban Cigars and New York Stars’ includes a nine-night circumnavigation of Cuba on board the Saint Laurent, which carries a crew of 90 and no more than 210 passengers.

Prices start at $12,699 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, including a night in Miami, two in Los Angeles and three in New York.

Visit cruisetraveller.com.au.

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Touring along one of the world’s great rivers by road bike.

SpiceRoads’ new eight-day ‘Mighty Mekong River by Road Bike’ itinerary offers gentle undulating hills to cycle, continuous river views to get lost in and charming towns and villages to explore along the way.

Highlights include staying in small riverside guesthouses, seeing the authentic Thailand in locations such as the enchanting town of Chiang Khan, and visiting the bizarre giant concrete statues at Sala Keoku.

Prices start at about $2550 plus an additional $310 standard bike hire.

Visit www.spiceroads.com.

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 Tropical glamour … Daydream Island Resort and Spa.

Save more than $1500 when you indulge in five nights of tropical glamour at Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the Whitsundays and pay from $899 for two adults, with up to two kids aged 14 and under staying free.

The Luxury Escapes package includes daily buffet breakfasts for all guests, 10 $50 spa vouchers and free wifi.

Book by October 25 for travel until February next year.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit www.LuxuryEscapes.com.

Barnbougle is set on 200 acres of undulating coastal dunes and is the creative genius of famed golf architect Tom Doak and Australia's Michael Clayton. Barnbougle, still only in its youth, continues to gain a reputation as one of the world's top links golf courses. The breathtaking landscape upon which the course has been created mirrors the wild coastal links courses of Scotland and Ireland and as Barnbougle continues to develop with age it looks set to follow in the footsteps of these great courses.

 Tasmania’s Barnbougle Dunes … rated in the world’s top 25 courses.

Keen golfers should definitely add Tasmania to their bucket list of places to hit around.

The island state has just been voted ‘undiscovered golf destination of the year’ by over 200 of the world’s leading golf-travel writers and two of its courses, Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm, both links-style courses on the north-east coast, are rated in the world’s top 25 courses by Golf Digest.

There’s also the chance to play at Bothwell, home of arguably Australia’s oldest golf course, laid out by Scottish emigrants in 1822.

Visit www.discovertasmania.com.au.

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Portugal’s historic city of Oporto … home of the world’s port trade.

Save $1000 on Lindblad Expeditions’ 11 eight-day European itineraries aboard the102-guest National Geographic Orion in 2016.

Prices start from $9990 per person twin-share, including “highly curated activities, culinary experiences, musical performances and cultural interactions”.

Visit au.expeditions.com.

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Paris … the world’s romance capital.

Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 11-night ‘Paris Canals to the French Riviera’ itinerary combines a six-night canal cruise through France’s Champagne country with three nights in Paris and two at Nice in the French Riviera.

Prices start from $6699 per person twin-share ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth, including lunch at the Eiffel Tower and first-class rail travel from Paris to Nice.

The canal cruise is with CroisiEurope and includes complimentary onboard beverages.

Visit www.worldwidecruisecentres.com.au.

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The Tamboi Queen … plenty of aquatic fun as well as dolphin-watching.

Enjoy a two-night summer getaway at Port Stephens.

The price of $175 per night for couples ($245 per night for families with up to two children aged 14 or under) includes cabin accommodation at the Retreat Port Stephens, a 1.5-hour dolphin-spotting cruise with Tamboi Queen Cruises and breakfast vouchers at Crest Café, which boasts spectacular ocean vistas.

Tamboi Queen Cruises offers a variety of departure times for dolphin-watching cruises. Almost 200 bottlenose dolphins live permanently in Port Stephens’ waters, making it one of the most popular places in Australia for dolphin watching.

Phone 02 4982 1244 or visit theretreatportstephens.com.au.

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The ancient ruins of Didyma in Turkey, home to the great Temple of Apollo.

Archaeological and cultural tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels has added the battlefields of Gallipoli to the company’s 12-day Turkish journey which follows the conquests of Alexander the Great.

Next year’s tour starts on April 25 and will feature additional time to explore the Dardanelles and the Gallipoli peninsula, providing an ancient context to an area best known for 20th-century conflict.

Other highlights of the tour include the renowned classical ruins of Ephesus, Apollo’s great temple at Didyma and the celebrated Mausoleum of Halicarnassus at Bodrum.

Prices are from about $6665, including all ground transport, accommodation, expert guide, site admission fees and most meals.

Visit www.petersommer.com.

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 The annual Tjungu Festival, a four-day family-friendly Indigenous cultural festival.

Guests at Ayers Rock Resort will have access to a spectacular line up of new and returning major events in 2016, including 

Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, which will illuminate a remote desert area within sight of the majestic Uluru from April 1 next year to March 31, 2017.

It will be an integral part of the attraction of the annual Tjungu Festival, a four-day family-friendly Indigenous cultural festival, with highlights including a local Anangu welcome to country, interactive markets showcasing Indigenous art and bush tucker, and a line-up of traditional and contemporary Indigenous musicians and bands.

Phone 1300 134 004 or visit www.ayersrockresort.com.au/events.


China’s giant pandas … featured on several fully inclusive Wendy Wu itineraries.

Wendy Wu Tours’ 2016 Asia program includes 50 fully inclusive hosted group tours, including the 26-day ‘Grand Asia’ itinerary, which is priced from $8280 per person twin-share ex Australia and includes a 17-night cruise aboard the Sapphire Princess.

The cruise departs Singapore for Beijing, with port visits in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Japan and South Korea.

The China component includes highlights such as The Great Wall, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Terracotta Warriors, and a cruise along the Huangpu River.

Phone 1300 815 269 or visit www.wendywutours.com.au.

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